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Dublin Port Cruise Ship Evidence Before Oireachtas Committee Today at 1.30pm
The All-Ireland Cruise Ship Action Group will be appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport today at 1.30pm. The Group says it will be giving evidence on the impact the Dublin Port Company’s ban on cruise ships will…
When Three Becomes A Crowd: Stena Nordica within the Port of Fishguard and where cruiseship AIDAvita (left) is a scheduled caller to the Welsh port. Whereas Seabourn Quest (foreground) made a call to the scenic Pembrokeshire location at short notice and also took anchorage offshore.
On Monday of last week Afloat tracked a ferry arriving in the Port of Fishguard, Wales where two cruiseships one scheduled the other totally unexpected called to the scenic north Pembrokeshire port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ferry Stena Nordica (deputising…
Following a first call of Ocean Altantic to Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Monday, the small yet heavily ice-strengthened hulled vessel returned to the port a mere three days later, writes Jehan Ashmore. So why the return?... the answer lies in…
The small cruise ship Star Legend (212 guests) arrives into Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has said that “significant commercial, technical and environmental risk” had influenced its decision to withdraw a planning application for a 30 million euro cruise liner berth in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay writes Lorna Siggins In a…
Afloat adds Astor's German clientele were guests on board Transcean's (Kreuzfahrten) small cruiseship which at the weekend is seen above visiting scenic West Cork.The Bahamas flagged 20.606grt ship with up to 600 passengers had sailed from the cruiseship's main homeport at Bremerhaven to arrive in Bantry Bay Harbour last Saturday. For a another close up photo of the small cruiseship pictured at Dublin Port, see related story dating to 13th May.
Councillors in west Cork say they fear that Dublin Port’s decision to reduce the number of cruise ships by 50% between 2021 and 2023 could have a negative affect on cruise tourism in West Cork. The issue writes The Southern…
An Antarctic explorer in the form of cruiseship Ocean Atlantic which was escorted into Dun Laoghaire Harbour by pilot cutter this morning when a maiden call took place in the port which welcomed a new client Albratros Expeditions to the south Dublin Bay harbour.
A cruiseship with an international ice class rating of 1B and regarded as one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica has made a maiden call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operated by Albratros Expeditions which describes…
The 3,600-passenger Celebrity Reflection cruiseship is due to dock in Belfast today, however AFLOAT adds the Celebrity Cruises ship actually sailed to Greenock, Scotland following a call to Dublin Port yesterday (see related story). The 'Solstice' class cruiseship is seen above on a previous call when on Belfast Lough along with port regular Stena Scotia which operates a ro-ro freight only service to Heysham, England.
An enormous cruiseship Celebrity Reflection sails into Belfast this morning, bringing thousands of deep-pocketed North Americans to the city's visitor attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants, there are fears it could be the 'end of an era' for this type of…
Alexandra Basin, Dublin Port where major work is ongoing among them at Alexandra Quay West (AFLOAT adds see top of basin) where berth restrictions are to be introduced from 2021 to 2023. At this berth is seen the small cruiseship, Marco Polo. On the right is a larger 'Solstice' class cruiseship in which the fifth and final of this series is Celebrity Reflection (which today) is occupying this same berth during a 'turnaround' cruise.
#cruiseliners - The arrival of thousands of well-travelled North American visitors on a huge cruiseship today could signal the ‘‘end of an era’’ due to actions of the Dublin Port Company, that's according to a group of businesses from across…
‘No public right of way’ exists over the deepwater quay in Cobh, says the Port of Cork Company
The Port of Cork has issued a “clarification” over its closures of the deepwater quay in Cobh after gardai were called to a recent protest at the facility. The Irish Examiner reports that there was what gardai described as a…
#cruiseliners - Shane Ross the Minister for Transport has sought to reassure DUP leader Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast would fill the gap left by Dublin Port’s reduction in cruise ship arrivals. As The Irish Times writes, Mr Ross…
Star Pride arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2017 accompanied by the Dublin Port Tug Beaufort off her port bow. The ship returns to Dun Laoghaire on June 20th
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is set for seven cruise liner calls this summer over the period from May to September.  The first caller will be the Norwegian Pearl that is scheduled to anchor next Monday off the Harbour Mouth on her maiden…
#cruiseliners - Cruise passenger numbers from Ireland and the UK hit a record two million last year, figures from the Cruise Lines International Association show. As the Irish Times reports the association bundles together Irish and UK numbers as most…
The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin in 2017
Chairman of Irish Cruise Liner body Cruise Ireland, Mr Conor Mowlds said; “Cruise Ireland welcomed the positive meeting held with Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and…
#cruiseliners - RTE news reports of efforts to be made to reduce any effect fewer cruise ships entering Dublin Port from 2021 will have on Dublin, it's retailers and ancillary businesses. That's according to a spokesperson from Department of Transport…
The plans, approved this month by Inverclyde planning board, are for a new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery at Greenock Ocean Terminal.
Plans have been approved for an iconic building on the banks of the Clyde at Greenock in the North Channel of the Irish Sea to welcome cruise ship passengers. The plans, approved this month by Inverclyde planning board, are for a new…
#cruiseliners - Independent.ie reports in a reduction in the number of cruise ships entering Dublin Port will cause considerable damage to the tourism sector on the island of Ireland, the leader of the DUP has warned. It is understood that…

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