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Port of Cork Signs Up to Atlantic Alliance Cruise Ship Destination Project
#atlanticalliance – The ATLANTIC ALLIANCE is a marketing project of 18 ports along Europe's West coast between Hamburg and Lisbon, including Britain and now an Irish port. The project highlights to cruise companies that there is in Europe an attractive…
Floating University Cruises To Dublin Port
#CruiseLiners - The 'floating university' MV Explorer is due to dock at Dublin Port tonight 20 September, according to The Irish Times. Last year the cruise liner, which operates as part of the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea study…
Cruise Passenger Numbers Visiting Ireland Could Quadruple Over Next Decade
#CruiseLiners - Cruise passenger numbers visiting Ireland could quadruple over the next decade if the right facilities are in place, an Oireachtas Joint Committee has heard. Chairwoman designate of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Eithne Scott Lennon said the south…
Costa Concordia Is Raised From The Sea
#CostaConcordia - There were celebrations all round on the Tuscan island of Giglio early yesterday as the operation to raise the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia was successful in lifting the ship upright, The Irish Times reports. The video above…
A ‘Legend’ Visits Dublin Port Prior to Trans-Atlantic Repositioning Cruise
#CarnivalCruises- The 293m long Carnival Legend docked in Dublin Port this morning prior to making a repositioning trans-Atlantic cruise next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Carnival Legend arrived overnight from the Greenock, the cruise port for Glasgow which too welcomed the…
Costa Concordia Salvage Plan Has '90% Chance' Of Success
#CostaConcordia - The salvage master charged with righting the ill-fated cruise liner Costa Concordia has spoken of the risks involved in the task. Still lying in her side on the Italian coast off Tuscany after grounding in the shallows on…
Passengers Picked-Up in Dublin Port for Direct Iberian Cruise
#FredOlsen - Boudicca (1973/28,388grt) of the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines docked in Dublin Port yesterday to embark Irish passengers on a direct no flights cruise to Iberian ports, writes Jehan Ashmore. The call to Dublin was to take senior citizens…
German Cruise-Goers Visit Munster Ports
#MunsterCruise – German tourists are on a cruise around Ireland which included a visit to Foynes yesterday followed by a short overnight passage to Cobh today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruise on board Phoenix Reisen's Amadea 29,008 tonnes vessel marked…
Dun Laoghaire County Manager Seeks Funding Approval to Development of New Super-Cruiser Berths
#CruiseLiners – The Irish Times reports that the outgoing county manager of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is to seek approval to spend more than €7 million on various projects among them the development of berthing facilities for super-cruisers in…
Cruise Tours to be Promoted by West Cork Communities
#CruisePromotion – The Southern Star writes, that communities in West Cork have been asked to play an active role in attracting the cruise ship operators to the region. Five key people involved in the initiative gave a concise presentation at…
It's Plain Sailing!...  Cruise Holidays Worth €200m to Economy
#CruiseSector - The best Irish cruise liner season in 60 years has reached a 50% hike in passenger numbers at some ports. More than 100 major cruise liners have visited Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Belfast this summer, with the trade…
The Spirit of Cruising the Oceans in Contrasting Forms
#CruiseLiners – Dublin Port has two cruiseship callers today, Thomson Spirit (1983/33,930grt) and Ocean Princess (1999/30,277grt) both are approximately the same in tonnage terms, yet they are starkly different in design, writes Jehan Ashmore. Thomson Spirit had sailed from Belfast…
Former ‘Hammer & Sickle’ Cruiseship Calls to Capital
#CruiseLiners – German cruise operator, Passet Kreuzfahrten's Delphin (16,214grt) is visiting Dublin Port today, the small former Soviet cruiseship is berthed just short of the East-Link Toll Lift bridge, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruise set off from Oban and terminates…
Wind Surf Visits Portrush Prior to Setting Seven Sails for Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#TallCruiseships – Anchored less than a nautical mile offshore of Portrush today is the impressive Wind Surf, which has five 50m/164ft high masts towering above the sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Windstar Cruises vessel with a 312 guest capacity is…
Cruiseship Trio Head for Cork Harbour
#CorkCruiseCalls – The Port of Cork will be busy tomorrow as three cruiseships capable of carrying a combined total of 4,200 passengers are to visit the natural harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. First to make an entrance will be Celebrity Infinity…
Cruise Liners Bring €40m to Cork Economy Each Year
#CruiseLiners - Cruise liner visits are worth more than €40 million annually to the Cork economy, it has emerged. According to TheCorkNews.ie, the economic boost comes with a 50% in cruise visitor numbers last year, with 88,000 passengers coming to…

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