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Cruise Ships Sector to Boost Donegal
#CruiseDonegal – Donegal Now.Com reports that the Inishowen Peninsula in the north of the county is set to cash in on the lucrative cruise ship business in years to come. Malin Head is likely to be one of the main…
Cruiseship’s Galway Bay Anchorage Call Recalls Historical Tender Liner Links
#HALtenderLINKS - Having anchored off Galway Harbour today, Holland America Line's 800 passenger Prinsendam and her fleet of tenders leave in their wake  strong ties with the mid-west port, writes Jehan Ashmore. At 38,848 tonnes, Prinsendam is the smallest member…
Holland America Line to Make Mid-Cruise Season Call to Galway
#CruiseLiners – Galway Harbour Company will welcome the fifth cruise caller this season when Holland America Line's Prinsendam calls this day next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, this season is one of the busiest in recent years for…
Costa Concordia To Be Refloated In Ship Salvage First
#CostaConcordia - More than two-and-a-half years after she sank off the western Italian coast, the ill-fated cruise liner Costa Concordia is set to be refloated in a first for the ship salvage industry. As The Guardian reports, this will be…
Floating Campus of University of Virginia to Dock in Dublin
#[email protected] – Students from the University of Virginia, USA are on a 66-day long Semester at Sea voyage on board the Explorer, which is to dock in Dublin Port this morning, and where she will stay for the next five…
Club Med's Five-Mast Cruiseship Calls to Cobh
#ClubCorkCruise – Club Med 2 called to Cobh today where passengers from the impressive five-masted cruiseship visited the town's charming hillside location overlooking Cork Harbour and regional attractions, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 14,000 tonnes ship completed in 1992 had sailed…
Sixties Sun-Seeker Still Rocks During Dublin Debut
#ClassicLinerLady – Louis Aura a classic cruiseship dating almost fifty years having been launched in the late 60's made her debut call to Dublin Port today, a first for Cypriot operator Louis Cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore. Her call follows Belfast…
Stylish Sixties Classic Becomes Newcomer to Belfast Harbour
#CruiseClassic – Belfast Harbour welcomed Louis Aura (1968/16,781grt) on her first visit to the port yesterday having cruised in Scottish waters, the caller been the first of three new visitors due this season to the port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Louis…
Bantry Bay Cruise Scene: A Setting for A Sapphire
#BantryCruiseships – As previously reported, Serenissima (1960/2,598grt) a 110 passenger exploration cruiseship which called to Glengariff mid-week was yesterday followed by Saga Sapphire to the secluded west Cork anchorage, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operated by Serenissima Cruises, she reflects a different…
Serene Cruiseship Caller to Glengariff as Classic Racing Boat Prepares for ICRA Nationals
#CruiseSailing – As Serenissima departed scenic Glengarriff, west Cork yesterday evening, the exploration cruiseship shares connections with Soufriere, an entrant in today's start of the three-day ICRA Nationals held off Dun Laoghaire Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. As W.M. Nixon drew…
Port of Cork Eyes €10m New Deepwater Quay at Cobh for Larger Liners
#CruiseCobh – A feasibility study into building a new €10m deepwater quay in Cobh has been confirmed by the Pork of Cork Company, so to enable accommodating for increasingly bigger cruise liners, reports the Irish Examiner. The port authority plans…
Sight-Seeing Excursion for Third ‘Cunarder’ Caller to Merseyside
#CunarderCall - Cunard Line's Queen Victoria is to visit Liverpool's famous waterfront on 30 May as 2014 marks the centenary anniversary of RMS Aquitania's maiden voyage to New York, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 'Cunarder' represents one of the 'grand trio'…
‘My Ship’ Cruise-Goers Watch Fellow Holidaymakers Arrive to Dublin Port
#CruiseLiners– On the same day of L.E. Samuel Beckett's historic inaugural call to Dublin Port, two large cruiseships also visited the capital with mid-morning berthing taking place within Alexandra Basin, writes Jehan Ashmore. A large crowd of cruise-goers gathered along…
That's the Spirit Liverpool to Host Cruise Show
#CruiseLinersLiverpool – Thomson Spirit as previously reported on Afloat.ie, completed a circumnavigation cruise of Ireland this morning with an arrival of the vessel to Liverpool Cruise Terminal, writes Jehan Ashmore. Among the cruise calls of the 33,390 tons vessel operated…
Liverpool Cruise Season Underway As Cruiseship Heads for Galway
#CruiseLinersLiverpool - Liverpool City which Cruise Critic awarded us the 'Best UK Port of Call' for the 2013 season is today host to Thomson Spirit, the 33,390 tons vessel is only the second of 45 cruiseships callers for 2014, writes…
Cruiseships Large & Small Visit Competing Dublin Bay Ports on Day of Casting of the Spear
#CruiseDublinBay – Two cruiseships one large the other small, yesterday visited separately Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the later destination welcoming its first caller this year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Princess Cruises 3,082 passenger capacity Emerald Princess (2007/118,681grt) docked in…

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