Friday, 14 October 2011

MS AIDAblu Cruise Ship berthed at Cruise Terminal 2, Admiralty Pier, Dover, Kent, UK

An early morning view of the MS AIDAblu cruise ship berthed at Cruise Terminal 2 (CT2) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks, her bow pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond:

AIDAblu (AIDA BLU) berthed C2, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour. View: Prince of Wales Pier. Arrived from Antwerp (Belgium), going Le Havre (France). Call Sign IBWX, IMO 9398888, MMSI 247282500
(Click this MS AIDAblu cruise ship text link to see the largest size)

The low structure on top of the pier to the right of the AIDAblu's stern is the Victorian Admiralty Pier Turret (alt. Dover Turret) containing 2 Fraser RML 16 inch 80 ton guns (RML = "rifled muzzle-loading") which were declared obsolete in 1902.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 7.24 am on Tuesday, 17th of May, 2011, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier (western side).

The reflections in the glass windbreaks - which I like! - are from the table and bench combinations (such as the one I stood on to take the photo) set out in front of the Lighthouse Cafe.

The seagull wheeling above the centre of the passenger ship has been included at no extra charge.

The MS AIDAblu sailed from Hamburg (Germany) on Friday, 13th of May, on a "7-Nachte Nordeuropa" (7-Night North Europe/Northern Europe, German Bight) cruise with the following itinerary: Amsterdam (Netherlands/Holland), Antwerp (Belgium), Dover (for London, England), Le Havre (for Paris, France), and then back to Hamburg.

The AIDAblu was christened in Hamburg on February 9th, 2010 by Jette Joop (godmother). The day before, the ship had been officially greeted into port and Captain Dr. Friedhold Hoppert presented with a traditional admiralty plaque by the Harbourmaster, Hans-Jörg Pollmann of the Hamburg Port Authority.

The MS AIDAblu is a Sphinx class cruise ship, built at Meyer Werft for AIDA Cruises, a British-American owned German cruise line based in Rostock, Germany. Carnival Corporation & PLC is the parent company of AIDA Cruises.

Vessel Details:

Tonnage: 71,300 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 827 feet (252.07 m)
Beam: 105.5 feet (32.16 m)
Decks: 15 decks
Capacity: 2,050 passengers
Crew: 607 crew
Call Sign: IBWX
IMO: 9398888
MMSI: 247282500

More information (including sources used and a Google Earth satellite map) can be found on this photo's original webpage at:

MS AIDAblu Cruise Ship berthed at Cruise Terminal 2, Admiralty Pier, Dover

Also see a smilar view of the MS AIDAsol, taken a few weeks earlier on Thursday, 21st of April, 2011:

(Not yet uploaded)

Other AIDAblu photos:

Not yet uploaded:

AIDAblu Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour (1)

Click to see all Dover AIDAblu, AIDA 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 travel and tourism in the Western Docks.

John Latter / Jorolat

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