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Star Pride arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour accompanied by The Dublin Port Tug Beaufort on her port bow
A Dublin Port Pilot boat and a Tug accompanied Star Pride, a 208–passenger cruise liner into her berth at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning. The 133m Star Pride, launched in 1988, is one of three German built cruise ships, that…
The letter 'S' on the funnel represents operator, Swoop-Antarctica whose small yet high-end luxury cruiseship Hebridean Sky called to the capital and during the Dublin Riverfest. At this same Berth 18 next to the Tom Clarke toll-bridge is where an impressive Spanish Navy tallship is to visit this weekend.
#SwoopSail - An impressive visitor to Dublin Port this weekend will be one of the world’s largest tall ships, the Spanish Navy’s trainee ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano, writes Jehan Ashmore. Before the arrival of this striking four-masted majestic steel-hulled…
Behind the Scenes: Flags flying practice as ThunderCat race crew teams raft-up with assistance of jet-skies in Dublin Port with the backdrop of German cruiseship Artania. The ThunderCats then headed upriver to thrill the crowds while whizzing past the Dublin Riverfest tallships.
#CruiseMedley – Cruiseships small and large called to the capital to add to the summertime atmosphere of Dublin Riverfest's gathering of tallships that graced the Liffey quays, writes Jehan Ashmore. Hebridean Sky, the intimate sized ship of just 4,200 gross…
CMV' Magellan this weekend berthed at the south Wales port of Newport where the cruiseship is to be used to accommodate visitors for the Champions League Final.
#ChampionsLeague - The south Welsh port of Newport has been transformed into a bespoke accommodation and events space due to increased demand from visitors arriving this weekend (2nd – 4th June) for the Champions League Final. An area of quayside…
The new flagship for CMV, the 63,000 gross tonnage Columbus had operated previously as Pacific Pearl for P&O Cruises in Australia. The 775 passenger cruiseship is seen at Damen Dry-Dock in Rotterdam before a naming ceremony in London (Tilbury) next month by TV presenter Angela Rippon.
#NewFlagship - Columbus, the latest addition to the fleet of Cruise & Maritime Voyages that will also become their new flagship, arrived in Rotterdam just before mid-May for a three week dry dock at the Damen Ship Yard. A delivery…
Astor enters Dublin Bay during a leisurely late morning arrival today. The mid-sized cruiseship with its distinctive and stylish funnel casing made calls to small scenic ports along the full length of the Wild Atlantic Way.
#MidSizeShip - Astor which at 20,000 tonnes is termed as a mid-sized cruiseship called to Dublin Port today having made a cruise along the Wild Atlantic Way, writes Jehan Ashmore. A pilot cutter in Dublin Bay came alongside Astor that…
The cruise liner Serenissima  arrives at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning. The luxury liner is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59 cabins and a passenger and crew complement of 160 people
The arrival of the five star luxury cruise ship Serenissima into Dun Laoghaire this morning kicks off the town's summer cruise-liner visits this morning. Weighing in at over 2,500 tonnes, the Serenissima is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59…
CLIA Summit at Sea was held on board Cunard's Queen Elizabeth. The event took place on a cruise from Hamburg and concluded upon arrival in Southampton this morning.
#[email protected] - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA),the world's largest cruise industry trade association, carried out its 2017 Summit at Sea –an exclusive, flagship event for cruise industry stakeholders. Afloat adds that the event held on board Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth, took place…
The 313–metre Celebrity Eclipse, twice as long as Croke Park, and as seen from Dun Laoghaire, passes Howth Head on her way into Dublin Port this morning
Luxury cruise liner Celebrity Eclipse made her maiden call to Dublin Port this morning.  As our photo above shows Dublin Port Pilots and two Port Tug boats escorted the liner on her first journey past the Baily Lighthouse in the…
A FRENCH CALL: Lying some 75 miles from the Seine estuary, is from where CMV flagship Magellan is to navigate inland to Rouen the historic capital of Normandy.
#DirectCruises - Home-porting of Cruise & Maritime Voyages current flagship Magellan directly from Dublin Port this season are to be repeated in 2018 with new Cobh departures added, writes Jehan Ashmore. Magellan is CMV's adult-only friendly flagship that is to…
Snow-capped mountains and green sided fjord form the stunning backdrop as Hurtigruten's expedition/coastal cruiseship Midnatsol explores polar regions and cruises in Norway. This morning Midnatsol called to Cork City quays along with megayacht cruiseship Le Soléal.
#CorkCityCallers – An expedition / coastal cruiseship that trades to both polar regions and a megayacht cruiseship called to Cork City quays this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Norwegian operator Hurtigruten Voyages Midnatsol (midnight sun) which normally plies stunning deep-inland fjords…
The christening ceremony of Silver Muse took place in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The ultra-luxurious cruiseship is to depart Villefranche, France this day next week on a pre-inaugural 'Venetian Society Cruise'
#MonacoCeremony - Prince Albert II of Monaco attended Silversea Cruises christening ceremony of their new flagship Silver Muse in the principality, before a pre-inaugural cruise to Greece begins next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, Afloat had identified Silver…
Classic Lady of the Sea: Marco Polo of Cruise & Maritime Voyages which at more that five decades remains operating this season and will continue in service to at least the end of 2018. Today the cruiseship docked in Dublin's Alexandra Basin alongside Ocean Pier.
#ClassicCaller – Cruise & Maritime Voyages Marco Polo, a classic cruiseship that became the first ship to establish the UK operator almost a decade ago, made a call to Dublin Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The call of the 820-passenger…
An impression of the brand new ultra-luxury cruiseship Silver Muse as depicted in the Norwegian fjords. The Viking connection with Ireland is that the new flagship of Silverseas Cruises is to make an Irish debut to Waterford when as the penulimate caller later in the season.
#NewFlagship - Half of all cruiseship calls to visit Waterford Estuary are due in the first of a three-month season in which Afloat has identified to include a brand new cruiseship, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the cruiseship line-up for…
Save Our Seafront said an environmental impact statement failed to consider that people walk on the Dún Laoghaire pier to enjoy fresh air and the view of the Dublin mountains, and the effects on their enjoyment if a large cruise ship is obscuring the view and “emitting diesel and sulphur fumes”.
#CruiseBerth - An environmental Dublin Bay group’s challenge over an €18 million terminal berth for cruise ships at Dún Laoghaire Harbour writes The Irish Times will be heard later this year at the Commercial Court. The Save Our Seafront (SOS)…
Royal Princess on a cruise call to Dublin Port
#RecordCalls - Irish ports in 2017 will have their busiest ever cruise ship season with over 300 vessels scheduled to visit ports and harbours, large and small, around the island. The record year further extends the success of the past…

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