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Royal Princess which featured in the ITV series 'The Cruise' is as Afloat adds is seen above in Belfast Harbour which is expected to welcome 117 cruise calls this year.  In the immediate foreground to the right can be partially seen the Titanic Studies.
#CruiseLiners - According to Cruise Belfast 2018 will be another record cruise season for Belfast Harbour with 117 ships expected to dock in the city bringing more than 200,000 visitors to Northern Ireland. 25% more ships are booked to arrive…
MJM Group director Naoimh McConville
#CruiseLiners - Fit-out firm MJM Group has said it will be looking increasingly to China after completing its first dry-dock project there. As the Business Telegraph writes the group's director Naoimh McConville says she hopes the company's recent deal to fit-out an…
RMS St Helena prior to her final leg of the round trip voyage (No. 268) in James Bay off the capital of the South Atlantic island. Afloat adds the RMS last Saturday returned to Cape Town, South Africa marking the end of an era.
#Ports&Shipping - RMS St. Helena, the last ever Royal Mail Ship completed its last ever journey – and it was surprisingly emotional, says Jonathan Hollins writing in the UK's Independent newspaper. The word “lifeline” is one too often bandied about…
Under the 'Northern Lights' of the Arctic Circle, Saga Pearl II which on this Valentine's Day afternoon is to depart Portsmouth, UK on a 15-night cruise including whale-watching off Norway. AFLOAT adds the small cruiseship of 18,581grt is currently at the same berth previously occupied by a heavy-lift crane barge as depicted in today's FerryNews piece: 'Investment of £1bn to boost UK ferry industry'
#CruiseLiners - On this Valentine’s Day the yacht-like cruiseship Saga Pearl II is due to depart Portsmouth International Port (PIP) at 17.00 this afternoon to see the Northern Lights in Norway. It won’t just be guests on board hoping to see…
Cruise market potential highlighted for tourism market in district on Carlingford Lough. Afloat adds above is the small cruiseship Saga Pearl II (449 passengers) which has called to the Co. Down port in recent years.
#CruiseLiners - In the pipeline are moves to try and sell Warrenpoint in Co. Down as a key destination to cruise ship operators. As the Armaghi writes, the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is considering spending £5,340 to send…
Saints say goodbye & farewell to RMS St Helena – on what was a beautiful day for a sad farewell. The flotilla of small boats circle the 'RMS' off Jamestown, St. Helena last Saturday prior to the final departure. The passenger-cargoship however returned to the island yesterday following an emergency on board while en-route to South Africa.
#Ports&Shipping – An emergency on board the Royal Mail Ship RMS St. Helena forced the return of the ship to St Helena Island in the South Atlantic yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The passenger-cargohip returned to St. Helena, a UK overseas…
RMS St Helena made a final call to Ascension Island after serving the remote community in the South Atlantic Ocean for almost 30 years. Above: RMS at anchorage in Jamestown Bay, St. Helena where islanders also known as 'Saints' are having final farewell celebrations in advance to the passenger-cargoship departing the island for the final time next Saturday, 10 February. This will mark the last round trip voyage to South Africa by the RMS which is only one of two ships designated the title of 'Royal Mail Ship'
#Ports&Shipping - According to the St. Helena Government, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena returned to the island following a final round trip to Ascension Island yesterday. During her call at Ascension and in commemoration of her long and established friendship…
Royal Princess which featured in the ITV series 'The Cruise' is eagerly awaited its return to the UK in May as the ship's homeport is Southampton. The giant cruiseship operated by Princess Cruises has in recent years called to Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh).
#CruiseLiners - Two million cruise passenger visitors made for a record breaking year at the Port of Southampton in 2017 according to AB Ports, the owner-operators of the UK's leading cruiseport. The visitors brought with them a massive multi-million pound…
RMS St. Helena at anchor off Jamestown, St. Helena having completed a final Cape Town, South Africa voyage to the remote UK overseas territory today. The deep-sea voyage took five days and the return leg next Saturday to the South Africa port will mark the final ever passenger and cargo-ship sailing.
#Ports&Shipping - RMS St.Helena, the last ship from a mighty fleet that once bound Britain’s scattered empire together will arrive today (Monday, 29 January) after its final voyage to St Helena. As the UK newspaper, The Times reports the isolated British…
MSC Cruises won the 'Best Main Stream Cruise Company' pictured with other winners at the annual ITAA's Irish Travel Industry Awards in association with Aer Lingus.
#CruiseLiners – The cruise and ferry industries were among those gathered at the annual Irish Travel Industry Awards held in association with Aer Lingus. The prestigious gala awards of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) ceremony took place recently in…
Royal Mail Ship RMS St Helena departed Cape Town, South Africa yesterday on a final voyage to the remote UK territory of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Afloat adds the passenger/cargoship made a once-off visit to Irish ports in 1995 during a private-charter cruise with calls to Dublin and Cork (Cobh).
#Ports&Shipping - RMS St Helena, a UK flagged Royal Mail Ship as previously reported on Afloat, that was once a lifeline to the outside world for St Helena is making its last voyage to the remote South Atlantic island where…
Royal Caribbean International's 'Solstice' class German built (FSG shipyard) cruiseship Celebrity Eclipse on a call last year to scenic Cobh located in lower Cork Harbour.
#Cruiseliners - The Port of Cork is braced for a cruise bonanza in 2018, with some 200,000 people due to arrive on cruiseships to Cobh, Ringaskiddy and the city centre this year. The long-term outlook is even more promising reports the…
The Norwegian Breakaway sailed into the severe storm system earlier this month
#CruiseLiners - The ‘bomb cyclone’ that hit the US east coast over New Year’s was bad news for one cruise liner that tried to beat the odds — but ended up right in the thick of it. According to Mashable,…
The existing ferry terminal at the Liverpool landing stage (Princess Parade), where vehicles await loading of the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fast-craft Manannan that operates on the seasonal link to Douglas.
#FerryNews- Manx Radio reports on a project that has officially begun work that will eventually see a new ferry terminal for passengers. The first phase of the £5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme got under way with a groundbreaking ceremony earlier…
Eugene Garrihy (far right) with shipbuilders on board the vessel in the early stage of the build at the OCEA Shipbuilding plant in La Rochelle, France
Accessing Ireland’s most popular offshore destination, the Aran Islands, and the Cliffs of Moher by sea is to get a lot more comfortable, faster and environmentally friendly thanks to a record investment by one of the best known sea faring…
As Afloat has previously reported, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena notably made a historic once-off visit to Dublin and Cork (Cobh) during a private cruise-charter in 1995. More than two decades the 6,767grt ship made a first in 2016, by visiting London (as above alongside HMS Belfast) while on a special farewell voyage prior to the withdrawal from the South Africa-St. Helena service (due to have closed that year) but instead is to take place within weeks. The reason for the delay to decommission the 'RMS' service arose due to initial safety concerns following completion of St. Helena's first commercial airport and in which have since been resolved. Flights connecting to the remote South Atlantic island began last October.
#Ports&Shipping - The unique Royal Mail Ship, RMS St Helena (see related ship for sale report), will depart on a final voyage from the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena on Saturday, 10 February, having dutifully served for the…

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