Saturday, 8 October 2011

MS Emerald Princess Cruise Ship berthed at the Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MS Emerald Princess berthed at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks, her bow pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond:

Passenger ship at Cruise Terminal 2, CT2; Operator Princess Cruises. Callsign ZCDP8, IMO 9333151, MMSI 310531000. P&O Ferries' Pride of Calais cross-English Channel ferry in the Eastern Entrance.
(Click this MS Emerald Princess Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

The Emerald Princess is in the Inner Harbour (ex-Commercial Harbour) of Dover Harbour, bounded by the out-of-shot Prince of Wales Pier.

To the left of the passenger ship is the Southern Breakwater and the Pride of Calais, a P&O Ferries cross-channel ferry about to enter the Eastern Entrance.

Towards the bow on the right is the Cruise Terminal 1 building; near the stern is part of the Admiralty Pier Turret (alt. Dover Turret), an enclosed Victorian armoured fortification built in 1882.

On highter magnifications a half-moon can be seen towards the top right-hand corner of the photo; partial view of a sky-blue double-decker bus.

The photo was taken at 1.07 pm on Tuesday, 10th of May, 2011, from the upper level of the Admiralty Pier.

The Emerald Princess is part-way through a 16-Day "Northern Europe Passage" cruise From Fort Lauderdale (USA) to Copenhagen. Full itinerary (schedule):

Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Kings Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island), Bermuda; Cork (Cobh), Ireland (Eire); Falmouth, England; Le Havre (for Paris), France; Rotterdam (Amsterdam), Holland/Netherlands; Dover (for London), England; Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark.

Video: A Princess Cruises PLC video for the Emerald Princess, Crown Princess, Ruby Princess, and Caribbean Princess:

MS Emerald Princess (1)

The Emerald Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship for Princess Cruises PLC that entered service in April 2007. Her sister ships include Caribbean Princess and Crown Princess. She features two nightclubs, a piazza style atrium, multiple pools and hot tubs, a spa, and a gym. Unlike her sisters, Emerald Princess does not have a disco overhanging the stern, but the same stern as her near-sisters Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess.

The Emerald Princess was launched from the Italian shipyard of Fincantieri Monfalcone on June 1, 2006. She was then handed over to Princess Cruises PLC (operated by Carnival Corporation and PLC) on March 24, 2007. Emerald Princess was christened on 13 May 2007, in Greece.

Service history:

The Emerald Princess began commercial service on 11 April 2007, offering 12-day Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises, and continued sailing Europe for Summer 2007. She was then repositioned in Fort Lauderdale (US) in the Fall (Autumn) to offer Caribbean cruises.

Emerald Princess had a power outage on July 25, 2010 on the first day of a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. For extended periods during the 4+ hour outage, there was no air conditioning, no elevator service, limited lighting, and toilets could not flush. As a result of the outage, the Emerald Princess missed its first port of call the following day. Passengers were credited 300 US dollars per stateroom for the inconvenience. Princess cruises has not yet determined the cause of the outage.

Vessel details:

Name: Emerald Princess
Owner: Princess Cruises
Class and type: Grand class cruise ship
Port of registry: Bermuda, Hamilton
Builder: Fincantieri, Italy
Cost: 500 million US dollars
Launched: 1 June 2006
Maiden voyage: April 11, 2007
Tonnage: 113,000 GT
Displacement: 8,100 DWT
Length: 951 ft (290 m)
Beam: 118 ft (36 m)
Draught: 26.2 ft (8.0 m)
Decks: 15 passenger decks
Installed power: Gas turbine 25,000 kW
Propulsion: Two azimuthing pods (azipods) of 21,000kW each
Speed: 21.5 kn (39.82 km/h)
Capacity: 3,080 passengers
Crew: 1,200
Identification: Call sign: ZCDP8
IMO: 9333151
MMSI: 310531000
Status: Operational

Notes and Sources

(1) Wikipedia entry for Emerald Princess

Also see:

Marinetraffic entry for Emerald Princess

The main photo first appeared at:

MS Emerald Princess Cruise Ship berthed at the Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour

Also in port this day:

Berthed at Cruise Terminal 2 on Monday, 16th of May, 2011:

Click to see all Cruise Ship photos.

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

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