Monday, 1 June 2020

Big Sky over the Port of Dover with Disney Magic and Oceana.
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Post 817
  PaulB, Dover
The magnificent Costa Mediterranea moving off yesterday evening Thursday roughly about 7pm. We had some very weak and watery sunlight to send it on its way. Off to Amsterdam I believe and in some style too as you can see. All this exotic cruising - well its a hard life but someone has to do it !Smiley
The Berlioz begins to follow the cruise liner out...on its regular trip to Calais, this time leaving by the western exit/entrance.

Mike got a picture of the Avon in post 709 with some added she is again moving across the harbour yesterday afternoon, returning to base. The vessel is working hard on the redevolpment at Pier 2...for more on this see Ed's post no 752 below.

SmileyThanks to one and all re the comments about Briony. Howard making us laugh out loud as ever. Jacqui yes it seems like twas only yesterday she was in school...where do the years go. Well said Colette and Brian...we will all be discovering ailments we didn't know we had nowSmiley

I watched for the bikers Ed. I think I saw them heading up Jubilee Way..if it was the same batch. I couldnt get any pictures though. There seemed to be a lot of bikes around yesterday. Must be something major afoot..."the game's afoot Watson!"

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 06:53
Post 816
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
Wonderful news after 6 years of hard work.

Without wishing to sound mercenary will there be a forum member's discount for treatment?

Back is playing up, knee is giving me gip and I am a martyr to my Farmer Giles.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 21:47
Post 815
  Jacqui Whatson, Dover (
Huge congratulations to Briony! It doesn't seem that long since she left school and went to uni and now she's a doctor. Paul and Colette you must be soooo proud of her, wonderful news.
All best wishes for a wonderful future Briony, you deserve it xx

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 18:12
Post 814
  ColetteB, Dover
Indeed Paul, Congratulations to our beautiful daughter Briony, after 6 years hard work studying medicine, she is now officially Doctor Boland Smiley
A Huge Well Done to Briony xxxx SmileySmileySmiley

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 17:41
Post 813
  brian, sunny dover.
well I never many congrats to briony for passing out and becoming a doctor.Smiley

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 14:20
Post 812
  Ed Connell, Dover
Hi Paul. As a dedicated biker you may be interested to know that we have fifty motorbikes onboard going somewhere so you may see them streaming past you when the Dover Seaways berths some time after 1300.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 12:45
Post 811
  PaulB, Dover
Dover Welcomes Another Great Costa....
The huge and striking Costa Mediterranea is in today... approximately 86,000 tons of mass appeal.
Had to wait for the gloom to disperse before we could get a reasonable picture.

Below :The Declaration of Independence.

For a while there yesterday a piece of Dover became part of the USA. But, just as we were about to mobilise the gunboats, we realised what it was...the channel swimmer guys practising their long range strokes with added support shown. Always a pleasure to see our American friends...very welcome.

Good to see that post below Ed. Fascinating to see the development up close. The walking man shows the scale.
Good to hear that its a real bargain below Brian... hopefully we can keep tipping everyone off to the deals available. Huge thanks to DFDS for the info.

Personal Note :After years of immense struggle my daughter qualified as a doctor yesterday. Waiting here for the final results was rough, even my own sinews and nerve ends were stretched as if I was on the rack in the Tower..Strewth!! Well done Briony. Phew!
Smiley Smiley

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 11:25
Post 810
  Ed Connell, Dover
Work in progress on the major renovation to berth ED2. Fender installation cofferdam seen out of the water, suspended from a crane. We saw photos of this during the similar work on ED3 last year. It is attached to the side of the pier and the water pumped out enabling preparation work to be carried out prior to installation of each new fender. Jack-up platform named Harwich Haven Seajack seen nestling against the pads on ED2.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 00:08
Post 809
  brian, dover
that's a bit of a bargin below. the park tickets cost 45 euros 8 years ago.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 14:25
Post 808
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
- Ferry passengers can now buy park tickets and hotel packages to Disneyland Paris from DFDS Seaways
A great one for the kids...of all ages !

Award winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, has joined forces with Disneyland Paris to offer its customers the opportunity to purchase the very best offers on Park tickets or short break packages to the popular theme park. If you're looking for a fantastic family break, then why not head for a “ferrytale” adventure in Disneyland Paris? Young and old alike will love the magical Disney® atmosphere with five exciting lands to explore.

Special Offers:
DFDS Seaways passengers can book a number of special offers on Disneyland tickets:
· Hopper Tickets, allowing entrance in to Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios® Park
· 1 day 2 Parks Hopper Ticket – Save 10% on gate price
· 4 days for the price of 3 Hopper Ticket
· 5 days for the price of 4 Hopper Ticket

Standard tickets are also available and passengers travelling on our Dover routes to either Dunkirk or Calais can also save 10% on their crossing, using code EDISNEY, which is valid on all departures before December 19.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, comments: “This is a great partnership for our passengers with families, who can benefit from the freedom and flexibility of travelling in their own vehicle and at a time that suits them. It also makes it easy to combine a trip to the theme park with a longer European break, depending on your plans. Travelling by car and ferry also means you should have plenty of luggage space for all your magical purchases!”

DFDS Seaways offers you a wide choice of ferry routes and sailing times from the UK to France and Holland, so you can choose the most convenient route to fit your holiday plans. Our ferry services from Dover are the most convenient for those living in southern England, as there are up to 44 daily sailings between Dover and our ports in Dunkirk and Calais, allowing you to choose exactly when you cross. Our port in Dieppe is the closest port to Paris, which is serviced with twice daily departures from Newhaven, and we also operate a daily ferry service from Portsmouth to Le Havre.

If you live in northern England or Scotland then our Newcastle to Amsterdam route could be the best option for you, with the drive to Paris taking less than 5 hours from port.

How to book:
You will need to book your ferry crossing with DFDS Seaways and your park tickets and / or accommodation separately by using the following link:
To find out more information, visit or telephone 0871 574 7235.

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Yes indeed he did Howard, so its very good to see him back in general action as it were.
I don't think the item was on TV as of yet...but will watch for it.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 06:40
Post 807
  Howard mcsweeney, dover
Good to see Donald on form there I seem to remember he collapsed a year or two back at a ceremony outside the town hall and there was great concern for his health.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 21:48
Post 806
  PaulB, Dover

Donald Hunter, he of the Merchant Navy Memorial fame, the monument on the seafront... and himself a noted veteran...being interviewed and filmed by the BBC earlier today. it may have been something to do with marking the 100 years since war was declared. Not entirely sure as yet.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 16:39
Post 805
  PaulB, Dover
Another hugely busy weekend for Dover Harbour. These long bank holiday weekends are coming thick and fast....and this one is/was combined with the frantic half term break. I don't know but I have a feeling we were slightly less crowded this time the hotels and so on, but only marginally so. Maybe long weekender battle fatigue has kicked in to some extent with the great mobile British know what I mean, all that heavy traffic, all that churning effort... and of course that famous "daddy are we there yet ! " line to top it all off.
You can see the ferries all working hard in the picture above and as ever the Port copes with everything.

Below we see the arrival of Elvira on sunday morning. The cargo terminal is still very busy as we have come to expect by now, you very rarely see the slot empty. As we said previously it is usually a case of one in one out. The picture at the bottom of post shows the Elvira unloading a little bit later on the same day...

You keep coming up with those gems from the dock Mike. Great little vessel that one..amazing how they can split it in half. Never a dull moment around here.
Ah you cheeky beggar Brian...that one is strictly for the birds !! we used to say in the seventies!SmileySmiley

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 07:03
Post 804
  Mike J., Dover
Unusual workboat ‘TOPLIFT’ in Wellington Dock, Sunday morning.

She is on a delivery voyage from her Portsmouth builders to windfarm work in the Thames Estuary.

Interesting ‘modular’ construction - she can be split down the centre for transport by lorry for working on landlocked inland projects.
You can see the ‘join’ in the stern view.

Monday, 26 May 2014 - 22:52
Post 803
  brian, dover.
well stone the crows,fancy nesting out there.Smiley

Monday, 26 May 2014 - 20:59
Post 802
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed amazing pictures of the 'black seagull'. Well it's truly extraordinary. I can see several seagull nests from my location but never crows. Although... come to think of it... in recent times I have wondered if I was imagining it or not but there does seem to be much more activity from crows along the seafront, more than ever before. Yours truly is very familiar with the yelp of the seagull but have recently noticed an increase in the " kaw kaw " of the crow coming from my rooftop and those pictures are all the more fascinating. Any experts out there noticing a change in habit?
Well done Capt Andy re the tip off.

Saw those cruise liners in the far distance the other night Ed. Good capture there..on their way to Southampton I guess.Smiley

Monday, 26 May 2014 - 15:41
Post 801
  ColetteB, Dover
Well I'll be blowed! That's an amazing pic there Ed of 'The Black Seagull', obviously that crow likes a holiday home by the sea or in this case right in the middle of it Smiley

Monday, 26 May 2014 - 13:32
Post 800
  Ed Connell, Dover
This crow has built a nest on the platform at the end of Pier Alpha. Most unusual to see a landbird in such a location and our navigators refer to it as "the black seagull!" Pointed out to me by our Senior Master on the Dover Seaways, Capt Andy Armstrong.

Sunday, 25 May 2014 - 19:37
Post 799
  Ed Connell, Dover
Oceana and Minerva passing down the Southwest lane past Dover on Friday evening, seen from the Dover Seaways as she was rounding the CS4 buoy off the Goodwins. AIDAluna then departed Dover as the Oceana and Minerva were passing.

Sunday, 25 May 2014 - 13:15
Post 798
  PaulB, Dover
THE SAGA SAPPHIRE LEAVING DOVER HARBOUR - but is that choppy water ahead?
You will no doubt have seen all the promotion on TV and elsewhere re the Saga flotation on the stock market. The ever so 'umble house taking off from dear old Folkestone and heading skywards at a rate of knots, with a well known actor shouting across the rooftops about the exciting share opportunity. The publicity was wide ranging. Even yours truly was approached to put some cash into the shares. Then last friday - the launch. But now it appears that the whole thing was something of a damp squib. Oh dear! This below from The Independent yesterday saturday.....


Flotation fatigue deepened across the City yesterday as Saga began life as a listed company with a whimper.

The over-50s cruise and financial services group had priced its shares at 185p. They rose to 189p before falling back to 185p at the close of its first day of conditional trading. The company’s advisers, led by Citigroup, had hoped to price the shares as high as 245p.

Saga is owned by the private equity groups Permira, Charterhouse and CVC, which had planned to sell shares to raise capital. However, a lack of demand among the investor community meant that its owners will not sell down their holding but issue new shares, representing 27 per cent of the business.

Half of the shares on offer were bought by institutions such as pension funds, and the other half by retail investors. The £550m raised from the listing, before fees, will be used to pay down debt.

Lance Batchelor, the chief executive of Saga, said: “As a public company, owned in part by our customers, Saga will be even better positioned to continue helping the over-50s live life to the full.”


So a shaky start...akin to the Saga Sapphire heading out into rough weather, but better weather could be just ahead.

Sunday, 25 May 2014 - 07:05
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