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Post 29
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Where did the summer go? One minute here and enjoyable then the next minute gone..but of course not forgotten, even though it was a very short one this year. These pictures show the rather autumnal and chilly departures last evening of first the Saga Sapphire and then the MSC Musica.
Despite promises of rough weather on the shipping forecast it didnt happen and as you can see in the pictures the sea was quite calm in the top shot and flat calm by the time the Musica departed below. Very good for the passengers of course...

Yes a good time of year for the trips to Passchendaele and Ypres and indeed to other places with similar significance.
So good to see DFDS facilitating the possibility of a run over for many ( see further info in the post down the page ).

Smiley

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 - 07:30
 
Post 28
  JanT, Dover
Yet again we are treated to the sight of two Cruise Liners gracing our seafront,Smileyand the sun has at least decided to shine for a little awhile,
Fab pic's showing off the MSC Musica.SmileySmiley

DFDS's offer for the visit to Passchendaele is great for those interested in Military History,with my Grandfather fighting in both world wars, and having visited some areas in France it is always fascinating to visit these places.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 12:46
 
Post 27
  PaulB, Dover
As mentioned in the previous post, here are the latest pictures of the magnificent MSC Musica which is making an impressive visit to the Port today. This one is quite a rare visitor to Dover so a ship to savour and enjoy. Alongside it on the pier is the familiar Saga Sapphire.
But here we go with the Musica...showing it being slowly manoeuvred into position early this morning..



Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 11:16
 
Post 26
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR with DFDS SEAWAYS.

· Visit the Memorial Museum at Passchendaele at Ypres
· Book by 18th September with DFDS Seaways and receive 20% off travel across the channel Smiley

DFDS Seaways, the award winning ferry operator, is helping passengers immerse themselves in history ahead of the centenary of the First World War in 2014, by offering 20% discount on crossings to Calais or Dunkirk until 13 December. Budding historians keen to find out more about key battles in the Great War can visit the Belgium town of Ypres, which is rich in military history, and less than an hour’s drive from either French port. With low cost and convenient travel, it is a great time to visit France and explore the sites of some of the biggest battles from World War One. Customers who book before 18 September, for crossings between now and 13 December, will have the chance to enjoy 20% off travel.

The Memorial Museum at Passchendaele, a short drive from Ypres, has a comprehensive collection of historic artifacts from World War One. It also offers visitors the chance to experience a 20 feet deep British dugout from the 1917 battle of Passchendaele. To commemorate the World War One centenary, the museum has recently opened three new historic sections. A new wing entirely dedicated to the battle of Passchendaele is now open to the public, including an exciting outdoor trench experience that shares video and photographic footage from the real life battles that took place. Visitors can immerse themselves in the past and explore how each side tackled and coped with trench warfare.

There is also a new remembrance gallery, showcasing over 5,000 items recovered from Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest battles in the First World War. With over 60,000 visitors every year, the museum is a must see for any culture vulture this year.

DFDS seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France, passengers can choose flexible crossing times, a luxury onboard travel experience and convenient travel options. Whilst onboard, all customers can enjoy a variety of great value restaurants and stylish café bars, shops packed with well-known brands and fun-packed kids’ play areas.

To take advantage of this offer, customers should book by 18 September and enter the code EDISC20 and to find out further information, visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7235


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NOTE ALSO: THE FABULOUS MSC MUSICA IS IN HARBOUR TODAY.
will have pictures later..well done Dover again, the terrific ships keep coming.Smiley
also just arriving the Saga Sapphire..



Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 06:58
 
Post 25
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
This picture shows the hugely threatening sky over the channel this morning (monday) just prior to todays continual rain. Not a sky to encourage enthusiastic travel planning but nevertheless on the travelling goes...you can just see a P&O ferry immediately outside the harbour heading towards Calais in the non too appetising conditions...

Good to hear that the MSC Musica is returning tomorrow Tuesday. It has indeed been here before but quite a while back and it is another huge and impressive ship from MSC again. Long may they keep right on coming.

The much travelled Braemar is in harbour today. See the post further down the page about its recent considerable milestone.

Monday, 9 September 2013 - 16:01
 
Post 24
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Proof here if proof be needed that MSC dont just do pretty pretty cruise ships..no sir! This one shown here is an enormous ship weighing in at 145,000 tons..yes the company are also at the more grittier sharper end as shown here, shifting goods around the world. This one shown is the MSC Ariane and it went down the channel last evening at quite a pace. I saw it a long way off and assumed I had bags of time to saunter off and get the camera but before i knew it whoosh it was on top of me.

The ship was making its way from Dunkerque, yes Dunkerque can take these huge ships, to somewhere called Sines.



And speaking of Dunkerque or Dunkirk depending on what spelling you like..
take a look at this stunning award for DFDS who cross many times daily to both Dunkerque and Calais.

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SmileyDFDS Seaways named “Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator” at 20th Annual World Travel AwardsSmiley

DFDS Seaways was named “Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator” at the European leg of the 2013 World Travel Awards in Antalya, Turkey (31 August 2013). It is the seventh consecutive year that the ferry company has been recognised for its outstanding service at the World Travel Awards.

The 2013 World Travel Awards are recognised worldwide as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry and the premier industry awards programme, with the winners decided by votes from travel industry professionals and consumers. The cruise and passenger ferry firm fought off competition from rival firms Brittany Ferries, Color Line and P&O Ferries.

The award winning ferry company puts its success down to its quality onboard offering with restaurants, bars, live entertainment, Kids’ club and exceptional customer service. The operator also offers a comprehensive passenger route network, which incorporates six routes from the UK to Europe, via Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais, Newhaven-Dieppe, Portsmouth-Le Havre, Newcastle-Amsterdam and Harwich-Esbjerg providing a gateway to Europe.

Max Foster, Passenger Director for DFDS Seaways, comments:
“The cruise and passenger ferry market is very competitive and we strive to deliver outstanding customer service on every sailing. We feel very proud to be recognised by the World Travel Awards for the seventh consecutive year, which is a great endorsement of the high standards we adhere to and the enormous effort of our hard working staff. Passengers’ holidays start as soon as they board a DFDS Seaways ferry and we will continue to invest in our vessels and services to ensure we are providing the very best service.”

The World Travel Awards, founded in 1993, acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry.


Monday, 9 September 2013 - 08:01
 
Post 23
  ColetteB, Dover
Nice photos there of the fabulous Ocean Princess, yes shame, the light is fading earlier each evening now, making it more difficult to get photos of them when they're leaving later in the evening. Nice one Howard of the Costa Pacifica over on the other thread, hopefully see it here soon Smiley

The schedule this week is as follows: The familiar Braemar returns tomorrow, Monday 9th September at CT1, T/R

Two cruise ships again on Tuesday, the Saga Sapphire arrives back at CT1, T/R & the second is a real treat, cameras ready guys, it's no other than the Magnificent MSC Musica at CT2 with a PoC. I don't remember this one before, some of you guys may be able to enlighten us. It takes 2536 passengers & will cruise out to Venice Smiley

The Grand Mistral is scheduled for Wednesday at CT1, PoC.

Two cruise ships again on Thursday, the Saga Ruby returns to CT1, T/R & another of the MSC cruise fleet, the return of the MSC Magnifica at CT2, PoC.

Ending the week on Friday 13th September is the return of the Carnival Legend at CT2, T/R. No cruise ships on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.


Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 23:18
 
Post 22
  janT, Dover
We take should our hats off to DHBSmiley, for getting some of these splendid Ships to stop off here in Dover and giving us a chance to see them close up.Smiley

The pictures of their comings and goings here on Sea News are FabSmileyso hopfully we will see a few more of those camera's in action soonSmileySmiley

Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 07:58
 
Post 21
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)


Pictures show the Ocean Princess late yesterday having just left the harbour and now beginning to move away, beginning to turn south into a busy channel. The pilot can be seen leaving by a side door, nipping onto his launch and heading back to harbour. The channel looking busy busy ahead.

This ship was somewhat overshadowed by the giant Costa Pacifica yesterday so here we are to redress the balance.
Wasnt able to get any further pictures of the Costa Pacifica as when she left last evening the light had faded that bit too much so couldnt get it properly.

Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 06:23
 
Post 20
  ColetteB, Dover
Great to see the photos of the Costa Pacifica, I will be down to see it soon Smiley

Paul, if you can, try to get a close up like the MSC Magnifica one Smiley

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 12:07
 
Post 19
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Yes a whopper indeed ( 115,000 tons of it ) and here she is as promised...the Costa Pacifica arriving a wee bit earlier this morning saturday under a dramatic sky..depositing a huge group of tourists to the town. Just a reminder too if you want to pop down, as mentioned in the earlier post, the Ocean Princess is also in harbour.



Dramatic biblical sky and blustery conditions. The sunlight is making light of the fact that it is quite rough on the channel today.

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 11:37
 
Post 18
  ColetteB, Dover
OH! What a Whopper !!! Smiley That Costa Pacifica is 'Striking' indeed Smiley Great Pic too.

By the way, lovin the atmospheric pix below Smiley

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 10:33
 
Post 17
  PaulB, Dover
A totally enormous 115,000 ton cruise liner in harbour today saturday. It sauntered into harbour in early blustery conditions but it is so big that I doubt if it even sways no matter what the weather does. Once again today Dover has a magnificent ship. There are in fact two ships in, one the uber large and striking Costa Pacifica and also the much smaller and regular Ocean Princess.

Yesterday we had the very large MSC Magnifica, picture of her arriving in the earlier post below, but even that ship size-wise shrinks in comparison to today's one.

But I got a picture of Magnifica leaving last night just as the blustery conditions were picking up and here she is out in the open seas below...
the small boat is the pilot returning to base having carried out his duties.


Thanks Howard. This is the season for dramatic conditions. Will aim to bring more,

Pictures of the Costa Pacifica later...watch for those.

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 08:15
 
Post 16
  howard mcsweeney, dover
great selection there paul the dawn and dusk ones are hypnotic.

Friday, 6 September 2013 - 09:29
 
Post 15
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
As mentioned in the previous post, here she is..in the flesh.
The MSC Magnifica arriving a short while ago here in Dover..at approx at 7.15am

It is a tremendous sight to see 95,000 tons of ship gliding slowly across the harbour.

Friday, 6 September 2013 - 07:29
 
Post 14
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Fog is playing a big part in all walks of life at the moment, you will have heard about the multiple pile up in Sheppey, fortunately nobody killed there, here in Dover we had 3 ships yesterday and for the first time this year we actually didnt get a picture of one of the ships. As I said we had a triple header of visiting ships, bringing lots of tourists..the Saga Ruby ( photographed previously), the Delphin and the Artania...the Artania was the one that escaped the cameras yesterday, all due to the fog. And a nice ship it is too.

I think its probably the first one we missed this year.
But we did get the Delphin. But first the fog..this is a picture of the harbour and seafront when the fog began to pull back as night fell. It didnt pull back very far..returning later.


and now below the small ( weighing in at just over 16,215 tons) but rather unique Delphin

and earlier approaching through a blistering blazing sea. The pictures were taken very early morning.


Thankyou Vic.

NOTE: the magnificently huge MSC Magnifica returns to Dover today. Worth coming down to see.



Friday, 6 September 2013 - 06:34
 
Post 13
  vic matcham, dover
great photos of some very big and nice ships thank you.Smiley

Thursday, 5 September 2013 - 16:38
 
Post 12
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)

The sun rising over Dover Docks just a few minutes ago as I write and very spectacular too.
Dover is always a great place to see these striking autumnal sunrises

Much have I travelled in the realms of gold
and many goodly states and kingdoms seen
round many western islands have I been...

...these words by poet Keats may well have been written for the much travelled Braemar above.
This ship has seen it all, been through tranquil seas and rough. Been here and there and north and south.
And now it marks its latest milestone...

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Champagne celebrations for Fred Olsen’s 1.5 millionth customer through Dover Cruise Port

Dover Cruise Port and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines have welcomed 1.5 million customers through the UK’s second busiest cruise port.

On August 14, Pam Allen and her husband John were greeted at the Cruise Port on their way to board Fred Olsen's 929-guest ship, 'Braemar', for a nine-night around the UK and Ireland ‘Celtic Experience’ cruise. Representatives from Fred Olsen and Dover Cruise Port celebrated the significant milestone by presenting Mr and Mrs Allen, from Wolverhampton, with a bottle of Champagne, a framed photograph of the 'Braemar' and a print of the Port of Dover, along with a commemorative Fred Olsen book.

Clare Newman, Manager of Business Delivery Manager at the Dover Cruise Port, said: "We are delighted to celebrate Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' 1.5 millionth embarking customer and extend our congratulations to Mrs Allen. Fred Olsen's first call to Dover Cruise Terminal 1 was with the 'Black Prince' on 18th January 1996, and the combined total of embarking, disembarking and transit guests for Fred Olsen is just over 1.9 million, which is a tremendous achievement."

From 2010 until the end of 2014 Fred Olsen will have completed a total of 140 turnaround calls at the Port of Dover.

Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We have a very successful partnership with Dover Cruise Port. The Cruise Terminal offers our guests excellent facilities, with fast and efficient check-in desks, and a spacious departure area, with plenty of seating. We are committed to providing our guests with convenient regional departures and Dover is a very popular choice for Southern sailings; we are sure that this will continue to be the case for many years to come."
Clare Newman left with Mr and Mrs Allen.

NOTE: THREE ships in today. A triple header. Dover rocks on. The familiar Saga Ruby and the ultra sleek
and dashing Artania and just joined now by the Delphin.
Will aim for pictures later.



Thursday, 5 September 2013 - 06:44
 
Post 11
  JanT, Dover
Good 2 see those little tecky!!! problems are sorted,Smileyso now back to some great pictures.Smiley
Here's hoping a few more of you will get those cameras in actionSmileySmiley



Wednesday, 4 September 2013 - 11:38
 
Post 10
  PaulB, Dover
We have had a whole brace of exciting ships in the harbour recently. Here we are with another example and all looking good.
I myself am running a bit behind on the scheduling as I had some techy problems but now fixed...so here we go.

So, from a day or two ago here we are with the latest featured ship...
the Seabourn Sojourn. This one is smallish but ever so beautifully packaged. Very sleek.
Some people say the smaller ships are better as you build up cosy friendships but of course its all down to choice.

Arriving at the break of dawn....

the sky turning a mysterious yellow colour as it brightens

and another pic but closer in..you can see what the captain is having for breakfast !! Smiley


Wednesday, 4 September 2013 - 10:12
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