#CruiseCallerTrio-Dublin Port was busy during dawn this morning as three cruiseships docked within a couple of hours, they are the Europa, Prinsendam and Ocean Princess, writes Jehan Ashmore.
Hapag-Lloyd's 199m Bahamas-flagged Europa (1999/28,890grt) arrived from Gromarty and she is moored alongside the North Wall Extension (P&O Terminal) next to the East-Link toll-lift bridge.
The five-star rated 408-passenger vessel has a forward facing web-cam overlooking her bow, noting directly ahead is P&O Ferries Liverpool route ro-pax Norbay, unless viewed later!... as she had departed this morning.
Of the remaining pair of cruiseships, the nearest visible is Princess Cruises 179m Bermuda-flagged Ocean Princess (1999/30,277grt) which is docked in Alexandra Basin (West) alongside Ocean Pier, at berth No. 33. She arrived from Waterford and is originally the R4, one of an octet of vessels built for Renaissance Cruises, with a 680 passenger capacity.
To the right of Ocean Princess can be seen the 'merging' illusion of the upper decks that belong to Holland America Line's 204m Dutch-flagged Prinsendam (1988/38,848grt). The smallest vessel of the HAL fleet, Princendam with almost 700 passengers, docked on the other side of Ocean Pier at berth No.37 which is within the adjacent Alexandra Basin (East).
She had sailed from Liverpool and is to continue her cruise to other Irish ports making an anti-clockwise circuit. Among Princendam's ports of call is Foynes, where she is to become un-expectedly the first caller of the season to the Shannon.
As previously reported, Voyages of Discovery's 15,396 tonnes Voyager, which was intended to be the first scheduled cruise caller to the estuary port, did not arise as it transpired that the ship had generator problems. This forced her 9-day Irish cruise to be curtailed in Killybegs during late May.