MS Saga Pearl II Cruise Ship, DHB Dauntless Tug, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 22, 2010

An early morning view of the MS Saga Pearl II in the last minutes of berthing alongside CT3 (Cruise Terminal 3) of the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks.

The DHB Dauntless is a Dover Harbour Board tug.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 6.57 am on Saturday, 29th of May, 2010, from near the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier (western side). 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).

The reason the Saga Pearl II had to berth at CT3 (the furthest from shore) was because CT1 and CT2 were already occupied by the MS Braemar and the MS Eurodam, respectively.

The Saga Pearl II left Dover later in the day at 9.24 pm, and at the time of writing (Tuesday, 8th of June) has since called at: Rotterdam (Netherlands/Holland), Terneuzen (Netherlands/Holland), Gent (Ghent, Belgium), Terneuzen (Netherlands/Holland), Cherbourg (France), Guernsey (Channel Islands), Dover (5th of June; no photo taken), Guernsey (Channel Islands), and Cork (Eire/Ireland).

Previously, the MS Saga Pearl II had sailed from Dover on Friday, 14th of May, 2010 (when the MS Saga Pearl II berthing at CT1, MS Saga Pearl II berthed at CT1, and MS Saga Pearl II Cruise Ship leaving Dover Harbour photos were taken) at the start of a 15-nights "Gems of the Baltic" cruise which then called 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).

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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John Latter on December 3, 2012

Renamed Quest for Adventure (MMSI 256878000, Call Sign 9HA2950) in May, 2012.

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

MS Quest for Adventure 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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  • Uploaded on June 11, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/29 06:57:30
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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