Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
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…
SMS Towage's Irishman off the port-side of CMV's cruiseship Marco Polo during a transit of the Port of Hull's King George V Dock lock that marked the start of a one-night coastal Mini Cruise to Harwich, Essex. Also in port was berthed on the Humber estuary, P&O Ferries giant cruiseferry, Pride of Hull (almost 60,000grt) which along with sister Pride of Rotterdam operate an overnight service to the latter ship's namesake city port in the Netherlands.
#Ports&Shipping - A former Belfast Port based tug, Irishman is currently to be found busy working in the East Yorkshire port of Hull on the Humber Estuary that flows into the North Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irishman, a 40 ton…
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…
RCI's Brilliance of the Seas made a second call to Holyhead Port which Afloats adds is operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd. According to the Daily Post, the Welsh Government say they are hoping to attract more of the vessels to the shores of north Wales.
#CruiseLiners - In north Wales a huge cruise ship has docked - giving thousands of tourists reports the Daily Post the chance to see the region’s sights. The Royal Caribbean International ‘Brilliance of the Seas’, one of the biggest cruise…
A misty morning yesterday greeted visitors to Killybegs on the visit of MS Queen Elizabeth, the largest cruise ship ever to have berthed in the Co. Donegal fishing harbour. Afloat adds the 90,900 tonnes 'Vista' class cruiseship operated by Cunard Line followed the call of slightly smaller sister Queen Victoria to the harbour also this season.
#CruiseLiners - Donegal received its biggest ship ever in Killybegs yesterday, Friday 20 July.  As Donegal Now reported the 'Queen Elizabeth' has over 2,000 passengers and a crew of more than 1,000. The luxury ship, part of the Cunard Line,…
Seabourn Quest at anchor in Bantry Bay, offshore of Abbey Pier
#CruiseLiners - A big cruiseship by Banty Bay standards involved notably a maiden call visit today to the scenic west Cork anchorage, writes Jehan Ashmore. The megayacht-like Seabourn Quest of 32,000 tonnes had yesterday called to Cobh, Cork Harbour, before…
Slower Speeds? in Norway's World Heritage Fjords. Afloat adds the above is Hurtigruten's MS Trollfjord at 16,140 gross tonnes is one of the largest of the coastal-car carrying cruising fleet. The Norwegian built 638-bed capacity vessel visited Dun Laoghaire Harbour as part of a publicity call in the early 2000's which involved berthing at the jetty along the East Pier.
#CruiseLiners - Limitation on speed in the Norwegian World Heritage fjords is one of several measures the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) is considering in order to limit pollution from ships in these areas according to Cruise Europe. DNV GL carried…
Classic profile of former liner, Marco Polo sporting a distinctive blue hull when seen underway off the Irish east coast during a cruise-leg between Dublin and Cork last weekend. The 800 passenger cruiseship built in 1965 is nearing completion of a Round Britain cruise that began from Hull on the North Sea. During a career spanning more than five decades, the ship has sailed the oceans and to all the continents,.
#CruiseLiners - Classic former liner Marco Polo made cruiseship calls to Irish ports last weekend and today the veteran vessel is nearing the end of a cruise that began in Hull, the UK North Sea port which is increasingly becoming…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

corkweek sidebutton
tokyo sidebutton
roundireland sidebutton
wave regatta
sovscup sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating