Wednesday, 16 November 2011

MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship just after Daybreak, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

A view of the MS Costa Atlantica reversing towards 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:

Costa Atlantica on transatlantic cruise from Copenhagen (Denmark) to New York (USA) via Halifax (Canada). Owner: Carnival Corporation PLC, Operator: Costa Cruises. IMO 9187796, MMSI 247645000, Callsign IBLQ, Flag: Italy.
(Click this MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

This Dover Harbour photo was taken on a cycle ride (1) at 6.05 am on Tuesday, 7th of September, 2010, from the Prince of Wales Pier whose lighthouse can be seen just left of midships (see all lighthouse photos).

The passenger ship is part-way through a 17 Days Copenhagen to New York Transatlantic Cruise which began on September 4th. Itinerary:

Copenhagen (Denmark), Bremerhaven (Germany), Dover (England), Le Havre (France), Sydney (Cape Breton Island, Canada), Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada), Bar Harbor (Maine, USA), Boston (Massachusetts, USA), Newport (Rhode Island, USA), New York (USA).

The MS Costa Atlantica first called at Dover on Wednesday, 19th of May en route from New York to Copenhagen (Denmark). The ship then spent the summer season on a series of 7-night European Cruises calling at:

Hellesylt (Norway; Technical Call), Geiranger (Norway), Flam (Flåm, Norway), Stavanger (Norway), Oslo (Norway), Warnemünde Germany), before returning to Copenhagen.

A Costa Atlantica video with Italian sub-titles:

The MS Costa Atlantica (2) (3)

The MS Costa Atlantica is a Spirit-class cruise ship operated by Costa Cruises. She was built in 2000 by the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki New Shipyard (also called Hietalahti Shipyard), Helsinki, Finland.

Each passenger deck on the Costa Atlantica is named after a movie by the Italian director Federico Fellini. She is decorated with Carrara marble, Murano-glass accents, and in-laid mosaic tile. She also replicates Venice's Caffe Florian.

General characteristics

Owner: Carnival Corporation & PLC
Class and type: Spirit-class cruise ship
Port of registry: Genoa, Italy
Completed: 2004 (Christened by Paz Vega, a Spanish actress)
Tonnage: 85,619 GT (gross tonnage)
Displacement: 7,500 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 292.56 metres (960 ft)
Beam: 32.20 metres (106 ft)
Draught: 7.80 metres (26 ft)
Installed power: 6 × Wärtsilä 9R46 diesels, combined 63,370 kW
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 2,114 passengers (2,680 full occupancy)
Crew: 897
Flag: Italy (IT)
Call Sign: IBLQ
IMO: 9187796
MMSI: 247645000
Launched: 11 November 1999
Acquired: 30 June 2000
In service: 17 July 2000

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

Notes and Sources

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Robsons Yard Flats

(1) Cycle route begins 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.

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(2) Wikipedia entry for MS Costa Atlantica
(3) Marine Traffic entry for Costa Atlantica

The main photo first appeared at:

MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship just after Daybreak, Dover Harbour

Also in port this day:

To be uploaded:

MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship berthed at Cruise Terminal 2
MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship leaving Dover Harbour in Fog

Other Dover ships belonging to Costa Cruises include:

Click to see all Dover Costa Atlantica, 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

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