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Seabourn's 'Legend' Makes Final Cruise to Ireland & UK
#Seabourn/Windstar – Seabourn Cruises ulta-luxury Seabourn Legend that called to Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday, is making her final cruise to Irish and UK ports before her transfer to Windstar Cruises next year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Her sale along with a…
Historic Cruiseship Day Record for Waterford City Quays
#HistoricCruiseDay – A historic occasion for Waterford City Quays, as for the first time ever a record total of three cruiseships are visiting Ireland's oldest city today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Port of Waterford are host to some 500 crew…
Bad Weather Cancels Cruiseship's Anchorage Call off Galway
#AbandonedCall – The 51,044 tonnes Crystal Symphony, the biggest cruiseship caller to Galway Harbour this season as reported earlier on, instead had to abandon an anchorage call this morning due to bad weather, forcing her to head for the…
Biggest Cruise Caller to Galway Harbour Visits Busy Season
#BiggestCaller – Crystal Symphony at 51,044grt is the biggest caller in tonnage terms to Galway Harbour this cruise season, yet her passenger capacity was surpassed by Thompson Spirit which called earlier this summer, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 922 capacity Crystal…
Greencastle Visited by 51,000 tonnes Cruiseship
#CruiseDonegal – Having sailed from Belfast, the 51,000 tonnes Crystal Symphony anchored this morning off Greencastle from where as previously reported, Donegal Co. Council are backing the Loughs Agency to upgrade facilities. The visit of Crystal Symphony is an impressive…
Overnight Call in the Capital from a Regency Balcony
#OvernightVisitor – One of a quartet of cruise-callers to Dublin Port yesterday, Seven Seas Voyager remains berthed this morning having spent an overnight visit in what will be an overall 38 hour call, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Regency Seven Seas…
Cruiseship Converted from Former 'Med' Ferry Makes Call
#FerryToCruiseship- Of the quartet of cruiseships in Dublin Port today, Ocean Majesty (as pictured) has the most unconventional background, having been launched in 1966 as a side-loading car ferry for Mediterranean service, writes Jehan Ashmore. In her current role, Ocean…
Getting Busier As Dublin Port Awaits Cruiseship Quartet
#CruiseQuartet- Following yesterday's busy cruise trio line-up to Dublin Port, among them the 5-star luxury sail-assisted Sea Cloud II, even more callers are due when a quartet are to dock tomorrow morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Leading the quartet will be…
Exclusive 5-Star Luxury Sailing Cruiseship, Sea Cloud II Spends Time Touring Irish Ports
#SailingCruiseship- As previously reported on, a trio of cruise callers due to Dublin Port arrived this morning, among them the exclusive Sea Cloud II (2001/3,849grt), a 5 star luxury sail-assisted vessel, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 117m/ 384ft Spanish built…
Dublin Bay to Expect Record Number of Cruise Passengers Expected in 2015
#dlharbour – Dun Laoghaire Harbour CEO Gerry Dunne say there is a  great opportunity for Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port to work collaboratively on Dublin Bay to emulate the success of Danish capital, Copenhagen in attracting approximately 500,000 cruise…
Cork Harbour's Busy Times As Three Cruise Liners to Call in One Day
#cruiseliners – Tomorrow the Port of Cork will welcome three cruise liners to Cork Harbour, bringing a combined total of 6,500 passengers and crew to the region. The largest liner, "MSC Magnifica" will be first to arrive, berthing at Cobh…
Bid to Cater for Even Larger Cruiseships to Cobh
#LargerCruiseships - Planning permission is been sought by the Port of Cork for a €1.5m deep-water pontoon and access bridge to cater for bigger cruise liners arriving in Cobh, writes the Irish Examiner. The port authority has applied to Cork…
Cork’s Cruiseship Call Trio to Line-Up As Sign of Further Growth
#CorkCruiseTrio – This season the Port of Cork will welcome 54 cruise ships throughout Cork Harbour, among them three cruiseships calling simultaneously next Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. So what callers are we to expect in this trio line-up, they are…
Cruiseship Trio to Highlight Dublin Port Plans for Expansion
#CruiseDublinTrio- As previously reported on, a partner has been sought by Dublin Port Company for the promotion and expansion of the cruise ship business, writes Jehan Ashmore. Currently the port handles 110,000 annually which generate €50 million into the…
Cruiseships Double Up for Anchorage Calls off Dunmore East
#AnchorageCallers – A pair of cruiseships are to anchor off Dunmore East next week bringing a potential capacity of 1,940 passengers in total to the south-east region along with more than 1,500 crew, writes Jehan Ashmore. The arrival of two…
Warrenpoint Welcomes Tourists For First Time with Cruiseship Call
#CruiseCarlingford- Furthermore to our previous report on Warrenpoint Port, the harbour welcomed the first visit of a cruise ship, the Saga Pearl 2 last month to the harbour on the shores of Carlingford Lough. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the…

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