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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
The biggest private residential vessel on the planet, The World is early next month to visit for the first time Killybegs Harbour in Co. Donegal.
The World which is one of the most unique ships to ever visit Killybegs is set to dock at the Donegal port next month. The largest purely residential ship on earth is paying its first ever visit to this county.…
Biggest cruise caller, as locals line the quayside at Warrenpoint where the cruiseship, Azamara Pursuit made a first call to the Co. Down port this morning
The largest ever cruiseship to visit Warrenpoint Port, Azamara Pursuit at 180m in length, was observed by locals lining the quayside as the ship headed up Carlingford Lough this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore Measuring 30,277 in gross tonnage, the cruiseship…
Celebrity Apex during a visit to the Port of Waterford, while at anchorage off Dunmore East earlier this summer. AFLOAT adds the 2,910 passenger Celebrity Cruises second 'Edge' class ship was built in 2019 in France at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire. The 130,000 gross tonnage ship is scheduled to return next month. Also above, is the port's Interceptor 48 pilot cutter, Port Láirge built only last year by Safehaven Marine in neighbouring Co. Cork.
As previously reported the Port of Waterford announced an operating profit of €1.1 million for 2021, up from €700,000 on the year. Turnover was €7.7m and shareholder's funds ended the year at €34m. Bulk throughput in 2021 came in at…
At anchor off Kinsale, Co Cork was the Valletta-registered cruiseship Europa with the old Head of Kinsale in the distance. Afloat adds the small high-end luxury cruiseship of German operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has for decades made anchorage calls to scenic spots along the south-west coast.
A cruiseship which called to Kinsale marked the first arrival of 2022 to the west Cork harbour. The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins welcomed the German luxury cruise ship, Europa, with 400 passengers and 275 crew.…
The first cruise ship since 2017 to visit Warrenpoint Port is the World Navigator as seen arriving today during inclement weather along with tug Mourne Shore in attendance.
The first cruiseship since 2017 to visit Warrenpoint Harbour on Carlingford Lough was welcomed to the port today with the arrival of the World Navigator, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship's inaugural call to the Co. Down port formed part of the…
Above at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May making a maiden call to the Irish port is leadship World Navigator (a sister of the 'Navigator') which is to call to Warrenpoint Port tomorrow on 28 June. AFLOAT adds the 2021 built World Navigator is the second of five polar-class luxury expedition cruiseships so far in service and which is just shy of 10,000 gross tonnes.
The return of a cruiseship schedule at Warrenpoint Port since the pandemic, is to take place with the first caller this season due to arrive tomorrow, 28 June. The Co. Down port is to see the debut of the World Navigator,…
'Le Bellot' - the ship offer 92 staterooms, including four suites; all cabins include a plate glass window and a private balcony
A new generation of a cruise ship docked in Dublin Port this week in the first port of call in a voyage around Ireland and the UK. The 430-foot Le Bellot can welcome up to 184 guests and 118 crew members with…
The 104-metre Greg Mortimer alongside at berth number two at Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Carlisle Pier
The weekend visit of the ship Greg Mortimer was the first cruise-liner to berth alongside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the 2022 season.  Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the 104-metre Greg Mortimer is built to polar standards…
Economic boost to Galway City as cruiseship passengers (firstly began with Fred.Olsen Lines Borealis last month), is expected to bring €2m to businesses over the course of the season as such ships anchor off Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.
Galway City businesses could benefit from cruise ship passengers to the tune of almost €2 million over the course of the summer months as such ships are due to anchor off the bay. A total of 22 cruise ships will…
The luxury 420 cruiseship Hamburg is the first such ship in more than two years to visit Dublin Port as Covid related travel restrictions were revoked last month.  The 15,000grt cruiseship is on a cruise of the UK and Ireland having departed its German namesake city as above.
The first cruiseship to visit Dubin Port this season arrived this morning, marking a momentous return of this tourism sector to the Irish capital and not seen since March 2020, as Covid travel restrictions were revoked last month, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
New UK cruise brand, Ambassador Cruise Line's Ambience following a maiden cruise to Germany, is to visit Belfast Harbour and Cobh, Cork Harbour next month. Above Ambience departing London (Tilbury) on the Thames estuary when on its maiden cruise to Hamburg. Among the facilities are 11 lounges and bars, entertainment venues including the multi-tiered The Palladium and Observatory, which plays host to cabarets and late-night discos.
Ambassador Cruise Line, the UK's newest cruise operator whose Ambience has completed a 4-day round trip maiden voyage from its London homeport of Tilbury to Hamburg, Germany, writes Jehan Ashmore. In advance of Ambience's inaugural cruise that departed the London…
The Norwegian expedition cruise liner, Maud, arriving in Waterford
The Norwegian expedition cruise liner, Maud, arrived in Waterford Port this morning, the first cruise vessel in over two years, due to Covid pandemic disruption. It is the maiden voyage of the vessel, from the Norwegian cruise line company Hurtigruten.…
The MSC Magnifica arrives at Roches Point in Cork Harbour on Tuesday, April 19th, the second cruise-liner of the season into the Munster Port. The MSC Magnifica is expected into Dun Laoghaire on the Irish east coast on Wednesday, April 20th where she will anchor in Dublin Bay and tender passengers ashore
Dun Laoghaire Harbour has published a schedule of its cruise liner calls this year with many of the liners anchoring on Dublin Bay and tendering passengers ashore.  A ‘cap’ on the number of cruise calls to Dublin Port since 01 January 2020…
The brand new 745 foot Viking Venus Cruise Liner is pictured anchored off Dun Laoghaire Harbour on April 18th. The Norwegian flagged vessel arrived in from Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales on the 17th and has departed for Dover, England on another stage of 14 day Easter-themed cruise of the UK and Ireland
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's newly installed 'primary passenger ship tender pontoon' was put to immediate use this weekend to facilitate the second cruise-liner visit of the season to the east coast port. Tenders from the Viking Venus Cruise Ship were the…
Another step on the return to normal!   as cruiseship Borealis arrives off Cobh and the town's Heritage Centre.
Cork Beo described brilliant scenes in Cobh this morning when locals welcomed the first cruise ship in over two years. The port in the town has not seen tourists visiting on cruises since before the pandemic, so it's a big…
The new pontoons are being assembled on the town's Carlisle Pier before being moored at No 4 berth in the harbour
Dun Laoghaire Harbour will have a newly installed 'primary passenger ship tender pontoon' this weekend in time for its expected cruise liner visits to the harbour this summer.  It is understood that the whole tender operations for the visiting ships, (anchored…

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