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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…
Splendida’s 'Reverse' Dublin Port Call Brings Brilliance Back to the Future
#DublinCruiseRecord – A historic day for Dublin Port as the biggest ever ship to dock, MSC Splendida of more than 137,000 tonnes and towering 18 decks called this morning with the massive cruiseship entering the port 'stern' first or in…
Dublin to Host 'Cruise Europe' Conference in Dublin in 2016
#cruiselinersdublin – Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council will jointly host the Cruise Europe Conference in Dublin in 2016. The three day event attracts over 200 delegates from leading cruise destinations throughout Europe (including the Mediterranean, Spain and Portugal,…
Longest Ship, MSC Splendida Cruise Liner, Docks in Dublin Port
#cruiselinerdublin – Dublin Port Company today cruised into the history books with the arrival of the 333m long MSC Splendida cruise liner, the longest ship to ever call at Dublin Port. She is one of 83 cruise calls confirmed for Dublin…
Cunard’s ‘Vista’ Victoria Visits Capital Prior to Record-Breaking Splendida
#CunardCapitalCall – Queen Victoria, Cunard Line's elder 'Vista' class cruiseship called to Dublin Port in the late morning today as part of a 7-night 'Lusitania Remember' commemorative cruise from Southampton, writes Jehan Ashmore. Having sailed overnight from Cobh where the…
RMS Lusitania Remembered As Cunarder Sails to Wreck Site off Old Head of Kinsale
#Lusitania100 – RMS Lusitania was given a fitting tribute in the early hours of this morning as Cunard Line's Queen Victoria took up position last night over the wreck site off the Old Head of Kinsale, where she sank 100…
Small Is Beautiful As Niche Operator Anchors in Bantry Bay
#BantryBay - Sea Explorer I entered the scenic seclusion of Glengariff in Bantry Bay today and where the mere 90m vessel of 4,200 tonnes anchored off Garnish Island, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 114 guest luxury small ship, part of the…
‘Grand’ Class Cruiseships to Dublin Port Raised the Bar Frequently Before Largest Ship Ever
#GrandClassCaller - Princess Cruises 'Grand' class Caribbean Princess of 112,894 tonnes docked in Dublin Port this morning as one of the largest ever ships to call and at a deck higher than the historic call next week of the mighty…
Princess Cruises Double Dock Calls Across Cork Harbour
#CorkCruiseDouble – Cork Harbour today welcomed two very large cruiseships, though at separate locations due to the combined length of these impressive vessels, writes Jehan Ashmore. The larger of the two Princess Cruises callers, the 330m long Royal Princess named…
MSC Splendida Cruise Liner Is Largest Ship Ever to Visit Dublin Port
As Afloat.ie previously reported, MSC Splendida becomes largest ship ever to visit Dublin Port - one of 83 cruise liner calls confirmed for 2015 cruise season. Dublin Port Company is celebrating the official launch of its 2015 cruise season this week…
Cunard Celebrates 175th As Three 'Queens' Set Sail Down Solent Water
#Cunard175th - Cunard Line's three 'Queens' departed Southampton this evening to mark the start of celebrating the world famous company's 175th anniversary, writes Jehan Ashmore. Leading the way from the UK homeport was Queen Mary 2, the 151,000 tonnes 2,600…
Cobh's Phase One Upgrade to Be Completed Before First Cruise Call of 2015
#CobhUpgrade – Cobh Cruise Terminal which is undergoing phase one of a €1.5m upgrade as previously reported on Afloat.ie is to be completed in advance of the first cruise caller for this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The dedicated cruise-berth facility…

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