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Queen Elizabeth, became the the 1000th cruise ship to visit Belfast Harbour where a tug led the traditional precession of water cannons on display yesterday evening. The Cunard Line 'Vista' class ship departed the port for the sixth, and final time this season
The 1,000th cruise ship call to Belfast Harbour took place yesterday according to Cruise Belfast, which works in partnership between the port and Visit Belfast. Cunard Line's MS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Belfast marking a significant milestone for tourism in…
File image of Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon
Donaghadee RNLI carried out a medevac of a passenger who became ill on a cruise ship that left Belfast Lough on Friday evening (17 September). The volunteer crew were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch their all-weather lifeboat Saxon shortly…
The news will be especially good for Cobh in Cork Harbour which relies heavily on the income generated from the arrival of cruise liner passengers.
Cruise liner visits to Cork Harbour is to make a major bounce-back with 88 calls already confirmed for next year and the likelihood there will be more. Port of Cork chief commercial officer Conor Mowlds said a further 53 liners…
Mein Schiff 4, pictured off Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier in 2015
A new report commissioned by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council details the works required for a proposed new seasonal cruise tender pontoon in the harbour. The plans are part of upgrades to Dun Laoghaire Harbour which expects 70 cruise liner visits…
New cruise tallship, Sea Cloud Spirit is to be christened in a naming ceremony by a member of the Spanish royal family next month using blessed pilgrimage champagne from Santiago de Compostela. The building of a three-mast full-rigged ship with traditional rigging in the 21st century may seem a little unusual but for operator, Sea Cloud Cruises, it is a commitment to true passion for sailing. The vessel's fine lines includes an entire deck with balcony cabins, an exclusive wellness and SPA area, a fitness room with sea view, a bistro on deck as an evening alternative to fine dining in the restaurant.
A new three-masted full-rigged cruiseship Sea Cloud Spirit next month is to be christened in the Port of Palma de Mallorca by Infanta Elena of Spain, the sister of King Felipe VI. The third luxury five-star windjammer from Sea Cloud…
An easing back to full cruise operations at the UK's main cruisesport of Southampton saw the English south coast port kept busy having handled two consecutive five-ship weekends during August. In the distance beyond the third cruiseship is Mayflower Park and adjoining marina, where as AFLOAT highlighted today (see story) of the forthcoming Southampton International Boat Show which is to be held following the UK Government's lifting of travel restrictions.
Following an easing back to full cruise operations at the UK's main cruise port of Southampton which had its busiest month of the year to date with two consecutive five-cruise ship weekends during August. On Saturday 7 August and Saturday…
Crew of Saga Cruises brand new Spirit of Adventure were treated to a special lunch break today, as Captain Kim Tanner organised a quayside BBQ in the UK, at Portsmouth for the hard working seafarers who are in a controlled Covid 'bubble' to keep cruisegoers safe. A sister, Spirit of Discovery entered service in July, (2019) as the UK operator's first custom-built cruise ship had then called to Dublin Port. Both ships are currently operating albeit within UK waters due to the ban on cruiseships visiting Irish ports.
Saga Cruises Spirit of Adventure docked in Portsmouth today with passengers disembarked for excursions around the UK south coast city, while caterers arrived quayside to serve up a well-deserved BBQ lunch for the ship’s crew. Organised by the ship’s master,…
Michael McCarthy has been chair of Cruise Europe since 2012
Industry body Cruise Europe is looking back over 30 years of development and growth since its formation in 1991. The idea for network to promote cruises in Northern Europe was first suggested during the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention and Exhibition in…
At the UK's busiest ferryport, the Port of Dover where the Golden Horizon, the world's tallest cruise ship departed the English south-east port on a maiden passenger voyage within UK waters. AFLOAT adds the voyages described as 'Staycations at Sea' involve calls along the English Channel including Falmouth in Cornwall and Harwich, Essex on the North Sea. In the background Afloat adds ferries from operators, DFDS and P&O Ferries. Since last month however a newcomer on the Strait of Dover, Irish Ferries entered to compete on the famous short-sea route connecting Calais in France.
The World's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, the brand new cruise tallship Golden Horizon in mid-July sailed into the Port of Dover; the ship's departure port for four new UK voyages throughout this month. The Golden Horizon, a near replica of…
The luxury Tall Ship 'Sea Cloud II' arrives into Cork Harbour on a Summer visit in 2019
On Thursday 15th July, Cobh and Harbour Chamber and the Port of Cork will jointly host an online cruise tourism workshop. The workshop is aimed at local tourist attractions and providers and is a great opportunity to hear about the…
Resumption of UK cruises continue as Fred Olsen Guest Services team seen jumping for joy as they get ready to welcome their first guests on board Borealis Maiden Voyage Cruise which started last night.  The inaugural 3 nights cruise of the Scottish Western Isles, embarked guests at the Irish Sea port of Liverpool from where the cruiseship set off to tour scenic sights among them the Isle of Staffa.
After many months away from operating due to pandemic, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines finally resumed with a maiden cruise by newcomer Borealis, albeit only within UK waters due to travel related restrictions, writes Jehan Ashmore. Borealis departed Liverpool Cruise Terminal…
Cobh Chamber of Commerce is offering advice to businesses as the Cork Harbour town looks forward to welcoming the ocean cruise ship giants again early next year
The cruise line business globally may have been devastated by the ongoing pandemic - but Cobh in Cork Harbour, hopes to start welcomming back the ships from early next year. The local Chamber of Commerce believes the ocean-going giants will…
Stringent Health & Safety Covid19 protocols were put in place as Belfast Harbour welcomed their first cruise call in 15 months with the arrival of MSC Virtuosa above on the flat still waters of Belfast Lough
Major cruises from British ports will resume this week with a maiden voyage of a vessel around the coast of the UK. MSC Cruises second ship of the Meraviglia-Plus class, Afloat adds is MSC Virtuosa, which according to the Belfast Telegraph, will…
UK waters where the Port of Southampton marked the return of cruises since the pandemic began. Above MSC Virtuosa became the first cruiseship to embark cruising, albeit to ports within Britain.
In UK waters is where the first cruise voyage since the coronavirus pandemic began has got under way. As BBC News reported, MSC Virtuosa departed Southampton (yesterday evening) on a four-night English Channel excursion, with a stop at Portland in…
P&O Cruises newbuild cruise ship was greeted by a water salute as it sailed into the Port of Southampton.
In the UK, the largest cruise ship built for holidaymakers has arrived in England at the Port of Southampton. P&O Cruises' Iona was designed to hold more than 5,000 people in the days before social distancing. The newbuild arrived ahead…
In a competition in the UK to name the Port of Southampton's new dedicated fifth terminal for cruiseships, has been announced as the 'Horizon Cruise Terminal'. According to ABP, construction work is on track, and the English Channel port will be welcoming ships alongside the terminal from the summer
The UK's main cruise port, Southampton has announced that nearly 4,000 name suggestions from across the world entered into a competition, to name the English Channel port's fifth dedicated terminal, the 'Horizon Cruise Terminal'. Associated British Ports (ABP) yesterday announced…

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