Balmoral Cruise Ship and Syros Oil Tanker, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 19, 2010

The Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship, "Balmoral", berthed at Dover's Admiralty Pier just after sunrise on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010.

In front of the Balmoral is the Liberian-flagged oil products carrier, Syros (*details below); out of view to the left is the "Celebrity Constellation", a Millennium class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises.

Photographed from the Prince of Wales Pier.

A description of the Balmoral from a Fred Olsen Cruise Lines webpage:

Carrying 1350 passengers the Balmoral is certainly the grandest ship of our fleet, yet still compact enough to offer our trademark intimate, homely atmosphere. The Balmoral offers 710 elegant comfortable cabins, world-class cuisine and diverse onboard activities (also see Balmoral Reviews).

Ship Information:

Cabins 710

Passenger 1350 Standard Occupancy

Crew 510

Refitted 2008

Fully Stablised Yes

Tonnage 43,537 grt

Length 218.18 m

Beam (width) 28.2 m

Speed 20.0 knots

IMO 8506294

Abridged extract from Wikipedia's History of the Balmoral:

The vessel was built by Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany in 1988, for service with Royal Cruise Line as the Crown Odyssey. In 1989, Royal Cruise Line was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line, which continued operation of the company, along with the Crown Odyssey until 1996. A reorganization of all of the fleets owned by Norwegian Cruise Line saw Crown Odyssey enter service with NCL's main fleet, and it was renamed Norwegian Crown.

Following the purchase of Orient Lines by NCL in April, 2000, Norwegian Crown was transferred, regaining her original name, Crown Odyssey, in the process.

In September, 2003, Crown Odyssey was refurbished and returned to the NCL fleet, again with the name Norwegian Crown.

On May 25, 2006 – NCL Corporation announced that its parent company, Star Cruises, had agreed to sell Norwegian Crown to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines effective August 2006. Star Cruises concurrently chartered the vessel back from Fred. Olsen and NCL continued her deployment through to November 2007. “Although a beautiful and well-maintained vessel, Norwegian Crown’s smaller size is less suitable for Star Cruises’ ambitions in Asia,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. “Fred Olsen Cruise Lines specializes in operating smaller and mid-sized upscale vessels and this ship should fit perfectly in their fleet.” Her last NCL cruise was on October 28, 2007.

During a January 21, 2009 cruise the ship sailed into rough weather in the Bay of Biscay smashing through 50 ft waves & 60 mph winds. Two of the passengers were sent to a hospital in La Coruna, Spain for serious injuries.

Click to see the Balmoral from the Western Heights, photographed on Saturday, 19th of December, 2009.

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*Vessel's Details for the Syros:

Ship Type: Tanker (Oil Tanker)

Year Built: 2007

Length x Breadth: 92 m X 16 m

DeadWeight: 4000 t

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 12.5 / 10.8 knots

Flag: Liberia [LR]

Call Sign: A8PW7

IMO: 9371294, MMSI: 636013850

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John Latter on February 14, 2011

Also see the MS Balmoral Cruise Ship berthed at the Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour (which has links to all other Balmoral photos).

John Latter on February 18, 2013

When in range of AIS, the vessels current positions are shown at:

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship MMSI 308785000

MT Syros Oil Products Tanker MMSI 636013850

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

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