MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship after Daybreak, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on January 28, 2011

A view of the MS Costa Atlantica reversing towards CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks, her bow pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 6.05 am on Tuesday, 7th of September, 2010, from the Prince of Wales Pier whose lighthouse can be seen just left of midships.

The passenger ship is part-way through a 17 Days Copenhagen to New York Transatlantic Cruise which began on September 4th. Itinerary:

Copenhagen (Denmark), Bremerhaven (Germany), Dover (England), Le Havre (France), Sydney (Cape Breton Island, Canada), Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada), Bar Harbor (Maine, USA), Boston (Massachusetts, USA), Newport (Rhode Island, USA), New York (USA).

The MS Costa Atlantica first called at Dover on Wednesday, 19th of May en route from New York to Copenhagen (Denmark). The ship then spent the summer season on a series of 7-night European Cruises calling at Hellesylt (Norway; Technical Call), Geiranger (Norway), Flam (Flåm, Norway), Stavanger (Norway), Oslo (Norway), Warnemünde Germany), before returning to Copenhagen.

19th of May photos:

MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship at CT2

MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship leaving Dover Harbour in a Sea Fog

Click to see the Costa Atlantica webcam

The MS Costa Atlantica is a Spirit-class cruise ship owned and operated by Costa Cruises (see their Costa Atlanica homepage). She was built in 2000 by the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki New Shipyard (also called Hietalahti Shipyard), Helsinki, Finland.

Each passenger deck on the Costa Atlantica are named after a movie by the Italian director Federico Fellini. She is decorated with Carrara marble, Murano-glass accents, and in-laid mosaic tile. She also replicates Venice's Caffe Florian. (1)

General characteristics

Class and type: Spirit-class cruise ship

Tonnage: 85,619 GT (gross tonnage)

Displacement: 7,500 metric tons deadweight (DWT)

Length: 292.56 metres (960 ft)

Beam: 32.20 metres (106 ft)

Draught: 7.80 metres (26 ft)

Installed power: 6 × Wärtsilä 9R46 diesels, combined 63,370 kW

Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)

Capacity: 2,114 passengers[citation needed] (2,680 full occupancy)

Crew: 897

Flag: Italy [IT]

Call Sign: IBLQ

IMO: 9187796

MMSI: 247645000

Launched: 11 November 1999

Acquired: 30 June 2000

In service: 17 July 2000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for MS Costa Atlantica (2) Marine Traffic entry for Costa Atlanica

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John Latter on February 27, 2013

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

MS Costa Atlantica 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 8, 2013

A similar view (but less "full on") is shown at:

MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Dover Harbour, United Kingdom

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 28, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/09/07 07:05:47
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash