#CruiseLiners – For the first time during the 2013 Dublin Port cruise season, two such vessels are due to dock on the same day and only hours apart, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The French mega-yacht style cruiseship Le Boreal from Caen, Normandy is scheduled to arrive first in the early hours of next Sunday. She will be followed by the Norwegian polar region cruise expedition vessel Fram with an arrival from Cork.
Sleek lined Le Boreal is operated by Compagnie due Ponant yacht cruises and the stoutly proportioned Fram is run by Hurtigruten. This operator of course is famous for providing the important Norwegian coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes, beyond the Arctic circle and bordering the Russian Federation.
Among the many regions, the Fram explores the other end of the world with cruises in the Antarctic Ocean.
Dublin Port can look forward to another record breaking year with around 105 cruise calls scheduled in 2013, this compares to last year where there were 89 arrivals. The rise in the 2013 season reflects approximately an increase of 20% compared to last year.