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#FestiveMiniCruises – Boudicca (1973/28,551grt) of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has this evening departed Dublin Port on a 2 night mini-cruise for Irish passengers bound for Liverpool, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The cruise which departed Ocean Pier is one of several festive 'taster' Irish Sea cruises before Christmas.
Fred Olsen, the four-star operator is offering a choice of 1, 2 and 3 night cruises to attract the Irish market as well as the UK.
Last night, Boudicca departed Liverpool's Cruise Terminal to Dublin to where passengers experienced the Irish capital before embarking this evening with Irish passengers to Merseyside.
The other cruises will have an intinerary to include Belfast, Cork (Cobh) and Liverpool plus en route calls to Dublin to collect Irish guests.
#Cruiseliners - Killybegs Information Centre has confirmation through Sinbad Marine Services that three visits to the port in 2015 have been scheduled by the prestigious brand P&O/Carnival Lines.
The cruiseships to visit Killybegs under the P&O Cruises flag will be the largest passenger ships so far to use the port. Among the brands of Carnival Group are famous lines such as Cunard, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.
P&O's Adonia is due in port on June 17 and will return for a second visit on July 21. A second P&O Cruises fleet-member Oriana, which is twice the size, is due to berth on June 26.
The calls by P&O brings to a total of eight callers confirmed for 2015, and passenger figures visiting Killybegs next year is greater than last year's season, itself a record.
The 30,000 tonnes Adonia, with a length of 180.45 m (592 ft) is smaller by comparison to the 69,000 tonnes Oriana with a length of 260.00 m (853.02 ft).
Adonia has a capacity for more than 800 passengers while Oriana has a maximum capacity of more than 1,900 passengers with a crew of just under 800 (794).
Anne Dorrian of the Killybegs Information Centre said "This is great news and we hope it will lead to even bigger vessels visiting Killybegs in the future".
"The Adonia is a pathfinder ship, exploring ports which the larger ships of today had not previously considered. Hopefully, her visit will pave the way for some of the most splendid ships in the Carnival fleet to come to beautiful County Donegal."
She added "Between 2009 and 2014, there have been 52 visits by cruise ships to Killybegs with over 22,000 passengers and more than 6,000 crew. In 2015, the eight ships confirmed will bring an estimated 6,300 passengers to the town.
Carnival Cruise Lines is a British-American owned company, based in Florida and the brand is one of ten forming Carnival Corporation & plc.
The line has the largest fleet in the group, with 24 vessels accounting for more than 21% of the worldwide market share.
#CruiseCallers – A pair of cruiseships from the high-end of the luxury market, are to visit the Shannon Estuary with calls to Foynes Port in the 2015 season, writes Jehan Ashmore.
According to Shannon Foynes Port Company, the cruise calls will both take place in May with Compagnie du Ponant's mega-yacht styled cruiseship Le Boréal followed within the same week by the six-star Silver Whisper.
Le Boréal only takes a maximum of 264 passengers pampered in luxurious and intimate surroundings from the hand of French designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. The 142m vessel built by Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri has up to 132 cabins and all are outside.
The leadship of a quartet was rewarded 'Best New ship of the Year 2010' by the European Cruiser Association.
Silver Whisper, a Millenium class vessel of the SilverSeas Cruises accommodates for 382 guests. The operators of 28,258 tonnes cruiseship, offers a highly individualized service.
The floating resort includes shopping experiences to that of a boutique hotel. In The Telegraph - Ultratravel 100 Awards, the company were awarded 'Best Small Luxury Cruise Line' 2014.
#Lusitania - A special memorial cruise celebrating the Lusitania on the centenary of its sinking will visit Cobh next summer, as the Irish Examiner reports.
The 'Lusitania Remembered' cruise, which sets out from Southampton on 3 May next, will also host an exhibition of memorabilia from the ill-fated liner, torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915.
The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.
#NewCMVflagship – UK operator, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) are to introduce Magellan in Spring 2015 as their new flagship and like the Marco Polo, Astor and Azores, she will operate as an adult-only friendly ship, writes Jehan Ashmore.
At 46,052grt Magellan is the largest member of the CMV fleet which in association with sister company TransOcean Kreuzfahrten operate a trio of river-based cruise vessels in Europe.
Magellan is to replace Discovery, which as previously on Afloat.ie, opened the Belfast Harbour cruise season this year and she is no stranger to other ports on this island. Launched in 1971 as Island Venture, she would later feature with her sister in the US TV series the 'Love Boat'.
As for the Magellan her most recent career was with Costa Crociere serving as their Grand Holiday. In 2010 there was a rebuild and capacity is for approximately 1,250 adult passengers (16 years plus). Accommodated is provided in 726 cabins (incl. 14 Balcony Suites) spanning nine passenger decks and are serviced by eight lifts.
She features wide corridors and stairways and expansive deck areas with wood type decking in many areas. In addition a wide choice of well-appointed lounges and panoramic seating coupled with observation area suited to the operator's scenic cruise programme.
CMV claim that Magellan offers a feeling of intimacy and personal attention when compared with the 'mega' resort style ships built today. They also say that there fleet have no climbing walls or ice-skating rinks and no kids!
#RepeatRecord- Galway Harbour Company are to repeat this year's record of 8 cruise callers for the 2015 season, though the total passenger capacity will be down by more than 1,600 visitors, writes Jehan Ashmore.
Afloat.ie has calculated that the passenger capacity for this year was 6,032 passengers . If all 8 cruiseships are booked to full capacity for the 2015 season, the combined total would reach 4,381 passengers.
Galway Bay will see seven operators in 2015 as Companie du Ponant will be bringing two cruiseships out of the eight cruiseships scheduled in total to visit the mid-west city.
The French operators 264 guest Le Boreal will open the season in May. In design terms she resembles an ultra large megayacht like cruiseship.
Likewise Le Soleal, a sistership is to make an anchorage appearance off the City of the Tribes also that same month, albeit preceded by an interim call by the 264-passenger Amadea.
The Japanese built vessel is marketed for German clientele by operator Phoenix-Reisen.
A fourth and final caller during May will be the visit of Portuguese veteran, Funchal operated by Empresa Insulana de Navegaca.
The remaining four callers are scheduled to visit throughout the season which runs to August.
#EndofSeason - Amadea, Phoenix Reisen's Japanese built cruiseship launched in 1991 marks the final cruise call visitor to Cork Harbour this season, having berthed alongside Cobh today, writes Jehan Ashmore.
Its been a busy season with 54 cruise ships calling to the Port of Cork, bringing around 108,000 passengers and 30,000 crew.
Under the command of Captain Morten Hansen, the 29,000 tonnes vessel run by the German operator, had involved a last port of call to Falmouth before she made an Irish landfall.
A view to east side of Cork Harbour can be seen from overlooking her bow by clicking her on board web-cam here. Tomorrow the web-cam will bring another view of the Cork coastline when she is to lay anchor off the secluded surroundings of Glengariff.
Like her fleetmates, Artania and Albratros, they are all vessels which has had previous careers with Amadea having begun cruising as Asuka.
Artania which was in Portsmouth last week started her career as the Royal Princess for Princess Cruises. The same name is given to last year's newbuild (of the same operator) which is to make her debut call of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May 2015.
The Albratros (to visit Rosslare Harbour in 2015) was formerly an original member of a trio built for Royal Viking Line. As for Amadea she was launched for Japanese interests as their Asuka.
#RoyalPrincess – Following the maiden call of Royal Princess to Belfast, Royal Princess also made a first time visit to Cork Harbour today with the Princess Cruises giant of 141,000 tonnes berthing alongside in Cobh, writes Jehan Ashmore.
She is the third cruise ship making a maiden call this season to Cobh.
At 19 decks high, Royal Princess can carry 3,500 passengers and 1,500 crew. The Italian built vessel launched last year is 330m in length and is over 3 times the length of Thomond Park.
This is the size and style of ship that the Port of Cork Company intend to continue attracting to Cobh's deepwater cruise berth.
Of Cobh's cruiseship customers, the newcomer despite her impressive size is not the largest as Independence of the Seas is some 154,000 tonnes and handles even more cruise-goers totalling 4,300.
The Royal Caribbean International (RCI) 'Freedom' class ship has been a regular caller in recent years.
Around 108,000 passengers on board 54 cruiseships and some 30,000 crew are to generate this season an economic windfall of around €15m to the local economy.
Cobh has been visited by increasingly larger and efficient vessels. Already scheduled for the 2015 season are 15 vessels of a similar size to Royal Princess.
Another trend is the developing demand for turn-around calls and overnight stays. Combine these factors and this has led to the port to commit plans to invest with an upgrading of the current facilities.
#Cruise&FerryRosslare – Phoenix Reisen's Albratros is to become the first cruiseship caller in more than two decades to visit Rosslare Europort, when she visits in August 2015 bringing new tourists to the south east region.
According to Iarnród Éireann who are the port authority of the ferryport, they say that the cruise ship will call at Rosslare as part of a cruise of Ireland and Britain, which begins from Bremerhaven, Germany.
Other destinations include those in Scotland, Belfast Northern Ireland, the south coast of England and Amsterdam.
A Working Group led by the General Manager Rosslare Europort John Lynch, including representatives of Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland and supported by Visit Wexford, have been working on developing the cruise business at Rosslare.
It is hoped that this will be the first of many cruises that will call at the port.
Albatros has a capacity for 850 guests, the majority of whom will be German. The vessel will anchor off Rosslare Harbour with tenders bringing guests ashore.
Attractions that may be part of the land excursion possibly include: the Irish National Heritage Park, the Hook Head Peninsula, the Emigrants' Trail, Wells House & Garden, Wexford Town Walking Tour including the Opera House and many other amenities.
General Manager of Rosslare Europort John Lynch said: "We are delighted to welcome the MS Albatros to Rosslare next year. We are fortunate at Rosslare that not only do we have the capacity to operate as a busy commercial port, but we are also situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and rich cultural heritage and I believe that there will be many more Cruise Ships that will want to explore the wonders of Wexford and the South East."
#RoyalPrincess - Belfast Harbour's booming cruise season reached a highlight today as the largest ever cruiseship to visit the northern port docked, the 141,000 tonnes giant Royal Princess, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The 19 decks of the 3,560 passengers/1,500 crew cruiseship towers above Stormont Wharf where she berthed having sailed from Greenock in Scotland.
She is 330m (1,087ft) long by 44m (217ft) wide and was built by Fincantieri in, Monfalcone, Italy. Last year her she was christened by the Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony held in Southampton.
The cruiseship has 1,780 cabins in which 1,438 with balcony (all outside staterooms feature a balcony).
Amongst her many luxurious facilities, she features the largest top deck pool ever with a Princess Watercolor Fantasy, an enhanced Movies Under the Stars screen, and a SeaWalk with vertigo inducing views for some, involving a drop of 128 foot looking straight down!
Compared to other fleetmates, she has a larger and expanded atrium with additional entertainment and casual dining options.
The visit of Royal Princess is one of more than 60 cruiseship callers this season in which Cruise Belfast, a marketing partnership between Visit Belfast and Belfast Harbour are promoting the sector which expects a total of 110,000 passengers by the end of October.
Asides todays call of Princess Cruises other large cruiseship operators have made Belfast a port of destination on their itinerary this season attracted by what the city and province has to offer. Leading operators have been Royal Caribbean International, MSC Cruises and Holland America Line.
A sister, Regal Princess entered service in May of this year and a third newbuild, Britannia which will operate for owners Carnival Corporation, through their UK brand P&O Cruises will be launched into service in 2015.
As previously reported, Britannia is to make her debut season with an anchorage call off Dun Laoghaire Harbour next July. She will be the largest ever cruiseship built exclusively to serve the UK market.