Showing posts with label english channel. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

MS Maasdam Cruise Ship after Sunrise, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

A view of the MS Maasdam in early morning sunlight as it begins reversing towards CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1) of the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks of Dover Harbour:

MS Maasdam arriving from Copenhagen (Denmark). Going on transatlantic cruise to Boston, USA. Holland America Line (HAL). Call sign PFRO, IMO 8919257, MMSI 244958000. Also DHB Dauntless bollard-pull tug.
(Click this MS Maasdam Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)


The bow of the Maasdam is pointing towards the open waters of the Straits of Dover and the English Channel through the harbour's Western Entrance. This 245 yard-wide gateway into the Port of Dover is bounded by the Admiralty Pier, behind and to the right of the ship, and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater further to the left. Also on the right is the bow of the Norwegian Sun cruise ship that berthed alongside Cruise Terminal 2 (CT2) just a few minutes earlier.

The DHB Dauntless tug belongs to Dover Harboard Board of Harbour House.

This post-sunrise photo of the Maasdam was taken at 6.33 am on Tuesday, 3rd of August, 2010, from the lighthouse and Harbour View cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier while on a morning cycle ride (1) (see all lighthouse photos).

The Maasdam passenger ship left Boston (Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA) on a transatlantic cruise that began on Saturday, July 17. Before arriving in Dover Harbour the ship called at the following ports along the way:

St Pierre (Territorial Collectivity of St Pierre and Miquelon, France), St. Johns (Newfoundland, Canada), Qaqortoq (Danish: Julianehåb, Greenland), Isafjordur (Ísafjörður, Iceland), Akureyri (Iceland), Aalesund (Ålesund, Norway), Bergen (Norway), Oslo (Norway), and Copenhagen (Denmark).

The Maasdam left Dover later in the day (5.11pm) on an 18-day "Voyage Of The Vikings" cruise back to Boston. Itinerary (schedule):

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

MS Ryndam Cruise Ship before the Southern Breakwater, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

A view of the MS Ryndam heading for the Eastern Entrance of Dover Harbour and English Channel beyond at 5.12 pm on Sunday, 1st of May, 2011 (1):

MS Ryndam heading for Eastern Entrance and English Channel with 2 tugs, DHB Dauntless, DHB Doughty. Call sign: PHFV, IMO 8919269, MMSI 245026000. From Zeebrugge (Belgium) going Rotterdam (Netherlands)
(Click this MS Ryndam Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)


The passenger ship is accompanied by two tugs, DHB Dauntless (left) and DHB Doughty (right), owned by Dover Harbour Board whose offices, located in Harbour House of Waterloo Crescent, overlook the harbour.

Behind the ship is the Southern Breakwater and the Dover Breakwater West End Light (2)

To the right of the lighthouse is the Western Entrance that lies between the breakwater and the Admiralty Pier (out-of-shot to the right: part of the Western Docks).

Cruise ships berth alongside the Admiralty Pier and then usually leave the Port of Dover by the Western Entrance. On this occasion strong winds have caused the Ryndam to opt for the same route a sister-ship, the MS Eurodam, took the previous year.

The photo was taken from the Prince of Wales Pier just as the Ryndam was passing the wreck site of the Spanish Prince (ex-Knight Bachelor), a World War I blockship scuttled/sunk in 1915.

Earlier in April, the Ryndam left the Gulf of Mexico by sailing south of the Florida Keys and then called at Cherbourg (France) and Zeebrugge (Belgium). The passenger ship is now beginning a 21-day Mediterranean Medley cruise and returned to Dover on Saturday, 21st of May, before the voyage finally ended in Rotterdam on the 22nd. Cruise itinerary (schedule):

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:

Monday, 31 October 2011

MS Athena Cruise Ship and Tugs in the Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

Stormy weather ahead: a gunmetal-grey early morning view of the MS Athena, survivor of a famous maritime disaster (see below), in the process of berthing at Cruise Terminal 3 (CT3) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks:

From Honfleur (France). IMO 5383304, Call Sign CQRV, MMSI 255801380. Operator Page and Moy, Taste of Europe cruise. DHB Dauntless, DHB Doughty tugs. Ex-MS Stockholm: SS Andrea Doria maritime disaster 1956.
(Click this MS Athena Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)


The bow of the MS Athena (alt. MV Athena) is pointing towards the Western Entrance with the Straits of Dover and English Channel beyond; the Cliffs of France can be seen on higher resolutions.

The Western Entrance is formed by the Southern Breakwater, out-of-shot to the left, and the Admiralty Pier behind the ship on the right.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 6.31 am on Tuesday, 7th of September, 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The two Dover Harbour Board bollard-pull tugs assisting the Athena, DHB Dauntless (on the left) and DHB Doughty (on the right), along with the DHB David Church dredger, berth in the Tug Haven of the Tidal Harbour.

The MS Athena, chartered by tour operator Page and Moy for the 2010 summer season, has just finished "A Taste of Europe", her last summer cruise this year, which began in Dover on Friday, the 3rd of September with the following itinerary: Dover - Amsterdam (Netherlands, Holland; Anne Frank house, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum) - Zeebrugge (Belgium; for Bruges or Ghent) - Honfleur (France; Saint Catherine Church, Monet's Garden at Giverny, or Paris) .



MS Athena (1)


MS Athena, like the MS Princess Dapne, is a cruise ship owned and operated by Classic International Cruises (CI Cruises) of the World Cruises Agency. She was built in 1948 as the MS Stockholm by Götaverken in Gothenburg for the Swedish America Line (SAL). Since her career with SAL she has sailed under the names MS Völkerfreundschaft, MS Volker, MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Italia I, MS Italia Prima, MS Valtur Prima and MS Caribe, before beginning service under her current name.

As Stockholm, the MS Athena was best known for colliding with the SS Andrea Doria in 1956, resulting in the sinking of the latter ship:

Thursday, 27 October 2011

MS Saga Ruby Cruise Ship and a God of the Night, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

At top-right, the fiery eyes of some departing God of the Night blaze down in rage as a last-minute prey achieves sanctuary upon entering the harbour:


(Click this MS Saga Ruby cruise ship text link to see the largest size)


The unsuspecting ship, the MS Saga Ruby cruise liner, is shown framed in the Eastern Entrance of Dover Harbour, formed by the Eastern Arm pier on the left and the Southern Breakwater on the right.

The structure on the end of the Eastern Arm pier is the Dover Port Control building; beyond the Eastern Entrance lie the dangerous waters of the Straits of Dover and English Channel.

The photo was taken from near the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier at 6.17 am on Wednesday the 11th of August, 2010.

Another Saga Cruises ship in port this day was the Spirit of Adventure (photographed during an earlier visit in June).

Later, the Saga Ruby left Dover at the start of the "Treasures of the Anglo-Celtic Isles" cruise that called at various ports in England, Scotland, Wales, Nothern Ireland, and Eire (Ireland).

Full itinerary (1):

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

MS Asuka II Cruise Ship berthed at the Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MS Asuka II passenger ship berthed at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) on the Admiralty Pier of Dover Harbour, her bow pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond:

MV Asuka II operated by Nippon Yusen Kaisha NYK Line, ex-Crystal Harmony of Crystal Cruises. Berthed CT2, Western Docks. World Cruise from Yokohama. Call Sign: 7JBI, IMO: 8806204, MMSI: 432545000, Flag: Japan.
(Click this MS Asuka II Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)


The Asuka II is in the Inner Harbour (ex-Commercial Harbour), part of the Western Docks, that is bounded to the left by the out-of-shot Prince of Wales Pier.

To the left of the passenger ship is the Southern Breakwater and DHB David Church dredger, a Dover Harbour Board vessel.

Towards the bow on the right is the Cruise Terminal 2 building; near the stern is part of the Admiralty Pier Turret base (alt. Dover Turret), an enclosed Victorian armoured turret built in 1882.

The photo was taken at 1.05 pm on Monday, 16th of May, 2011, from the upper level of the Admiralty Pier.

The MS Asuka II (飛鳥II, alt. MV Asuka 2) "changed to foreign trade" on Sunday, 3rd of April, and departed Yokohama (横浜市, Yokohama-shi, 日本, Japan) at 4 pm on a World Cruise (1) and then called at Singapore, Port Louis (capital of Mauritius), Cape Town (South Africa), Walvis Bay (Namibia), Dakar (capital of Senegal), Lisbon (capital of Portugal), and Rouen (capital of Normandy, France) before arriving at Dover, England (nb this itinerary may not include tourist ports of call).

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Panorama of the White Cliffs of Dover in Sunlight and Shadow, Kent, UK

The iconic White Cliffs of Dover viewed from the the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier:

Chalk (calcium carbonate) and flint. Eastern Arm pier, South Foreland lighthouse. National Trust nature reserve, Langdon Cliffs. Julius Caesar, Romans in 55 BC. Vera Lynn's Bluebirds, World War II. North Downs grassland.
(Click this White Cliffs of Dover text link to see the largest size)


The strange-looking object on top of the cliffs just right of centre is the South Foreland lighthouse. The top of the darker Old South Foreland lighthouse, built in 1793, can be seen near the right-hand edge of the cliffs. Both lighthouses are over 5000 yards distant.

At the bottom of the cliffs is the Eastern Arm pier which runs out from the ferry terminal in the Eastern Docks (out-of-shot to the left) to the Eastern Entrance (bounded by the Southern Breakwater, out-of-shot to the right).

Dover Castle (also out-of-shot to the left) is located above East Cliff.

The photo was taken on Monday, May 10th, 2010 (the day the MV Princess Daphne cruise ship arrived in port).



The White Cliffs of Dover (1)


Introduction

The White Cliffs of Dover are cliffs which form part of the British coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. The cliffs are part of the North Downs formation. The cliff face, which reaches up to 107 metres (351 ft), owes its striking façade to its composition of chalk (pure white calcium carbonate) accentuated by streaks of black flint. The cliffs spread east and west from the town of Dover in the county of Kent, an ancient and still important English port.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Night Panorama of the Western Docks in Dover Harbour, St Martin's Battery, Kent, UK

This panorama view of the Western Docks of Dover Harbour was taken from the Victorian and Second World War coastal artillery gun emplacements of St Martin's Battery, Western Heights, at 5.25 am on Tuesday, 24th of August, 2010:

Saga Ruby cruise ship at CT1, Admiralty Pier. View: Western Heights. Granville Dock, Tidal Harbour, and Inner Harbour. Lord Warden House, WWII HMS Wasp. Tugs and barges of WWI Spanish Prince. Railway, Jetfoil
(Click this Western Docks of Dover Harbour text link to see the largest size)


At top-left, the Western Entrance from the English Channel (Straits of Dover) to the harbour is formed by the Southern Breakwater on the left and the Admiralty Pier on the right.

The cruise ship berthed at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT1) on the Admiralty Pier (right of top-centre) is the MS Saga Ruby.

The passenger ship has just completed the "Treasures of the Anglo-Celtic Isles" cruise that called at various ports in England, Scotland, Wales, Nothern Ireland, and Eire (Ireland).

The cruise began at Dover on August the 11th and had the following itinerary: Dover, Edinburgh, Kirkwall, Portree, Greenock (Glasgow), Belfast, Holyhead (Wales), Dublin, Cork, Falmouth, Guernsey (Channel Islands), Dover.

A close-up of the MS Saga Ruby was taken a little later from the Prince of Wales Pier. Click on the thumbnail or MS Saga Ruby Cruise Ship and Neptune Catamaran in the Western Docks.

See all ships belonging to Saga Cruises photos.

Elsewhere in the main photo:

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):

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

MS Disney Magic Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Western Entrance 2, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

A post-sunrise view of the MS Disney Magic as it manouevres into position to berth alongside CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) of the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks of Dover Harbour:

MS Disney Magic. From Stockholm (Sweden), going to Oslo (Norway). Call Sign: C6PT7, IMO: 9126807, MMSI: 308516000. Built Fincantieri shipyards, Italy. Admiralty Pier and English Channel.
(Click this MS Disney Magic Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)


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

The photo was taken at 5.55 am on Sunday, 18th of July, 2010, from the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The view is similar to that shown in the "MS Disney Magic Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Western Entrance 1" photo (linked to below), except this one shows more of the side of the ship and less of the stern (a better picture all round, I think).

The MS Disney Magic has just finished a 11-Night Northern European Capitals Cruise which called at Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Warnemünde/Rostock (Germany), St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), and Stockholm (Sweden).

Later in the day, the ship began a cruise with a similar itinerary, except it called at Tallinn (Estonia) instead of Helsinki.

Ship information:

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

MV Fram Cruise Ship on a Foggy Morning in Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MS Fram cruise ship entered Dover Harbour - closely followed by fog! - via the Eastern Entrance and is shown in front of the White Cliffs of Dover and Eastern Arm pier:

MS Fram operated by the Norway-based Hurtigruten Group. Call Sign: LADA7, IMO: 9370018, MMSI: 258932000. Tonnage: 12700 GT, Length: 114 m (374 ft 0 in), Beam: 20.2 m (66 ft 3 in)


The passenger ship is heading towards the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2).

This zoomed photo taken at 8.33 am on Friday, 15th of April, 2011, from near the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

To the left of the passenger ship, the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal, not in view). The English Channel is on the right.

The MS Fram has just finished a "Spring in Western Europe" cruise which began on the 7th of April with the following itinerary:

Lisbon (Portugal), Porto (Oporto, Portugal), La Coruna (Spain), Bay of Biscay, Bordeaux (France), Sark (Channel Islands, UK), Guernsey (Channel Islands, UK), Honfleur (France), Dover (for London, UK).

At 5 pm, the MS Fram left the Port of Dover at the start of an 11-day, "Norwegian Highlights" cruise calling at:

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).

Sunday, 2 October 2011

MS Disney Magic Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Western Entrance 1, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

A post-sunrise view of the MS Disney Magic as it manouevres into position to berth alongside CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) of the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks of Dover Harbour:

Owner: Disney Line Cruises. From Lisbon (Portugal), going to Oslo (Norway). Call Sign: C6PT7, IMO: 9126807, MMSI: 308516000. View from Prince of Wales Pier. English Channel on left, Admiralty Pier right.


The bow of the Disney Magic 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 photo was taken at 5.18 am on Saturday, 12th of June, 2010, from the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The MS Disney Magic has just finished a "7-Night Barcelona to Dover Cruise" whose itinerary comprised: Barcelona (Spain), Gibraltar (UK), Cádiz (Cadiz, Spain), and Lisbon (Portugal).

At 5.12 pm the Disney Magic left Dover to begin 12-Night Northern European Capitals Cruise calling at Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Warnemünde/Rostock (Warnemunde, Germany), St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), and Stockholm (Sweden).

Ship information:

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:

Saturday, 1 October 2011

MS Disney Magic Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Eastern Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MS Disney Magic cruise ship entered Dover Harbour via the Eastern Entrance and is now making its way across the Outer Harbour towards the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2):

Owner: Disney Line Cruises. From Lisbon (Portugal), going to Oslo (Norway). Call Sign: C6PT7, IMO: 9126807, MMSI: 308516000. DHB Dauntless Tug, aeroplane on photo-shoot. View from Prince of Wales Pier.
(Click this MS Disney Magic 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 Southern Breakwater bracketing the other side of the Eastern Entrance to the right of the ship.

To the right of MS Disney Magic is the Dover Harbour Board tug, DHB Dauntless; in the sky is an aeroplane on a photo-shoot of the passenger ship.

The photo was taken at 5.08 am on Saturday, 12th of June, 2010, from a point mid-way between the Porthole Shelters and the lighthouse on the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side). A zoomed shot of about 1500-1600 yards.

The MS Disney Magic has just finished a "7-Night Barcelona to Dover Cruise" whose itinerary comprised: Barcelona (Spain), Gibraltar (United Kingdom, UK), Cádiz (Cadiz, Spain), and Lisbon (Portugal).

At 5.12 pm the Disney Magic passed through the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour and into the English Channel on a "12-Night Northern European Capitals Cruise" calling at Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Warnemünde/Rostock (Warnemunde, Germany), St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), and Stockholm (Sweden).

Ship information:

Friday, 30 September 2011

MS Costa Magica Cruise Ship, Admiralty Pier, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MS Costa Magica passing through the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour into the Straits of Dover and English Channel beyond:

Costa Magica entering English Channel by the Admiralty Pier (lighthouse), Western Docks. Owner Costa Cruises. IMO 9239795, Callsign IBQQ, Registered Genoa, Italy. Taken from Prince of Wales Pier.
(Click this MS Costa Magica Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)


The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier on the right and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater to the left.

The above photo was taken at 6.02 pm on Monday, 17th of May, 2010, from the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier. The Dover Lighthouse in the photo is the Admiralty Pier Light (built 1908; cast iron tower 72 feet high; white flash every 7.5 seconds).

The Costa Magica arrived in the Western Docks from Santander (Spain) and is shown sailing for Kiel (Germany) to begin an 11-night "Northern Europe Cruise" on the 19th of May calling at:

Stockholm (Sweden, via the Kiel Canal), Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Glydnia (Poland), and Rønne (Ronne, Denmark). From Rønne the passenger ship returned to Kiel via the Kiel Canal.

A Costa Magica video from Costa Cruzeiros of Brazil:




The Costa Magica (1) (2)


The Costa Magica is a cruise ship for Costa Cruises. She debuted in 2004 as a sister ship to Costa Fortuna, built on the same Carnival Cruise Lines' platform as the Destiny-class.

MV Braemar Cruise Ship and Admiralty Pier Light, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MV Braemar entering the English Channel via the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour at 4.48 pm on Thursday, 1st of July, 2010:

MS Braemar passenger ship operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines: IMO 9000699, Callsign C6SY7, MMSI: 311541000; ex-Crown Dynasty, Cunard Crown Dynasty, Crown Majesty, Norwegian Dynasty. Lighthouse built 1908. Pride of Canterbury cross-channel ferry in the English Channel.


The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier and the Southern Breakwater (out-of-shot to the left). The photo was taken from the public walkway above Cruise Terminal 3 (see the MS Minerva photo) on the Admiralty Pier, Western Docks.

The lighthouse was built in 1908 and is a 72 feet high cast iron tower with a white flash every 7.5 seconds when in use: click to see the Admiralty Pier Light photo for more information.

The Braemar has just left Cruise Terminal 2 (CT2) on the Admiralty Pier after arriving earlier in the day from Stavanger in Norway at the end of the 13-night BM1013 "North Cape Navigator" cruise. The ship is now embarking on the 7-night BM1014 "Norwegian Summer" cruise. A round-trip with the following itinerary: Bergen, Olden, Flåm (Flam), Gudvangen, and Stavanger (all in Norway, of course!).

The distant ferry to the left of the Braemar is the Pride of Canterbury (P&O Ferries) which arrived in port about 15 minutes later. The Pride of Canterbury also appears in a Seafrance Nord Pas de Calais photo.

MS Braemar details:

Thursday, 29 September 2011

MV Braemar Cruise Ship, DHB Dauntless Tug, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MV Braemar reversing past CT3 and CT2 (Cruise Terminals 3 and 2) on the Admiralty Pier of Dover Harbour's Western Docks, her bow pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond:

A Western Docks at sunrise photo, Port of Dover. MS Braemar passenger ship operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. IMO 9000699, Callsign C6SY7; ex-Crown Dynasty, ex-Cunard Crown Dynasty, ex-Crown Majesty, ex-Norwegian Dynasty. Dover Harbour Board tug, sister to DHB Doughty.


The passenger ship is about to berth at Cruise Terminal 1 and is being escorted by DHB Dauntless, Dover Harbour Board's sister-tug to DHB Doughty.

This post-sunrise Dover Harbour photo was taken at 6.29 am on Saturday, 29th of May, 2010, from the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier. The Dover Lighthouse in the photo is the Admiralty Pier Light (built 1908; cast iron tower 72 feet high; white flash every 7.5 seconds).

The Braemar arrived from Invergordon (Scotland) and sailed later in the day for Copenhagen (Denmark) at the start of a Baltic Seas cruise.

Ship's details:

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MS Balmoral Cruise Ship framed in the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour at 6.02 am on Monday, 26th of July, 2010:

MS Balmoral arrived from Honfleur (France), going Warnemunde (Germany). Owned by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Callsign C6II4, IMO 8506294. Ex-Norwegian Crown, ex-Crown Odyssey. Admiralty Pier on right, English Channel on left; viewed from Prince of Wales Pier.
(Click this MS Balmoral Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)


The Admiralty Pier is on the right and the English Channel is on the left; the photo was taken from the the Prince of Wales Pier.

The Balmoral passenger ship, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, is shown arriving in the Port of Dover from Honfleur (France) at the end of a 16-night "French Connection" cruise.

Later in the day, the passenger ship left Dover at the start of a 12-night round-trip "Beauty of the North" cruise with the following itinerary:

Warnemunde (Warnemünde, Germany), Ronne (Rønne, Denmark), Gdynia (Poland), St Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), and Copenhagen (Denmark)

Vessel details:

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

MS AIDAcara Cruise Ship at Sunset, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MS AIDAcara passenger ship leaving the Western Docks by the Western Entrance for the English Channel with the Admiralty Pier on the right:



Lighthouse: Admiralty Pier Light.

Sunset view taken from the Prince of Wales Pier.

From Le Havre (France), going to Hamburg (Germany).

Passenger ship's details:

Name: AIDAcara
Owner: AIDA Cruises
Operator: AIDA Cruises
Port of registry: Italy
Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Finland)
In service: June 1996
Refit: 2005
IMO: 9112789
Call Sign: IBNR
MMSI: 247117300
Tonnage: 38,531 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 634.2 ft (193.30 m)
Beam: 90.5 ft (27.58 m)
Draft: 20.3 ft (6.19 m)[1]
Decks: 11 total, 9 passenger
Installed power: 2 diesel-electric (21,720kW)
Speed: 20-knot (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Capacity: 1,186 passengers
Crew: 360 crew

A Dover Harbour photo.

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

MS AIDAcara Cruise Ship at Sunset, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour

Also see:

MS AIDAcara Cruise Ship, Western Docks, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour
MS AIDAcara Cruise Ship near Cruise Terminal 1, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour
MS AIDAcara Cruise Ship in an Early Morning Sea Mist, Dover Harbour

A new vessel from AIDA Cruises for 2011:

MS AIDAsol Cruise Ship in Dover Harbour on her Maiden Voyage

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