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Costa Concordia Officers Sentenced In Plea Bargain
#CostaConcordia - The Irish Times reports that five officers from the ill-fated Costa Concordia have received jail sentences as part of their plea bargains with the court. Each received a sentence ranging from 18 months to two years and 10…
Wind Surf Cruise Liner Under Sail from Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#WindSURF – As the five-masted Wind Surf departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday evening she began setting her sails, in stark contrast to her sister Club Med 2 as previously reported which presented only a forest of masts, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Costa Concordia Captain Offers Plea Deal
#CruiseLiners - Lawyers for the captain of the cruise liner that capsized off the west coast of Italy early last year have requested a plea deal in the trial over his role in the disaster. According to RTÉ News, Francesco…
The Wind Surf, a Five Masted Sailing Ship, Docks in Dun Laoghaire Tomorrow
#cruiseliner – An award winning, luxury sailing ship will dock in Dún Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow  from 7am to 6pm as reported earlier. The Wind Surf – a five masted sailing ship – is scheduled to embark 300 guests and…
Majestic Tall-Cruise-Ship With White Clouds Too
#TallCruiseShip- One good easily think another tallship visitor has called to Dublin Port, however what makes the majestic 117m Sea Cloud II stand out is not just beauty but that she is a cruiseship and with a mere 64 guests…
Gathering Cruise Flotilla and Five-Masted Cruiseship to Centre on Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#GatheringCRUISES- On the same day of the eagerly awaited Gathering Cruise which sets off next Thursday (18 July) from Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the Wind Surf a 14,745 tonnes cruiseship sporting five masts and each 50m/164 ft-high is due to berth,…
The World Berths Bringing Bali-Beds Back to the Capital
#TheWORLD – This morning The World berthed in Dublin Port beside the East-Link Toll Bridge, having made calls to Belfast, Galway and London-Derry in this year of the UK City of Culture, writes Jehan Ashmore. The exclusive residential vessel of…
P&O Cruises Arcadia Basks In Blocking-High Climate of Dublin Bay
#P&OCruises – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company welcomed today the mid-sized cruiseship Arcadia (83,500 tonnes) under the command of Captain S C Breton, who is the first female to take this position for P&O Cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arcadia had departed…
Arcadia: Another Anchorage Call Heads for Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#CaptBreton – While Galway Bay is hosting The World today off Mutton Island, Captain S C Breton master of P&O Cruises Arcadia which is nearly twice the size, is set to make an anchorage call off Dun Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow…
No Sails as Cruise Liner 'Club Med 2' Departs Dublin Bay
#cruiseliner – As majestic as she might be, the five–masted cruise liner, Club Med 2 left Dublin Port yesterday evening, and just like local craft she dwarfed, she was unable to sail away, as there was no wind on Dublin Bay. …
French Club Med Invasion Before Aussie-Filled Rugby Cruise
#ClubMedCruise – As previously reported on, Club Med's impressive five-masted cruiseship Club Med 2 (1992/14,983grt) docked into Cork Harbour this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. She had sailed overnight from Brest and her presence alongside Cobh will make for a…
Gathering Wind as Cruiseships Set Their Sails for Irish Ports
#CruiseTallShips – An unprecedented number of cruiseships also equipped with sailing masts are to visit Irish ports this season, starting with the arrival of the five-masted Club Med 2 to Cork Harbour tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. Club Med's impressive 637-foot…
Largest Residential Cruise Liner is Galway Bound
#CruiseLiners - The world's largest residential cruise liner is set to visit the City of the Tribes next week, according to the Galway Independent. The floating town known as The World is expected to arrive in Galway Bay next Monday…
Marshall Islands ‘Marina’ Made an Impression
#CruiseLiners -Those watching the live coverage of the recent Ocean to City rowing race would of seen the handsome Marina, a 66,000 tonnes cruiseship which had berthed in Cobh, writes Jehan Ashmore. Only launched in 2011, Oceania Cruises 1,250 passenger…
Celebrity Basks in Sunshine During Anchorage Call
#CelebrityCruises – The Celebrity Infinity basked in the glorious sunshine today while at  anchor off Dunmore East and from where tenders of the 91,000 tonnes cruiseship shuttled back and forth, writes Jehan Ashmore. Tonight the 2001 built cruiseship makes an…
Visiting Cruise Liner Adds to the Summer Time Colour of Cobh
In glorious sunshine, with some real summer heat at last, the town of Cobh in Cork Harbour was en féte to day writes Claire Bateman. Scroll down for photos by Bob Bateman. Adding to the mardi gras atmosphere and towering…

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