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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
Fred Olsen Lines MS Braemar which made a maiden call to Rosslare Europort this summer, the first such call of a cruiseship in twenty years
#ChargesWaived - Shipping lines have been notified by Rosslare Harbour that it is to waive charges for cruise ships for 2017, 2018 and 2019. The initiative is to establish the south-east as a destination for what is Europe’s fastest growing tourism…
A Celebrity Cruise liner will be based in Dublin Port from 2018
Modern luxury cruise line Celebrity Cruises has become the first major cruise line to confirm Dublin Port as a 'home' port when a ship will call the city home during early summer 2018. For five sailings commencing in late April,…
Berthed at Belview, Nautica, the final cruiseship to visit the south-eastern port of Waterford this season
#FinalCaller - Nautica became the final cruiseship caller of the season to visit the Port of Waterford, writes Jehan Ashmore. Oceania Cruises which operates the cruiseship which has undergone a multimillion dolar refurbishment had berthed at Belview on Monday. The…
Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas docked in Rotterdam earlier this year
#CruiseLiners - A crewman has died during a safety drill on the world's largest cruise liner in the Mediterranean, as AFP reports. The Filipino was one of five crew members from the Harmony of the Seas who were on board…
The 4,000-passenger Carnival Vista entered service in May 2016
#CruiseLiners - Millions of euros worth of damage has been inflicted at a marina on the island of Sicily by a 'mini-tsunami' caused by the engines of a manoeuvring cruise liner. Video from Mail Online shows the moments when the…
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
#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.
#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
#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
#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,…
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…
#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,…
#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…

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