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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
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…
#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…
Azamara Pursuit, which formerly sailed as Adonia, will be completely refurbished in Belfast between now and August
#CruiseLiners - The cruise liner Azamara Pursuit is now in Belfast Lough in preparation for its refit at Harland & Wolff, according to the Belfast Telegraph. All eight decks of the 600m cruise ship will be refurbished over this summer,…
The existing port at the island’s capital Douglas
#IsleOfMan - A new deepwater berth for visiting cruise liners is on the cards for the Isle of Man, following the green light for an £80 million (€91.1 million) project to develop the Irish Sea island’s ports. IBI Plus reports…
Cruise ship lighting on two vessels in port. Is cruise ship lighting a hazard while at sea? A yacht skipper has complained it is difficult to distinguish navigation lights amongst other deck lights.
The deck lights used by cruise ships have been identified as a potential navigation risk at sea at night, in the investigation of a complaint by a yacht Skipper following an encounter with a cruise vessel, writes Tom MacSweeney. It…
Royal Princess which featured in the ITV series 'The Cruise' is as Afloat adds is seen above in Belfast Harbour which is expected to welcome 117 cruise calls this year.  In the immediate foreground to the right can be partially seen the Titanic Studies.
#CruiseLiners - According to Cruise Belfast 2018 will be another record cruise season for Belfast Harbour with 117 ships expected to dock in the city bringing more than 200,000 visitors to Northern Ireland. 25% more ships are booked to arrive…
MJM Group director Naoimh McConville
#CruiseLiners - Fit-out firm MJM Group has said it will be looking increasingly to China after completing its first dry-dock project there. As the Business Telegraph writes the group's director Naoimh McConville says she hopes the company's recent deal to fit-out an…

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