MS AIDAcara Cruise Ship near Cruise Terminal 1, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on June 3, 2010

An early morning view of the AIDAcara in the last minutes of berthing alongside CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1) of the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 7.37 am on Friday, 21st of May, 2010, from near the Lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier (western 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 the AIDAcara first arrived 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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John Latter on April 14, 2011

A new vessel from AIDA Cruises for 2011:

MS AIDAsol Cruise Ship in Dover Harbour on her Maiden Voyage

John Latter on March 13, 2013

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.

John Latter on March 13, 2013

Other photos of the ship taken on Friday, 21st of May 2010, are:

MS AIDAcara departing the Western Docks, Port of Dover


MS AIDAcara at Sunset, Western Entrance, Port of Dover

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 3, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/21 07:37:09
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash