Friday, 30 September 2011

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The GTS Celebrity Constellation cruise ship alongside the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks of Dover Harbour:

GTS Celebrity Constellation alongside the Admiralty Pier, Port of Dover. A Millennium-class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises, ex-Constellation. IMO number 9192399, MMSI 249046000, Call sign 9HJB9.
(Click this Celebrity Constellation Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

The passenger ship is berthed at Cruise Terminal 2 (CT2) of the Admiralty Pier's three docking areas with the MS Balmoral, a Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship, occupying Cruise Terminal 1 (CT1) out-of-shot to the right.

The Celebrity Constellation had called at Dover prior to going into drydock in Hamburg, Germany, from April 24 until May 9, to be fitted with some of the most popular venues found on Celebrity Cruise Line's Solstice-class ships: "From the minds of the world’s top designers and architects comes a class of ships that defy the imagination".

The first Solstice-class ship, Celebrity Solstice entered service in November 2008 and is the namesake of the class. All Solstice-class vessels have post-Panamax dimensions (the criteria for traversing the Panama Canal).

The photo was taken during a morning cycle ride (1) at 7.19 am on Wednesday, 21st of April, 2010 from the Prince of Wales Pier.

Video - An informative and well-made amateur video filmed after the 2010 refurbishment:

GTS Celebrity Constellation (2) (3)

The Celebrity Constellation is a Millennium-class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises PLC, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. She is the co-flagship of the Celebrity fleet, along with Century-class ship Celebrity Century. She was originally named Constellation, but renamed in May 2007. Her three sister ships are the Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit, and Celebrity Millennium.

She was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. The ship boasts a COGAS power plant of gas turbines and a steam turbine providing up to 60 Megawatts for the electric systems and two 19 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom MerMaid azimuth thrusters for propulsion. In 2007, she was refitted with the addition of a diesel engine as a fuel-saving measure. The ship can run on any combination of the gas turbines or diesel. In port, she generates electrical power from the diesel.

The Celebrity Constellation consistently receives top honors from Condé Nast's readers survey, and is currently ranked by readers as the best large cruise ship.

During the summer period the ship sails in Northern Europe. Since her delivery the ship sails to the Baltic Sea between May and August. In June 2010 and July 2011 the ship also sailed to the Norwegian Fjords up to the North Cape. The rest of the season the ship sails to the Mediterranean (fall) and the Caribbean (winter).

Vessel details:

91,000 tons
Passengers: 1,950
999 crew
964 feet in length
105 feet wide
11 passenger decks
Cruising speed: 24 knots
Built in St. Nazaire, France
Registry: Bahamas; 2007 onwards: Malta
Entered Service: May 12, 2002
IMO number: 9192399
MMSI: 249046000
Callsign: 9HJB9

Official Celebrity Constellation and Celebrity Cruises PLC webpages.

Notes and Sources

(1) On a cycle ride beginning at Robsons Yard Flats in the Tower Hamlets area of Dover, then: Athol Terrace (Eastern Docks) - Seafront Promenade - Prince of Wales Pier (Western Docks) - Robsons Yard.

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(2) Wikipedia entry for Celebrity Constellation
(3) Cruismates entry for Celebrity Constellation

Also see the Celebrity Constellation at Marinetraffic

The main photo first appeared at:

Celebrity Constellation Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour

Click to see all Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Cruises, and Cruise Ship photos.

Clickable thumbnails of all harbour-related photos from the main Panoramio Images of Dover website are available on this blog at Port of Dover Page (also linked to at the top below the blog title).

The main site Panoramio photos are each accompanied by a Google Earth satellite map. However, the images are smaller than those on the Images of Dover Blog and the captions are less well formatted.

Port of Dover tourism and travel in the Western Docks.

John Latter / Jorolat

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