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A quartet of cruiseships called to Dublin Port last week among them a brand new ship operating at the higher-end of the market for German based clientele, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 15,560 gross tonnage newbuild named Hanseatic Nature had sailed from Douglas, Isle of Man.

Prior to this first call to Dublin Port on Thurday last week, a separate maiden commercial voyage of the 230 maximum cruise capacity newbuild took place earlier this month from Hamburg on 5th May. This following a naming ceremony the previous day held at the Cruise Center Altona.

Preceeding both naming ceremony and maiden cruise, Hanseatic Nature took a delivery voyage directly from the builder's yard of VARD Group A/S in Norway to make a debut at the German port on 3rd May.

Owners Hapag-Lloyd Cruises introduced Hanseatic Nature as the first of a trio of 'Expedition' class cruiseships to be followed by Hanseatic Inspiration in October and Hanseatic Spirit due in 2021.

According to the operator, classification from the Berlitz Cruise Guide is not currently available as this will be given once all the ships are completed. The operator however did add that they believe the comfort standard is similar to that their of Europa and Europa 2. Both of these cruiseships received the distinction of 5-stars-plus in the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2019.

The new luxury cruiseship has 7 passenger decks where facilities include a choice of three restaurants, bars and lounges and a pair of extendible glass balconies. This feature floats over the ocean with perfect views for example when watching whales and dolphins.

There is also a marine dock used for a variety of warmwater sports, from kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP-ing) in addition to snorkelling equipment.

Cabins and suites total 120. They all come equipped - for example with binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, air-conditioning, coffee machine and mini bar (free of charge).

Hapag-Lloyd claim the class offer more open deck space than on any other expedition ship to enable guests to see the sights and wonders of the world. This could be in the polar regions where those on board can hear the ice crack as you stand on the bow noting the cruiseship has an Ice classification PC6 – the highest ice class for passenger ships.

On cruises to the Antarctic expeditions and cruises around Spitsbergen, capacity is reduced to 199 guests who can avail of the 17 Zodiacs to make shore-based expedition excursions. Or an expedition cruise could be in the extreme opposite environment when navigating through dense mangrove forests of the Amazon as they pass by at arm’s length.

Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Spirit will conduct cruises as a German-speaking ship. As for the third sister, Hanseatic Inspiration however will be an international ship, with all cruises using both English and German.

So what about the other three cruiseships that called to Dublin Port?... Afloat below reveals the following visitors:

Cruise & Maritime Voyages / Transocean Astor had docked in Alexandra Basin having sailed overnight from Belfast Harbour.

Silverseas Cruises Silver Cloud also occupied a berth in Alexandra Basin but along Ocean Pier. This ultra-luxury visitor having sailed from Killybegs in Co. Donegal.

As for the third caller to the Irish capital port, this belonged to Grand Circle Line's Corinthian from Fishguard, Wales. Unlike the rest of the quartet, Corinthian sailed upriver to the Liffey quays, given its small size permitting a transit of the Tom Clarke (East-Link) bridge and a berth at Sir John Rogerson's Quay.

Returning to Hanseatic Nature which currently continues on the same cruise from Hamburg and which so far has included UK south coast ports among them off Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Today the newbuild called at the Dutch port of Oueschild on the island of Texal located off Den Helder on the mainland. The cruise will culminate with a return passage along the Elbe estuary before guests disembark in Hamburg this Saturday. 

Published in Dublin Port

#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 2017, Afloat has noted that eight out of a total of 16 cruiseships are to visit the south-east region in the opening month of June. The leaves the balance of four cruiseships to call in August and equally the same number for the concluding month of September. 

The Port of Waterford has terminals dotted on the estuary where 1,000 years ago Viking longboats headed upriver to firmly establish a trading port. This established Ireland's oldest city. In more recent centuries the city became world famous for its crystal making traditions. A popular tourist attraction as well as to the manor estate gardens on the environs of the city. 

Brand New Cruiseship Call

As referred above Afloat has identified the call of a brand new cruiseship which is to be the Silver Muse, the flagship of Monaco based Silverseas Cruises. The 40,700 gross tonnage newbuild accommodates 596 guests in ultra-luxurious facilities. The newcomer is an exciting evolution of their Silver Spirit.

Afloat will have more to report on Silver Muse which will make a pre-inaugural voyage in home seas next month on a round trip voyage from Monte-Carlo of Mediterranean gems. Among them calls to quintessential destinations such as Barcelona, Palma and Portofino.

As for the first to caller to Waterford in early June is Artania. Pheonix Reissen, the German operators of the ship which would be more familiar to most as the original Royal Princess completed in 1984 for US based Princess Cruises. The 44,500 tonnes Artania with a 1,100 passenger capacity has been allocated an anchorage call off Dunmore East.

The predominant fishing harbour at the entrance to the estuary is where a further seven cruise callers will too be making an anchorage call.

Ultra luxury small-cruiseship Hebridean Sky of Noble Caledonia, is to call twice. Firstly calling in June at Belview, the main cargo (mostly lo-lo containers) terminal for the Port of Waterford.

On the second call in August, the diminutive sized ship is expected to head upriver to the city quays. The 4,200 tonnes ship is to berth along Frank Cassin Wharf, the former Bell Lines lo-lo terminal.

Published in Cruise Liners

Dublin Port Information

Dublin Port Company is currently investing about €277 million on its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR), which is due to be complete by 2021. The redevelopment will improve the port's capacity for large ships by deepening and lengthening 3km of its 7km of berths. The ABR is part of a €1bn capital programme up to 2028, which will also include initial work on the Dublin Port’s MP2 Project - a major capital development project proposal for works within the existing port lands in the northeastern part of the port.

Dublin Port has also recently secured planning approval for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport. The latest stage of the inland port will include a site with capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers and infrastructure such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry crane.

Dublin Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a €320 million project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility within the port in order to cope with increases in trade up to 2040. The scheme will see a new roll-on/roll-off jetty built to handle ferries of up to 240 metres in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.

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