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MV Silver Wind, seen here in Cadiz, will be Galway’s last cruise call of 2018 next month. The city saw a doubling of cruise passenger numbers between 2016 and 2017
Maritime passengers arriving at Irish ports saw a 2.1% increase to 2.8 million from 2016 to 2017. That’s according to the Department of Transport’s latest Transport Trends report published earlier this week, which highlights the increasing importance of the cruise…
Cruiseship Variety Voyager remains under detention in Dublin Port. Visible is one of two of the 68m megayacht's lifeboats on the port side. Astern on the quayside is a construction cement silo along with the restored 'Diving Bell' on Sir John Rogersons Quay.
#Detention - Among the reasons cited for the detention of a cruiseship in Dublin Port which has remained docked for almost three weeks, Afloat can now reveal chiefly concerned the condition of the ship's lifeboats, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to…
SMS Towage's new 72 bollard pull ton tug Superman and CMV's Marco Polo in the King George V Dock lock entrance at ABP's Port of Hull where the North Sea port has become an increasingly popular cruise calling destination. In addition to cruises departing Hull including Marco Polo visiting Irish Sea ports.
#CruiseLiners - The deep blue-hulled Marco Polo, Cruise & Maritime Voyages veteran vessel as Afloat previously featured calling to Irish ports is among seven cruiseships that will use the UK Port of Hull this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The North…
Detained cruiseship Variety Voyager remains in Dublin Port (Sir John Rogersons Quay) from where the mega-yacht like vessel had arrived in late July. On the left is the distinctive orange painted 'Diving Bell' restored in recent years.
#Detention - A Maltese-flagged cruiseship still remains under detention in Dublin Port having arrived in the capital almost three weeks ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. Authorities, Paris MoU, the official body responsible for eliminating the operation of sub-standard ships (see list) detained…
RCI's Brilliance of the Seas made a second call to Holyhead Port which Afloats adds is operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd. According to the Daily Post, the Welsh Government say they are hoping to attract more of the vessels to the shores of north Wales.
#CruiseLiners - In north Wales a huge cruise ship has docked - giving thousands of tourists reports the Daily Post the chance to see the region’s sights. The Royal Caribbean International ‘Brilliance of the Seas’, one of the biggest cruise…
A misty morning yesterday greeted visitors to Killybegs on the visit of MS Queen Elizabeth, the largest cruise ship ever to have berthed in the Co. Donegal fishing harbour. Afloat adds the 90,900 tonnes 'Vista' class cruiseship operated by Cunard Line followed the call of slightly smaller sister Queen Victoria to the harbour also this season.
#CruiseLiners - Donegal received its biggest ship ever in Killybegs yesterday, Friday 20 July.  As Donegal Now reported the 'Queen Elizabeth' has over 2,000 passengers and a crew of more than 1,000. The luxury ship, part of the Cunard Line,…
Seabourn Quest at anchor in Bantry Bay, offshore of Abbey Pier
#CruiseLiners - A big cruiseship by Banty Bay standards involved notably a maiden call visit today to the scenic west Cork anchorage, writes Jehan Ashmore. The megayacht-like Seabourn Quest of 32,000 tonnes had yesterday called to Cobh, Cork Harbour, before…
Slower Speeds? in Norway's World Heritage Fjords. Afloat adds the above is Hurtigruten's MS Trollfjord at 16,140 gross tonnes is one of the largest of the coastal-car carrying cruising fleet. The Norwegian built 638-bed capacity vessel visited Dun Laoghaire Harbour as part of a publicity call in the early 2000's which involved berthing at the jetty along the East Pier.
#CruiseLiners - Limitation on speed in the Norwegian World Heritage fjords is one of several measures the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) is considering in order to limit pollution from ships in these areas according to Cruise Europe. DNV GL carried…
Classic profile of former liner, Marco Polo sporting a distinctive blue hull when seen underway off the Irish east coast during a cruise-leg between Dublin and Cork last weekend. The 800 passenger cruiseship built in 1965 is nearing completion of a Round Britain cruise that began from Hull on the North Sea. During a career spanning more than five decades, the ship has sailed the oceans and to all the continents,.
#CruiseLiners - Classic former liner Marco Polo made cruiseship calls to Irish ports last weekend and today the veteran vessel is nearing the end of a cruise that began in Hull, the UK North Sea port which is increasingly becoming…
Captain Michael McCarthy chairman of Cruise Europe, retired from his position as commercial manager with the Port of Cork Company
#CruiseChairman - Captain Michael McCarthy chairman of Cruise Europe (CE) has retired from his position as commercial manager with the Port of Cork Company last month but, as those of us who know him are well aware, this does not…
Guests of the high-end luxury operated Star Pride have an opportunity to visit the wheelhouse to examine navigation charts with the Captain, which is Windstar Cruises Open Bridge Policy. Afloat adds the above bridge is from either of the sail-assisted sisters, Wind Star and Wind Spirit.
#CruiseLiners - A boutique yacht-like cruiseship just shy of 10,000 tonnes docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning as the first of just three callers this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The inaugural caller, Star Pride operated by US based Windstar…
Silver Cloud at anchor (note: chain over bulbous bow) in Galway Bay with the backdrop of Co. Clare. A zodiac is alongside to tender guests ashore to the 'City of the Tribes'.
#CruiseLiners - Ultra-luxury expedition cruiseship, Silver Cloud anchored in Galway Bay recently as part of clockwise tour of Ireland and where today the ship is docked in Killybegs, writes Jehan Ashmore. The call off the Port of Galway on Tuesday was…
Cunard Lines flagship, Queen Mary 2 (QM2) has recently completed a World Cruise and is seen alongside Ocean Terminal, Southampton, the liner's homeport. Afloat adds that QM2 which asides trans-Atlantic 'liner' duties is among numerous callers that embark passengers on cruises to Irish ports (in recent years anchorage calls off Dun Laoghaire Harbour) and around the UK and beyond.
#CruiseLiners - The UK's main cruiseport Associated British Ports (ABP) Southampton, annually handles 1.7m passengers, has completed a major milestone in a programme to invest more than £1 million in solar energy on ABP-owned buildings. According to ABP Ports, this…
First-generation cruiseship, the Finnish built 28,518grt M/S Albatros which is due to dock in Dublin Port tomorrow is firstly calling to the south Wales port of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire today. The cruiseship dating to 1973 is anchored close to the marina at Milford Waterfront where there are plans for a multi-million development.
#CruiseLiners - A cruiseship that is due to Dublin Port tomorrow is at the time of writing entering the deepwater south Wales port of Milford Haven this afternoon.  The German cruiseship Albatros will become the first caller in Milford Haven…
The first cruise ship to call to Cape Clear, off West Cork took place last Thursday when Ocean Nova anchored offshore
#CruiseLiners - For the first time ever a cruise ship called to the West Cork island of Cape Clear last Thursday morning with a group of 70 bird watchers. Guests on the cruise ship Ocean Nova, writes the Evening Echo,…
Silver Muse Is Galway’s First Cruise Call Of 2018
#CruiseLiners - Galway’s first cruise call of 2018 is the Silver Muse currently anchored off Mutton Island, as Galway Bay FM reports. The flagship of Silversea Cruises made her maiden Irish port of call off Dunmore East last September, just…

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