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#CRUISE CALLS – Waterford is to welcome its first cruise caller in 2012 with the Quest (1992/1,180grt) an ice-strengthened expedition cruiseship which is to dock next month along the city-quays, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Normally she operates around the Scottish Isles, Norway, Greenland and Spitsbergen. This year she will make her itineraries for the first time around Ireland, England and Wales.

The stout looking Danish built vessel is just 50m in length, has a beam of 11m and draws 3.5m, this allows her to reach more destinations in difficult conditions. She carries around 50 passengers and a crew half that number. For images including interiors and deck plans click HERE

Quest is also scheduled to make a second call to the south-east city in May. Following both these calls another 17 cruise callers are lined up for the season which runs until September.

Among the callers are the 940 passenger capacity Crystal Symphony, the 66,000 tonnes Marina which only entered service last year, Ocean Princess (for a dry-dock slideshow click HERE) and the 1988 built Prinsendam.

Depending on the vessel's draught, the location of where they will call in Waterford estuary will vary. Aside the city quays, the other berth is in Belview and for deep drafted vessels, they take anchorage off Dunmore East. To view the full cruise call list click HERE.

Published in Cruise Liners

#CRUISE LINERS - TV host and funnyman Graham Norton recounts his breathtaking experiences on a cruise to Alaska for the Mail on Sunday.

"Until Alaska, my own serious nautical experience was crossing the Irish Sea on a car ferry," writes the Cork native best known for his BBC chat show.

But the remoteness of the Alaskan coastline - as seen from the decks of the Crystal Symphony - struck him with a special kind of awe.

"Enjoying Alaska's natural wonders It's hard not to be amazed as you cruise into wilderness areas such as Glacier Bay because they're so jaw-droppingly spectacular. It's absolutely beautiful," he says.

"The highlights were the glaciers and the whale-watching. The ship sails right up to the wall of the glacier and you sit there watching large blocks of ice breaking off calving, I think it's called, and it's just stunning."

Norton was especially surprised by his excitement at seeing the whales.

"They're brilliant. Watching them popping out of the sea was really, really, really good! So good, in fact, you kind of think I mustn't go whale-watching again because I'll only be disappointed next time. It was quite an emotional experience. You feel privileged to see these creatures."

Perhaps next time he takes a break in West Cork he might take a look out to sea and witness some of those magnificent creatures a lot closer to home!

Published in Cruise Liners
28th February 2012

Cruiseship Boost for Belfast

#CRUISE LINERS-Belfast Harbour looks forward to another bumper year as cruise operators are to increase by 32% compared to last year, with 41 cruise ships bringing almost 75,000 visitors to the port.

The following major operators are to visit: Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Saga Cruise and others will dock from far flung destinations.

At over 1km long, Stormont Wharf, will again be the main berth for cruiseships in particular the ability to accommodate an increasing trend in larger class vessels touring the Irish Sea. The wharf was extended in recent years at a cost of £10m and is the longest deepwater quay in Ireland.

To promote Belfast Harbour as a cruiseship destination, the port and the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau (BVCB) set up the Cruise Belfast Initiative to market the location internationally.

For further information visit www.cruise-belfast.co.uk and to view the seasons schedule of cruise callers click HERE.

Published in Cruise Liners

#CRUISE LINERS - Cruise ship passengers will be given a safety briefing before leaving port under new industry rules drawn up in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident, The Guardian reports.

Three organisations representing international cruise lines have agreed that the 'muster drill' - which is currently conducted within 24 hours of setting sail as per maritime law - must now be held before departure from any port.

The move comes after reports that hundreds of passengers who had boarded the stricken vessel hours before it ran aground off the western Italian coast had not yet had any kind of safety instruction.

Muster drills, whereby passengers are shown how to put on lifejackets and directed to exits, are already common practice in the industry.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, an Irish couple were among thousands rescued from the Costa Concordia after the incident on Friday 13 January. At least 32 people are believed to have died in the disaster, with 15 recorded passengers still missing.

The Guardian has more on the story HERE.

Published in Cruise Liners

#DUBLIN HOLIDAY WORLD SHOW - Following Belfast's hosting of the annual travel event, the Dublin Holiday World Show starts this weekend (Friday 27th to Sunday 29th January) at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavillon in Ballsbridge.

Like its northern counterpart the Dublin Holiday World Show in association with The Sunday Times incorporates Ireland's biggest Caravan & Motorhome Show and the Over 55' Holiday Show.

With 60 countries, some 1,000 travel and tourism professionals will be ready to give advice and detailed, expert information including those representing ferry and cruise ship operators (see LIST).

Also at the show will be the free Expert Travel Clinics hosted by the renowned travel journalist Eoghan Corry who will be accompanied by leading industry experts giving talks, and answering visitors questions on topics such as cruises, travel in the Far East, African holidays, sports trips and holidays, adventure travel, Caribbean holidays and honeymoons, the US Deep South experience, as well as Home Holidays.

President of the Irish Travel Agents Association, Pat Dawson said: "The Irish holiday market is on a very sound footing. We in the ITAA see recession as an opportunity".

"Prices right now are cheaper than ever before and the exhibitors at Holiday World Show 2012 reflect what is happening in the industry, and you will get extraordinarily good value at the show."

For a list of exhibitors at the show they can be viewed  HERE. Admission for children is free, when accompanied by an adult, for further details of the Dublin Holiday World Show click  HERE.

Published in Boating Fixtures

#MARINERS WITH MEMORIES – At the weekend representatives of the maritime community, relatives and visitors alike attended a screening of the 'Mariners with Memories' ceremony, which was shown in the Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire.

The ceremony which took place in Bray Harbour last July, is unique in that it recognises to all those lost to sea throughout the world and especially to those whose grave is the sea.

Shot by Colm Fynes, the film documented the day's proceedings with tributes made at the Co. Wicklow harbour and the flotilla that followed with floral tributes carried out close to the shore.

Captain Tony O'Grady who organised the Mariners with Memories ceremony, thanked all those to the museum and the support of the Maritime Institute of Ireland, whose newly renovated museum was a particularly apt venue, being the former Mariners Church.

Some of the relatives who attended the memorial event in Bray were also at the Dun Laoghaire screening and where they gave moving tributes to loved ones.

Commenting on the poignancy of the screening, Captain O'Grady referred to the on-going tragic events in Glandore Harbour and off the Italian island of Giglio.

He added that those involved in the various services off the West Cork fishing harbour would of liked to have attended but given the circumstances, all the resources were required at the scene.

It is hoped that following the inaugural ceremony, that Mariners with Memories will become an annually held event and the close relationship with the museum continues.

The museum which was especially opened for the screening will remain closed throughout the winter months though is open on an invitation only basis. Officially the museum is due to re-open this Easter, to keep posted of further developments visit www.mariner.ie

Published in Coastal Notes

#CRUISE LINERS – The Port of Cork is to welcome 60 cruise vessels this season, an increase on 2011 levels when 53 calls were made, bringing over 100,000 passengers and crew to the region, writes Jehan Ashmore.

According to UK Consultants GP Wild, the average in-transit spend per passenger, while visiting an Irish port is between €73- €100 which provides a significant contribution towards the local tourism economy.

Last year Cork won 1st place for 'Best Destination Experience (Organised)' in the world and 2nd place for 'Best Port Welcome' in the Dream World Cruise Destinations Awards.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Balmoral is the first caller for 2012 when she is to dock at Cobh in April. Larger cruise ships to visit during the season include Celebrity Eclipse, Emerald Princess, Independence of the Seas, Costa Deliziosa and Caribbean Princess.

In addition Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth is to return to Cobh in August. Her inaugural Irish visit was in September last year, when the 90,000 tonnes vessel called firstly to Dublin followed by Cobh, to read more click HERE.

For a list of the cruise schedule, click HERE, noting several calls are to Ringaskiddy and North Custom House Quay in Cork City.

Published in Cruise Liners

#LINER TENDERS – As Dubliners and visitors alike enjoy the facilities of Cill Airne, the River Liffey's floating restaurant and bar venue, her sister, Canima is in complete contrast, as she rusts away on the far side of the Atlantic, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The Camina was originally launched as Blarna along with Cill Airne from the Liffey Dockyard in the early 1960's as passenger tenders serving the trans-Atlantic liners out of Cobh for the Cork Harbour Commissioners. The 1,000 passenger capacity sisters, each around 500 gross tonnes, were the last vessels to be built using riveted hull constructed methods in Europe.

With the collapse of the liner trade and proliferation of the jetliner in the early 1970's, they had served short careers in Cobh. Blarna was sold to North American interests while Cill Airne remained in Irish waters. She was sold to the Cork Institute of Technology for radar and navigation training on the River Lee and Cork Harbour.

By 2003 Cill Airne's days were numbered as she became obsolete when high-tech simulators formed part of the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy.

She was sold to Dublin investors in 2006 having completed an extensive restoration project at Hegarty's Boatyard in West Cork. She reflects her liner era heritage with art-deco fittings, wood panelling and timber decks throughout, for more click HERE.

As for Blarna, she later served in Bermuda which lasted until 1988. To read more on what her former captain from the Bermudian career has to say on her fate in Canada, where there are plans to secure her future as reported on the RoyalGazette, click HERE.

Published in Cruise Liners

#CRUISE LINERS – In 2012 the Dublin Port Company can look forward to welcoming 90 cruiseship calls, slightly up compared to this year's season, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The sector in 2011 performed positively with a 7.5% increase in cruise passengers on board 87 cruise-calls. In total  they brought over 135,000 passengers and crew to the capital, generating between €35 - €55m to the local economy.

The increase in passengers brings the total number of high-spend cruise passengers to almost 750,000 since 2000, providing a boon to city-centre businesses to the tune of over €400m in that period.

Once again cruiseships from the leading operators are scheduled to Dublin Port in 2012. They will appear in the form of  the small, medium and giant-sized ships, many of which will be making more than one cruisecall throughout the season, which starts in April and culminates in October.

To view a timetable of cruiseships calling to Dublin Port see below.

A newcomer will be Kristina Katarina (1982/12,668grt) which is operated by Finnish owners Kristina Cruises. The former Russian ship replaced Kristina Regina last year due to new safety regulations which forced the veteran vessel to withdraw from service. 

Mediterranean Shipping Lines (MSL) which operates container services to Ireland, will be deploying the 1,560 passenger MSC Lirica (2003/59,038grt). To view more about this French built cruiseship click HERE.

While the veteran Arion (1965/5,888grt) makes a welcome return for those with an affinity to smaller classic vessels, she orignially served in the Adriatic and was built at the Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia.

Ship Name ETA Ship Length Expected From NAME
ARION13/04/2012 12:00118.00FalmouthBurke Shipping Group
GRAND PRINCESS18/04/2012 07:00289.52nullBurke Shipping Group
QUEST24/04/2012 06:0049.65British - OthersHamilton Shipping
LE BOREAL26/04/2012 07:00142.10nullBurke Shipping Group
MARCO POLO28/04/2012 07:00176.28British - OthersHamilton Shipping
ALBATROS04/05/2012 10:00205.46nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA06/05/2012 07:00206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
LE BOREAL06/05/2012 07:00142.10nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS11/05/2012 05:30289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
QUEST FOR ADVENTURE11/05/2012 07:00170.00nullBurke Shipping Group
QUEST13/05/2012 05:0049.65British - OthersHamilton Shipping
VISION OF THE SEAS16/05/2012 11:00279.00CherbourgHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS17/05/2012 06:30289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
SEABOURN SOJOURN17/05/2012 07:00198.19nullHamilton Shipping
SILVER WHISPER18/05/2012 07:00186.00BelfastBurke Shipping Group
CALEDONIAN SKY24/05/2012 05:1590.60British - OthersHamilton Shipping
BRAEMAR24/05/2012 06:30195.92nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS29/05/2012 06:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
DELPHIN30/05/2012 07:00156.27British - OthersHamilton Shipping
SILVER EXPLORER01/06/2012 05:30108.11nullBurke Shipping Group
ARION01/06/2012 06:00118.00British - OthersBurke Shipping Group
AZAMARA JOURNEY01/06/2012 07:00181.00Scilly IslesHamilton Shipping
VENTURA05/06/2012 02:00288.61nullHamilton Shipping
SILVER CLOUD06/06/2012 07:00155.81nullBurke Shipping Group
SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER06/06/2012 07:00206.50nullHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS10/06/2012 06:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
ATHENA12/06/2012 06:30160.08British - OthersBurke Shipping Group (D9)
MARINA13/06/2012 07:00251.46nullHamilton Shipping
BLACK WATCH14/06/2012 06:00205.47nullBurke Shipping Group
AIDACARA15/06/2012 06:30193.34CorkInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
MARINA20/06/2012 07:00251.46nullHamilton Shipping
ARCADIA23/06/2012 05:00285.11nullHamilton Shipping
SAGA SAPPHIRE02/07/2012 07:00199.50nullBurke Shipping Group
ARCADIA05/07/2012 03:00285.11nullHamilton Shipping
PRINSENDAM05/07/2012 07:00204.00nullHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS11/07/2012 06:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
EUROPA11/07/2012 11:59198.60British - OthersHapag Lloyd (Irl) Ltd.,
NAUTICA20/07/2012 07:00181.00nullHamilton Shipping
PRINSENDAM21/07/2012 06:00204.00nullHamilton Shipping
MINERVA21/07/2012 07:00133.00nullHamilton Shipping
DEUTSCHLAND21/07/2012 07:00175.30nullLeinster Shipping (Agencies) Ltd
MARCO POLO26/07/2012 07:00176.28British - OthersHamilton Shipping
MEIN SCHIFF II29/07/2012 06:00263.90BelfastHamilton Shipping
NAUTICA31/07/2012 07:00181.00nullHamilton Shipping
AZAMARA JOURNEY01/08/2012 15:30181.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS01/08/2012 19:3071.63nullHamilton Shipping
QUEEN ELIZABETH04/08/2012 10:30294.00nullHamilton Shipping
MAASDAM04/08/2012 11:00219.21nullHamilton Shipping
OCEAN PRINCESS05/08/2012 06:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
CLIPPER ODYSSEY07/08/2012 07:00102.96BelfastHamilton Shipping
ASTOR07/08/2012 09:30176.26nullHamilton Shipping
KRISTINA KATARINA09/08/2012 06:00137.10nullHamilton Shipping
SILVER CLOUD09/08/2012 07:00155.81nullBurke Shipping Group
ADONIA09/08/2012 07:00181.00nullHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS10/08/2012 06:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
MSC LIRICA14/08/2012 07:00251.25ObanHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS16/08/2012 01:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
PRINSENDAM18/08/2012 06:30204.00nullHamilton Shipping
HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS18/08/2012 09:3071.63KinsaleHamilton Shipping
AIDACARA19/08/2012 06:30193.34CorkInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
OCEAN PRINCESS20/08/2012 06:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
ORIANA20/08/2012 11:59260.00nullHamilton Shipping
CLIPPER ODYSSEY21/08/2012 02:15102.96BelfastHamilton Shipping
QUEST FOR ADVENTURE21/08/2012 07:00170.00nullBurke Shipping Group
MSC LIRICA25/08/2012 07:00251.25ObanHamilton Shipping
SAGA SAPPHIRE26/08/2012 06:00199.50nullBurke Shipping Group
AIDAAURA26/08/2012 06:30203.20La CorrunaInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS27/08/2012 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
HAMBURG28/08/2012 09:30145.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
LE DIAMANT28/08/2012 11:30124.19nullBurke Shipping Group
PRINCESS DAPHNE29/08/2012 07:15162.39FalmouthBurke Shipping Group
PRINCESS DANAE30/08/2012 07:00162.31BelfastBurke Shipping Group
CRYSTAL SYMPHONY31/08/2012 02:30238.01BelfastHamilton Shipping
DELPHIN01/09/2012 07:00156.27FalmouthHamilton Shipping
SILVER EXPLORER02/09/2012 05:30108.11nullBurke Shipping Group
EXPLORER02/09/2012 07:15180.40nullBurke Shipping Group
JEWEL OF THE SEAS04/09/2012 03:45293.95CorkHamilton Shipping
MSC LIRICA04/09/2012 07:00251.25ObanHamilton Shipping
THOMSON SPIRIT05/09/2012 06:45214.66CorkHamilton Shipping
CRYSTAL SYMPHONY07/09/2012 05:30238.01nullHamilton Shipping
MARCO POLO07/09/2012 07:00176.28British - OthersHamilton Shipping
MARINA08/09/2012 07:00251.46nullHamilton Shipping
SEABOURN SOJOURN12/09/2012 06:00198.19nullHamilton Shipping
SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER13/09/2012 07:00206.50nullHamilton Shipping
ALBATROS14/09/2012 07:00205.46nullBurke Shipping Group
EMERALD PRINCESS15/09/2012 08:15288.61nullBurke Shipping Group (D9)
LE DIAMANT16/09/2012 11:30124.19nullBurke Shipping Group
OCEAN COUNTESS26/09/2012 08:30163.56La CorrunaHamilton Shipping
NORWEGIAN SUN27/09/2012 07:00258.57GreenockHamilton Shipping
OCEAN COUNTESS08/10/2012 08:30163.56VigoHamilton Shipping
MARCO POLO12/04/2013 03:45176.28British - OthersHamilton Shipping
CROWN PRINCESS26/04/2013 11:59288.63nullBurke Shipping Group
FRAM05/05/2013 07:00113.86CorkHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS08/05/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
ARTANIA16/05/2013 07:00230.61nullBurke Shipping Group
CELEBRITY INFINITY17/05/2013 06:30294.00CorkHamilton Shipping
MEIN SCHIFF I18/05/2013 06:00263.90BelfastHamilton Shipping
TBN18/05/2013 07:00999.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
SILVER EXPLORER19/05/2013 05:30108.11nullBurke Shipping Group
VISION OF THE SEAS20/05/2013 07:00279.00CherbourgHamilton Shipping
SILVER WHISPER20/05/2013 07:00186.00nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS21/05/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
EXPLORER22/05/2013 06:45180.40BelfastBurke Shipping Group
SILVER EXPLORER25/05/2013 06:00108.11nullBurke Shipping Group
BRAEMAR27/05/2013 11:30195.92nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS27/05/2013 11:59289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
MSC MAGNIFICA28/05/2013 03:45293.80GreenockHamilton Shipping
TBN30/05/2013 06:00999.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER05/06/2013 07:00206.50CorkHamilton Shipping
CELEBRITY INFINITY08/06/2013 09:30294.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
DEUTSCHLAND09/06/2013 07:00175.30nullLeinster Shipping (Agencies) Ltd
MARINA09/06/2013 07:15251.46CorkHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS14/06/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
ASTOR19/06/2013 06:00176.26CorkHamilton Shipping
PRINSENDAM23/06/2013 06:00204.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
NAUTICA30/06/2013 07:00181.00Isle of ManHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS02/07/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
SEA PRINCESS08/07/2013 11:59261.31nullBurke Shipping Group
ARCADIA09/07/2013 11:59285.11nullBurke Shipping Group
THE WORLD11/07/2013 09:45196.35GalwayHamilton Shipping
SEA CLOUD II14/07/2013 06:00117.00nullHamilton Shipping
AZAMARA QUEST14/07/2013 06:00181.00Isle of ManHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS14/07/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA15/07/2013 07:00206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
DEUTSCHLAND16/07/2013 07:00175.30nullLeinster Shipping (Agencies) Ltd
WIND SURF18/07/2013 07:00187.20HolyheadHamilton Shipping
BALMORAL18/07/2013 16:30217.91nullBurke Shipping Group
ARTANIA24/07/2013 11:59230.61nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS26/07/2013 11:59289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
ORIANA26/07/2013 11:59260.00nullBurke Shipping Group
SAGA SAPPHIRE29/07/2013 07:00199.50nullBurke Shipping Group
EURODAM29/07/2013 07:00285.43nullHamilton Shipping
SEA CLOUD II30/07/2013 06:00117.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
SILVER CLOUD31/07/2013 07:00155.81BelfastBurke Shipping Group
OCEAN PRINCESS01/08/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
VEENDAM03/08/2013 06:00219.21WaterfordHamilton Shipping
MARINA07/08/2013 07:15251.46BelfastHamilton Shipping
QUEEN ELIZABETH07/08/2013 11:59294.00nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS07/08/2013 11:59289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
PRINSENDAM09/08/2013 07:00204.00nullHamilton Shipping
CELEBRITY INFINITY09/08/2013 11:00294.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
DISCOVERY09/08/2013 12:00168.74nullHamilton Shipping
EUROPA10/08/2013 06:00198.60AyrHapag Lloyd (Irl) Ltd.,
OCEAN PRINCESS10/08/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
SILVER CLOUD11/08/2013 07:00155.81BelfastBurke Shipping Group
OCEAN MAJESTY14/08/2013 07:00135.30FalmouthHamilton Shipping
AIDACARA16/08/2013 06:30193.34CorkInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
BRAEMAR16/08/2013 07:00195.92nullBurke Shipping Group
PACIFIC STAR PRINCESS17/08/2013 07:0075.00CardiffHamilton Shipping
OCEAN PRINCESS18/08/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
MSC MAGNIFICA19/08/2013 07:00293.80GreenockHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS19/08/2013 11:59289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
COLUMBUS 220/08/2013 07:00181.00Isle of ManHapag Lloyd (Irl) Ltd.,
ALBATROS21/08/2013 07:00205.46nullBurke Shipping Group
ORIANA21/08/2013 11:59260.00nullBurke Shipping Group
NAUTICA24/08/2013 07:00181.00BelfastHamilton Shipping
MINERVA25/08/2013 11:00133.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
CRYSTAL SERENITY26/08/2013 01:00250.00nullHamilton Shipping
OCEAN PRINCESS27/08/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA28/08/2013 12:00206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
SAGA SAPPHIRE29/08/2013 07:00199.50nullBurke Shipping Group
AIDACARA30/08/2013 06:30193.34CorkInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
CELEBRITY INFINITY31/08/2013 07:00294.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
WIND SURF31/08/2013 07:00187.20Isle of ManHamilton Shipping
OCEAN PRINCESS03/09/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
THOMSON SPIRIT03/09/2013 07:00214.66BelfastHamilton Shipping
JEWEL OF THE SEAS04/09/2013 09:30293.95CorkHamilton Shipping
SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER09/09/2013 07:00206.50nullHamilton Shipping
BREMEN10/09/2013 07:00111.51British - OthersHamilton Shipping
VISION OF THE SEAS11/09/2013 05:30279.00CorkHamilton Shipping
SEABOURN PRIDE11/09/2013 05:30133.80nullHamilton Shipping
BOUDICCA13/09/2013 18:00206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
SILVER WHISPER14/09/2013 07:00186.00nullBurke Shipping Group
CARNIVAL GLORY22/09/2013 11:59290.20nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA23/09/2013 09:30206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA03/10/2013 05:30206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
Published in Cruise Liners

#CRUISE LINERS- In a first for Drogheda Port, the cruiseship, Clipper Adventurer (1975/4,367grt) is to call next May, and will represent  a new business to the port  as part of its circumnavigation of the island of Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 101m long vessel  will bring 236 American and Canadian visitors and a 65 crew, on a cruise organised by Adventure Canada, in association with Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

During the 10-day circumnavigation, the vessel will make calls to the Co. Louth port with passengers touring the Boyne Valley, The Skelligs, Aran Islands, the Gardens on Garnish at Glengariff and Tory Island. They will take in the history, archaeology, bird and marine life, culture, and Irish music in addition to a lecture programme from an on board team.

"With its downtown location, Drogheda Port is perfect for us," says Matthew Swan, president of Adventure Canada.

Last year, Swan visited Drogheda to conduct research for the cruise trip around Ireland. "I heard about your Graffiti and Samba Festivals before coming to town. It seemed like my kind of place, I'm definitely coming back for the Samba event."

Nessa Lally of Drogheda Port commented on the launch of the port as a new cruise destination: "Drogheda Port Company is pleased to announce the inaugural visit of the Clipper Adventurer to our port. This is the beginning of something special for Drogheda and the Boyne Valley.

The area has tremendous potential as a regular cruise destination with world class and potential world class attractions such as Newgrange, Slane Castle, Beaulieu House, the Battle of the Boyne site, the Hill of Tara and medieval Drogheda town itself, to mention just a few.

We will very much welcome the Clipper Adventurer and its passengers to our port and town and intend to give them a memorable visit to our locality. The port company has also commenced a dialogue with a number of interested parties to build and brand a full local itinerary for attracting and growing cruise business and tourism."

In the same month of the inaugural cruise, Drogheda will host a second cruise also by Clipper Adventurer, with Danish passengers organized through Copenhagen-based tour operator, Albatros Travel. They will undertake a 10-day Irish and Scottish itinerary that finishes in Bergen, Norway.

Clipper Adventurer is an exploration vessel which otherwise is often found cruising in polar waters, either Antarctica or the Arctic from Spitsbergen through Iceland, Greenland and Canada's Northwest Passage.

Over the last decade she has called to several Irish ports to include a once-off call to Arklow, where the Serbian-built vessel anchored offshore.

Published in Cruise Liners
Page 36 of 40

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