Sunday, 2 October 2011

MS Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship at Daybreak, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

An early morning view of the MS Crystal Symphony as it manouevres into position prior to berthing at CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks:

From Bordeaux (France), going to St Peter Port (Guernsey, Channel Islands). Owner: Crystal Cruises. Callsign: C6MY5, IMO: 9066667, MMSI: 309168000. View: Prince of Wales Pier. Dover Harbour Board's DHB Dauntless tug.
(Click this MS Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

The bow of the Crystal Symphony is pointing towards the open waters of the Straits of Dover and the English Channel through Dover Harbour's Western Entrance (bounded by the Admiralty Pier behind the ship and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater further to the left).

The DHB Dauntless tug (Call Sign MZGC8, IMO 9190456, MMSI 232004784) belongs to Dover Harbour Board.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 5.01 am on Monday, 14th of June, 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

Also in the Port of Dover this day were the MV Minerva and MSC Opera passenger ships (photos not yet uploaded).

The Crystal Symphony is at the end of a 12-night Europe Cruise which began in Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy) on the 2nd of June and called at:

Porto Venere (Italy), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Barcelona (Spain), Tangier (Morocco), Lisbon (Portugal), Bilbao (Spain), Le Verdon (France), and Bordeaux (France).

The ship left Dover later in the day on a 7-night Ballads of Britain cruise with the following itinerary:

St Peter Port (Guernsey, Channel Islands), Waterford (Eire/Ireland), Dublin (Eire/Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Liverpooll (England), and then back to Dover.

Video: A tour of the MS Crystal Symphony:

MS Crystal Symphony (1)

The Crystal Symphony is a luxury cruise ship, owned and operated by the luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises. She was built in 1995 in Kvaerner Masa-Yards (now STX Finland Cruise Oy) in Turku, Finland. She is the only fleetmate of Crystal Serenity. These ships have been constantly voted as the world's best cruise ships by the Travel Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller. The Crystal Symphony had refits in 2004, 2006, and 2009.

Ship's details (1) (2):

Name: MS Crystal Symphony
Owner: Crystal Cruises PLC (website)
Operator: Crystal Cruises
Port of registry: The Bahamas (BS)
Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Turku
In service: 3 May 1995
Status: In service
Tonnage: gross tonnage (GT) of 51,044 tons
Length: 781 feet (238.05 m)
Beam: 99 feet (30.18 m)
Draught: 24.9 feet (7.59 m)
Decks: 12 decks, 8 decks passenger accessible
Installed power: 6 Wärtsilä-Sulzer Generators producing 33,880 horsepower (25,260 kW)
Propulsion: 2x diesel-electric
Speed: service speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph), maximum speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 922 passengers
Crew: 545 crew
Callsign: C6MY5
IMO: 9066667
MMSI: 309168000

Also see the official MS Crystal Symphony webpage and Crystal Symphony webcam.

(1) Wikipedia entry for Crystal Symphony
(2) Marinetraffic entry for Crystal Symphony

The main photo first appeared at:

MS Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship at Daybreak, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour

To be uploaded:

MS Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship at CT1, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour
MS Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship Departure, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour

Click to see all Dover Crystal Symphony, Crystal Cruises, Cruise Ship, and Tug 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.

John Latter / Jorolat

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