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Most of the passengers (including Irish citizens) from the Zaandam and its (fleetmate) ship the Rotterdam will begin disembarking today (yesterday)
A cruise ship hit with the virus, RTE News reported, with around ten Irish citizens on board has docked in Florida in the USA (yesterday). Most of the passengers from the Zaandam and its sister ship the Rotterdam will begin…
The Zaandam cruise ship (with Irish passengers) is due to dock in Florida later today. AFLOAT adds the cruiseship is on the left along with fleetmate Rotterdam when recently offshore of Panama prior to both ships transiting the canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans.
The US President reports RTE News, has said that US authorities will evacuate passengers from a stranded cruise ship which is due to dock in Florida after being barred from several South American countries because of a coronavirus outbreak aboard.…
Four people have died on the MS Zaandam, though none of the deceased is Irish. The ship has 1,243 guests and 586 crew on board.
On board a Dutch flagged cruise ship is where a coronavirus outbreak has occurred with several Irish citizens travelling is expected to dock in Florida, USA in the coming days, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said. Four…
The MS Zaandam was denied access to the Panama Canal for sanitary reasons according to RTE news which added Irish citizens on board. Asymptomatic cruise passengers would be allowed to transfer to MS Rotterdam. This ship also operated by Holland America Line (HAL) is AFLOAT adds (above) is seen berthed in Dublin Port when on a visit in recent years.
Permission has been given by Panama's Government to a cruise ship on which four passengers have died to travel through its canal, a day after blocking the liner over coronavirus fears, according to RTE News (last night).  Holland America Line's…
The workshop at MJM Marine in Newry, which is set to go quiet from the end of April
Newry ship refurbisher MJM Marine has told its staff that redundancies “in large numbers” are unavoidable after all future orders were postponed indefinitely amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The Belfast Telegraph reports on an internal communication to staff yesterday (Tuesday…
MSC Splendida will no longer call at two ports in Italy on 28 and 29 March
A cruise liner bound for Belfast in May has had its itinerary changed to avoid two upcoming port calls in Italy, following that country’s extraordinary national lockdown measures to control the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the MSC…
Cruise ship Grand Princess which at time of writing docked around 30 minutes ago at Oakland, California
In the US state of California, authorities are preparing to receive passengers aboard a virus-hit cruise liner held off San Francisco. Nineteen crew members and two passengers, reports BBC News, on the Grand Princess have tested positive for Covid-19. The…
As part of celebrating IWD2020, UK operator CMV Cruises in recognition of historic achievements of pioneering female explorers and adventurers is to name cruise ships to join the fleet in 2021 with Amy Johnson (above as flagship in new livery) and second ship Ida Pfeiffer. As for this year's season, CMV continue cruises for the Irish market with regulars Magellan and Marco Polo based out of Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh and Ringaskiddy).
In celebration of today's International Women’s Day 2020, and their theme Each for Equal, UK operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has launched the ‘Introducing Inspirational Women’ series, writes Jehan Ashmore. The series (each Wednesday on facebook: see also today)…
Coronavirus test kits are delivered on board (Grand Princess off the US west coast) by the California National Guard
A cruise ship flagged in the US is understood to be carrying a number of Irish citizens, as well as 21 confirmed coronavirus cases, has been given permission to dock, with its passengers to disembark in Oakland on Monday. According…
Hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship MS Fridtjof Nansen is a Norwegian newbuild named after the first explorer to successfully cross the Greenland interior. The 500 passenger ship operated by Hurtigruten made a debut to Belfast Harbour at the weekend and also became the first visitor this season to the island of Ireland .
Afloat tracked MS Fridtjof Nansen, the latest addition hybrid-powered custom-built cruise ship for Norwegian operator Hurtigruten, which made its first visit to Belfast Harbour at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on Afloat, Belfast Harbour was named the…
After 16 days of quarantine, British and Irish nationals disembarked the Diamond Princess in Japan by coach for a flight to the UK that arrived this evening.
Evacuated British and Irish nationals from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship (Diamond Princess) in Japan have arrived at a UK hospital where they will spend the next two weeks in quarantine. Coaches carrying 30 British and two Irish citizens arrived at…
Quarantine period for Diamond Princess passengers and crew is due to end 19 February
On board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, two Irish passengers have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. In a statement it said that the two people, who were among six Irish citizens on board the…
Cruiseship Westerdam operated by Holland America Line berthed in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Afloat adds the photo was taken last Friday.
Passengers from Ireland are among those on board a cruiseship which docked in Cambodia last week with confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus. According to The Irish Times, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking on Tuesday morning, confirmed…
The Diamond Princess pictured in 2017
Irish citizens are among the hundreds of passengers quarantined on a cruise liner in Japan amid the coronavirus epidemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed. According to RTÉ News, 454 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in the Diamond Princess,…
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…

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