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MV Mein Schiff 1 Cruise Ship crossing Dover Harbour after Daybreak, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 19, 2010

The MV Mein Schiff cruise ship entered Dover Harbour via the Eastern Entrance (now behind the ship) and is shown making its way across the Outer Harbour to the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2, last occupied by the MSC Orchestra).

The photo was taken in the cold and windy early morning of Friday, 7th of May, 2010, from a point mid-way between the Porthole Shelters and the Lighthouse on the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

Below the White Cliffs of Dover on the left of the photo the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal, not in view) with the Southern Breakwater bracketing the other side of the Eastern Entrance to the right of the ship.

Click to see the Mein Schiff webcam and location webpage and for more Mein Schiff information.

Prior to her arrival in Dover today (May 7th, 2010) the Mein Schiff had visited: Hamburg, Germany (May 5th), Dover, England (May 2nd - before I started taking photos of cruise ships), Cadiz, Spain (April 27th), Palma de Mallorca/Majorca, Spain (April 25th), Napoli/Naples, Italy (April 22nd), and Marseille/Marseilles, France (arriving from Genova/Genoa, Italy on April 19th).

Click to see the two photos taken later in the day: The Mein Schiff berthed at CT2, Admiralty Pier at Dusk; 2nd photo not yet available

After leaving Dover at 8 pm, the Mein Schiff returned to Hamburg on the 8th of May to particpate in the 821st Hafengeburtstag (also see Hafengeburtstag), the world's largest Port Festival and Trade Show. This is held between the 7th and 9th of May to commemorate the privileges given to Hamburg by the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa on May 7, 1189:

The Landungsbrücken landing stage was really packed from 22:00 on Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of visitors gathering for the colourful Mein Schiff fireworks display by TUI Cruises. This was a thrilling spectacle before the backdrop of the night sky over the Queen Mary 2, holding her position near the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall, and Mein Schiff of TUI Cruises, mooring to the west of Dock 11 during the fireworks display. (1)

MV Mein Schiff is a Century class cruise ship owned and operated by TUI Cruises. She was built in 1996 at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany as MV Galaxy for Celebrity Cruises, and renamed Celebrity Galaxy in 2008. In May 2009 she transferred to the fleet of TUI Cruises, a joint venture between Celebrity Cruises' owner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG ("Touristik Union International"). The ship was renamed MV Mein Schiff (English: "My Ship") on 15 May 2009. (2)

The Mein Schiff, when still named Galaxy, was the setting of BBC television's documentary-soap "The Cruise", which made Jane McDonald famous. (2)

General characteristics (2):

Class and type: Century class cruise ship

Tonnage: 76,522 GT (gross tonnage)

Displacement: 6,500 metric tons deadweight (DWT)

Length: 259.70 m (852 ft 0 in)

Beam: 32.20 m (105 ft 8 in)

Draught: 7.70 m (25 ft 3 in)

Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)

Installed power: 2×MAN B&W 9L48/60 diesels

2×MAN B&W 6L48/60 diesels, combined 29250 kW

Propulsion: Twin propellers

Capacity: 1870 passengers (lower berths), 2681 passengers (all berths)

Crew: 909

Identification: IMO number 9106297

Call sign: 9HJH9

Career (2):

Name: 1996 - 2008: Galaxy; 2008 - 2009: Celebrity Galaxy; 2009 - present: Mein Schiff

Owner: 1996 - 2009: Celebrity Cruises; 2009 - present: TUI Cruises

Operator: 1996 - 2009: Celebrity Cruises; 2009 - present: TUI Cruises

Port of registry: 1996 - 2002: Monrovia, Liberia; 2002 - 2008: Nassau, Bahamas; 2008 - present: Valletta, Malta

Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany

In service: 21 December 1996

(1) More than 1.2 million visitors at the 821st Hafengeburtstag Hamburg

(2) Mein Schiff

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k. -pictures on April 17, 2011

Great shot!!!

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k. -pictures

John Latter on December 2, 2012

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

MS Mein Schiff 1 Cruise Ship (MMSI 249051000)

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 14, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/07 07:26:42
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash