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MS Star Princess Cruise Ship, Western Entrance, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 19, 2010

The Star Princess leaving Dover Harbour and entering the Straits of Dover and English Channel through the Western Entrance at 8.10 pm on Wednesday, 5th of May, 2010. The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier on the right, and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater to the left.

The Star Princess Cruise Ship at Sunset photo was taken 30 minutes earlier while the ship was still berthed at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) on the Admiralty Pier in Dover Harbour's Western Docks. The Star Princess Cruise Ship at Dawn photo was taken at 7.30 am and shows the ship under different light conditions altogether.

The photo at the top of this page was taken from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier. The lighthouse in the photo is the Admiralty Pier Light (built 1908; cast iron tower 72 feet high; white flash every 7.5 seconds).

The Star Princess (IMO: 9192363) set sail from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), USA, on April 24th carrying passengers for the 18-night "Northern Europe Passage" and the 28-night "Northern Europe Grand Adventure" cruises.

So far the ship has called at Ponta Delgada (Portugal), Lisbon (Portugal) and Vigo (Spain). At 8 pm this evening the Star Princess is scheduled to leave Dover Harbour to call at Le Havre (for Paris, France), Zeebrugge (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands, or Holland), Oslo (Norway), Gothenburg (Sweden), and Copenhagen (Denmark).

The "Northern Europe Passage" ends in Copenhagen. The remainder of the "Northern Europe Grand Adventure" cruise will then run concurrent with a 10-night "Scandinavia and Russia" cruise calling at: Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Gdansk (Poland), Oslo (Norway), before returning to (Copenhagen (Denmark).

The Star Princess has a Bridge webcam which refreshes every 5 minutes - the webcam is also shown on this Seascanner webpage below a satellite map tracking the ship's movements (try it!).

The Star Princess is a Princess Cruises cruise ship. The Star Princess is a sister ship of the Grand Princess and the Golden Princess. An earlier ship of the same name is now operating as the Ocean Village. The Star Princess was built by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy in 2002, and has hull number 6051. Star Princess differs slightly in upper deck layout from her predecessors, having an extra plunge pool (and one less hot tub) at the stern (deck 15) and with the deletion of the "Off Limits" teenagers' hot tub and sunbathing area featured further forward on her predecessors. Another ship of similar design, Caribbean Princess, was subsequently built, featuring an additional deck of cabins ("Riviera Deck") to accommodate more passengers. (1)

Ship details (1):

Name: Star Princess (link may not work in Firefox)

Owner: Carnival Corporation and PLC

Operator: Princess Cruise Line

Port of registry: Hamilton, Bermuda

Builder: Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy

Yard number: 6051

Launched: 10 May 2001

Completed: 25 January 2002

In service: 2002

Class and type: Grand-class cruise ship

Tonnage: 109,000 gross tons

Length: 951 feet (290 m)

Beam: 118 feet (36 m)

Decks: 17 Decks

Speed: 22.5 knots service speed, 24 knots max

Capacity: 2,600 passengers

Crew: 1,150 crew

The _Star Pricess _ has IMO number 9192363 and callsign ZCDD6.

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John Latter on December 2, 2012

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

MS Star Princess Cruise Ship (MMSI 310361000)

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 May 8, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/05 20:09:50
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired