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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
Brand new German cruiseship, Mein Schiff 5 which is making its first ever visit to an Irish port had to change ports due to high winds
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#WindsofChange – Afloat.ie has monitored Mein Schiff 5 movements noting the new cruiseship less than two months in service was forced to change its first ever call to an Irish port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. It transpired that high winds…
Mein Schiff 5, the newest cruiseship for German operator, TUI Cruises is to make her debut call to an Irish port beginning with Dublin Port tomorrow and followed by Cork (Cobh) on Saturday.
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#NewestShip – Afloat.ie has tracked another big brand new cruiseship, Mein Schiff 5 that is to make a first call to an Irish port tomorrow, reflecting the growing demand for such visits and related infrastructural developments, writes Jehan Ashmore. Mein…
Cunard Line's 'Vista' class Queen Elizabeth alongside Liverpool Cruise Terminal. The call was to celebrate the centenary of the former Cunard Line building, one of the 'Three Graces' on the famous Mersey waterfront
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#ProposedTerminal - According to CruiseEurope authorities in Liverpool last month approved a £950,000 (€1.12m) feasibility study into a proposed new cruise terminal development. The west coast UK port has long held ambitions to expand its offer with the construction of…
The forward observation lounge above the bridge of HAL's cruiseship, Prinsendam berthed yesterday at Killybegs with the lush green hills surrounding the port. Today the 700 plus passenger cruiseship is at anchorage in Galway Bay
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#GalwayAnchorage – Holland America Line’s Prinsendam continues her 28 Day Celtic & Bourgundian Explorer Cruise with an anchorage call on Galway Bay today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Prior to the cruiseship's arrival off Galway Port, Prinsendam so far has visited Dublin,…
US luxury operator, WindStar Cruises motor sail assisted flagship Wind Surf made the last call of the season to Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday
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#FinalCaller – Five masts, each 221ft towered above Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s Carlisle Pier as US luxury operator, WindStar Cruises motor sail-assisted flagship Wind Surf made the last call of the season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 14,000 gross tonnage Wind Surf…
Holland America Line's cruiseship Prinsendam made her second call to Belfast Harbour this season. Overall this was her 14th visit to the city
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#HALcall – Holland America Line’s Prinsendam berthed in Belfast Harbour this morning as part of a 28 Day Celtic & Bourgundian Explorer Cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore. This was the second call of HAL's Prinsendam to Belfast this season as she…
The elegant lines of cruiseship, Saga Sapphire on arrival to Killybegs, Co Donegal on Wednesday
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#CruiseNorth – Saga Cruises, part of the wider Saga brand that caters for UK consumers over 50, has been calling to ports in counties, Donegal and Down, contributing to boosting tourism in these northern regions, writes Jehan Ashmore. The caller on…
AIDAVita at anchor off Fishguard, south Wales, became the largest ever cruiseship to visit the ferryport operated by Stena Line which serves the Rosslare route. The Wexford port operated by Irish Rail last month also welcomed a rare call of a cruiseship
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#BiggestCaller -  Welsh ferryport of Fishguard which is managed by Stena Line which operates to Rosslare (see rare call), also welcomed the largest cruiseship ever to the Pembrokeshire harbour. The German cruiseship AIDAVita dropped anchor last Thursday, writes Milford Mercury, and…
The Queen Elizabeth is coming to Killybegs, Co. Donegal. The huge liner carries over 2,000 passengers, and is seen here on a visit to Cobh. Note how it dwarfs a yacht beside it.
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#CunardDonegal - Two of the most famous names in British royalty are coming to Donegal - but it’s not members of the royal family; rather, it’s two massive 'Vista' class cruise ships named “Queen Elizabeth” and “Queen Victoria”! The famous…
MS Braemar, having made an inaugural call to Rosslare last month, the 196m vessel made another first visit to Barrow-in-Furness, and as the largest cruiseship to the Irish Sea port in north-west England
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#CruiseFirsts - Irish Sea port of Barrow-in-Furness, operated by Associated British Ports / ABP Ports welcomed the largest cruise vessel ever to call to the Cumbrian port in north-west England.  MS Braemar became the second cruiseship to visit Barrow in…
Bermudan authorities to publish findings, believed the incident on board Caribbean Princess was caused by an electrical fault
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#Inquiry - An investigation has been initiated by Bermuda, writes Irish Times, into how a “mega-class” cruise ship with almost 4,500 people on board spent nine hours drifting without power in the Irish Sea As reported on Afloat earlier this month,…
Former Spanish Islands car-ferry, Juan March, currently the cruiseship Ocean Majesty called to Dublin Port this morning on a charter cruise for German clients
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#Ferry2Cruise – A cruiseship with an unconventional background called into Dublin Port this morning, Ocean Majesty, which in another guise was a car ferry built fifty years ago to serve Spanish island services, writes Jehan Ashmore. The veteran vessel, an…
Caribbean Princess
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#CruiseLiners - A power failure on board a large cruise liner rendered the vessel adrift in the Irish Sea for nine hours earlier this week, as The Irish Times reports. The "technical glitch" on the Caribbean Princess cut power to…
Rare call of the ultra-luxury cruise tallship, Sea Cloud II which overnighted in Dublin Port
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#CruiseTallShip – Standing out more than most, German premium brand, Sea Cloud Cruises ultra-luxury ‘windjammer’ Sea Cloud II, overnighted in Dublin Port as part of turnaround cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Hamburg based five-star operator of the modern yet majestic…
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#CruiseRosslare – Afloat in April reported on the planned visit of the first cruiseship to Rosslare in twenty years, this took place at the Co. Wexford ferryport this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Rosslare Europort welcomed Fred Olsen Lines MS Braemar…
The massive cruiseship MSC Splendida compared to a P&O Ferries vessel preparing to berth in Dublin Port
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#Cruise&FerryCode - It was at the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) recently held in Dublin, that the Code of Good Practices for Cruise and Ferry Ports was launched. The code which is available (here to download) has been developed by ESPO…

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