Friday, 30 September 2011

MS Costa Magica Cruise Ship, Admiralty Pier, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MS Costa Magica passing through the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour into the Straits of Dover and English Channel beyond:

Costa Magica entering English Channel by the Admiralty Pier (lighthouse), Western Docks. Owner Costa Cruises. IMO 9239795, Callsign IBQQ, Registered Genoa, Italy. Taken from Prince of Wales Pier.
(Click this MS Costa Magica Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier on the right and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater to the left.

The above photo was taken at 6.02 pm on Monday, 17th of May, 2010, from the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier. The Dover Lighthouse in the photo is the Admiralty Pier Light (built 1908; cast iron tower 72 feet high; white flash every 7.5 seconds).

The Costa Magica arrived in the Western Docks from Santander (Spain) and is shown sailing for Kiel (Germany) to begin an 11-night "Northern Europe Cruise" on the 19th of May calling at:

Stockholm (Sweden, via the Kiel Canal), Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Glydnia (Poland), and Rønne (Ronne, Denmark). From Rønne the passenger ship returned to Kiel via the Kiel Canal.

A Costa Magica video from Costa Cruzeiros of Brazil:

The Costa Magica (1) (2)

The Costa Magica is a cruise ship for Costa Cruises. She debuted in 2004 as a sister ship to Costa Fortuna, built on the same Carnival Cruise Lines' platform as the Destiny-class.

The ship pays homage to some of the most famous destinations in Italy. Places like Positano, Portofino, Bellagio, and Sicily are all incorporated into the public rooms and restaurants. At 105,000-GT, she is one of the largest ships in Costa's fleet.

Ship's details:

Owner: Carnival Corporation & PLC
Operator: Costa Cruises
Class and type: Cruise ship
Port of registry: Genoa, Italy
Completed: 2004 (Christened by Paz Vega, a Spanish actress)
Tonnage: gross tonnage (GT) of 105,000 tons
Length: 890 feet (271.27 m)
Beam: 124 feet (37.80 m)
Decks: 13 decks
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Capacity: 2,672 passengers
Crew: 1,023 crew
Flag: Italy (IT)
Call Sign: IBQQ
IMO: 9239795
MMSI: 247113300

Click to see the Costa Magica webcam, official Costa Magica webpage, and official Costa Cruises website

(1) Wikipedia entry for MS Costa Magica
(2) Marine Traffic entry for Costa Magica

The main photo first appeared at:

MS Costa Magica Cruise Ship, Admiralty Pier, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour

Not yet uploaded:

MS Costa Magica Cruise Ship at CT2, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour
MS Costa Magica Cruise Ship just after Sunrise, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour
MS Costa Magica Cruise Ship, Southern Breakwater, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour

Other Dover ships belonging to Costa Cruises include:

Click to see all Dover Costa Magica, Costa Cruises, and Cruise Ship photos.

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

The 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 travel and tourism in the Western Docks.

John Latter / Jorolat

Dover Blog: The Psychology of a Small Town

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