All the latest news from the Cruise Industry in Ireland and beyond...

Here we'll bring you all the important news that you we think you might need to know from across the cruise lines and across the Irish travel industry. Expect ship launches, new ship news and just some video's to daydream the day away with. If it's going to impact you as a cruiser in Ireland or influence your next cruise choice then you can be sure you can read about it here!

DID YOU HEAR US ON THE RADIO? WE HAD A CRUISE TAKEOVER ON DUBLIN CITY FM

January 23, 2019

This week we had the pleasure to appear on Dublin City FM 103.2's Talk Travel show with the lovely Annie & Kathryn! We talked all things cruise - did you know that there are 32 different options for climbing onboard a ship in Dublin Port this year? 

Hear about this and more here... 

https://soundcloud.com/dcfm-1032/talk-travel-23rd-january-2019

MSC ANNOUNCE SHOCK VENTURE INTO ULTRA LUXURY MARKET

October 22, 2018

In the last few days the worlds fastest growing cruise line MSC Cruises announced that they are entering the world of Ultra luxury cruising alongside the likes of Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn et al.  

It is something of a surprising move but MSC will launch 4 ships each at approximately 64,000 tonnes each with approximately 500 staterooms each! The experience will be something like MSC Yacht Club so if you've experienced that you'll have an idea of what to expect...think 24 hour butler service, 24 hour conceirge service, 24 hour room service with all inclusive gourmet food and drinks in your luxury suite with lavish fixtures and fittings! 

The first ship will launch in 2023 with 1 ship a year in the 3 years following... it will be interesting to see what impact they make on the ultra luxury market! Would you cruise ultra luxury with MSC? 

CRUISE INDUSTRY EXCEEDING ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND ELIMINATING USE OF SINGLE USE PLASTICS - GREAT NEWS FROM MSC CRUISES!

October 10, 2018

MSC Cruises are the latest cruise line to announce that the use of single use plastics are being reviewed and eliminated throughout it's entire supply chain!

With Royal Caribbean International undertaking a full plastics audit which will see the overall plan completed in phases by 2020 and Virgin Voyages already declaring that their ships will be plastic free and the cleanest fleet at sea today's announcement by MSC Cruises is fantastic.

Starting with all plastic straws eliminated across the fleet by the end of 2018 MSC are striving to eliminate the use of virtually all single use plastics on both the fleet and shore side by March 2019 which will be a phenomenal achievement!

Next time you book a holiday, book a resort, book a hotel ask what they are doing to meet their environmental responsibilities before booking...there's more to do of course but we think you'll find the cruise industry is once again leading the way!

#choosecruise #singleuseplastics #cruise #timetogetonboard #msc #royalcaribbean #virginvoyages

CELEBRITY CRUISES TO HOMEPORT IN IRELAND FOR FULL SEASON IN 2020?

October 06, 2018

At a recent dinner for Irish agents it was revealed that Celebrity Cruises are intending to continue homeporting in Ireland in 2020 as long as demand exists. Furthermore they are looking at the possibility of homeporting for more than just the 5 sailings we had this year on Eclipse and in 2019 on Reflection. 

With Princess Cruises offering 11 sailings out of Dublin next year Celebrity Cruises are already hinting at the possibility of a full season here...in 2020 or 2021! 

This would be fantastic news for the Irish market and we will watch with interest. 2018 has been a groundbreaking year thanks to Celebrity and 2019 is going to be even bigger! The potential, the future...it's bright! Cruising is here to stay! it's time to get onboard! 

CRUISING ON PRINCESS IS ABOUT TO CHANGE - OCEAN MEDALLION IS HERE!

October 04, 2018

It's been a little while coming but this week Princess Cruises announced that Caribbean Princess is now 100% Ocean Medallion LIVE! The original roll out schedule fell by the wayside as Princess tweaked, tested and perfected the technology but given the potential negative impact if the technology didn't live up to the hype it's right that Princess took their time ... and now it's here! 

The small device, the size of a coin, will allow several things including opening your stateroom door, allowing you to order a drink anywhere on the ship, be reminded of events of interest around the ship or keep track of your children as well as much more! There are a range of accessories that allow you to wear the device as a bracelet or a necklace for example though these are all optional. 

Ocean Medallion works in conjunction with Ocean Compass, your digital concierge onboard ship across stateroom tv's, interactive screens across ship, smart devices etc. Together they aim to personalise your onboard experience. 

All you have to do is sit back, relax and decide what drink you want delivered wherever you are on the ship... decisions decisions! 

Need a reminder about Ocean Medallion? Below link is a document originally released - be aware that some elements may have changed slightly and you can ignore the timelines at the top of the page but it will give you an idea! 

http://www.cruceros-princess.com/almacen/catalogos/PRI_31-12-2019.pdf

BREAKING NEWS - HEFFERNANS TRAVEL CORK CLOSE WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT!

October 03, 2018

In case you hadn't heard sadly Heffernans Travel, Cork closed suddenly this week after 95 years! Naturally it is sad for all the staff involved but also incredibly worrying if you have booked travel with them recently.

With the company advertising deals right up to it's closure including recent offers from the likes of MSC Cruises , Celebrity CruisesMarella Cruises and more it's possible some of you booked in good faith. Social Media is reporting mixed experiences of bookings being completed and deposits being paid so you do need to check.

 

If affected we encourage you to check with your cruise line to make sure your booking remains valid first and foremost. Equally if flights were included check with your airline. If you've been affected please let us know....

 

Other useful advice can be found here from the Commission of Aviation:

 

Important Notice regarding Heffernan’s Shipping & Tourist Agency Ltd:

Wednesday, 03 October 2018:

 

Heffernan’s Shipping & Tourist Agency Ltd, trading as Heffernan’s Travel and Easy Travel, is unable to fulfil its obligations to its customers and the Commission for Aviation Regulation has withdrawn its travel agent licence.

The Commission operates a consumer protection scheme and, if you find you are out of pocket, you may be covered by this scheme. We are currently consulting with the travel agency to see how many passengers are affected.

 

Am I covered by the consumer protection scheme?
You are covered by the consumer protection scheme if you purchased a package from Heffernan’s Shipping & Tourist Agency Ltd (trading as Heffernan’s Travel and Easy Travel) and this package includes travel that commences in Ireland. You are also covered if you bought travel (alone) commencing in Ireland.

 

Unfortunately, no other customers are covered by the scheme. If you are one of these customers, we advise you to look at the charge back policy of your credit/debit card provider and/or any holiday insurance you may have in place.

WHERE IN THE WORLD WILL YOUR DINNER TABLE TAKE YOU TONIGHT? ON A CRUISE IT COULD BE ANYWHERE! WELCOME TO #CHOOSECRUISE WEEK 5 - FOOD AND DRINK!

September 30, 2018

Hungry? Thirsty for cruise? You will be after watching this video...it's CLIA Europe #choosecruise week 5 - food and drink!

Eating onboard cruise ships is a world class experience with the largest ships at sea having anything up to 30 dining options! From pizza to burger bars, buffets to speciality dining to chefs table, private dining or balcony dining the options are endless....

Will you go Italian, French, American, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican....?

Are you diabetic, coeliac, vegetarian? Cruise lines cater for all....the world is waiting for you to visit and you can enjoy all the food the world has to offer too!

Enjoy and let us know about your best dining experience onboard...

#CHOOSECRUISE WEEK 4 - THEMED CRUISES! THERE REALLY IS A CRUISE FOR EVERYONE!

September 23, 2018

Every wondered if there was a cruise that focused on dancing...or a type of music...or comedy....or fashion....or your favourite sport...or fitness....or film...or nature....or wine.....well wonder no more - welcome to week 4 of #choosecruise and the theme is funnily enough 'Themed Cruises'!

We always say there is a cruise line, there is a cruise ship, there is a cruise for everyone and we firmly believe it! Never has this been more true than with themed cruises!

 

So you might have guessed that there would be a dancing cruise - you'd be right, with P&O Cruises offering special BBC Strictly Come Dancing cruises where you can meet, watch & learn from the stars of the hit BBC programme!

You might have guessed there was a cruise focusing on fashion such as the amazing fashion week cruise offered by Cunard.

 

You may even have guessed there were music cruises and while Stages Festival with a host of musical stars may have been slightly more expected did you know there was also a Throwback Festival to the 80's next month with stars like Jason DonovanChesney HawkesThe Human League, OMD, Andy Bell (Erasure) and many more onboard?

 

Did you know that every year Backstreet Boys have their own hosted cruise?

What about comedy cruises? Yes, you can have those too with the Impractical Jokers embarking on their 3rd themed cruise in February 19!

More into sports? Well, most cruise lines have sports facilities such as gyms, some have sports courts but Azamara Club Cruises have gone further with PerryGolf and have several golf cruises where you can enjoy the world of golf both onboard with talks and masterclasses but also off the ship playing at some of the worlds finest golf courses!!

 

The message is clear....it doesn't make any difference what it is you enjoy spending your time doing, you can find it on a cruise and thats why you should make a cruise your next holiday!

EVERY DAY YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW - #CHOOSECRUISE - WEEK 3 - LEARNING & ENRICHMENT!

September 16, 2018

This September & October CLIA Europe (Cruise Lines International Association of which we are members) are celebrating all things cruise and bringing you all the wonderful things about cruising to convince you to #choosecruise !

Each week for 8 weeks they (and us) will be focusing on a specific theme and this week the focus is on....LEARNING AND ENRICHMENT.....!

Most importantly these 8 weeks we want you to interact with us; share your pictures, share your experiences, share your views, share your questions, thoughts and help each other out! Thats the most important thing!

So, anyone thats cruised will know that cruising can bring total relaxation starting with the fact you only have to unpack once but wake up in a new part of the world every day!

But lots of people cruise to discover new places and have new experiences across the world. Some people take a cruise because with the sheer variety of world class food onboard included in their fare it gives them opportunities to try new foods, new cuisines without ever going hungry!

For others a cruise brings an opportunity to take some computer courses in onboard classes or perhaps learn from a celebrity chef with an onboard cooking class! Some ensure not to miss any lectures from experts in their fields from a whole range of subjects, be it an geologist or ecologist on an expedition cruise to historians, scientists, authors, entertainers and more...

Maybe it's simply reading some books from the library, joining in a dance class or just learning from the myriad of fellow guests you meet onboard!

Someone like Holland America Line is a perfect cruise line if enrichment is your thing with onboard partnerships including America's Test Kitchen or BBC Earth for you to enjoy as well as guest speakers...

However you like to cruise there are so many options you really can cruise your way!

CHOOSE CRUISE WEEK 2 - SPORTS AND FITNESS!

September 09, 2018

This September & October CLIA Europe (Cruise Lines International Association of which we are members) are celebrating all things cruise and bringing you all the wonderful things about cruising to convince you to #choosecruise !

Each week for 8 weeks they (and us) will be focusing on a specific theme and this week the focus is on....Ready, Steady, GO! It's Sports and Fitness!

 

So, anyone thats cruised will know that cruising can bring total relaxtion starting with the fact you only have to unpack once but wake up in a new part of the world every day! But lots of people cruise just for the sheer number of sporting and fitness activites on board and of course brand new cruise line Virgin Voyages is being built around fitness and total wellbeing! So whether its the onboard activities from the gyms to the basketball court to Royal Caribbean International's Flowrider or the Waterparks....to all the amazing excursions you can do from a cycling tour around an island, kayaking in Alaska to snorkelling in the Caribbean...there's a whole host of amazing activities you can enjoy!

 

Most importantly these 8 weeks we want you to interact with us; share your pictures, share your experiences, share your views, share your questions, thoughts and help each other out! Thats the most important thing!

So...what sports & fitness activities do you do onboard? Tell us...

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