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The visiting cruise liner MSC-Meraviglia in Belfast Harbour
Belfast Harbour has been named the best port of call in the UK and Ireland for cruise ships. The accolade was awarded by a global panel of cruise experts as part of the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards. It…
One of the 'Grand' class cruiseships which Afloat adds is a common visitor to Irish ports and as above is berthed in the Norwegian capital.
According to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), the sustainability of cruise activity in Europe is currently under pressure. European ports take the concerns expressed very seriously. The vicinity to Europe’s cultural heritage and main must-sees makes many European port…
The 'Spirit of Discovery in Cobh. The brand new luxury boutique British liner carried 999 passengers into Cork Harbour in July
There is only one more cruise ship is left to visit in December, for what has been a record cruise season for the Port of Cork with 100 cruise liners visiting in 2019. In total over 243,000 passengers and crew…
Indecon Report shows positive economic benefits – funding requirements, air quality and mass tourism considerations to be addressed
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has launched a public consultation on the future of cruise liner tourism at Dublin Port. To help inform the consultation process, DPC has published a discussion paper setting out key considerations to be addressed. DPC has…
In this amidship close up in Kinsale, AFLOAT has identified the cruiseship as Le Dumont-D'urville, Ponant Cruises fourth polar 'Explorer' class of six next generation newbuilds which made its Irish maiden call to include the West Cork harbour earlier this month. The cruiseship given its superstructure styling is more akin to a private mega yacht which features 92 staterooms and suites.
The Southern Star writes, that Kinsale in Co. Cork and other harbour towns want a slice of the €50m cruise ship trade. County mayor, Christopher O’Sullivan said: ‘West Cork’s extensive coastline and the fantastic facilities in our harbours make it…
Climate protest activists target the Venice Film Festival, Italy, citing large cruiseships (for example above in July) damage the environment
Activists in their hundreds, BBC News reports, have staged a sit-in on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival in protest at the huge cruise ships they say are damaging the environment. The protest came hours ahead of Saturday's…
MS Prinsendam in Bantry Harbour
Bantry Bay Port Company will hold a cruise seminar in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry on Thursday 29th August 2019 to launch their cruise strategy for Bantry. Entitled ‘Collectively Growing Cruise Tourism in Bantry’ the seminar is aimed at local attractions…
Pacific Princess complete with 'Princess' motif adorning both bow and funnel is seen during a previous call to Dublin Port - from where the small cruiseship had sailed overnight from Welsh waters following high winds that prevented a visit yesterday to Pembrokeshire.
High winds played there part in determining cruiseship destinations among visiting vessels that were scheduled to call to Irish and Welsh ports, writes Jehan Ashmore. Most recently to become subject to the conditions involved Princess Cruises smallest ship, the 670…
The plaque to mark the opening of the new Belfast Cruise Terminal which took place yesterday
A dedicated cruise terminal the first on the island of Ireland, reports ITV News, has opened in Belfast. A partnership between Visit Belfast and Belfast Harbour, the terminal has been created to cater for the growing number of cruise passengers…
'Spirit of Discovery in Cobh; this brand new luxury boutique British liner carries 999 passengers. Scroll down for photo gallery below
The latest cruise ship from Saga Cruises, the highly anticipated 'Spirit of Discovery' has docked in Cobh on her make her maiden call to a wet Cork Harbour today. As Afloat's Jehan Ashmore wrote yesterday, this brand new, luxury boutique British liner carries 999 passengers on…
 Spirit of Discovery will make her maiden call to Cobh today
The latest cruise ship from Saga Cruises, the highly anticipated Spirit of Discovery will make her maiden call to Cobh on Friday 19th July. As Afloat's Jehan Ashmore wrote yesterday, this brand new, luxury boutique British liner carries 999 passengers…
Saga Cruises first custom-built cruiseship, Spirit of Discovery docked at the UK's busiest ferryport, Dover, where the newbuild departed from the Kent port last week on a maiden cruise of the UK and Ireland including today's first visit to Dublin Port.
Saga Cruises first ever cruiseship built for the UK operator made a maiden port of call to Dublin Port this morning as part of an inaugural round Britain and Ireland cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore. Spirit of Discovery departed Dover last…
The Crown Princess cruise liner alongside in Cobh
Cruise Critic awards the highest-rated cruise destinations in 18 cruise regions across the globe in its annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards 2019 Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of its…
Dublin Port Chief Receives Apology From Cruise Ship Campaign Over Press Releases
Dublin Port’s chief executive has received an apology over press releases from a campaign against the end of cruise liner arrivals to the port that he claimed were defamatory, as The Irish Times reports. Lorcan O’Connor, a director of Carroll’s…
Work starts on a £19m cruise berthing and visitor centre at Greenock (one of two Clydeport terminals) on the Firth of Clyde in south-west Scotland. AFLOAT adds above is RCI's Vision of the Seas passing Gourock Pierhead on the way to Greenock located further upriver.
A new cruise berthing and visitor centre at Greenock Ocean Terminal on the Forth of Clyde, Scotland has been confirmed, it was revealed today. At its June meeting, the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet approved a contribution of £9.693m…
Dublin Docklands trio: The restored and reinstated Liffey Ferry No.11, small cruiseship Corinthian from Fishguard, Wales and private superyacht Lady Rose from Lisbon, Portugal. The scene was taken in May during one of the cruiseship's calls to the capital this season which has seen the small ship as the most regular of such visitors. Note the cruiseship's unusual angled funnels.
Departing Dublin Port last night was a small cruiseship when compared to the giants of the industry yet this caller is one of the most prolific visitors and on the Irish Sea this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The diminutive Corinthian…

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