Cruise Schedule

2016 will see Belfast Harbour play host to almost 145,000 cruise visitors. Belfast Harbour is once again delighted to be the gateway to the very many sights and attractions that Belfast and Northern Ireland has to offer to our international friends.

This year visiting cruise lines include Princess, Celebrity, Cunard, Silversea, Majestic, Fred Olsen, and many, many others, each bringing tourists from all corners of the globe to Belfast and Northern Ireland.

                 

Please Note: Dates / Times are as advised by the Cruise Lines and maybe subject to change at short notice. Belfast Harbour does not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of any information contained within this schedule.

2
nd
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Boudicca
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    804
  • Crew:
    330

We will be seeing a lot of Boudicca in 2016 as she is visiting nine times. She is calling three times in May; once on her way around the British Isles, once on her way back from Canada and then again as part of her ‘Emerald Isle’ cruise. She is then coming again in July to pick up and drop off passengers embarking on a cruise around Norway’s Fjords before coming back to pick up and drop off Belfast passengers for a cruise to Germany in August. She visits once more in August on her way back from Iceland and again in September on her way back from Canada. In December she is calling as part of a 4 night Irish Christmas Markets Cruise, which also visits Cork and Dublin.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

8
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
L'Austral
  • Length:
    142m
  • Draft:
    4.8m
  • Tonnes:
    10,944
  • Passengers:
    264
  • Crew:
    140

L’Austral is a French mega-yacht with 132 cabins. She prides herself on her sleek, sophisticated experience- precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

12
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

12
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
L'Austral
  • Length:
    142m
  • Draft:
    4.8m
  • Tonnes:
    10,944
  • Passengers:
    264
  • Crew:
    140

L’Austral is a French mega-yacht with 132 cabins. She prides herself on her sleek, sophisticated experience- precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

13
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Phoenix Reisen
Albatros
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,518
  • Passengers:
    812
  • Crew:
    450

Albatros is a German cruise ship who celebrated her 40th year in service in 2013. She is distinctive due to her bright turquoise funnel that rises above the white ship. She is calling 3 times this year; in May, August and September. By the end of 2016 Albatros will have visited Belfast 14 times over the years bringing nearly 18,000 people to the city. Her first visit was 18 years ago, in 1997.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

16
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Astoria
  • Length:
    160m
  • Draft:
    7.6m
  • Tonnes:
    16,144
  • Passengers:
    550
  • Crew:
    300

Originally built as a trans-Atlantic ship in 1948, Astoria is the world's oldest active oceangoing passenger ship. Astoria was originally named Azores but was renamed and restored at the end of the 2015 cruise season. The 67 year old ship is calling into Belfast five times in 2016.

Agent: Hamilton Shipping

20
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
L'Austral
  • Length:
    142m
  • Draft:
    4.8m
  • Tonnes:
    10,944
  • Passengers:
    264
  • Crew:
    140

L’Austral is a French mega-yacht with 132 cabins. She prides herself on her sleek, sophisticated experience- precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

20
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Celebrity
Eclipse
  • Length:
    317m
  • Draft:
    8.6m
  • Tonnes:
    121,878
  • Passengers:
    2850
  • Crew:
    1250

Eclipse is visiting Belfast for the first time this year as part of her Iceland & Ireland Cruise, which also features The Channel Islands, Cork, Akureyri, Isafjordur and Reykjavik. Last year cruisecritic.com users voted that Eclipse had some of the best cruise ship cabins on the market, partly to do with the electric teapot in each stateroom which appeals to British guests. Eclipse is the second biggest ship to call into Belfast this year, at 317m.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

20
th
May
Arrive
Depart (21st May)
Company
Ship Name
Hebridean Princess
  • Length:
    71.6m
  • Draft:
    3.8m
  • Tonnes:
    2,112
  • Passengers:
    49
  • Crew:
    25

The second smallest cruise ship to visit Belfast in 2016, with just 49 passengers. The Northern Ireland Explorer cruise will take Hebridean Princess’s passengers to some of the country’s most beautiful National Trust spots. As well as visiting Belfast the ship’s size means it is able to call into smaller ports such as Glenarm to visit Glenarm Castle, Bangor to visit Mount Stewart, Carlingford Lough to explore Derrymore House and a beach landing on the Antrim Coast to explore Cushendun village, before cruising to Ballycastle to discover the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

23
rd
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Astoria
  • Length:
    160m
  • Draft:
    7.6m
  • Tonnes:
    16,144
  • Passengers:
    550
  • Crew:
    300

Originally built as a trans-Atlantic ship in 1948, Astoria is the world's oldest active oceangoing passenger ship. Astoria was originally named Azores but was renamed and restored at the end of the 2015 cruise season. The 67 year old ship is calling into Belfast five times in 2016.

Agent: Hamilton Shipping

24
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Mein Schiff
  • Length:
    263m
  • Draft:
    8.4m
  • Tonnes:
    76,998
  • Passengers:
    1924
  • Crew:
    780

German owned TUI Cruises christened its first ship, "Mein Schiff," in 2009. TUI held a contest to determine the ship's name, and more than 11,000 people sent in suggestions. The winner was Mein Schiff, which translates to "my ship." Mein Schiff started life as Celebrity Galaxy in 1996, and following the handover from Celebrity to TUI in March 2009, underwent a 50 million euro conversion to become Mein Schiff. The German cruise ship is calling into Belfast twice in 2016, having visited 6 times before now.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

25
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

29
th
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Boudicca
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    804
  • Crew:
    330

We will be seeing a lot of Boudicca in 2016 as she is visiting nine times. She is calling three times in May; once on her way around the British Isles, once on her way back from Canada and then again as part of her ‘Emerald Isle’ cruise. She is then coming again in July to pick up and drop off passengers embarking on a cruise around Norway’s Fjords before coming back to pick up and drop off Belfast passengers for a cruise to Germany in August. She visits once more in August on her way back from Iceland and again in September on her way back from Canada. In December she is calling as part of a 4 night Irish Christmas Markets Cruise, which also visits Cork and Dublin.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

31
st
May
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Boudicca
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    804
  • Crew:
    330

We will be seeing a lot of Boudicca in 2016 as she is visiting nine times. She is calling three times in May; once on her way around the British Isles, once on her way back from Canada and then again as part of her ‘Emerald Isle’ cruise. She is then coming again in July to pick up and drop off passengers embarking on a cruise around Norway’s Fjords before coming back to pick up and drop off Belfast passengers for a cruise to Germany in August. She visits once more in August on her way back from Iceland and again in September on her way back from Canada. In December she is calling as part of a 4 night Irish Christmas Markets Cruise, which also visits Cork and Dublin.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

1
st
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Noble Caledonia
Hebridean Sky
  • Length:
    90m
  • Draft:
    4.2m
  • Tonnes:
    4,200
  • Passengers:
    118
  • Crew:
    50

The 118–passenger Hebridean Sky is an ice–strengthened, small, luxury expedition ship. Until this year Hebridean Sky was known as the Sea Explorer and the vessel is due to undergo a multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in April 2016. She will then be re-launched as the MS Hebridean Sky and begin her new life operating mostly in Northern Europe, South America and Antarctica. She is visiting Belfast for the first time this year.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

5
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

7
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Prestige
Nautica
  • Length:
    181m
  • Draft:
    5.95m
  • Tonnes:
    30,277
  • Passengers:
    824
  • Crew:
    386

Nautica is visiting us three times in 2016. In June she is visiting as part of her 44 day Northern Sojourn voyage, which also calls into Norway, Sweden, Russia and the Netherlands. In August she is calling during her 24 day North Sea Traveller voyage and in September as part of her 12 day British Isles Tapestry cruise. This will be the fifth year that Nautica has called into Belfast Harbour.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

7
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Magellan
  • Length:
    222m
  • Draft:
    7.7m
  • Tonnes:
    46,052
  • Passengers:
    1860
  • Crew:
    680

Magellan was built in 1985 and sailed under Holiday and Grand Holiday until she joined Cruise and Maritime Voyages as Magellan in 2014. As well as her main role as a cruise ship, Magellan has also been used as temporary housing for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and as a four-star floating hotel in Port Sochi Imeretinskiy during the Winter Olympics in 2014. Magellan first visited Belfast last year and she is calling twice this year.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

10
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Astoria
  • Length:
    160m
  • Draft:
    7.6m
  • Tonnes:
    16,144
  • Passengers:
    550
  • Crew:
    300

Originally built as a trans-Atlantic ship in 1948, Astoria is the world's oldest active oceangoing passenger ship. Astoria was originally named Azores but was renamed and restored at the end of the 2015 cruise season. The 67 year old ship is calling into Belfast five times in 2016.

Agent: Hamilton Shipping

11
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Seven Seas Voyager
  • Length:
    207m
  • Draft:
    7.1m
  • Tonnes:
    42,363
  • Passengers:
    700
  • Crew:
    447

Seven Seas Voyager has visited Belfast every year since 2006. This year she is calling twice during her 57 night Northern Europe Odyssey Cruise. Cruise Critic ranked Seven Seas Voyager’s cabins as some of the best in the world in 2015, which isn’t surprising considering her Master Suite consists of two marble bathrooms, a wraparound balcony with two separate balconies, two spacious bedrooms and an expansive living room.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

16
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Phoenix Reisen
Artania
  • Length:
    231m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    44,588
  • Passengers:
    1200
  • Crew:
    700

Artania began life as the Royal Princess. She was transferred to the P&O fleet in April 2005 and renamed Artemis. In 2011 she was passed to Phoenix Reisen and renamed MV Artania. The German cruise ship first visited in 2014 and is calling twice in 2016. She will visit in June and again in August while touring the British Isles.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

17
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

18
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
National Geographic
Orion
  • Length:
    103m
  • Draft:
    3.8m
  • Tonnes:
    3,984
  • Passengers:
    106
  • Crew:
    75

Designed and purpose built in 2003 specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far corners of the Earth in complete self-sufficiency. Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. Orion is also equipped with a glass-bottomed boat that enables remarkably clear observations of the undersea. This is the first year the ship has visited Belfast Harbour and she is calling twice.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

21
st
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Azura
  • Length:
    290m
  • Draft:
    8.5m
  • Tonnes:
    115,055
  • Passengers:
    3096
  • Crew:
    1200

Azura is calling into Belfast at the start of a 14 night cruise around Iceland. This is the first time the ship has visited Belfast and she is one of the biggest visiting this year, at 290m long. The ship has eleven restaurants and eating areas, twelve bars and places to drink, four pools, a gym, two spas, an outdoor cinema, a theatre and two show lounges.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

25
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
National Geographic
Orion
  • Length:
    103m
  • Draft:
    3.8m
  • Tonnes:
    3,984
  • Passengers:
    106
  • Crew:
    75

Designed and purpose built in 2003 specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far corners of the Earth in complete self-sufficiency. Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. Orion is also equipped with a glass-bottomed boat that enables remarkably clear observations of the undersea. This is the first year the ship has visited Belfast Harbour and she is calling twice.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

27
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Seven Seas Voyager
  • Length:
    207m
  • Draft:
    7.1m
  • Tonnes:
    42,363
  • Passengers:
    700
  • Crew:
    447

Seven Seas Voyager has visited Belfast every year since 2006. This year she is calling twice during her 57 night Northern Europe Odyssey Cruise. Cruise Critic ranked Seven Seas Voyager’s cabins as some of the best in the world in 2015, which isn’t surprising considering her Master Suite consists of two marble bathrooms, a wraparound balcony with two separate balconies, two spacious bedrooms and an expansive living room.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

28
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Zuiderdam
  • Length:
    285m
  • Draft:
    7.8m
  • Tonnes:
    82,305
  • Passengers:
    1916
  • Crew:
    1000

The first ship in Holland America’s Vista-class series, Zuiderdam was renovated in 2015 to include new staterooms and dining venues. Zuiderdam is also famed for her artwork; which includes a Waterford Crystal Seahorse, a painting of Queen Beatrix by Andy Warhol and cast aluminium elevator doors inspired by the art deco work of the New York Chrysler Building. Zuiderdam is visiting Belfast for the first time this year.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

30
th
Jun
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

1
st
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Queen Elizabeth
  • Length:
    294m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    90,901
  • Passengers:
    2068
  • Crew:
    996

The vista-class cruise ship will be visiting Belfast for the first time in 2016. She was due to visit last year but extreme weather meant she was unable to dock. Like her sister ship Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth is famed for her heritage, a sense of occasion and old-fashioned pursuits.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

9
th
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Azamara Quest
  • Length:
    181m
  • Draft:
    5.6m
  • Tonnes:
    30,277
  • Passengers:
    694
  • Crew:
    408

Azamara Quest is a luxury cruise ship, often likened to a fine boutique hotel. Luxurious cabins, 24-hour room service, a choice of excellent restaurants and an international cellar of fine wines are part of the experience. There are also many options for evening entertainment, first-rate spa services, and daily fitness classes. The ship has visited Belfast twice before this year and is visiting twice in 2016.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

11
th
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

13
th
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Prinsendam
  • Length:
    204m
  • Draft:
    7.25m
  • Tonnes:
    37,983
  • Passengers:
    766
  • Crew:
    460

This year is the 14th time Prinsendam has visited Belfast and she is calling twice. Firstly in July as part of her 28 Day Irish, Scottish & Baltic Explorer and again in August as part of her 28 Day Celtic & Bourgundian Explorer Cruise.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

15
th
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Celebrity
Silhouette
  • Length:
    315m
  • Draft:
    8.6m
  • Tonnes:
    122,210
  • Passengers:
    2886
  • Crew:
    1250

At 315m Silhouette is one of the biggest ships visiting this year. Last year she was voted one of the best UK cruise ships overall and one of the best for dining on cruisecritic.com. The Celebrity Silhouette has 12 restaurants; which include fine dining restaurants, casual eateries, cafes, wine bars and buffets.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

18
th
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Azamara Quest
  • Length:
    181m
  • Draft:
    5.6m
  • Tonnes:
    30,277
  • Passengers:
    694
  • Crew:
    408

Azamara Quest is a luxury cruise ship, often likened to a fine boutique hotel. Luxurious cabins, 24-hour room service, a choice of excellent restaurants and an international cellar of fine wines are part of the experience. There are also many options for evening entertainment, first-rate spa services, and daily fitness classes. The ship has visited Belfast twice before this year and is visiting twice in 2016.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

23
rd
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Boudicca
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    804
  • Crew:
    330

We will be seeing a lot of Boudicca in 2016 as she is visiting nine times. She is calling three times in May; once on her way around the British Isles, once on her way back from Canada and then again as part of her ‘Emerald Isle’ cruise. She is then coming again in July to pick up and drop off passengers embarking on a cruise around Norway’s Fjords before coming back to pick up and drop off Belfast passengers for a cruise to Germany in August. She visits once more in August on her way back from Iceland and again in September on her way back from Canada. In December she is calling as part of a 4 night Irish Christmas Markets Cruise, which also visits Cork and Dublin.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

24
th
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

25
th
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Phoenix Reisen
Amadea
  • Length:
    193m
  • Draft:
    6.7m
  • Tonnes:
    28,856
  • Passengers:
    604
  • Crew:
    292

Of all cruise ships on the German market the MS Amadea fills a unique niche. With a length of 193 meters and a maximum of 600 guests she provides an exceptional amount of individual space for everyone. She is calling twice in 2016 during tours of the British Isles. 

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

30
th
Jul
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Crystal Symphony
  • Length:
    238m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    51,044
  • Passengers:
    940
  • Crew:
    545

The Crystal Symphony is regarded as one of the most spacious and luxurious cruise ships at sea. On-board amenities include grand lounges, a full-service fitness facility, a casino, a spa, expansive decks, a swimming pool with an extra-large Jacuzzi, as well as award-winning cuisine and entertainment. More than half of the staterooms offer private verandas. This is Crystal Symphony’s 12th visit to Belfast. She is calling as part of her Grand Britannia tour, a 14 Day tour of the UK.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

30
th
Jul
Arrive
Depart (31st Jul)
Company
Ship Name
Sea Cloud
Sea Cloud II
  • Length:
    117m
  • Draft:
    5.18m
  • Tonnes:
    3,849
  • Passengers:
    65
  • Crew:
    61

The most unique looking cruise ship to visit this year; The Sea Cloud II is a large barque built as a cruise ship. The boutique ship provides a luxury cruise atmosphere with fine services and open deck space. Sea Cloud II is visiting three times this year.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

31
st
Jul
Arrive
Depart (1st Aug)
Company
Ship Name
Hapag Lloyd
Europa 2
  • Length:
    225m
  • Draft:
    6.3m
  • Tonnes:
    42,830
  • Passengers:
    516
  • Crew:
    370

Built in 2013, Europa 2 is one of the youngest ships calling this year. The 5-star German owned cruise liner was named the number-one cruise ship in the world by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Europa 2 is visiting as part of her ‘Green Country and Golden Whisky’ cruise, which visits the countryside and distilleries of Ireland and Scotland.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

1
st
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Boudicca
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    804
  • Crew:
    330

We will be seeing a lot of Boudicca in 2016 as she is visiting nine times. She is calling three times in May; once on her way around the British Isles, once on her way back from Canada and then again as part of her ‘Emerald Isle’ cruise. She is then coming again in July to pick up and drop off passengers embarking on a cruise around Norway’s Fjords before coming back to pick up and drop off Belfast passengers for a cruise to Germany in August. She visits once more in August on her way back from Iceland and again in September on her way back from Canada. In December she is calling as part of a 4 night Irish Christmas Markets Cruise, which also visits Cork and Dublin.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

1
st
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Prestige
Nautica
  • Length:
    181m
  • Draft:
    5.95m
  • Tonnes:
    30,277
  • Passengers:
    824
  • Crew:
    386

Nautica is visiting us three times in 2016. In June she is visiting as part of her 44 day Northern Sojourn voyage, which also calls into Norway, Sweden, Russia and the Netherlands. In August she is calling during her 24 day North Sea Traveller voyage and in September as part of her 12 day British Isles Tapestry cruise. This will be the fifth year that Nautica has called into Belfast Harbour.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

4
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Sea Cloud
Sea Cloud II
  • Length:
    117m
  • Draft:
    5.18m
  • Tonnes:
    3,849
  • Passengers:
    65
  • Crew:
    61

The most unique looking cruise ship to visit this year; The Sea Cloud II is a large barque built as a cruise ship. The boutique ship provides a luxury cruise atmosphere with fine services and open deck space. Sea Cloud II is visiting three times this year.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

4
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

6
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Phoenix Reisen
Albatros
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,518
  • Passengers:
    812
  • Crew:
    450

Albatros is a German cruise ship who celebrated her 40th year in service in 2013. She is distinctive due to her bright turquoise funnel that rises above the white ship. She is calling 3 times this year; in May, August and September. By the end of 2016 Albatros will have visited Belfast 14 times over the years bringing nearly 18,000 people to the city. Her first visit was 18 years ago, in 1997.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

8
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Plantours Kreuzfahrten
Hamburg
  • Length:
    145m
  • Draft:
    5.5m
  • Tonnes:
    15,067
  • Passengers:
    423
  • Crew:
    200

MS Hamburg is a luxury cruise ship, built in 1997. Her relatively small size allows her to transit the Great Lakes in North America, where she cruised seasonally between 1997 and 2011. The German cruise ship underwent renovations in Belfast last year.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

8
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Magellan
  • Length:
    222m
  • Draft:
    7.7m
  • Tonnes:
    46,052
  • Passengers:
    1860
  • Crew:
    680

Magellan was built in 1985 and sailed under Holiday and Grand Holiday until she joined Cruise and Maritime Voyages as Magellan in 2014. As well as her main role as a cruise ship, Magellan has also been used as temporary housing for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and as a four-star floating hotel in Port Sochi Imeretinskiy during the Winter Olympics in 2014. Magellan first visited Belfast last year and she is calling twice this year.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

9
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Arcadia
  • Length:
    285m
  • Draft:
    8.1m
  • Tonnes:
    83,781
  • Passengers:
    1950
  • Crew:
    880

Arcadia is visiting Belfast for the third time this year. She is calling into Northern Ireland before making her way to Iceland. The adult-only cruise ship had an extravagant refit in 2013 and is now home to a grill restaurant from Marco Pierre White, an expansive spa, an art gallery, a three-tiered theatre and a boutique cinema.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

10
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Marina
  • Length:
    239m
  • Draft:
    7.6m
  • Tonnes:
    66,084
  • Passengers:
    1250
  • Crew:
    800

Marina is one of the newest ships in port this year. She was built in 2011 and has visited Belfast every year since 2012. This year she is calling as part of her 30 Day Noble Crusade from London To Stockholm. As well as Belfast, Marina will also visit England, Scotland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Russia.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

11
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Rotterdam
  • Length:
    238m
  • Draft:
    8.3m
  • Tonnes:
    59,652
  • Passengers:
    1404
  • Crew:
    600

Rotterdam is calling into Belfast on her way from Amsterdam to Iceland and Greenland before venturing across the Atlantic to Canada. Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is the sixth in a line of Holland America flagships. The first Rotterdam set sail in 1872, beginning a Holland America tradition and reputation that continued through Rotterdam V, one of the most beloved ships of all time. Highlights of the Rotterdam experience include some of the largest "standard" cabins afloat.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

12
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Majestic International
Ocean Majesty
  • Length:
    130m
  • Draft:
    6.3m
  • Tonnes:
    10,417
  • Passengers:
    100
  • Crew:
    50

Ocean Majesty started life as Spanish ferry Juan March. She has visited Belfast five times since 2007, 2016 will be her sixth. Ocean Majesty is one of the smallest cruise ships visiting this year, with only 100 passengers and 50 crew.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

12
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Celebrity
Silhouette
  • Length:
    315m
  • Draft:
    8.6m
  • Tonnes:
    122,210
  • Passengers:
    2886
  • Crew:
    1250

At 315m Silhouette is one of the biggest ships visiting this year. Last year she was voted one of the best UK cruise ships overall and one of the best for dining on cruisecritic.com. The Celebrity Silhouette has 12 restaurants; which include fine dining restaurants, casual eateries, cafes, wine bars and buffets.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

13
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Boudicca
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    804
  • Crew:
    330

We will be seeing a lot of Boudicca in 2016 as she is visiting nine times. She is calling three times in May; once on her way around the British Isles, once on her way back from Canada and then again as part of her ‘Emerald Isle’ cruise. She is then coming again in July to pick up and drop off passengers embarking on a cruise around Norway’s Fjords before coming back to pick up and drop off Belfast passengers for a cruise to Germany in August. She visits once more in August on her way back from Iceland and again in September on her way back from Canada. In December she is calling as part of a 4 night Irish Christmas Markets Cruise, which also visits Cork and Dublin.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

13
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart (14th Aug)
Company
Ship Name
Seabourn Quest
  • Length:
    198m
  • Draft:
    m
  • Tonnes:
    32,346
  • Passengers:
    450
  • Crew:
    300

Visiting for the second time in 2016, Seabourn Quest is calling as part of her 38-Night Commonwealth & Viking Route Exploration. Other unique cruise destinations on the tour include the Isle of Lewis, the Isle of Mull, the Westman Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland and Quebec.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

17
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

19
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Sea Cloud
Sea Cloud II
  • Length:
    117m
  • Draft:
    5.18m
  • Tonnes:
    3,849
  • Passengers:
    65
  • Crew:
    61

The most unique looking cruise ship to visit this year; The Sea Cloud II is a large barque built as a cruise ship. The boutique ship provides a luxury cruise atmosphere with fine services and open deck space. Sea Cloud II is visiting three times this year.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

21
st
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Phoenix Reisen
Artania
  • Length:
    231m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    44,588
  • Passengers:
    1200
  • Crew:
    700

Artania began life as the Royal Princess. She was transferred to the P&O fleet in April 2005 and renamed Artemis. In 2011 she was passed to Phoenix Reisen and renamed MV Artania. The German cruise ship first visited in 2014 and is calling twice in 2016. She will visit in June and again in August while touring the British Isles.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

22
nd
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Silversea
Silver Wind
  • Length:
    156m
  • Draft:
    5.35m
  • Tonnes:
    17,235
  • Passengers:
    400
  • Crew:
    300

Silver Wind entered service in 1995 and is the second ship of her class, the first being her sister ship Silver Cloud, who has been in service since 1994. Silver Wind is calling into Belfast Harbour on her way back to Southampton from Iceland. This is the first time she has visited since 2008.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

25
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Astoria
  • Length:
    160m
  • Draft:
    7.6m
  • Tonnes:
    16,144
  • Passengers:
    550
  • Crew:
    300

Originally built as a trans-Atlantic ship in 1948, Astoria is the world's oldest active oceangoing passenger ship. Astoria was originally named Azores but was renamed and restored at the end of the 2015 cruise season. The 67 year old ship is calling into Belfast five times in 2016.

Agent: Hamilton Shipping

26
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Oriana
  • Length:
    260m
  • Draft:
    7.9m
  • Tonnes:
    69,153
  • Passengers:
    1822
  • Crew:
    794

This is the second time Belfast has been on MV Oriana’s itinerary- she first called in 2010. Oriana holds the Golden Cockerel as the fastest ship in the P&O fleet. She was built in 1995 and so she is also the longest serving ship in the fleet, as well as being the oldest.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

27
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Mein Schiff
  • Length:
    263m
  • Draft:
    8.4m
  • Tonnes:
    76,998
  • Passengers:
    1924
  • Crew:
    780

German owned TUI Cruises christened its first ship, "Mein Schiff," in 2009. TUI held a contest to determine the ship's name, and more than 11,000 people sent in suggestions. The winner was Mein Schiff, which translates to "my ship." Mein Schiff started life as Celebrity Galaxy in 1996, and following the handover from Celebrity to TUI in March 2009, underwent a 50 million euro conversion to become Mein Schiff. The German cruise ship is calling into Belfast twice in 2016, having visited 6 times before now.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

28
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Marco Polo
  • Length:
    176m
  • Draft:
    8.1m
  • Tonnes:
    22,080
  • Passengers:
    820
  • Crew:
    356

Marco Polo started life as Soviet passenger ship Aleksandr Pushkin in 1965. In 1993, following the purchase by Orient Lines, Marco Polo began a varying itinerary of cruises all over the world, including more unusual destinations such as South-East Asia, Africa, and Antarctica. Marco Polo is calling into Belfast before heading across the Atlantic Ocean where she is embarking on a 28 night cruise around Canada.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

28
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Boudicca
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    804
  • Crew:
    330

We will be seeing a lot of Boudicca in 2016 as she is visiting nine times. She is calling three times in May; once on her way around the British Isles, once on her way back from Canada and then again as part of her ‘Emerald Isle’ cruise. She is then coming again in July to pick up and drop off passengers embarking on a cruise around Norway’s Fjords before coming back to pick up and drop off Belfast passengers for a cruise to Germany in August. She visits once more in August on her way back from Iceland and again in September on her way back from Canada. In December she is calling as part of a 4 night Irish Christmas Markets Cruise, which also visits Cork and Dublin.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

29
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Caribbean Princess
  • Length:
    289.5m
  • Draft:
    8m
  • Tonnes:
    112,894
  • Passengers:
    3622
  • Crew:
    1200

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship, with capacity for over 3,600 passengers. She has eleven cafes and restaurants, seven showrooms and lounges, five pools and she was the first modern cruise ship to have an outdoor theatre. Caribbean Princess is calling ten times in 2016 meaning she will bring 48,220 people to the city this year alone.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

30
th
Aug
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Prinsendam
  • Length:
    204m
  • Draft:
    7.25m
  • Tonnes:
    37,983
  • Passengers:
    766
  • Crew:
    460

This year is the 14th time Prinsendam has visited Belfast and she is calling twice. Firstly in July as part of her 28 Day Irish, Scottish & Baltic Explorer and again in August as part of her 28 Day Celtic & Bourgundian Explorer Cruise.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

10
th
Sep
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Silver Whisper
  • Length:
    186m
  • Draft:
    6.12m
  • Tonnes:
    28,258
  • Passengers:
    400
  • Crew:
    300

The hallmark of Silver Whisper is its all-inclusiveness and everything from drinks to laundry facilities are included in the experience. The luxurious ship has visited Belfast every year since 2012 and this year she is calling on her way from Southampton to Canada.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

12
th
Sep
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Phoenix Reisen
Amadea
  • Length:
    193m
  • Draft:
    6.7m
  • Tonnes:
    28,856
  • Passengers:
    604
  • Crew:
    292

Of all cruise ships on the German market the MS Amadea fills a unique niche. With a length of 193 meters and a maximum of 600 guests she provides an exceptional amount of individual space for everyone. She is calling twice in 2016 during tours of the British Isles. 

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

13
th
Sep
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Phoenix Reisen
Albatros
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,518
  • Passengers:
    812
  • Crew:
    450

Albatros is a German cruise ship who celebrated her 40th year in service in 2013. She is distinctive due to her bright turquoise funnel that rises above the white ship. She is calling 3 times this year; in May, August and September. By the end of 2016 Albatros will have visited Belfast 14 times over the years bringing nearly 18,000 people to the city. Her first visit was 18 years ago, in 1997.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

14
th
Sep
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Prestige
Nautica
  • Length:
    181m
  • Draft:
    5.95m
  • Tonnes:
    30,277
  • Passengers:
    824
  • Crew:
    386

Nautica is visiting us three times in 2016. In June she is visiting as part of her 44 day Northern Sojourn voyage, which also calls into Norway, Sweden, Russia and the Netherlands. In August she is calling during her 24 day North Sea Traveller voyage and in September as part of her 12 day British Isles Tapestry cruise. This will be the fifth year that Nautica has called into Belfast Harbour.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

15
th
Sep
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Regal Princess
  • Length:
    330m
  • Draft:
    8.5m
  • Tonnes:
    139,000
  • Passengers:
    3600
  • Crew:
    1500

Regal Princess is the biggest ship to visit this year at 330m. This is her third visit to Belfast, the first was in 2003. Regal Princess is visiting Belfast as part of her 22 day British Isles & Norway Passage Cruise, which begins in Germany and ends in New York City. This cruise alone will bring 3,600 passengers and 1,500 crew to our shores.

Ships Agent: Hamilton Shipping

21
st
Sep
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Boudicca
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    804
  • Crew:
    330

We will be seeing a lot of Boudicca in 2016 as she is visiting nine times. She is calling three times in May; once on her way around the British Isles, once on her way back from Canada and then again as part of her ‘Emerald Isle’ cruise. She is then coming again in July to pick up and drop off passengers embarking on a cruise around Norway’s Fjords before coming back to pick up and drop off Belfast passengers for a cruise to Germany in August. She visits once more in August on her way back from Iceland and again in September on her way back from Canada. In December she is calling as part of a 4 night Irish Christmas Markets Cruise, which also visits Cork and Dublin.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

24
th
Sep
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Plantours Kreuzfahrten
Hamburg
  • Length:
    145m
  • Draft:
    5.5m
  • Tonnes:
    15,067
  • Passengers:
    423
  • Crew:
    200

MS Hamburg is a luxury cruise ship, built in 1997. Her relatively small size allows her to transit the Great Lakes in North America, where she cruised seasonally between 1997 and 2011. The German cruise ship underwent renovations in Belfast last year.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

14
th
Dec
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Boudicca
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    804
  • Crew:
    330

We will be seeing a lot of Boudicca in 2016 as she is visiting nine times. She is calling three times in May; once on her way around the British Isles, once on her way back from Canada and then again as part of her ‘Emerald Isle’ cruise. She is then coming again in July to pick up and drop off passengers embarking on a cruise around Norway’s Fjords before coming back to pick up and drop off Belfast passengers for a cruise to Germany in August. She visits once more in August on her way back from Iceland and again in September on her way back from Canada. In December she is calling as part of a 4 night Irish Christmas Markets Cruise, which also visits Cork and Dublin.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping

28
th
Dec
Arrive
Depart
Company
Ship Name
Fred Olsen
Black Watch
  • Length:
    205m
  • Draft:
    7.5m
  • Tonnes:
    28,613
  • Passengers:
    900
  • Crew:
    300

Black Watch is a regular visitor to Belfast Harbour, having visited nine times over the years. This year she is calling in December as part of her 11 Night Tinsel & Hogmanay Cruise. The ship will be in Falmouth on Christmas Day, Dublin on Boxing Day and Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve.

Ships Agent: Doyle Shipping