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MSC Preziosa was originally to be named Phoenicia from an order placed in a French yard by a Libyan state-owned company. The civil war that broke out in 2011 however put an end to that arrangement.
Dublin Port
#SplendidSister - A near sister of MSC Splendida which at 333m became the longest ever cruiseship to visit Dublin in recent years is currently docked in port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship is MSC Preziosa that called yesterday to Greenock,…
CLIA Summit at Sea was held on board Cunard's Queen Elizabeth. The event took place on a cruise from Hamburg and concluded upon arrival in Southampton this morning.
Cruise Liners
#[email protected] - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA),the world's largest cruise industry trade association, carried out its 2017 Summit at Sea –an exclusive, flagship event for cruise industry stakeholders. Afloat adds that the event held on board Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth, took place…
The 313–metre Celebrity Eclipse, twice as long as Croke Park, and as seen from Dun Laoghaire, passes Howth Head on her way into Dublin Port this morning
Cruise Liners
Luxury cruise liner Celebrity Eclipse made her maiden call to Dublin Port this morning.  As our photo above shows Dublin Port Pilots and two Port Tug boats escorted the liner on her first journey past the Baily Lighthouse in the…
Making a maiden port of call to Cobh in April, 2010 is Celebrity Eclipse which only a week before had transported stranded UK holidaymakers following the eruption of an Icelandic volcano. The ash-cloud caused aviation travel to be shut down across Europe.
Port of Cork
#CobhCelebrity – Cobh welcomed Celebrity Eclipse this morning as the giant luxury ship made a first port of call having set off from Southampton, the UK’s largest cruiseport, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Solstice’ class 121,000 gross tonnage luxury cruiseship at…
A FRENCH CALL: Lying some 75 miles from the Seine estuary, is from where CMV flagship Magellan is to navigate inland to Rouen the historic capital of Normandy.
Cruise Liners
#DirectCruises - Home-porting of Cruise & Maritime Voyages current flagship Magellan directly from Dublin Port this season are to be repeated in 2018 with new Cobh departures added, writes Jehan Ashmore. Magellan is CMV's adult-only friendly flagship that is to…
Snow-capped mountains and green sided fjord form the stunning backdrop as Hurtigruten's expedition/coastal cruiseship Midnatsol explores polar regions and cruises in Norway. This morning Midnatsol called to Cork City quays along with megayacht cruiseship Le Soléal.
Cruise Liners
#CorkCityCallers – An expedition / coastal cruiseship that trades to both polar regions and a megayacht cruiseship called to Cork City quays this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Norwegian operator Hurtigruten Voyages Midnatsol (midnight sun) which normally plies stunning deep-inland fjords…
The christening ceremony of Silver Muse took place in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The ultra-luxurious cruiseship is to depart Villefranche, France this day next week on a pre-inaugural 'Venetian Society Cruise'
Cruise Liners
#MonacoCeremony - Prince Albert II of Monaco attended Silversea Cruises christening ceremony of their new flagship Silver Muse in the principality, before a pre-inaugural cruise to Greece begins next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, Afloat had identified Silver…
Classic Lady of the Sea: Marco Polo of Cruise & Maritime Voyages which at more that five decades remains operating this season and will continue in service to at least the end of 2018. Today the cruiseship docked in Dublin's Alexandra Basin alongside Ocean Pier.
Cruise Liners
#ClassicCaller – Cruise & Maritime Voyages Marco Polo, a classic cruiseship that became the first ship to establish the UK operator almost a decade ago, made a call to Dublin Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The call of the 820-passenger…
A giant cruise caller to Belfast Harbour in 2016 was Caribbean Princess. Afloat adds that the 112,000 tonnes cruiseship will be the fifth caller to the city this season in early May.
Belfast Lough
#RecordCalls - A new tourism high as almost 90 cruise ships are expected to visit Belfast Harbour this summer, bringing with them 150,000 passengers and crew to the city. Belfast’s record cruise schedule for 2017 marks an unprecedented period of…
Wind Surf making the last cruise call of the season to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2016
Dublin Bay
The Dun Laoghaire waterfront environmental protection group “Save our Seafront” last night posted (below) of successful progress in the latest legal proceedings against the installation of a large cruise liner berth in Dun Laoghaire Harbour writes W M Nixon The…
An impression of the brand new ultra-luxury cruiseship Silver Muse as depicted in the Norwegian fjords. The Viking connection with Ireland is that the new flagship of Silverseas Cruises is to make an Irish debut to Waterford when as the penulimate caller later in the season.
Cruise Liners
#NewFlagship - Half of all cruiseship calls to visit Waterford Estuary are due in the first of a three-month season in which Afloat has identified to include a brand new cruiseship, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the cruiseship line-up for…
Artist’s illustration of the planned Stad Ship Tunnel in Norway
Ports & Shipping
#ShipTunnel - Norway has an engineering first in the works in the form of a tunnel for ships, as gCaptain reports. Plans for the Stad Ship Tunnel involve blasting a 1.7km canal through the Stad Peninsula, 200km north of Bergen,…
Save Our Seafront said an environmental impact statement failed to consider that people walk on the Dún Laoghaire pier to enjoy fresh air and the view of the Dublin mountains, and the effects on their enjoyment if a large cruise ship is obscuring the view and “emitting diesel and sulphur fumes”.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - An environmental Dublin Bay group’s challenge over an €18 million terminal berth for cruise ships at Dún Laoghaire Harbour writes The Irish Times will be heard later this year at the Commercial Court. The Save Our Seafront (SOS)…
Naval and cruise ships are visiting Dublin Port today where the St. Patrick's Day Parade led by the grand marshal Olympian silver medalist sailor Annalise Murphy, takes in a route on O'Connell Bridge. Among the vessels downriver is Dublin based St.Bridget an excursion boat is operating cruises in the bay. The vessel is seen above last week having wintered at a lay-by berth in Grand Canal Dock Basin.
Dublin Port
#Visitors - A French naval vessel, a UK based cruiseship and a local excursion boat are in Dublin Port to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, writes Jehan Ashmore. The French Navy are represented in the capital with the presence of the…
Saga Cruises’ MV Saga Pearl 2 calls to Cork next week
Port of Cork
Saga Cruises’ MV Saga Pearl 2 will start the Port of Cork’s cruise liner season on 20th March, the first of 65 calls expected to visit Cork this season. Seven new liners will call this season on their maiden call,…
Royal Princess on a cruise call to Dublin Port
Cruise Liners
#RecordCalls - Irish ports in 2017 will have their busiest ever cruise ship season with over 300 vessels scheduled to visit ports and harbours, large and small, around the island. The record year further extends the success of the past…

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