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  • MSC Meraviglia, the largest ever cruise ship to visit Belfast, docking in Belfast Harbour for its maiden call. Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 26/9/2019 Photo By Justin Kernoghan.

    [PR] Belfast Harbour Named as Best Cruise Port of Call in UK & Ireland!

    Belfast Harbour has been named the best port of call in the UK and Ireland for cruise ships. The accolade was awarded by a global panel of cruise experts as part of the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards.

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  • Azamara Club Cruises AZAMARA PURSUIT (ex ADONIA) arrives in Belfast for refurbishment on April 4th 2018. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    Azamara Pursuit leaves Belfast after lengthy refurbishment (includes a look inside)

    Azamara Club Cruises AZAMARA PURSUIT left Belfast earlier today bound for Southampton following the conclusion of a comprehensive refurbishment by MJM.

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  • Azamara Club Cruises AZAMARA PURSUIT (ex ADONIA) arrives in Belfast for refurbishment on April 4th 2018. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

    Azamara Pursuit arrives in Belfast, Irish Ferries’ Dublin Swift gets ready to leave

    Royal Caribbean Cruise subsidiary Azamara Club Cruises' AZAMARA PURSUIT arrived at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard earlier today, ahead of a 'world-first' refurbishment to be undertaken by Newry based MJM Group. Irish Ferries' fast-craft DUBLIN SWIFT has now left dry-dock, with departure currently expected...

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  • An artists impression of the planned cruise facility at Belfast's D3. Belfast Harbour

    Belfast’s New Cruise Terminal – Your Questions Answered.

    Update July 2019: According to Belfast Harbour’s annual report for 2018, planning consent was granted for the new cruise terminal at Belfast D3 on Airport Road West during March 2019. Market demand for the facility is being reviewed and “timelines for delivery” considered according to the annual report It’s been a while since plans for a new purpose-built cruise terminal in the Belfast Harbour estate were revealed, however there appears to be a lot of interest (and questions) from visitors to this site about the new development. In this article I will attempt to answer some of those questions. Where will the new cruise terminal be located? The proposed new cruise facility would be located in an area currently designated as…

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  • PR: Belfast Cruises to Tourism High as Ship Visits Hit New Record

    Belfast’s visitor appeal reaches new peak with 88 cruise ship arrivals in 2017 News announced today (Monday 3 April) revealed that almost 90 cruise ships are expected to visit Belfast this summer, bringing with them 150,000 passengers and crew to mark a new tourism high for the city. Belfast’s record cruise schedule for 2017 marks an unprecedented period of growth for city tourism and investment which has underlined the city’s soaring appeal among cruise tourists from around the world but particularly the UK, Europe and North American markets. Belfast has established itself as a destination of choice for cruise operators and visitors, becoming the second busiest port of call in Ireland and once again attracting more cruise passengers than Liverpool…

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  • An artists impression of the planned cruise facility at Belfast's D3. Belfast Harbour

    New cruise terminal for Belfast – planned for 2017 opening.

    Planned cruise facility location changed as spend doubles. BBC News have reported that Belfast is to get a new cruise terminal, but not at the originally planned location in the Titanic Quarter.  The new location at D3 had been the subject of rumour and speculation over recent months.  D3 is located away from the city centre, next to the RSPB “Belfast WOW” wildlife reserve and close to Holywood Exchange.  The location is currently empty having previously been used for storage and most recently as a park and ride facility for events such as last years Tall Ships and the Giro D’ Italia. A planning application for the new development is about to be submitted, with the harbour reportedly hopeful of a decision…

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  • Belfast Cruise Calls 2015

    This post has moved to a dedicated page here All dates and details are subject to change and are provided for information purposes only. Accuracy of this data is not guaranteed or implied.  Belfast cruise calls 2015 Date Cruise Line Ship Arrive Depart December 2014 17th Dec ‘14 Fred Olsen Boudicca TBC TBC March 2015 27th Mar ‘15 Voyages of Discovery Voyager 09:00 17:00 May 2015 7th May ‘15 Voyages of Discovery Voyager 08:30 19:00 14th May ‘15 Princess Cruises Royal Princess 08:00 18:00 25th May ‘15 Princess Cruises Royal Princess 08:00 18:00 30th May ‘15 PCL Marina 13:00 23:00 June 2015 7th Jun Princess Cruises Royal Princess 12:00 22:00 12th Jun Regent Seven Seas Seven Seas Voyager 08:00 20:00 15th…

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  • STENA SUPERFAST VIII backs down Musgrave Channel towards Harland & Wolff's Commisioning Quay, 10.09.20. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

    Royal Princess visits Belfast

    Thursday 18th September saw the arrival of Belfast’s largest cruise ship to date, Royal Princess. Despite arriving earlier than expected, NI Ferry Site and others where on hand to record the arrival on camera. Royal Princess coming astern led by the Svitzer tug Willowgarth. Stena Lagan and Stena Precision are in the background on their berths. © 2014 Steven Tarbox/NI Ferry Site

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  • The largest cruise ship ever to visit Belfast

    This coming Thursday (18th September) sees the arrival of the largest cruise ship ever to visit Belfast, Princess Cruises 142,712 GT “Royal Princess”.  Launched in August 2012, Royal Princess has capacity for 3,600 passengers.  She has one sister ship called “Regal Princess” and P&O’s new flagship “Britannia” is also based on her design.  Measuring 330m long (Ruby Princess is “only” 290m long) she is sure to dominate Belfast port when she arrives at 08:00.  She is expected to depart at 18:00 that evening. Royal Princess will be the penultimate cruse ship arrival of 2014. The final cruise ship of 2014 will visit on October 4th and is PCL’s Insignia.

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