MS AIDAblu Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 19, 2010

The cruise ship, "AIDAblu" (IMO: 9398888) berthed alongside the Admiralty Pier in Dover Harbour, Kent, UK.

The photo was taken from the Prince of Wales Pier on Tuesday, 27st of April, 2010; out of shot to the right, the cross-channel ferry Pride of Dover is also in port (P and O Ferries; photo not yet uploaded).

The AIDAblu left Hamburg, Germany, on April 24th for a 7-day "German Bight Cruise". She arrived in Dover from Le Havre (France) and is scheduled to leave Dover at 8 pm this evening en route for Antwerp (Belgium). The last port of call is Amsterdam (Holland/Netherlands) before the return to Hamburg on the first of May.

Click to see the AIDAblu webcam.

AIDAblu is a Sphinx series cruise ship for the German cruise line AIDA Cruises, a British-American owned German cruise line based in Rostock, Germany.

The vessel was delivered by Meyer Werft to its owners on February 4th, 2010, and was christened on February 9th. On the day before the christening:

The AIDAblu was officially greeted in Hamburg with a celebratory ceremony on board the ship on February 8th. In keeping with tradition Harbourmaster Hans-Jörg Pollmann of the Hamburg Port Authority presented an admiralty plaque to the captain of the AIDAblu, Captain Dr. Friedhold Hoppert (see Winter Christening).

From Cruise Industry News: "After the christening, the _AIDablu set sail on its maiden voyage to Palma de Mallorca."

General characteristics:

Tonnage: 71,300 gross register tons (GRT) Length: 827 feet (252.07 m) Beam: 105.5 feet (32.16 m) Decks: 15 decks Installed power: Diesel-electric (about 36,000kW) Propulsion: 4 Caterpillar MaK engines Capacity: 2,050 passengers Crew: 607 crew

The name of AIDAblu has been used for an AIDA ship from 2004-2007. AIDA Cruises' parent company, Carnival Corporation and PLC, then transferred the ship to another cruise line Ocean Village to be renamed Ocean Village Two. In 2009, Ocean Village Two was transferred to another cruise line, P and O Cruises Australia and was renamed Pacific Jewel.

The AIDAblu is sometimers referred to as the AIDA Blu.

There's a second photo of the AIDAblu which was taken 10 minutes earlier than the one above from lower down the pier beside a different lamp-post. I think the ship looks slightly better in the image on this page, but I like the composition of the other one more.

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John Latter on May 22, 2010

John Latter on April 27th, 2010, wrote:

...out of shot to the right, the cross-channel ferry Pride of Dover is also in port (P and O Ferries; photo not yet uploaded).

Click to see the Pride of Dover Ferry, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks photo.

John Latter on April 14, 2011

A new vessel from AIDA Cruises for 2011:

MS AIDAsol Cruise Ship in Dover Harbour on her Maiden Voyage

John Latter on December 5, 2012

When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

MS AIDAblu Cruise Ship

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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  • Uploaded on April 27, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/04/27 07:33:25
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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