MS Saga Pearl II Cruise Ship leaving Dover Harbour Western Entrance, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 26, 2010

The Saga Pearl II leaving Dover Harbour and entering the Straits of Dover and English Channel through the Western Entrance at 4.48 pm on Friday, 14th of May, 2010. The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier on the right, and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater to the left.

Earlier, the Saga Pearl II had been berthed at CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1) alongside the Admiralty Pier (also see the MS Saga Pearl II berthing at CT1 photo).

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

There's an oil tanker on the horizon to the left of the ship and a faint reflection from the cliffs of France on the right.

The MS Saga Pearl II is beginning a 15-nights "Gems of the Baltic" cruise calling at Copenhagen (Denmark, via the Kiel Canal), Travemünde (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Visby (Sweden), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Glydnia (Poland), and Rønne (Denmark). The cruise ship will return to Dover (via the Kiel Canal) on Saturday, May 29th.

The ship had previously sailed from Southampton on the 4th of May and had called at Fawley and the Norwegian ports of Stavanger, Floro (Florø), Kristiansund, Aalesund (Ålesund), and Bergen before arriving in Dover.

Click to see Saga Cruises MS Saga Pearl II webpage, the Saga Pearl II Captain`s blog, and the MS Saga Pearl II Marine Traffic entry.

The MS Saga Pearl II was previously known as the Astoria and has been operating for more than 28 years, making cruises world wide. The Astoria had a sister-ship (MS Astor) and both were operated by Transocean Tours until August, 2009, when Saga Cruises made a successful a bid for the Astoria at auction. (1)

In late 2009, the ship sailed to Swansea, Wales where she underwent a £20 million three-month refit in the re-opened Swansea dry dock. She sailed on her first cruise as Saga Pearl II on 15th March 2010 to the Norwegian Fjords. (1)

Ship's details (1)

Previous Name: Astoria

Operator: 1981-2009: Transocean Tours, 2010-present: Saga Shipping

Launched: 1981

Status: Currently in service

Call sign: C6SI2

IMO Number: 8000214

MMSI: 311348000

Class and type: cruise ship

Tonnage: 18,591gross tons

Length: 164.30 meters

Beam: 22.60 meters

Propulsion: Sulzer-Wartsila 15,400 kW

Speed: 21.4 knots (maximum), 20.3 knots (cruising)

Capacity: 602 passengers (maximum), 512 passengers (normal)

Crew: 220 crew

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Saga Pearl II (alt. Saga Pearl 2)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 25, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/14 16:48:22
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash