Monday, 3 October 2011

MS Eurodam Cruise Ship just after Sunrise, Eastern Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

A post-sunrise view of the MS Eurodam after she had entered Dover Harbour from the English Channel via the Eastern Entrance:

MV Eurodam from Stockholm (Sweden), going to Kiel (Germany). Owner: Holland America Line. Call Sign PHOS, IMO 9378448, MMSI 245206000. Eastern Arm and English Channel. View: Prince of Wales Pier.
(Click this MS Eurodam Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

On the left of the photo the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal, not in view) with the Eastern Entrance to the right of the ship bracketed by the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater.

The photo was taken at 5.44 am on Tuesday, 29th of June, 2010 (1) from a point mid-way between the Porthole Shelters and the lighthouse and Harbour View Cafe on the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side). A zoomed shot: the ship is 700-800 yards away.

Unusually, the Eurodam is shown pivoting on her bow prior to continuing the rest of the journey across the Outer Harbour in reverse. Every other large cruise ship I've seen enter Dover Harbour hasn't reversed until they have reached the Western Entrance - see the MS Disney Magic and MV Braemar photos for examples.

This manoeuvre may be due to the presence of the Waasland Sea Barge and the Gaverland Sea Barge who are in port to remove the wreck of the Spanish Prince. The Spanish Prince (ex-Knight Bachelor) was a blockship scuttled in early 1915 during the First World War (World War I).

The passenger ship subsequently berthed at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks.

The Eurodam arrived from Stockholm (Sweden) and left Dover later in the day on a 10-day "Scandinavia & Russia Adventure" cruise (her last from the Port of Dover this year). Full itinerary:

Kiel (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), and ending in Copenhagen (Denmark).

Official "MS Eurodam Highlights" video:

Click to see the official Eurodam webpage and the Eurodam blog.

Excerpt from a press release dated 17th of June, 2010 (2):

Port of Dover has been named the UK homeport for Holland America Line (HAL) for 2011. Nine round-trips will operate from the port between May and August from the port onboard the MS Eurodam and MS Ryndam...

...The ships will journey on itineraries to the UK, Scandinavia, Norway, Baltic and Fjords.

MS Eurodam (3) (4)

The MS Eurodam is a Signature-Class cruise ship for Holland America Line. Following a christening ceremony by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on 1 July 2008, she entered service on July 5 2008 on her maiden voyage from Copenhagen (Denmark). The Eurodam is the 80th ship to enter Holland America's service and, at 86,700 tons and carrying 2,104 passengers, she is the largest Holland America ship to date, along with her new sister MS Nieuw Amsterdam.

The vessel has dynamic positioning abilities using three 1.9 MW bow thrusters and two 17.6 MW aft mounted Azipods. Total electrical power generation is 64 MW by six diesel generators.

In April and May, the ship operates in the Mediterranean and in Western Europe. From May to August, the ship visits the Baltic, Norway and the British Isles before Eurodam is going to Canada and New England in September and October. From late October to early April the ship goes on Caribbean cruises.


On 4 April 2011, the Eurodam was put into drydock for ten days in Freeport, Bahamas for the first time since construction in 2008.[8] During this time the ship had new paint applied to the hull, the thrusters, azipods, stabilizers and hull fittings were serviced, and new teak decking was installed on the Lido deck.


The Eurodam has ten cabins with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows. Eighty-six percent of the cabins are on the outside, and 67% have balconies.

Throughout the ship are touchscreens with navigation information for passengers. On board the vessel are five dining rooms, including The Pinnacle Grill in partnership with Le Cirque, a French restaurant in Manhattan, New York (USA), owned and operated by Sirio Maccioni.

Exclusive to the Signature-class ships are the pan-Asian themed restaurant, Tamarind, and the African-themed Explorer's Bar. The main atrium features artwork designed by Vincent Jansen and throughout the ship are reproductions of famous Dutch artists. The mainstage and theater seat 890 in the audience.

Ship's details

Owner: Carnival Corporation & PLC
Operator: Holland America Line (Holland America Line website)
Port of registry: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Builder: Fincantieri Marghera shipyard, Italy
Christened: 1 July 2008 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
Class and type: Signature-class cruise ship (a derivative of Vista-class)
Tonnage: 86,700 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 935 ft (285.0 m)
Beam: 105.8 ft (32.2 m)
Decks: 11 passenger decks
Installed power: 64 MW MaK M43C diesel-electric
Propulsion: Azipod
Speed: 23.9 kn (44.3 km/h; 27.5 mph) max, (22 kn (40.7 km/h; 25.3 mph) service)
Capacity: 2,104 passengers
Crew: 929 crew
Call Sign: PHOS
IMO: 9378448
MMSI: 245206000

Holland America Line (5)

The Holland America Line (HAL) is a cruise shipping company. It was founded in 1873 as the "Netherlands-America Steamship Company" (Dutch: Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij), a shipping and passenger line. Headquartered in Rotterdam and providing service to the Americas, it became known as Holland America Line. HAL is now headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA.

The first ships sailed between Rotterdam and New York in 1872, with New York remaining the American terminal. Other services were started to South America and Baltimore. Cargo service to New York was added in 1899. During the first 25 years the company carried 400,000 people from the old world to the new world. Other North American ports were added during the early 20th century.

Though transportation and shipping were the primary sources of revenue, in 1895 HAL offered its first vacation cruise. Its second vacation cruise, from New York to the Holy Land (Hebrew: ארץ הקודש‎; Eretz HaQodesh ; Arabic: الأرض المقدسة Al-Ard Al-Muqaddasah; Palestine, Israel) was first offered in 1910. In 1971, HAL suspended transatlantic passenger trade and in 1973 sold its cargo shipping division.

In 1989, HAL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest cruise line. The company operates 15 ships to 7 continents and carries almost 700,000 cruise passengers a year. In addition to its cruise line, Holland America operates the Westmark Hotel chain in Alaska and the Yukon.

Notes and Sources

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Robsons Yard Flats

(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.

This is where I do my Evolution and Psychology research! (archive)

(2) Dover named Holland America UK homeport
(3) Wikipedia entry for the MS Eurodam
(4) Marinetraffic entry for the MS Eurodam
(5) Wikipedia entry for Holland America Line

The main photo first appeared at:

MS Eurodam Cruise Ship just after Sunrise, Eastern Entrance, Dover Harbour

To be uploaded::

MS Eurodam Cruise Ship leaving via the Eastern Entrance, Dover Harbour
MS Eurodam Cruise Ship in the Western Entrance, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour
LCU Mark 10 Royal Marines/Royal Navy Landing Craft, Dover Harbour

Other Dover ships belonging to Holland America Line Cruises include:

Click to see all Dover MS Eurodam, Holland America Line Cruise Ships, and Cruise Ship photos.

More Dover Sunrise views.

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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