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US luxury operator, WindStar Cruises motor sail assisted flagship Wind Surf made the last call of the season to Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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…
#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
#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…
Hebridean Sky, the newest addition to Noble Caledonia's high-end luxury small ship cruise fleet (incl river cruise vessels) is to make a third and final call to Waterford City Quays
#CruiseWaterford - Noble Caledonia, an operator in the high-end small ship cruise market whose latest addition, Hebridean Sky yesterday called to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, having sailed from the quays of Waterford City, writes Jehan Ashmore. This was the 4,200 tonnes…
Sea Explorer which in Spring was renamed Hebridean Sky following a multi-million refurbishment for Noble Caledonia made a first call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour today
#LuxuryMarket - Noble Caledonia's headquarters in London is close to the Irish Embassy in exclusive Belgravia, and the connection with this operator and our country was made when their newest cruiseship addition called for the first time to Dun Laoghaire…
German cruise ship, the Bremen, will anchor just off Bere Island and 100 German passengers plus crew will zip ashore on some of the ship’s 12 onboard Zodiacs
Spanish Armada, French Armada, English forces, Vikings, the Lusitania. West Cork towns have had their share of maritime history over the years but this coming week will see history in the making when new visitors, this time invited ones, will…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#DunLaoghaire - The Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs will hold a fundraising day next week to help cover costs associated with last year's oral hearing over the proposed harbour terminal for cruise liners. Harbour Heritage Day on Thursday 16 June aims to "galvanise…

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