MV Braemar Cruise Ship and Admiralty Pier Light, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 25, 2010

The MV Braemar entering the English Channel via the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour at 4.48 pm on Thursday, 1st of July, 2010.

The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier and the Southern Breakwater (out-of-shot to the left). The photo was taken from the public walkway above Cruise Terminal 3 (see the MS Minerva photo) on the Admiralty Pier, Western Docks.

The lighthouse was built in 1908 and is a 72 feet high cast iron tower with a white flash every 7.5 seconds when in use: click to see the Admiralty Pier Light photo for more information.

The Braemar has just left Cruise Terminal 2 (CT2) on the Admiralty Pier after arriving earlier in the day from Stavanger in Norway at the end of the 13-night BM1013 "North Cape Navigator" cruise. The ship is now embarking on the 7-night BM1014 "Norwegian Summer" cruise. A round-trip with the following itinerary: Bergen, Olden, Flåm (Flam), Gudvangen, and Stavanger (all in Norway, of course!).

The distant ferry to the left of the Braemar is the Pride of Canterbury (P&O Ferries) which arrived in port about 15 minutes later. The Pride of Canterbury also appears in the Seafrance Nord Pas de Calais in the Western Entrance photo.

Other photos of the Braemar currently include:

MV Braemar at Cruise Terminal 1 (11th of May)

MV Braemar Cruise Ship and DHB Dauntless Tug (29th of May)

See later "comments" for any future additions.

During her recent major refit and lengthening in 2008, Braemar added over eighty passenger cabins and suites with balconies, bringing the standard occupancy up to 929. Voted 'The Best Refurbished Ship' in Cruise Critic's 'Editor's Pick Awards' 2009, she is also the second Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship to feature a pub, which, on occasion, offers entertainment in the form of a late night comedian or jazz. (1)

Ship's details (1) (2):

Cabins: 484

Passenger: 929 Standard Occupancy

Crew: 371

Refitted: 2008

Fully Stablised: Yes

Tonnage: 24,344 grt

Length: 195.92 m

Beam (width): 22.5 m

Speed: 17.0 knots

IMO: 9000699

Callsign: C6SY7

Flag: Bahamas [BS]

The vessel was constructed in 1993 for Crown Cruise Line, operating under the name Crown Dynasty. Between 1993 and 1997, the vessel was also charted by Cunard Line, who named the ship Cunard Crown Dynasty.

In 1997, the vessel was transferred to Majesty Cruise Line, who renamed her Crown Majesty. This only lasted until the end of 1997, when the vessel was transferred again; this time to Norwegian Cruise Line, who renamed the vessel Norwegian Dynasty.

The vessel returned to her original fleet and name in 1999, but was sold to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2001, where the vessel currently operates under the name Braemar. (3)

Another Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship, the Balmoral, was berthed at CT1 on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010.

(1) Fred Olsen Braemar information page

(2) Marine Traffic Braemar information page

(3) Wikipedia entry for Braemar

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John Latter on September 30, 2011

MS Braemar MMSI: 311541000.

John Latter on December 5, 2012

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

MS Braemar 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 July 16, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/07/01 16:48:04
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash