MS AIDAcara Cruise Ship in an Early Morning Sea Mist, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on June 3, 2010

The MS AIDAcara cruise ship entered Dover Harbour via the Eastern Entrance and is now making its way across the Outer Harbour towards the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1).

Behind the ship, the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal) to the Eastern Entrance which is bracketed by the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater further to the right.

The photo was taken at 7.19 am on Friday, 21st of May, 2010, from a point mid-way between the Porthole Shelters and the Lighthouse on the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

The MS AIDAcara left Dover Harbour just before 8 pm and sailed for Hamburg (Germany) prior to beginning a 4-days "German Bight Cruise" on the 23rd May calling at Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), and Kiel (Germany). Before arriving in Dover, the ship's last port of call had been Le Havre, France.

Click to see the official MS AIDAcara webpage (in German), the MS AIDAcara webcam, and the Marine Traffic entry for MS AIDAcara.

AIDAcara was built for Deutsche Seetouristik/Arkona Reisen, and was launched in 1996 under the name Das Clubschiff. When P and O Cruises purchased a controlling stake in Arkona Reisen, they transferred the ship out, operating her under the name Aida. The vessel became part of the new AIDA Cruises fleet, and was named AIDAcara after two of its sister ships entered operation, AIDAvita and AIDAaura. In 2005, the vessel underwent refits, which increased the number of cabins. (1) (2)

General characteristics (1)

Tonnage: 38,531 gross register tons (GRT)

Length: 634.2 ft (193.30 m)

Beam: 90.5 ft (27.58 m)

Draft: 20.3 ft (6.19 m)[1]

Decks: 11 total, 9 passenger

Installed power: 2 diesel-electric (21,720kW)

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

Capacity: 1,186 passengers

Crew: 360 crew

Career (1)

Name: AIDAcara

Owner: AIDA Cruises

Operator: AIDA Cruises

Port of registry: Italy

Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Finland)

In service: June 1996

Refit: 2005

IMO: 9112789

Call Sign: IBNR

MMSI: 247117300

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(1) Wikipedia entry for AIDAcara (2) Both the AIDAblu and AIDAaura have visited Dover this year, but not the AIDAvita

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

MS AidaCara 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 June 2, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/21 07:19:25
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash