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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…
Viking Venus arriving on Belfast Harbour yesterday, Friday. Afloat adds the 930 capacity cruiseship with more than 700 passengers, marked the first caller to the North since the pandemic began more than two years ago. The ship on Tuesday called offshore to Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
The first cruise ship to Belfast Harbour for the 2022 season arrived on Friday, with the tourism industry anticipating a bumper season after taking a massive hit from Covid-19. The Viking Venus, a 930-passenger vessel owned by Viking Cruises, is…
First Irish cruise call of 2022 season since the pandemic began: Tenders of the Norwegian flagged Viking Venus at anchor in Dublin Bay arrive with mostly US passengers transferred to Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Carlisle Pier. According to a spokesperson of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (port operator) there are 714 passengers and 452 crew on board and the ship which is to return for a second cruise on Easter Monday, 18 April.
The first cruiseship in Irish waters since Covid19 restrictions were put in place more than two years ago but removed earlier this month, has led Viking Venus to visit Dun Laoghaire Harbour with an anchorage call this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
New Cunarder: The Grand Lobby will feature an art deco design that is intended to pay tribute to the ‘Golden Age’ of travel of the new cruiseship Queen Anne. The newbuild is currently constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and with a delivery sailing to Southampton, UK, ahead of the cruiseship's inaugural voyage in early 2024.
Design details of Cunard Line's newest cruiseship, Queen Anne have been revealed with the newbuild set to join the cruise company's fleet in 2024. Creative director Adam D. Tihany will collaborate with David Collins Studio, Richmond International and Sybille de…
Brand mix-up as British public mistakes Southampton based cruise operator P&O Cruises with that of P&O Ferries with its main ferry operations based out of Dover. Above Afloat adds is the Iona at Gibraltar which is the first UK based cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The 'Excellence' class cruiseship includes a luminous glass-roofed SkyDome, an on-board gin distillery and whole world of dining options.
The brand P&O Cruises, owned by Carnival Corporation & PLC, is faced with a growing tirade of abuse as the British public mistakes it for P&O Ferries which Afloat adds is owned by DP World based in Dubai, United Arab…
An interior refurbishment company in the UK sees record business in pandemic with work carried out an Irish Sea shipyard on Merseyside. Above cruiseships Afloat has indentified from Cunard Line and P&O Cruises, both of the same 'Vista' class design.
An interior design firm in the UK which has carried out refurbishment work on some of the world’s most famous cruise ships says it has enjoyed record turnover in the past eight months. Atlantic Marine Interiors based in Christchurch, Dorset,…
Hopes raised that with the easing of restrictions will see the return of cruise ships in Irish waters this season.
Next month the Irish cruise liner trade is to see the easing of Covid-19 restrictions which will be critical to helping the €70m-a-year sector to recover for the 2022 season. Almost 100 cruise liners are booked to visit Ireland over…
The destroyed hull of the sunken Costa Concordia the day after the disaster on 13 January 2012
Earlier this week Italy marked the 10th anniversary of the Costa Concordia shipwreck disaster with commemorations on Isola del Giglio off Tuscany, as RTÉ News reports. Survivors joined local residents and relatives to remember those lost and give thanks to…

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