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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
Royal Caribbean International's 'Solstice' class German built (FSG shipyard) cruiseship Celebrity Eclipse on a call last year to scenic Cobh located in lower Cork Harbour.
Cruise Liners
#Cruiseliners - The Port of Cork is braced for a cruise bonanza in 2018, with some 200,000 people due to arrive on cruiseships to Cobh, Ringaskiddy and the city centre this year. The long-term outlook is even more promising reports the…
The Norwegian Breakaway sailed into the severe storm system earlier this month
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - The ‘bomb cyclone’ that hit the US east coast over New Year’s was bad news for one cruise liner that tried to beat the odds — but ended up right in the thick of it. According to Mashable,…
The existing ferry terminal at the Liverpool landing stage (Princess Parade), where vehicles await loading of the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fast-craft Manannan that operates on the seasonal link to Douglas.
Ferry
#FerryNews- Manx Radio reports on a project that has officially begun work that will eventually see a new ferry terminal for passengers. The first phase of the £5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme got under way with a groundbreaking ceremony earlier…
Eugene Garrihy (far right) with shipbuilders on board the vessel in the early stage of the build at the OCEA Shipbuilding plant in La Rochelle, France
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Accessing Ireland’s most popular offshore destination, the Aran Islands, and the Cliffs of Moher by sea is to get a lot more comfortable, faster and environmentally friendly thanks to a record investment by one of the best known sea faring…
As Afloat has previously reported, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena notably made a historic once-off visit to Dublin and Cork (Cobh) during a private cruise-charter in 1995. More than two decades the 6,767grt ship made a first in 2016, by visiting London (as above alongside HMS Belfast) while on a special farewell voyage prior to the withdrawal from the South Africa-St. Helena service (due to have closed that year) but instead is to take place within weeks. The reason for the delay to decommission the 'RMS' service arose due to initial safety concerns following completion of St. Helena's first commercial airport and in which have since been resolved. Flights connecting to the remote South Atlantic island began last October.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The unique Royal Mail Ship, RMS St Helena (see related ship for sale report), will depart on a final voyage from the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena on Saturday, 10 February, having dutifully served for the…
MJM Group, a cruiseship refurbishment and interior fit out firm will project manage the docking, berthing and refit of Azamara Pursuit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast this April and the ship will make its maiden voyage in August.
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - MJM Group based in Newry, Co. Down has landed a major new deal which will see it refit a major cruiseship at Harland & Wolff in Belfast. The move writes the Belfast Telegraph, is part of a recent…
Princess Cruises 'Grand' class cruiseship, Caribbean Princess arriving on Belfast Lough and seen bound for the city's dedicated cruise berth at Stormont Wharf.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - The biggest cruise season in Belfast Port took place last year and 2018 is set to be even busier as cruiseships call in several months time, writes Jehan Ashmore.  A total of 94 cruise ships according to Belfast Harbour…
Holyhead, the port in north-west Wales to see increased cruise visitors in 2018 and where plans are for a multi-use jetty.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseHolyhead - The Port of Holyhead in north Wales will according to Cruise Europe welcome 34% more passengers in 2018 than this year, bringing the total to 36,000 on 43 calls. The jetty, which is owned by Stena Line but…
Cllr Joe Folan at Rossaveal Harbour in Connemara, Co. Galway. The local councillor has called on the Government for a deep water berth to facilitate cruiseships to visit the region.
Irish Harbours
#IrishHarbours - From across the world tourists writes The Connacht Tribune could be flocking into Connemara by – if a proposal to carry out multi-million euro works at Rossaveal Harbour is adopted. But funding, to the tune of around €80…
The Queen Mary 2, pictured here in Norway, was en route to Southampton from New York at the time
Coastguard
#Medevac - Shannon’s Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 was involved in a medevac from the cruise liner Queen Mary 2 some 60 nautical miles off West Cork on Thursday morning (12 October), as BreakingNews.ie reports. An elderly passenger understood…
Vision of the Seas arriving Cobh this July during a transit call.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - Atlantic Europe is the new name being given to serve the Cruise Europe region following a joint announcement made during Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, Germany. The announcement by Cruise Europe (CE) and the Atlantic Alliance (AA) follows a…
German operated cruiseship Amadea is on call to Dublin today.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners- German cruise operator, Phoenix Reisen have their flagship docked in Dublin Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Passengers from the Amadea are taking in the capital and its various visitor attractionsas as part of an autumn cruise call. Only one…
Disney Cruise Line are coming to Cork with two visits of the ‘Disney Magic’  in 2018.The port also reveal that they have hit 100 cruise liner calls for next season showing a staggering 30% increase.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - Earlier in the year Disney Cruise Line announced the Port of Cork on their list of first time visits in 2018. Following successful port visits and further dialogue, today Disney Cruise Line have doubled the Magic coming to…
Making a rare visit by a cruiseship to Warrenpoint Harbour, Co. Down is Saga Pearl II. The small 'yacht-like' cruiseship with only a 449 capacity had called to port along the scenic Carlingford Lough.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - Warrenpoint Harbour welcomed the return call of a cruiseship to the Co. Down port that first launched this trade in recent years, writes Jehan Ashmore. Saga Pearl II had arrived into the scenic surroundings of Carlingford Lough last…
New pilot boat for the Port of Holyhead, the St. Columba will be used to transfer pilots and crew to ships (not ferries) but visiting cruiseships arriving and departing
Ferry
#ferryport - An investment in a new pilot boat to be used at the north Wales ferryport of Holyhead Port took place last month. The boat built by Holyhead Marine Services Ltd is to a design created by Camarc Design…
One of several dining options on board CMV's Magellan, the 'Kensington' Restuarant (seating 414) located on Amundsen Deck 8 of the 9 passenger deck cruiseship.
Cruise Liners
#VisitOnboard - Afloat took the opportunity to visit on board Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) Magellan during a recent call to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Upon embarking the gangway it was pleasing to see crew members giving a fresh…
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