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Chartered Cruiseships Gather for Olympic Games
#OLYMPIC CRUISESHIPS - Peter Deilmann's cruiseship Deutschland (1998/22,496grt) which called to Dublin Port at the weekend is en-route in the English Channel, having departed Plymouth bound for London, where she is set to became a floating hotel during the Olympic…
Three’s A Crowd as Liners Line-Up in Dublin
#TREESOME CRUISECALLS – This morning three cruiseships arrived into Dublin Bay and all within less than an hour. Currently the trio are berthed closely together in the centre of Dublin port, which this year expects to see around 90 such…
Bantry Bay's Double Role on Display
#CRUISE LINERS – Cruise & Maritime Voyages Marco Polo (1965/22,080grt) anchored off scenic Glengariff today and also sharing Bantry Bay is the tanker Amundsen Spirit (2010/109,290dwt), writes Jehan Ashmore. The 800-passenger Marco Polo had sailed from Cork and the veteran…
New Landmark Visitor Attraction Boosts Belfast Cruise Calls
#CRUISE LINERS – This year Belfast Harbour can look forward to a boost in the cruise sector as more than 40 calls are scheduled during the season, the increase is largely attributed to the opening of the iconic visitor attraction…
P&O Celebrate 175th Anniversary as Arcadia Calls to Dublin Port
#P&O 175th ANNIVERSARY – The cruiseship Arcadia (2005/83,781grt) sailed into Dublin Port after an overnight passage from Southampton, where P&O celebrated their 175th anniversary on Tuesday with a spectacular parade of the fleet billed as the 'Grand Event', writes Jehan…
Tighter Safety Inspections of Cruiseships Calling to Irish Ports
#CRUISE LINER SAFETY – Following the Costa Concordia incident off the Italian coast in January, there are to be "tighter" inspections of cruiseships docking in Irish ports according to the State's Marine Survey Office. Checks on safety and crew handling…
Cruiseship Call to Cobh on Irish Debut
#CRUISE LINERS – The newest addition to the Saga Cruises fleet Saga Sapphire (1981/37,301gt) is to make her debut to Dublin Port tomorrow, having made her inaugural Irish port of call to Cobh today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Saga Sapphire previously…
Cruiseship Calls with Suites by Ralph Lauren
#DESIGNER CRUISE SHIP – The cruiseship Marina (2011/65,999grt) which was only launched into service last year is on a port of call to Dublin today, having departed on a cruise from Dover, writes Jehan Ashmore. Marina berthed alongside Ocean Pier…
Double Role Recalled as Cruiseship Sails South
#CRUISELINERS – Cruise & Maritime Voyages Ocean Countess (17,593 tonnes) departed Liverpool's City Cruise Terminal this evening bound for Cobh, though thirty years ago she sailed considerably further south and for completely different reasons, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 800 passenger…
Bremen Visits Galway
#GALWAY CRUISE CALL– Following last month's first cruise call this season of Silver Explorer to Galway Docks, the city of the tribes welcomed the Bremen yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Unlike the Silver Explorer, operated by Silverseas Cruises, which transited through…
Seven Seas Voyager Departs Cork Harbour
#cruiseliners – The Seven Seas Voyager cruise liner departed Cork harbour last night after treating 708 well-heeled passengers to the sights of Cobh and the surrounding harbour area. This European cruise liner has an overall lengh of 670–ft and a…
Former 'Lipstick' Ferry Calls to Saltees Islands
#SALTEES CRUISE CALL – The Saltee Islands off Co. Wexford was where the small cruiseship Expedition (1972/ 6,334grt) made an anchorage call yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 140 passenger vessel which underwent a $13 million refit in 2009, specialises in…
Double Turnarounds as Liverpool Cruise Diverts to Holyhead
#HISTORIC LIVERPOOL CRUISECALL - Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV)'s Ocean Countess (1976/17,593grt) became the first turnaround cruise call in four decades after departing Liverpool on Tuesday, however the ship suffered temporary loss of engine power, forcing the vessel to turn…
Small Cruiseship Set Sails for Sneem
#COASTING CRUISING – The small expedition cruiseship Clipper Odyssey (1989/5,218grt) departed Cobh Cruise Terminal this evening on a short cruise-hop along the West Cork coastline to Sneem in neighbouring Co. Kerry, writes Jehan Ashmore. The twin funnelled vessel is normally…
Call Opens Galway Harbour Cruiseship Season
#CRUISE LINERS – Galway Harbour Company welcomed the first cruise caller this year with the Silver Explorer an expedition cruiseship with a capacity for over 130 guests, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 6,072 tonnes vessel is on a cruise from Bordeaux…
Olympic Bound Cruiseship On Overnight Dublin Call
#OLYMPIC CRUISESHIP – A cruiseship which is to be used as accommodation ship for key workers during the London Olympic Games is currently on a UK mini-cruise including today's overnight call to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship Braemar…

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