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Sea Cloud II passes Roches Point lighthouse on her arrival into Cork Harbour
"All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by". The five-star Tall Ship Sea Cloud II arrived into Cork Harbour early this morning, her tall masts and sails evoking memories of times past for shipping in the Harbour writes Bob…
Small luxury cruiseship Star Pride during a previous call in Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where at the Carlisle Pier today guests are to embark on a 8-day Gaelic Explorers cruise to Edinburgh, Scotland (Leith Docks). Capacity of the 208 guest cruiseship is to increase to 312 as part of a major three-ship $250m 'Star Plus' initiative which involves enlargement with a stepped mid-section which will lengthen the ship by around 25m in addition to an extensive renovation of facilities.
Cruiseships visiting Dun Laoghaire Harbour have reached beyond the half-way mark this season as the fourth of six scheduled callers berthed this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Windstar Cruises Star Pride arrived to the south Dublin Bay port having made an…
In just one week it was extremely rare for the Isle of Man to receive three cruiseships and all making an inaugural call, among them AFLOAT adds Overseas Adventure Travel’s Corinthian berthed at scenic Peel on the south-west of the island.
A trio of cruiseships recently visited the Isle of Man and notably all of the vessels were making an inaugural call to the Irish Sea island.  According to CruiseEurope the visiting cruise callers were welcomed by Cruise Isle of Man…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s decision to withdraw plans for a €30 million berth for cruise liners in Dun Laoghaire “represents a victory for those who want to resist any significant future commercial role for the harbour and for the town”, according to…
The MSC Opera cruise ship after a crash in San Basilio dock, Venice, Italy. The operator, MSC Cruises said the 2,679-passenger cruiseship, which dwarfed the Venice skyline, was approaching a terminal on the Giudecca canal when it hit the dock and a nearby ferry after a technical problem.
A family from Ireland were caught up in a cruise ship collision with a tourist boat in Venice has hit out at the company’s treatment of passengers left stranded in the aftermath of the accident. As The Irish Times reports,…
Dublin Port Cruise Ship Evidence Before Oireachtas Committee Today at 1.30pm
The All-Ireland Cruise Ship Action Group will be appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport today at 1.30pm. The Group says it will be giving evidence on the impact the Dublin Port Company’s ban on cruise ships will…
When Three Becomes A Crowd: Stena Nordica within the Port of Fishguard and where cruiseship AIDAvita (left) is a scheduled caller to the Welsh port. Whereas Seabourn Quest (foreground) made a call to the scenic Pembrokeshire location at short notice and also took anchorage offshore.
On Monday of last week Afloat tracked a ferry arriving in the Port of Fishguard, Wales where two cruiseships one scheduled the other totally unexpected called to the scenic north Pembrokeshire port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ferry Stena Nordica (deputising…
Chimney stacks and Zodiacs... abaft of the funnel of polar expedition cruiseship Ocean Atlantic during its second call this week (Thursday) to Dun Laoghaire Harbour following a travel trade trip to Islay off west Scotland.. Initially the small cruise ship had anchored offshore prior to entering within the harbour where above is the East Pier.
Following a first call of Ocean Altantic to Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Monday, the small yet heavily ice-strengthened hulled vessel returned to the port a mere three days later, writes Jehan Ashmore. So why the return?... the answer lies in…
The small cruise ship Star Legend (212 guests) arrives into Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has said that “significant commercial, technical and environmental risk” had influenced its decision to withdraw a planning application for a 30 million euro cruise liner berth in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay writes Lorna Siggins In a…
Afloat adds Astor's German clientele were guests on board Transcean's (Kreuzfahrten) small cruiseship which at the weekend is seen above visiting scenic West Cork.The Bahamas flagged 20.606grt ship with up to 600 passengers had sailed from the cruiseship's main homeport at Bremerhaven to arrive in Bantry Bay Harbour last Saturday. For a another close up photo of the small cruiseship pictured at Dublin Port, see related story dating to 13th May.
Councillors in west Cork say they fear that Dublin Port’s decision to reduce the number of cruise ships by 50% between 2021 and 2023 could have a negative affect on cruise tourism in West Cork. The issue writes The Southern…
An Antarctic explorer in the form of cruiseship Ocean Atlantic which was escorted into Dun Laoghaire Harbour by pilot cutter this morning when a maiden call took place in the port which welcomed a new client Albratros Expeditions to the south Dublin Bay harbour.
A cruiseship with an international ice class rating of 1B and regarded as one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica has made a maiden call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operated by Albratros Expeditions which describes…
The 3,600-passenger Celebrity Reflection cruiseship is due to dock in Belfast today, however AFLOAT adds the Celebrity Cruises ship actually sailed to Greenock, Scotland following a call to Dublin Port yesterday (see related story). The 'Solstice' class cruiseship is seen above on a previous call when on Belfast Lough along with port regular Stena Scotia which operates a ro-ro freight only service to Heysham, England.
An enormous cruiseship Celebrity Reflection sails into Belfast this morning, bringing thousands of deep-pocketed North Americans to the city's visitor attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants, there are fears it could be the 'end of an era' for this type of…
Alexandra Basin, Dublin Port where major work is ongoing among them at Alexandra Quay West (AFLOAT adds see top of basin) where berth restrictions are to be introduced from 2021 to 2023. At this berth is seen the small cruiseship, Marco Polo. On the right is a larger 'Solstice' class cruiseship in which the fifth and final of this series is Celebrity Reflection (which today) is occupying this same berth during a 'turnaround' cruise.
#cruiseliners - The arrival of thousands of well-travelled North American visitors on a huge cruiseship today could signal the ‘‘end of an era’’ due to actions of the Dublin Port Company, that's according to a group of businesses from across…
‘No public right of way’ exists over the deepwater quay in Cobh, says the Port of Cork Company
The Port of Cork has issued a “clarification” over its closures of the deepwater quay in Cobh after gardai were called to a recent protest at the facility. The Irish Examiner reports that there was what gardai described as a…
Minister Ross reassures Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast trying to fill gap left by Dublin’s ship limits where above AFLOAT adds is Astor berthed in Alexandra Basin. This part of the port is undergoing a major redevelopment to handle larger cargoships and reconfiguration of quays for increased capacity.
#cruiseliners - Shane Ross the Minister for Transport has sought to reassure DUP leader Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast would fill the gap left by Dublin Port’s reduction in cruise ship arrivals. As The Irish Times writes, Mr Ross…
Star Pride arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2017 accompanied by the Dublin Port Tug Beaufort off her port bow. The ship returns to Dun Laoghaire on June 20th
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is set for seven cruise liner calls this summer over the period from May to September.  The first caller will be the Norwegian Pearl that is scheduled to anchor next Monday off the Harbour Mouth on her maiden…

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