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Bantry Bay, Co. Cork looks set to become a must-stop destination for luxury expedition cruises. AFLOAT adds above at anchorage the small luxury expedition cruiseship Serenissima. The former Norwegian 'Hurtigruten' cargo-ferry Harald Jarl, visited in May, had company in the form of a sail trainee tallship Danmark. See below link for related coverage.
#CruiseLiners - West Cork's scenic Banty Bay looks set to become a must-stop destination for luxury expedition cruises, reports The Southern Star.  Businesses, tourism groups and Bantry Bay Port Company are working on a strategy which would appeal to what…
A record 115 cruise ships carrying 185,000 crew and passengers visited Belfast this season, according to Cruise Belfast. AFLOAT adds Black Watch seen in recent years in Belfast Lough with a white hull (now dark blue) had docked in the harbour on the southside of the port.  On board were Canadians taking a 26-day cruise.
#CruiseLiners - It was a record-breaking cruise season that officially ended yesterday when the Fred Olsen-owned Black Watch (docked) in the Port of Belfast. As The Irish News reports this was the 115th ship to dock in 2018, and since…
Norwegian Pearl a 'Jewel ' class cruiseship is to make a maiden anchorage call off Dun Laoghaire Harbour in season 2019
#CruiseLiners - Among the cruise callers Dun Laoghaire Harbour in season 2019 is to welcome will be Norwegian Pearl and not as previously stated a sister, writes Jehan Ashmore The sister Norwegian Jewel is the leadship of the 'Jewel' class…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is to welcome twice as many cruiseship callers in season 2019, among them the giant Norwegian Jewel. The Bahamas flagged cruiseship with more than 2,300 passengers is scheduled to make a maiden call albeit offshore next June and return the following month.
#CruiseLiners - Afloat can reveal Dun Laoghaire Harbour's cruiseship caller list in season 2019 is scheduled to be as twice as busy compared to this year's total of just three calls, writes Jehan Ashmore. In what will also make next…
Star Breeze which made a recent return cruise call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour. This visit took place during the hosting of the Laser Masters World Championships which was a contributory factor in the ship berthing at St. Micheal's Pier instead of the customary use of Carlisle Pier.
#Cruiseliners - Star Breeze concluded the cruise season to the former ferryport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend, having already made a second call earlier this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Star Breeze arrived on 15 September following an overnight passage…
The sheer force of Storm Ali forced the cruiseship Nautica to detach, Afloat adds from moorings at Greenock Cruise Terminal on the Clyde, Scotland. Afloat has identified Nautica is docked in Belfast Harbour today and is scheduled to make a visit to Dublin Port this Saturday.
#CruiseLiners - A cruiseship which due to Storm Ali was forced to detach from its moorings in Scotland as the severe winds (yesterday) unleashed chaos across the country. The cruiseship writes the Express, tore away from its moorings in Greenock,…
Saga Pearl II (with previous funnel livery) seen in Belfast Lough also called to ports on the island of Ireland in addition to the south Wales region this season. The small cruiseship at 18,000 tonnes has an intimate guest capacity of just 449 and is exclusively adults only.
#CruiseLiners - The 2018 season was successful at the ports of Swansea and Cardiff, according to port owner and operator ABP which is to further develop the cruise sector in the south Wales region throughout 2019 and beyond. Representatives from…
Making a morning arrival as Disney Magic also made a maiden call to Cork (Cobh) Harbour.
#CruiseLiners - Disney Magic made a maiden call to the Port of Cork this morning.  The Port of Cork welcomed the Disney Magic on the maiden call to Cobh, as part of Disney Cruise Line’s new seven-night British Isles cruise.…
Star Breeze makes a first call this season to Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday. The small 212 guest capacity ship operating at the high-end of the luxury market is to make a repeat call also this month.
#CruiseLiners - A Windstar Cruises boutique style luxury ship docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday, though only as the second of just three callers due this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Star Breeze operating with a mere 212 guest capacity had…
Megayacht cruiseship Variety Voyager has spent the majority of the last five weeks berthed along Sir John Rogerson Quay in Dublin Port. This afternoon the luxury cruiseship was finally removed from a list of detained ships and departed for Denmark.
#Cruiseliners - A megayacht cruiseship that has been docked in Dublin Port for the last five weeks due to detention by maritime authorities has finally been lifted today, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the Paris MoU, the principle regulatory authority…
Azamara Pursuit Afloat adds made a maiden call to Dublin Port last Saturday and Waterford the next day. The Irish calls took place prior to sailing to Southampton (above) where the cruiseship was officially christened yesterday.
#CruiseLiners - New to Azamara Club Cruises is the Azamara Pursuit which was officially named in Southampton yesterday, 28 August. The 30,277gt Azamara Pursuit writes the Maritime Executive was previously P&O Cruises' Adonia, and she sailed her final voyage as…
Anchored off Dunmore East, Waterford Estuary on a previous call, Celebrity Silhouette, note the novel half-acre 'real' grass feature beneath the twin funnels.
#Cruiseliners - Anchored off Dunmore East, Waterford Estuary this morning is the 'Solstice' class Celebrity Silhouette, which had sailed overnight from Cork (Cobh) Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dunmore East, a fishing harbour village set in beautiful surroundings is a gateway…
MV Silver Wind, seen here in Cadiz, will be Galway’s last cruise call of 2018 next month. The city saw a doubling of cruise passenger numbers between 2016 and 2017
Maritime passengers arriving at Irish ports saw a 2.1% increase to 2.8 million from 2016 to 2017. That’s according to the Department of Transport’s latest Transport Trends report published earlier this week, which highlights the increasing importance of the cruise…
Cruiseship Variety Voyager remains under detention in Dublin Port. Visible is one of two of the 68m megayacht's lifeboats on the port side. Astern on the quayside is a construction cement silo along with the restored 'Diving Bell' on Sir John Rogersons Quay.
#Detention - Among the reasons cited for the detention of a cruiseship in Dublin Port which has remained docked for almost three weeks, Afloat can now reveal chiefly concerned the condition of the ship's lifeboats, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to…
SMS Towage's new 72 bollard pull ton tug Superman and CMV's Marco Polo in the King George V Dock lock entrance at ABP's Port of Hull where the North Sea port has become an increasingly popular cruise calling destination. In addition to cruises departing Hull including Marco Polo visiting Irish Sea ports.
#CruiseLiners - The deep blue-hulled Marco Polo, Cruise & Maritime Voyages veteran vessel as Afloat previously featured calling to Irish ports is among seven cruiseships that will use the UK Port of Hull this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The North…
Detained cruiseship Variety Voyager remains in Dublin Port (Sir John Rogersons Quay) from where the mega-yacht like vessel had arrived in late July. On the left is the distinctive orange painted 'Diving Bell' restored in recent years.
#Detention - A Maltese-flagged cruiseship still remains under detention in Dublin Port having arrived in the capital almost three weeks ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. Authorities, Paris MoU, the official body responsible for eliminating the operation of sub-standard ships (see list) detained…

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