MS Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship at Daybreak, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 22, 2010

An early morning view of the MS Crystal Symphony as it manouevres into position prior to berthing at CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks.

The bow of the Crystal Symphony is pointing towards the open waters of the Straits of Dover and the English Channel through Dover Harbour's Western Entrance (bounded by the Admiralty Pier behind the ship and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater further to the left).

The DHB Dauntless tug belongs to Dover Harboard Board.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 5.01 am on Monday, 14th of June, 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The Crystal Symphony is at the end of a 12-night Europe Cruise which began in Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy) on the 2nd of June and called at Porto Venere (Italy), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Barcelona (Spain), Tangier (Morocco), Lisbon (Portugal), Bilbao (Spain), Le Verdon (France), and Bordeaux (France).

The ship left Dover later in the day on a 7-night Ballads of Britain cruise with the following itinerary: St Peter Port (Guernsey, Channel Islands), Waterford (Eire/Ireland), Dublin (Eire/Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Liverpooll (England), and then back to Dover.

Other photos of the ship taken this day are:

MS Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship at Cruise Terminal 1

MS Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship leaving via the Western Entrance

Click to see the official Crystal Symphony webpage and Crystal Symphony webcam.

The Crystal Symphony is a luxury cruise ship, owned and operated by the luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises. She was built in 1995 in Kvaerner Masa-Yards (now STX Finland Cruise Oy) in Turku, Finland. She is the only fleetmate of Crystal Serenity. These ships have been constantly voted as the world's best cruise ships by the Travel Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller. The Crystal Symphony had refits in 2004, 2006, and 2009. (1)

Ship's details (1) (2):

Name: Crystal Symphony

Owner: Crystal Cruises

Operator: Crystal Cruises

Port of registry: The Bahamas (BS)

Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Turku

In service: 3 May 1995

Status: In service

Tonnage: gross tonnage (GT) of 51,044 tons

Length: 781 feet (238.05 m)

Beam: 99 feet (30.18 m)

Draught: 24.9 feet (7.59 m)

Decks: 12 decks, 8 decks passenger accessible

Installed power: 6 Wärtsilä-Sulzer Generators producing 33,880 horsepower (25,260 kW)

Propulsion: 2x diesel-electric

Speed: service speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph), maximum speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)

Capacity: 922 passengers

Crew: 545 crew

Callsign: C6MY5

IMO: 9066667

MMSI: 309168000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Crystal Symphony (2) Marinetraffic entry for Crystal Symphony

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John Latter on March 1, 2013

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

MS Crystal Symphony 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 1, 2013

Also in the Port of Dover on Monday, 14th of June, 2010, were the MV Minerva and MSC Opera passenger ships.

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  • Uploaded on June 26, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/14 05:01:28
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash