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Killybegs First P&O Cruises Caller Sets Sail
#KillybegsP&O - Killybegs first visitor from P&O Cruises, the 30,000 tonnes Adonia set sail last night as a lone piper played on the pier to mark her departure. Adonia had arrived in the port yesterday morning with about 700 passengers…
Portuguese Master Prosecuted for Grounding Cruise Liner off Tobermory
#cruiseliner – The master of a cruise liner, which was damaged going over rocky shoals has pleaded guilty to two charges at Belfast Magistrates court today (16th June). Captain Joao Manuel Fernandes Simoes (58) pleaded guilty to failure to properly…
Concern Over Cruiseships Planning Permission As Deadline Nears
#CruiseConcerns – One of the country's main ports is due to lodge a multi-million development bid with An Bord Pleanala in the next ten days, writes the The controversial Dun Laoghaire planning application, which has been met with opposition from…
#superyachtvisit – Return visitor to Ireland, the 81-metre long super motor yacht 'AIR' cut a dramatic pose as an early season caller to Cork Harbour yesterday. As Afloat reported previously, this black hulled Dutch-built Feadship was launched in March in 2011…
Celebrity ‘X’ to Make A Reappearance off Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#CelebrityCaller- Celebrity Cruises, the brand with the iconic 'X' on their funnels are the next operator to visit Dun Laoghaire Harbour when Celebrity Silhouette makes her maiden call offshore of the port next Sunday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The call of…
Scottish Council Seeks Support to Bring QE2 Home
#qe2 – Reports this week say that the cruise liner QE2, which was built on the Clyde and fitted out in Greenock, is languishing in a dock in Dubai and could be up for sale. Inverclyde Council's Leader, Councillor Stephen…
Cunard Celebrate 175th Anniversary With Spectacular Display of 3 Queens on Merseyside
#3Queens - More than one million spectators were estimated to throng Liverpool's UNESCO listed Three Graces waterfront to witness Cunard Line 's Three Queens celebrate a 175th anniversary with a spectacular maritime display yesterday on the Mersey, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Dublin Port Cruiseship Record Broken Again By 'Royal' Reverse Call
#PortRecordBroken- Dublin Port has again broken its own record this month as the largest ever ship to dock Royal Princess called this morning which saw the massive 142,000 tonnes cruiseship surpass previous title holder MSC Splendida, writes Jehan Ashmore. Royal…
Galway Welcomes Second Visitor Of 2015 Cruise Season
#CruiseLiners - Galway welcomed its second cruise liner of the 2015 season this week, as the Connacht Tribune reports. The Amadea as previously reported brought more than 600 passengers and 300 crew to the City of the Tribes on Wednesday…
Reversal of Fortune for Dublin Port As Splendida Makes Repeat Call
#RepeatReverseRole – MSC Splendida repeated a reverse docking call to Dublin Port today following the same unorthodox berthing procedure of only the previous week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operators of the largest ship ever to dock in the capital, MSC Cruises…
Shine Bright Like A 'Diamond' On Strangford Lough
#DiamondOnStrangford - 'Diamonds' the title to a track that would be familiar to worldwide fans of singer Rihanna, though less known was yesterday's visit of Ocean Diamond to Strangford Lough,Co. Down, writes Jehan Ashmore. This was understood to be Ocean…
Royal Cruiseship Connections Through Anchorage Tender Ferry
#RoyalConnections - Amadea anchored off Galway Harbour today is a fleetmate of the former Royal Princess named by the late Princess Diana of Wales and where yesterday Prince Charles visited the Marine Institute in Oranmore, Co. Galway, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Giant Cruiseship MSC Splendida To Return to Dublin Port This Thursday
#SplendidaSwitchPorts - MSC Cruises operators of the massive MSC Splendida have confirmed that the ship will be back for a second visit to Dublin Port at 4.30am this Thursday, May 21. Following MSC Splendida's debut call last week (Monday, May…
National Geographic Explores The North-West’s Wild Atlantic Way
#ExploringDonegal - National Geographic Explorer visited Killybegs Harbour yesterday following a voyage along the western seaboard with anchorage calls off Aran Islands and Dingle Peninsula as previously reported here on Afloat, writes Jehan Ashmore. The call of Lindblad Expeditions /National…
Former Norwegian 'Hurtigruten' Ships to the Skelligs and Isles of Scilly
#WestIslandsCruising - Two former Norwegian 'Hurtigruten' Coastal Express Voyage ships today visited the west coasts of Ireland and the UK, where passengers on board experienced totally contrasting scenery, writes Jehan Ashmore. Anchored off the Dingle Peninula Co. Kerry this evening…
Watch MSC Splendida Cruise liner Depart Dublin Tonight at 7pm
#WatchSplendida – MSC Splendida's sheer size currently occupies almost the entire Ocean Pier quay within Alexandra Basin, where the largest and longest cruiseship in the history of Dublin Port docked today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Towering 18 decks above the port…

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