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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
A Classic Double Act: From General Cargoships to Cruise Liners
#CARGO TO CRUISELINERS – This morning saw the arrival of World Cruises Agency,'s Princess Daphne to Dublin Port, the veteran vessel built in 1955 was originally launched as a cargoship, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 18,833grt cruiseship had arrived into Dublin…
Plantours Cruises Hamburg Makes Maiden 'Irish' Call
#CAPITAL CRUISE CALLS – Tonight two cruiseships are due to depart Dublin Port, they are Plantours Cruises Hamburg (2007/15,067grt), which made its maiden 'Irish' debut call to the capital, followed by Compagnie du Ponant's Le Diamant, writes Jehan Ashmore. Plantours…
'Floating Campus' MV Explorer to Visit Galway This Friday
#CRUISE LINERS - Galway Bay is set to welcome a visit from the 'floating campus' MV Explorer this Friday 21 August, as the Galway Independent reports. The cruise liner, with more than 800 students, academics and crew on board, operates…
Lirica's Call Again Brings ‘Added Value’ to the Capital
#LIRICA CALLS AGAIN – Only on her second cruise call to Dublin Port, MSC Lirica (2003/59,058grt) as previously reported on, docked this morning into the capital brimming with tallships, adding another attraction for cruise-goers, writes Jehan Ashmore. The $250m…
Strong First Half 2012 Cruise Call Season to Ireland
#CRUISE LINERS – According to the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO), a number of calls by international cruise ships to Irish ports, many on their maiden calls to this country, have visited within the first half of 2012. Irish Ports…
Small Is Beautiful As Cruiseship Tours South-West Region
#COASTAL CRUISING – The world's smallest 5-star luxury cruiseship, Hebridean Princess (1964/2,112grt) is nearing the end of a 7-night 'South from Cork' fly-cruise, visiting locations only along the south-west coastline, writes Jehan Ashmore. Accommodating just 50 guests in opulent surroundings…
P&O Cruises Adonia Calls to Foynes
#SHANNON CRUISECALL – P&O Cruises Adonia is visiting the mid-west port of Foynes on the banks of the Shannon port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. She had made a call to the east coast last week in Dublin Port and the…
Luxury Cruise Liner 'Lirica' Makes Maiden Call to Dublin Port
#cruiseliner – A $250million luxury cruise liner, the 59,000 tonne, 251 metre "MSC Lirica" with almost 3,000 passengers and crew on board sailed into Dublin Port at 7am this morning on her maiden call to Ireland. The MSC Lirica, carrying…
Cruise Liner Treesome Arrive into Foggy Dublin Bay
#CRUISE LINERS – In dense sea-fog conditions, three cruiseships arrived into Dublin Bay at dawn and proceeded to dock in Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Of the trio, Kristina Katarina (1982/12,668grt) today made her inaugural call to the port. As…
Baltic Sea Newcomer to Visit Dublin Port
#CRUISE LINERS - Finnish operated Kristina Katarina is to make her inaugural 'Irish' call this Thursday when she and two other cruiseships are scheduled to arrive in Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on, the newcomer is…
Academic Arrangements at Sea
#CRUISE LINERS - New York based Academic Arrangements Abroad have chartered Zegraham Expeditions Clipper Odyssey which is to call to Belfast Harbour today for an overnight visit, writes Jehan Ashmore. Academic Arrangements offer more than 50 countries for guests to…
Cunard Line's Newest Cruiseship to Revisit
#CUNARDER REVISIT – Since her launch in 2010, Cunard Line's newest cruiseship the 90,901 tonnes Queen Elizabeth has only called to Dublin Port once and that was last year. She was then on her maiden 'Irish' port of call and…
Cruising By Royal Appointment
#CRUISELINERS- She may be one of the smallest cruiseships operating, however Hebridean Princess (1964/2,112grt) which is to call to Dublin Port this evening, is big in terms of her status, writes Jehan Ashmore. A plaque was unveiled on board in…
All Things Nautical As Sisters to Meet On a Journey
#CRUISESHIP SISTERS – Oceania Cruises Nautica (2000/30,277grt) currently docked in Dublin Port will later today be joined by a sister, Azamara Journey, operated by Azamara Club Cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore Azamara Journey had departed Leith and is heading through the…
‘Signature’ Cruiseship Signs-In
#SIGNATURE CRUISESHIP – Cruiseship Mein Schiff 2 made her statement with a strikingly refreshing bold livery scheme as she swept across Dublin Bay last evening. Rather than the all too common all-white painted cruiseships, her looks also cut a dash…
Superyacht Makes A 'Majestic' Entrance
#SUPERYACHT – The elegant streamlined luxury 60m/200ft motoryacht M.Y. Majestic is to dock in Dublin’s Port this evening, having departed Norway via Scottish waters, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Caymen Islands registered 12-guest charter-yacht (view gallery) which has a crew of…

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