MS Costa Magica Cruise Ship, Western Entrance Sunset, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 28, 2010

The Costa Magica passing through the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour into the Straits of Dover and English Channel. The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier on the right and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater to the left.

The above photo was taken at 6.02 pm on Monday, 17th of May, 2010, 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).

Throughout the day, the Costa Magica had been berthed at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) alongside the Admiralty Pier (Western Docks).

The Costa Magica is sailing for Kiel (Germany) where she will begin an 11-night "Northern Europe Cruise" on the 19th of May calling at: Stockholm (Sweden, via the Kiel Canal), Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Glydnia (Poland), and Rønne (Ronne, Denmark). The cruise ship then returns to Kiel via the Kiel Canal.

Prior to the Costa Magica arriving in Dover, the ship sailed from Savona (Italy) on the 8th of May and then called at: Monte Carlo (France), Malaga (Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain), Cadiz (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), and finally, Santander (Spain).

Click to see the Costa Magica webcam.

Costa Magica is a cruise ship for Costa Cruises (see their Costa Magica homepage). She debuted in 2004 as a sister ship to Costa Fortuna, built on the same Carnival Cruise Lines' platform as the Destiny-class. She pays homage to some of the most famous destinations in Italy. Places like Positano, Portofino, Bellagio, and Sicily are all incorporated into the public rooms and restaurants. At 105,000-GT, she is one of the largest ships in Costa's fleet. (2)

General characteristics (2) (3)

Class and type: Cruise ship

Tonnage: gross tonnage (GT) of 105,000 tons

Length: 890 feet (271.27 m)

Beam: 124 feet (37.80 m)

Decks: 13 decks

Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)

Capacity: 2,672 passengers

Crew: 1,023 crew

Flag: Italy [IT]

Call Sign: IBQQ

IMO: 9239795

MMSI: 247113300

Career (2)

Name: Costa Magica

Owner: Costa Cruises

Operator: Costa Cruises

Port of registry: Genoa, Italy

Completed: 2004 (Christened by Paz Vega, a Spanish actress)

Status: In Service

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(1) Lighthouses of Southeastern England (2) Wikipedia entry for Costa Magica (3) Marine Traffic entry for Costa Magica

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John Latter on March 9, 2013

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

MS Costa Magica 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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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 28, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/17 18:02:59
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 43.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash