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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
Three Masterpieces Set to Make an Impression in Dublin
As we draw closer to the end of this month that does not mean the holiday season is over especially where cruiseships are concerned, as no fewer than three such vessels are due to Dublin Port tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Clipper Cruiseship Calls In for Fish & Chips
As Le Diamant berthed in Dublin Port this morning the Clipper Odyssey which also called to the capital with the French-flagged cruiseship this day last week, is visiting the fishing capital of Killybegs today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Co. Donegal port…
Small Is Beautiful as Cruiseships Call Closer to Capital
It's been some time since more than one cruiseship has moored on the River Liffey's Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arriving from Douglas before sunrise was Zegraham Expeditions Clipper Odyssey (1989/5,218grt) which docked at berth No. 8,…
Big Lips Kiss Dublin Bay
A cruise ship with a difference docked in Dublin Port today, the Aidablu displays a distinctly bold livery scheme of a giant red mouth and eyes emblazoned across the bow, writes Jehan Ashmore. Towering 15 decks above the oceans, the…
Small Luxury Cruiseship Visits Killybegs
Ireland's leading fishing port of Killybegs, Co. Donegal, this morning received the 226 passenger yacht-like cruiseship Le Diamant, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 8,282 tonnes Le Diamant had sailed overnight from anchorage in Galway Bay and prior to visiting the 'City…
Cruise-Goers Head for the Galway Races
Cruiseship passengers on board the Spirit of Adventure which anchored in Galway Bay today will have an opportunity of visiting the famous race course venue at Ballybrit, writes Jehan Ashmore. At just under 10,000 tonnes Spirit of Adventure built in…
Cruiseship Calls to Dublin Includes Ship-to-Ship Refuelling
Cruiseships of varying size, vintage and design were all represented in Dublin Port today, as they surrounded the berths at Ocean Pier, writes Jehan Ashmore. First to make an appearance in the early hours was Princess Cruises Dawn Princess (built…
Loop Head: A Guiding Light for Foynes-Bound Cruise Calls
Visitors to Ireland's newest coastal tourist attraction at Loop Head Lighthouse will not only have stunning sea views but also as a place to observe seasonal cruise ships calling to Foynes, writes Jehan Ashmore. Within the next seven days, three…
Not One Not Two but Three Cruise Callers to Cork
The Port of Cork will be a busy place this Tuesday as three cruiseships are scheduled to dock in the morning and depart this evening, writes Jehan Ashmore. Largest of the trio is P&O Cruises 115,000 tonnes cruise giant Azura, which is…
Brand New Marina Calls to Dublin
Dublin Port welcomed a brand new cruiseship the 66,000 tonnes Marina which docked adjacent to the veteran cruiseship, Marco Polo today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Marina is the first of a pair of mid-sized newbuilds for Oceania Cruises, her sister Riviera…
Spot the ‘Big’ Difference! From Containership to Cruiseship
It may just be another cruiseship visiting Dublin Port today, but the gleaming white painted Costa Marina started her career in complete constrast as a grey-hulled containership, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship has some unusual hull design features indicating clues…
Floating City Hotel to Mark Start of Islands Cruise
Passengers embarking in Dublin Port for a cruise next month will firstly spend their first night onboard while docked in the capital, writes Jehan Ashmore. The classic cruiseship Saga Ruby will welcome her passengers and after checking in they can…
Former Soviet-Bloc Liner Continues Cruising
Cruising off the east coast of Leinster this evening is the veteran cruiseship Marco Polo which is bound for the Scilly Isles off Land's End, writes Jehan Ashmore. For those with an appreciation for the more traditional tiered deck profile…
A Former Royal is Set to Return
Following the visit of Grand Princess to Dublin Port on Monday another cruiseship which also had a royal-theme to its name is to dock tommorow, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship Silver Explorer was formerly the Prince Albert II, named after…
"Grand Princess" Calls to Dublin Port on eve of Queen's Visit
The first grand cruise liner, the 109,000 tonne, 290 metre "Grand Princess" with almost 4,000 passengers and crew sailed into Dublin Port at 8am this morning. The ship is the epitome of luxury with a magnificent array of facilities that…
A Princess Without Her Tiara...As Ship's Skywalker Flies Away!
Cruiseships continue to grow in size but the opposite could be said for Grand Princess when her Skywalker Nightclub weighing some 211 tons was removed, writes Jehan Ashmore. In a delicate operation, it took over 10 hours for torches to…

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