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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
Loop Head: A Guiding Light for Foynes-Bound Cruise Calls
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Visitors to Ireland's newest coastal tourist attraction at Loop Head Lighthouse will not only have stunning sea views but also as a place to observe seasonal cruise ships calling to Foynes, writes Jehan Ashmore. Within the next seven days, three…
Not One Not Two but Three Cruise Callers to Cork
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The Port of Cork will be a busy place this Tuesday as three cruiseships are scheduled to dock in the morning and depart this evening, writes Jehan Ashmore. Largest of the trio is P&O Cruises 115,000 tonnes cruise giant Azura, which is…
Brand New Marina Calls to Dublin
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Dublin Port welcomed a brand new cruiseship the 66,000 tonnes Marina which docked adjacent to the veteran cruiseship, Marco Polo today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Marina is the first of a pair of mid-sized newbuilds for Oceania Cruises, her sister Riviera…
Spot the ‘Big’ Difference! From Containership to Cruiseship
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It may just be another cruiseship visiting Dublin Port today, but the gleaming white painted Costa Marina started her career in complete constrast as a grey-hulled containership, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship has some unusual hull design features indicating clues…
Floating City Hotel to Mark Start of Islands Cruise
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Passengers embarking in Dublin Port for a cruise next month will firstly spend their first night onboard while docked in the capital, writes Jehan Ashmore. The classic cruiseship Saga Ruby will welcome her passengers and after checking in they can…
Former Soviet-Bloc Liner Continues Cruising
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Cruising off the east coast of Leinster this evening is the veteran cruiseship Marco Polo which is bound for the Scilly Isles off Land's End, writes Jehan Ashmore. For those with an appreciation for the more traditional tiered deck profile…
A Former Royal is Set to Return
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Following the visit of Grand Princess to Dublin Port on Monday another cruiseship which also had a royal-theme to its name is to dock tommorow, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship Silver Explorer was formerly the Prince Albert II, named after…
"Grand Princess" Calls to Dublin Port on eve of Queen's Visit
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The first grand cruise liner, the 109,000 tonne, 290 metre "Grand Princess" with almost 4,000 passengers and crew sailed into Dublin Port at 8am this morning. The ship is the epitome of luxury with a magnificent array of facilities that…
A Princess Without Her Tiara...As Ship's Skywalker Flies Away!
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Cruiseships continue to grow in size but the opposite could be said for Grand Princess when her Skywalker Nightclub weighing some 211 tons was removed, writes Jehan Ashmore. In a delicate operation, it took over 10 hours for torches to…
Mega-Yacht Cruiseship Le Boréal Visits Dublin
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The French mega-yacht cruiseship Le Boréal docked at Dublin Port this morning on for her first visit to an Irish port, having sailed from Caen, writes Jehan Ashmore. Le Boréal (see photo) is only a year in service and the…
French Mega-Yacht Cruiseship Bound for Dublin Debut
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The sleek-profile of the 10,700 tonnes mega-yacht cruiseship Le Boréal is set to make her inaugural Irish port of call to Dublin port this Tuesday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Le Boréal was to make her maiden Irish call to Cobh but…
Discovery of Isle of Man Marks First Cruise-Call of 2011
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Douglas Bay formed the backdrop for passengers onboard the 20,186 tonnes Discovery which anchored off the Manx port capital yesterday, marking the first cruise-caller of the year to the Isle of Man, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Bermuda-flagged cruiseship departed Portsmouth in…
Cobh Cruiseships Come and Go (Footage)
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Following the impressive meeting for the first time of two cruiseships together at Cobh on Sunday, the Port of Cork has released footage on their website which can viewed by clicking here, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseships were the inbound…
A First for Cobh as Two Cruise Giants Come and Go
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Cobh played host to yet another historic maritime spectacle when two giant cruiseships met off the town's deepwater quay at the same time this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. In an unprecedented scheduling of cruiseships to the Port of Cork (Cobh),…
Cruise Giants to Meet off Cobh
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For the first time two cruiseship giants are scheduled to depart and arrive off Cobh at the same time this May Bank Holiday weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The largest cruiseship to call to an Irish port the Independence of the…
Cork's Cruiseship's Call Schedule 2011
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This year a total of 54 cruiseships and over 100,000 passengers are to disembark in Cork Harbour, mostly at the Cobh Cruise Terminal, writes Jehan Ashmore. The inaugural call for this season was made last Monday by Cunard Line's Queen…

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