MS Ocean Princess Cruise Ship and Rainbow, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 18, 2011

An early morning view of the MS Ocean Princess berthed alongside Cruise Terminal 2 (CT2) of the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks.

The "end of the rainbow" (as they say!) is somewhere in Shakespeare Bay (Shakespeare Cliff). The MS Vistamar Cruise Ship beneath a Rainbow at Cruise Terminal 1 photo shows it to be a double rainbow. In a double rainbow, a second arc may be seen above and outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed. (1) (Also see: An Autumn Rainbow at the end of Dover High Street)

This Dover Harbour photo, best viewed in a larger size, was taken at 5.36 am on Saturday, 14th of August, 2010, from a point between the Porthole Shelters (to the right) and the Lighthouse (to the left) on the Prince of Wales Pier (western side).

The Ocean Princess had just completed a 7-night "Ireland and Scotland Interlude" cruise. Itinerary:

Dover, Dartmouth (England), Waterford (Republic of Ireland; Eire), Dublin (Republic of Ireland; Eire), Edinburgh (Scotland), Dover.

Later in the day, the passenger ship left on a 7-night "Scandinavian Interlude" cruise. Itinereary:

Dover, Amsterdam (Netherlands; Holland), Transit the Kiel Canal (Germany), Lubeck (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo (Norway), Dover.

The Ocean Princess (formerly R Four and then Tahitian Princess) is an R-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises. The Star Princess, also operated by Princess Cruises, called at Dover on Wednesday, 5th of May, 2010: see the Star Princess Cruise Ship at Dawn, the Star Princess Cruise Ship at Sunset, and the Star Princess leaving Dover Harbour photos.

The MS Regatta , another R-class ship, called at Dover on Wednesday, 2nd of June, 2010: see the MS Regatta Cruise Ship berthed at the Admiralty Pier, the MS Regatta Cruise Ship at CT2, and MS Regatta Cruise Ship near Sunset photos.

Other photos of the Ocean Princess taken in 2010:

MS Ocean Princess Cruise Ship at Cruise Terminal 1

MS Ocean Princess Cruise Ship in the Western Entrance

MS Ocean Princess Cruise Ship before Dawn

The official Ocean Princess webpage can also be accessed via Princess Ships; click to see the Ocean Princess webcam.

Ocean Princess career (2)

Name: 1999 - 2002: R Four, 2002 - 2009: Tahitian Princess, 2009 - present: Ocean Princess

Owner: 1999 - 2001: Renaissance Cruises, 2002 - present: Carnival Corporation and PLC

Operator: 1999 - 2001: Renaissance Cruises, 2001 - 2002: laid up, 2002 - present: Princess Cruise Line

Port of registry: 1999 - 2002: Monrovia, Liberia, 2002 - 2005: Gibraltar, 2005 - present: Hamilton, Bermuda

Builder: Chantiers de l`Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France

In service: 1999

Current status: In Service

General characteristics (as Ocean Princess) (2) (3)

Class and type: R class cruise ship

Tonnage: 30,277 GRT

Displacement: 2,700 DWT

Length: 181.00 m (593 ft 10 in)

Beam: 25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)

Draught: 5.80 m (19 ft 0 in)

Decks: 11 (9 passenger accessible)

Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 12V32 diesels, combined 13500 kW

Propulsion: Twin propellers

Speed: 18 kn (33.34 km/h)

Capacity: 688 (lower berths), 826 (all berths)

Crew: 373

Call Sign: ZCDS4

IMO: 9187899

MMSI: 310505000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Rainbow

(2) Wikipedia entry for Ocean Princess

(3) Marinetraffic entry for Ocean Princess

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FinlayCox143 on April 9, 2011

You give the link to MarineTraffic however this photo isn't there...why?

John Latter on April 9, 2011

FinlayCox143, on April 9th, 2011, said:

You give the link to MarineTraffic however this photo isn't there...why?

In the first comment it says:

General characteristics (as Ocean Princess) (2) (3)


Call Sign: ZCDS4

IMO: 9187899

MMSI: 310505000


(3) Marinetraffic entry for Ocean Princess

The link to marinetraffic indicates where I got the callsign, imo, and mmsi information from.

"(3)" is the kind of referencing you'll find in any technical paper.

John Latter on January 17, 2013

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

MS Ocean Princess 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 March 8, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/08/14 06:36:45
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 23.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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