MS Balmoral Cruise Ship in Dover Harbour at Daybreak, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on August 17, 2010

The MS Balmoral cruise ship entered Dover Harbour from the English Channel via the Eastern Entrance (behind the ship) and is shown making its way across the Outer Harbour towards the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2).

The Eastern Arm pier running behind the ship on the left juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal) which are located below the start of the White Cliffs of Dover. At the end of the Eastern Arm is the Eastern Entrance itself, the other side of which is bracketed by the Southern Breakwater on the right of the photo.

The top of the Old South Foreland lighthouse, built in 1793, can just about be seen near the cliff edge on the left-hand side of the photo.

The photo, best viewed in a larger size, was taken at 5.30 am on Saturday, 7th of August 2010, from near the Lighthouse and Cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

The Balmoral arrived from Vigo (Spain) and left later in the day on a 14-night "Western Mediterranean" cruise calling at: Dover, Gibraltar (UK), Cartagena (Spain), Livorno (Italy), Corsica (France), Elba (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal), Dover.

Other photos of the Balmoral include:

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship crossing Dover Harbour at Sunrise (Monday, 26th of July 2010)

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship nearing the Prince of Wales Pier (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

MS Balmoral crossing Dover Harbour at Sunrise (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship and Syros Tanker, Admiralty Pier (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

MS Celebrity Constellation and MS Balmoral Cruise Ships (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

MS Balmoral from the Western Heights (Saturday, 19th of December, 2009)

Click to see the Fred Olsen Cruise Line Balmoral webpage.

Abridged extract from History of the MS Balmoral (1):

The vessel was built by Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany in 1988, for service with Royal Cruise Line as the Crown Odyssey. In 1989, Royal Cruise Line was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line, which continued operation of the company, along with the Crown Odyssey until 1996. A reorganization of all of the fleets owned by Norwegian Cruise Line saw Crown Odyssey enter service with NCL's main fleet, and it was renamed Norwegian Crown.

Following the purchase of Orient Lines by NCL in April, 2000, Norwegian Crown was transferred, regaining her original name, Crown Odyssey, in the process.

In September, 2003, Crown Odyssey was refurbished and returned to the NCL fleet, again with the name Norwegian Crown.

On May 25, 2006 - NCL Corporation announced that its parent company, Star Cruises, had agreed to sell Norwegian Crown to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines effective August 2006. Star Cruises concurrently chartered the vessel back from Fred. Olsen and NCL continued her deployment through to November 2007... ...Her last NCL cruise was on October 28, 2007.

During a January 21, 2009 cruise the ship sailed into rough weather in the Bay of Biscay smashing through 50 ft waves & 60 mph winds. Two of the passengers were sent to a hospital in La Coruna, Spain for serious injuries.

Ship Information (1) (2):


Name: 1988-1996: Crown Odyssey, 1996-2000: Norwegian Crown, 2000-2003: Crown Odyssey, 2003-2007: Norwegian Crown, 2007 onwards: Balmoral

Owner: 1988-1992: Royal Cruise Line, 1992-2004: Norwegian Cruise Line, 2004-2006: Crown Odyssey Ltd, 2007 onwards: Balmoral Cruise Ltd

Operator: 1988-1996: Royal Cruise Line, 1996-2000: Norwegian Cruise Line, 2000-2003: Orient Lines, 2003-2007: Norwegian Cruise Line, 2007 onwards: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Port of registry: 1988-1990: Pireus, Greece, 1990 onwards: Nassau, Bahamas

Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, West Germany

In service: 7 June 1988

Call Sign: C6II4

IMO: 8506294

MMSI: 308785000

Status: In service

General characteristics (as built, 1988)

Type: cruise ship

Tonnage: 34,242 GRT

Displacement: 5,186 metric tons deadweight (DWT)

Length: 187.71 m (615 ft 10 in)

Beam: 28.21 m (92 ft 7 in)

Draught: 6.80 m (22 ft 4 in)

Installed power: 4×MaK 8M601/6M35 diesels, combined 21,300 kW

Propulsion: 2 propellers

Speed: 22.5 knots (41.67 km/h; 25.89 mph)

Capacity: 1,230 passengers (maximum)

General characteristics (as rebuilt, 2007)

Tonnage: 43,537 GT (gross tonnage)

Length: 217.91 m (714 ft 11 in)

Draught: 7.25 m (23 ft 9 in)

Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)

Capacity: 1,778 passengers

Crew: 471

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(1) Wikipedia entry for MS Balmoral (2) Marinetraffic entry for MS Balmoral

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

MS Balmoral 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 August 17, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/08/07 05:30:01
    • Exposure: 0.167s (1/6)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash