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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
The first large cruiseship to operate after the initial Covid-19 lock-down was TUI Cruises Maltese flagged Mein Schiff 2 with a restricted 1,200 passenger capacity due to health protocals. AFLOAT adds today the ship is nearing completion of a 3-day/2-night round trip mini-cruise from Hamburg, Germany, having made an anchorage call yesterday in southern Norway. Above AFLOAT's file photo of leadship Mein Schiff 1 (and associated tender) when at anchorage off Dun Laoghaire Harbour, noting this cruiseship is to be added with the second 'schiff' sister on cruises beginning in August.
According to Cruise Industry News, the first large cruise ship is back in service as TUI's Mein Schiff 2 left on its first "Blue Cruise" (round-trip) from Hamburg, Germany with 1,200 guests on board.  The TUI Cruises ship will not…
 Mid-sized cruiseship Rotterdam (taking 'bunkers' from Mersey Spirit in Dublin Port) when operating for Holland America Line (HAL) has been sold along with a sister, Amsterdam to UK based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. The acquisition took place as the global cruise industry (large operators incl.) has been struck hard due to Covid-19 which has led the Line to cease cruising until September which is subject to the ongoing situation. In addition currently no cruise ships are permitted to enter Irish ports by the government. Note the distinctive ship's twin-uptakes (funnels) a familiar feature down the years of the operator which has had six such ships bearing the name of the Dutch cityport where a predecessor S.S. Rotterdan (dating to 1959) remains albeit as a floating musuem and hotel.
UK based operator Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines which have been regular callers to Irish ports, has recently acquired a pair of secondhand mid-sized cruiseships due to the fallout of Covid19 which has severely impacted this trade sector globally, writes Jehan…
A "body blow" for British cruisers as Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) falls into administration. AFLOAT's photo in Dublin Bay of CMV's first cruiseship, Marco Polo entered service for the UK based operator a decade ago using regional ports throughout Britain as embarkation locations. The much admired veteran vessel with an elegant profile began as a Soviet era cruise-liner, proved popular with British clientele offering domestic cruises and overseas, but was also a familar sight calling to Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh) in recent years. In addition running Festive Season and New Year mini-cruises from the UK calling to Dublin and Cobh.  Afloat also featured Marco Polo on a the North Sea Hull-Harwich mini-cruise (see: Cruise Liners -2018) Another fleetmate Magellan in more recent times 'homeported' out of the Irish capital and Cobh for the domestic market.
A UK cruise operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has gone into administration, with the “global pandemic of seismic proportions” being blamed for its demise. The line, writes The Telegraph, which has six ships in its fleet and was founded…
World Famous Cruise Brands: Jobs are to be axed in a bid to "ensure the future sustainability" of the business according to the Liverpool Echo..Above AFLOAT's close up photo of the former Cunard Building in Liverpool. The Grade II listed building of the English north-west port city's Pier Head includes the neighbouring buildings of the Royal Liver and the Port of Liverpool. Together the trio of buildings form Liverpool's Three Graces, which line the city's famous waterfront and an era of world maritime heritage.
Cruise jobs of around 450, reports LiverpoolEcho, are to be axed by Carnival UK which operates cruise lines Cunard and P&O Cruises amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company said it wants to treat everyone "with fairness and respect" but said…
Cruise Europe: File photo of a cruise ship at the scenic seaside location of Cobh town in lower Cork Harbour. AFLOAT also adds on the domestic front, due to Covid-19 only one cruise caller visited Cork Harbour this season, Saga Sapphire on 13th March however according to the Port of Cork website the next caller is L'Austral scheduled for 13th May, which is an absence of exactly two months without any cruise ships.
According to Cruise Europe (CE), the role of organisations and associations, such as CE, is now more critical than ever commented Michael McCarthy, chairman of  Cruise Europe on the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the last four years the executive of [Cruise…
Most of the passengers (including Irish citizens) from the Zaandam and its (fleetmate) ship the Rotterdam will begin disembarking today (yesterday)
A cruise ship hit with the virus, RTE News reported, with around ten Irish citizens on board has docked in Florida in the USA (yesterday). Most of the passengers from the Zaandam and its sister ship the Rotterdam will begin…
The Zaandam cruise ship (with Irish passengers) is due to dock in Florida later today. AFLOAT adds the cruiseship is on the left along with fleetmate Rotterdam when recently offshore of Panama prior to both ships transiting the canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans.
The US President reports RTE News, has said that US authorities will evacuate passengers from a stranded cruise ship which is due to dock in Florida after being barred from several South American countries because of a coronavirus outbreak aboard.…
Four people have died on the MS Zaandam, though none of the deceased is Irish. The ship has 1,243 guests and 586 crew on board.
On board a Dutch flagged cruise ship is where a coronavirus outbreak has occurred with several Irish citizens travelling is expected to dock in Florida, USA in the coming days, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said. Four…
The MS Zaandam was denied access to the Panama Canal for sanitary reasons according to RTE news which added Irish citizens on board. Asymptomatic cruise passengers would be allowed to transfer to MS Rotterdam. This ship also operated by Holland America Line (HAL) is AFLOAT adds (above) is seen berthed in Dublin Port when on a visit in recent years.
Permission has been given by Panama's Government to a cruise ship on which four passengers have died to travel through its canal, a day after blocking the liner over coronavirus fears, according to RTE News (last night).  Holland America Line's…
As part of celebrating IWD2020, UK operator CMV Cruises in recognition of historic achievements of pioneering female explorers and adventurers is to name cruise ships to join the fleet in 2021 with Amy Johnson (above as flagship in new livery) and second ship Ida Pfeiffer. As for this year's season, CMV continue cruises for the Irish market with regulars Magellan and Marco Polo based out of Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh and Ringaskiddy).
In celebration of today's International Women’s Day 2020, and their theme Each for Equal, UK operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has launched the ‘Introducing Inspirational Women’ series, writes Jehan Ashmore. The series (each Wednesday on facebook: see also today)…
Hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship MS Fridtjof Nansen is a Norwegian newbuild named after the first explorer to successfully cross the Greenland interior. The 500 passenger ship operated by Hurtigruten made a debut to Belfast Harbour at the weekend and also became the first visitor this season to the island of Ireland .
Afloat tracked MS Fridtjof Nansen, the latest addition hybrid-powered custom-built cruise ship for Norwegian operator Hurtigruten, which made its first visit to Belfast Harbour at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on Afloat, Belfast Harbour was named the…
The visiting cruise liner MSC-Meraviglia in Belfast Harbour
Belfast Harbour has been named the best port of call in the UK and Ireland for cruise ships. The accolade was awarded by a global panel of cruise experts as part of the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards. It…
One of the 'Grand' class cruiseships which Afloat adds is a common visitor to Irish ports and as above is berthed in the Norwegian capital.
According to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), the sustainability of cruise activity in Europe is currently under pressure. European ports take the concerns expressed very seriously. The vicinity to Europe’s cultural heritage and main must-sees makes many European port…
The 'Spirit of Discovery in Cobh. The brand new luxury boutique British liner carried 999 passengers into Cork Harbour in July
There is only one more cruise ship is left to visit in December, for what has been a record cruise season for the Port of Cork with 100 cruise liners visiting in 2019. In total over 243,000 passengers and crew…
Indecon Report shows positive economic benefits – funding requirements, air quality and mass tourism considerations to be addressed
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has launched a public consultation on the future of cruise liner tourism at Dublin Port. To help inform the consultation process, DPC has published a discussion paper setting out key considerations to be addressed. DPC has…
In this amidship close up in Kinsale, AFLOAT has identified the cruiseship as Le Dumont-D'urville, Ponant Cruises fourth polar 'Explorer' class of six next generation newbuilds which made its Irish maiden call to include the West Cork harbour earlier this month. The cruiseship given its superstructure styling is more akin to a private mega yacht which features 92 staterooms and suites.
The Southern Star writes, that Kinsale in Co. Cork and other harbour towns want a slice of the €50m cruise ship trade. County mayor, Christopher O’Sullivan said: ‘West Cork’s extensive coastline and the fantastic facilities in our harbours make it…

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