"Royal" Visits

Discussion, observation and sightings of ships, shipping operators and other matters, primarily around Ireland, but also abroad.
Csalem
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Joined: 13 Feb 2007, 03:37

11 Apr 2011, 13:54 #1

Although the visit of HRH Queen Elizabeth II to Irleland is very exciting there are a number of other royal visits from the Cunard stable this year that I find more exciting.

Queen Victoria
At the moment QV is anchored in Cobh on a stopover.
She is due back into Dublin on May 24th and then into Cobh on May 25th.
Queen Elizabeth
On September 9th the latest vessel in the Cunard family is due into Dublin and then into Cobh on September 10th
(And if you really want to plan ahead is back on August 4th 2012)
Queen Mary 2
The grande dame of the family is due into Cobh on September 14th
Something to look forward to this year.
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Eastern Nat
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Joined: 18 May 2005, 15:28

11 Apr 2011, 15:17 #2

Hi Csalem.

In the past I have put up a list of vessels due for Dublin , but it may be easier to click on the Port website,

where this years and next years early bookings can be found :



http://www.dublinport.ie/...on-centre/cruise-liners/



It's going to be an interesting year.



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Csalem
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12 Apr 2011, 12:46 #3

Indeed. Good to see all these ships coming here.

A picture (not taken by me) of the QV in Cobh yesterday:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/finnyus/56 ... 6477704824

(Having been doing a lot of research on the area in the early twentieth century I keep wanting to call it Queenstown...)
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KD 191
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12 Apr 2011, 15:19 #4

The Cork cruise schedule is available here (for 2011 despite what the page address says) http://www.portofcork.ie/.../page/cruiseschedule2010



Interestingly Cork has won a series of awards at the Dream World Cruise Destination including best cruise destination , see here for more http://www.portofcork.ie/...m/page/currentnews/id/64
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Csalem
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24 May 2011, 08:06 #5

Queen Victoria arrived into Dublin Port this morning, pretty much bang on time. It was aided by the tug Shackelton. I think this shot really shows off the size of the ship comapred to the more usual vessels in the port:
http://transportsceneireland.smugmug.co ... Jcqvb-L-LB


Rest of the pics here, along with a shot of Air Force One which flew over Balbriggan last night:
http://transportsceneireland.smugmug.co ... 79_zBcS8QB
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Eastern Nat
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24 May 2011, 08:47 #6

re Air Force One ;

You must have a big zoom on that camera Csalem. I watched it from my house in Malahide and it was quite high.



You were also lucky that a very swarthy gentleman with short cropped hair didn't emerge from the undergrowth and put

you in an arm lock !

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Csalem
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24 May 2011, 10:29 #7

Thanks. I think I was at 32 zoom at the time. The picture has been cropped to fit the aircraft, there is a lot of sky around the original. The 757 came along soon after, but the quality of that shot is not great.



Picture was taken from the house. Think I was pretty safe as Americans do love their property and personal freedoms, though it was a quickly taken shot, window closed and blinds down. Image
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Csalem
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24 May 2011, 20:49 #8

A final update from the ship takeover of RSI shows Queen Victoria departing Dublin for Cobh this evening:
http://transportsceneireland.smugmug.co ... 65_TXQQZrt

I'll add some captions tomorrow.
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Csalem
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07 Sep 2011, 09:06 #9

Just a reminder that the latest Cunarder Queen Elizabeth is due into Dublin Port at 06:30 on Friday morning and departs for Cobh at 23:00 arriving around 08:00 Saturday Morning.

And next week Queen Mary 2 is due into Cobh.

I hope to get out and see both.
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Eastern Nat
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08 Sep 2011, 11:01 #10

Pity I'm going to miss Q. Elizabeth. Tomorrow I'm 'London' Nat and for the weekend 'East Anglian' Nat,

and hope to be on train running immediatly ahead of train of that name which leaves Liv. St at 1700.

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