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The MV Viking Sky pictured in Sète, France last December
Nearly 400 people have been airlifted from a cruise liner adrift off the coast of Norway, as RTÉ News reports. More than 1,300 passengers and crew were on board the luxury liner Viking Sky yesterday (Saturday 23 March) when it…
Dublin Port’s Cruise Call Cutbacks ‘Will Have Catastrophic Effect On Industry’
Dublin Port’s decision to reduce cruise liner visits from 2021 has sparked concern among the wider tourism industry in Ireland. As covered last month on Afloat.ie, rising freight volumes and the need to create space due to Brexit will mean…
Chairman of MJM Marine Brian McConville, vice-president of vessel refurbishment at Norwegian Cruise Line Colin Gant, and chief executive of MJM Gary Annett
#cruiseliners - Newry based firm MJM Marine, writes The Irish Times, has won its biggest contract to date for a “multimillion dollar” refit of a cruise liner that will involve a team of 1,400 people. The company, which has its…
Eamonn O'Reilly, CEO of Dublin Port Company
#cruiseliners - The Port of Dublin is to greatly curtail cruise ships using its facilities and may axe the business altogether. Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port Company told the Sunday Independent that rising freight volumes and the need to…
Michael McCarthy of Cruise Europe and Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Cruise Europe summit on Brexit held in Dublin.
#cruiseliners -  A Cruise Europe summit hosted by Dublin Port Company to discuss Brexit by members of the cruise association that promotes destinations in Northern and Atlantic Europe was recently held in the Irish capital. Attending the summit was Simon…
Yachts at moorings and large trawlers docked in Killybegs. Also berthed in the Co. Donegal port Afloat adds is German cruise operator Phoenix Reisen's Artania
#cruiseliners - Killybegs, Co. Donegal this summer will be visited by 12 cruise ships carrying 11,313 passengers. The season DonegalNow reports will mark a first for the port town in that one of the cruise ships will berth overnight. Barney…
Cruiseship Berlin AFLOAT adds is seen making a call to Belfast Harbour in June last year with towage assistance from SMS Towage. In the background the famous iconic landmarks of H&W dockyard and Titanic Belfast Centre, the visitor attraction venue located on the banks of the River Lagan.
#cruiseliners - A total 285,000 visitors on board 151 cruise ships are due to call at Belfast Harbour this year, an increase of 31% on the 115 visits during the 2018 cruise season. The figures were announced by Cruise Belfast,…
A unique feature not to be found on the majority of modern cruiseships, are the open 'forward' decks of Marco Polo (22,080 tonnes) a classic former 'liner' currently operating festive themed cruises from the UK to Irish ports. Above is a view of the North Sea taken during a summertime one-night mini cruise within UK waters from Hull on Humberside to Harwich, Essex.
#CruiseLiners - Classic cruiseship Marco Polo arrived to the Irish capital today as part of a Dublin Festive Mini-Cruise which includes an overnight call, writes Jehan Ashmore. Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) are the only operators serving Irish ports with…
Celebrity Eclipse on a call to Cobh, Cork Harbour where cruiseships calls are to surpass 100 visits, a record to be achieved in season 2019
#CruiseLiners - Cruiseliners are to set a record with 103 calls booked to visit Cork next year, reports BreakingNews.ie, including several which will dock in the port for the first time. New ships such as Celebrity Cruises MV Celebrity Reflection…
Night time scene over Dublin Port in August from the Garda Air Support Unit patrol. AFLOAT adds the cruiseships were using the port's main berths for the largest of visitors that can only be accommodated at Ocean Pier.
#CruiseLiners - It was at Cruise Europe's AGM in St Petersburg during April, when chairman Captain Michael McCarthy outlined how it would be in the interests of CE as an organisation to retain an 'Observer and Contributor Status' to the…
Azura in Tallinn, Estonia on June 12, 2016.
#Cruiseliners - A captain of a cruise ship found to be burning fuel with excessive sulphur levels has been fined €100,000 (£88,500) in a Marseille court, the first such ruling in France. The prosecution writes The Guardian was intended to…
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…

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