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Cruises and Cruise Liner Visits to Ireland
The above 'FILE' photo taken earlier this year in the UK during Covid-19's first lock-down, despicts the impact on the cruise industry in Ireland too from the pandemic and since. In the foreground, Vasco da Gama arrived on 5 May to lay-up in Tilbury Dock, London after a repositioning voyage from Cape Town, South Africa (but due twice to Dun Laoghaire this summer) however the ship's operator CMV since collapsed into administration. Also already laid-up amongst mostly cruiseships, Saga Sapphaire (behind Vasco da Gama) notably the only cruiseship to call to Irish ports this season in March (was sold by Saga Cruises recently). It's  successor, Spirit of Adventure (top right) built last year then made its maiden cruise to Ireland (remains in situ) opposite laid-up Astoria an Irish caller. In immediate foreground is also laid-up (non Covid related) P&O Ferries reserve freightferry European Seaway which in recent years covered Larne-Cairnryan crossings.
On this date next month a cruiseship due to call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour however remains on the harbour's website list of callers despite the collapse of the ship's cruise-operator CMV, writes Jehan Ashmore Noting in addition the Government's ban…
Saga Sapphire in a previous livery scheme of recent years while on a visit to Killybegs, Co. Donegal, became this season to be the only cruiseship to visit both Dublin Port and the Port of Cork during calls in March. This was the veteran vessel's farewell cruise in Irish waters as UK operator Saga Cruises have since disposed the 1981 built cruiseship. AFLOAT also adds tug SMS Cian of Sinbad Marine assists while in the background are 'Med'-mooring superstrawlers with stern's at right angles to the quayside of Ireland's premier fishing facility.
The multi-million euro cruise-liner industry in Ireland may not recover from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic for three or four years. As the writes, the warning came as Government sources indicated there are no plans to lift a…
Afloat's photo of the diminutive Hebridean Sky berthed at Dublin Port's North Quay Wall Extension where the port has decided to abandon plans for cruise-berth expansion to enable considerably larger such ships to enter the capital port
Plans to develop new cruise berths have been abandoned by Dublin Port Company (DPC) as part of the North Wall Quay Extension under the port's original Masterplan 2012-2040. The Masterplan’s two objectives were to provide capacity to cater for growth…
MS Serenade of the Seas berthed in Cobh last year. The town in Cork Harbour was due to host 105 liner visits this year and a further 110 liners were booked to tie up there in 2021.
Visits to Ireland by cruise liners are unlikely to recover fully until 2023, which will lead to a major drop in tourism revenue for towns such as Cobh. The town in Cork Harbour was due to host 105 liner visits…
All passengers disembarked the MS Roald Amundsen but about 60 people have since been quarantined in Tromso, Norway. AFLOAT adds the second of a pair of new hybrid-powered expedition cruiseships for Norwegian coastal operator Hurtigruten MS Fridtjof Nansen made a 'promotional' cruise to Belfast Harbour in early March just before Covid-19 began to pose more of an impact.
Crew members, reports RTE News, numbering at least 36 have been confined on a Norwegian cruise ship to have tested positive for coronavirus, the company Hurtigruten said on Saturday. Arriving at the northern Norwegian port of Tromso from the archipelago…
The first large cruiseship to operate after the initial Covid-19 lock-down was TUI Cruises Maltese flagged Mein Schiff 2 with a restricted 1,200 passenger capacity due to health protocals. AFLOAT adds today the ship is nearing completion of a 3-day/2-night round trip mini-cruise from Hamburg, Germany, having made an anchorage call yesterday in southern Norway. Above AFLOAT's file photo of leadship Mein Schiff 1 (and associated tender) when at anchorage off Dun Laoghaire Harbour, noting this cruiseship is to be added with the second 'schiff' sister on cruises beginning in August.
According to Cruise Industry News, the first large cruise ship is back in service as TUI's Mein Schiff 2 left on its first "Blue Cruise" (round-trip) from Hamburg, Germany with 1,200 guests on board.  The TUI Cruises ship will not…
 Mid-sized cruiseship Rotterdam (taking 'bunkers' from Mersey Spirit in Dublin Port) when operating for Holland America Line (HAL) has been sold along with a sister, Amsterdam to UK based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. The acquisition took place as the global cruise industry (large operators incl.) has been struck hard due to Covid-19 which has led the Line to cease cruising until September which is subject to the ongoing situation. In addition currently no cruise ships are permitted to enter Irish ports by the government. Note the distinctive ship's twin-uptakes (funnels) a familiar feature down the years of the operator which has had six such ships bearing the name of the Dutch cityport where a predecessor S.S. Rotterdan (dating to 1959) remains albeit as a floating musuem and hotel.
UK based operator Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines which have been regular callers to Irish ports, has recently acquired a pair of secondhand mid-sized cruiseships due to the fallout of Covid19 which has severely impacted this trade sector globally, writes Jehan…
A "body blow" for British cruisers as Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) falls into administration. AFLOAT's photo in Dublin Bay of CMV's first cruiseship, Marco Polo entered service for the UK based operator a decade ago using regional ports throughout Britain as embarkation locations. The much admired veteran vessel with an elegant profile began as a Soviet era cruise-liner, proved popular with British clientele offering domestic cruises and overseas, but was also a familar sight calling to Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh) in recent years. In addition running Festive Season and New Year mini-cruises from the UK calling to Dublin and Cobh.  Afloat also featured Marco Polo on a the North Sea Hull-Harwich mini-cruise (see: Cruise Liners -2018) Another fleetmate Magellan in more recent times 'homeported' out of the Irish capital and Cobh for the domestic market.
A UK cruise operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has gone into administration, with the “global pandemic of seismic proportions” being blamed for its demise. The line, writes The Telegraph, which has six ships in its fleet and was founded…
World Famous Cruise Brands: Jobs are to be axed in a bid to "ensure the future sustainability" of the business according to the Liverpool Echo..Above AFLOAT's close up photo of the former Cunard Building in Liverpool. The Grade II listed building of the English north-west port city's Pier Head includes the neighbouring buildings of the Royal Liver and the Port of Liverpool. Together the trio of buildings form Liverpool's Three Graces, which line the city's famous waterfront and an era of world maritime heritage.
Cruise jobs of around 450, reports LiverpoolEcho, are to be axed by Carnival UK which operates cruise lines Cunard and P&O Cruises amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company said it wants to treat everyone "with fairness and respect" but said…
Cruise Europe: File photo of a cruise ship at the scenic seaside location of Cobh town in lower Cork Harbour. AFLOAT also adds on the domestic front, due to Covid-19 only one cruise caller visited Cork Harbour this season, Saga Sapphire on 13th March however according to the Port of Cork website the next caller is L'Austral scheduled for 13th May, which is an absence of exactly two months without any cruise ships.
According to Cruise Europe (CE), the role of organisations and associations, such as CE, is now more critical than ever commented Michael McCarthy, chairman of  Cruise Europe on the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the last four years the executive of [Cruise…
Most of the passengers (including Irish citizens) from the Zaandam and its (fleetmate) ship the Rotterdam will begin disembarking today (yesterday)
A cruise ship hit with the virus, RTE News reported, with around ten Irish citizens on board has docked in Florida in the USA (yesterday). Most of the passengers from the Zaandam and its sister ship the Rotterdam will begin…
The Zaandam cruise ship (with Irish passengers) is due to dock in Florida later today. AFLOAT adds the cruiseship is on the left along with fleetmate Rotterdam when recently offshore of Panama prior to both ships transiting the canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans.
The US President reports RTE News, has said that US authorities will evacuate passengers from a stranded cruise ship which is due to dock in Florida after being barred from several South American countries because of a coronavirus outbreak aboard.…
Four people have died on the MS Zaandam, though none of the deceased is Irish. The ship has 1,243 guests and 586 crew on board.
On board a Dutch flagged cruise ship is where a coronavirus outbreak has occurred with several Irish citizens travelling is expected to dock in Florida, USA in the coming days, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said. Four…
The MS Zaandam was denied access to the Panama Canal for sanitary reasons according to RTE news which added Irish citizens on board. Asymptomatic cruise passengers would be allowed to transfer to MS Rotterdam. This ship also operated by Holland America Line (HAL) is AFLOAT adds (above) is seen berthed in Dublin Port when on a visit in recent years.
Permission has been given by Panama's Government to a cruise ship on which four passengers have died to travel through its canal, a day after blocking the liner over coronavirus fears, according to RTE News (last night).  Holland America Line's…
As part of celebrating IWD2020, UK operator CMV Cruises in recognition of historic achievements of pioneering female explorers and adventurers is to name cruise ships to join the fleet in 2021 with Amy Johnson (above as flagship in new livery) and second ship Ida Pfeiffer. As for this year's season, CMV continue cruises for the Irish market with regulars Magellan and Marco Polo based out of Belfast, Dublin and Cork (Cobh and Ringaskiddy).
In celebration of today's International Women’s Day 2020, and their theme Each for Equal, UK operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has launched the ‘Introducing Inspirational Women’ series, writes Jehan Ashmore. The series (each Wednesday on facebook: see also today)…
Hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship MS Fridtjof Nansen is a Norwegian newbuild named after the first explorer to successfully cross the Greenland interior. The 500 passenger ship operated by Hurtigruten made a debut to Belfast Harbour at the weekend and also became the first visitor this season to the island of Ireland .
Afloat tracked MS Fridtjof Nansen, the latest addition hybrid-powered custom-built cruise ship for Norwegian operator Hurtigruten, which made its first visit to Belfast Harbour at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on Afloat, Belfast Harbour was named the…

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