MS Balmoral Cruise Ship, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on February 14, 2011

The MS Balmoral berthed at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT1) on the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks of Dover Harbour. The photo was taken at 3.55 pm on Friday, 2nd of July, 2010, from just before the Turret (at bottom right-hand edge).

Part of the grey-fronted Cruise Terminal 2 building (complete with flags) can be seen to the right of the passenger ship.

In the background to the left is the Southern Breakwater in front of which are a number of vessels engaged in removing the wreck of the Spanish Prince (a First World War blockship scuttled in 1915) from the Western Entrance: the Sarah Grey tug/multicat, Waasland sea barge, Gaverland flatbed barge, and Haven Seafield flat-top barge. The North Cardinal Buoy is just about visible in the larger size of the photo.

The Fred Olsen Balmoral had just finished a 12-Night "Baltic Cruise" which started at Dover on the 20th of June. Itinerary: Brunsbuttel (on the mouth of the Elbe river, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany), Holtenau (Kiel Canal Pilot, Germany), Kiel (capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany), Tallinn (capital and largest city of Estonia), St Petersburg (located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea, Russia), Helsinki (capital and largest city of Finland), Stockholm (capital and the largest city of Sweden), and Copenhagen (capital and largest city of Denmark). (1)

Later in the day the passenger ship began a 15-Night round-trip "Gateway to the Arctic" cruise. Itinerary: Narvik (Norway), Honningsvag (northernmost city in Norway), Circumnavigate Bear Island (southernmost island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, western part of the Barents Sea), Ny Alesund (one of the four permanent settlements on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, Norway), scenic cruise Moffen (a small, low island north of the mouth of Wijdefjorden, on the northern coast of Spitsbergen, Norway)), cruise Magdalene Fjord (Spitsbergen, Norway), Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen, Norway), Tromso (Troms county, Norway), and Bergen (second largest city in Norway). (1)

Other photos of the Balmoral include:

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship crossing Dover Harbour at Daybreak

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 (2):

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 (2) (3):


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) MS Balmoral Cruises 2010 (2) Wikipedia entry for MS Balmoral (3) Marinetraffic entry for MS Balmoral

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John Latter on February 20, 2013

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.

John Latter on February 20, 2013

The RNLB 17-31 Roger and Joy Freeman Relief Lifeboat from the Admiralty Pier photo was also taken on Friday, 2nd of July, 2010.

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  • Uploaded on February 14, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/07/02 15:55:49
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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