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

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John Latter on April 22, 2011

An early morning view of MS AIDAsol berthed at Cruise Terminal 2 (CT2) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks, her bow pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond.

The low structure on top of the pier to the right of the AIDAsol's stern is the Admiralty Pier Turret (1):

The Admiralty Pier Turret or Dover Turret, is a Victorian enclosed armoured turret built in 1882 on the western breakwater of Dover Harbour in southeast England. It contains 2 Fraser RML 16 inch 80 ton guns (RML = "rifled muzzle-loading"), the biggest installed in the United Kingdom. Declared obsolete in 1902, the is currently part of the port and inaccessible, though the guns remain in place.

This Dover Harbour photo, best viewed in a larger size, was taken at 7.44 am on Thursday, 21st of April, 2011, from the Lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier (western side).

The reflections in the glass windbreaks are from the table and bench combinations (such as the one I stood on to take the photo) set out in front of the Lighthouse Cafe.

The MS AIDAsol sailed from Hamburg (Germany) on Monday, 18th of April, on a "14 Nachte Nordeuropa" (14-Night North Europe/Northern Europe) cruise with the following itinerary: Le Havre (for Paris, France), Dover (for London, England), Antwerp (Belgium), Amsterdam (Netherlands/Holland), and Hamburg (Germany) (repeat from the 25th of April for second half of the cruise).

The MS AIDAsol Cruise Ship crossing Dover Harbour photo shows the ship in front of the White Cliffs of Dover. It was taken when the MS AIDAsol's first visited Dover on Wednesday, 13th of April, 2011, during her maiden voyage (2):

MS AIDAsol was christened at Kiel in Germany on the 9th of April, 2011, when 45,000 people flocked to the waterfront for a free concert (see the AIDA YouTube channel) featuring Kim Wilde, OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), and John Miles that led up to the naming ceremony.

The Godmother, Bettina Zwickler (Betty Zwickler), was chosen by the public from 1,523 applicants. She is a captain’s daughter and former travel agent from Kiel. She was accompanied on the stage by AIDA president Michael Thamm.

‘You beautiful ship! Wherever your travels take you, your sunny smile will make people happy,’ Zwickler said in naming AIDAsol.

A huge fireworks display rounded off festivities with a bang.

Kiel Mayor Thorsten Albig called the event ‘a great night for a beautiful ship.’

The AIDAsol set sail on her maiden voyage immediately after the celebrations calling at Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo (Norway), Dover (England), Le Havre (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands/Holland), and then back to Hamburg (Germany).

The passenger ship's next visit to Dover will be on the 28th of April. Click to see the MS AIDAsol webcam.

The AIDAsol (alt. AIDA Sol) is a Sphinx class cruise ship, built at Meyer Werft for AIDA Cruises, a British-American owned German cruise line based in Rostock, Germany. She is the fifth Sphinx series ship, preceded by sisters AIDAdiva, AIDAbella, AIDAluna and AIDAblu.

The AIDAsol was ordered in 13 December 2007, together with her unnamed sister, at Meyer Werft by Carnival Corporation and PLC, the parent company of AIDA Cruises.

Vessel Details (3) (4)

Gross Tonnage: 71,300 tons

Length: 252 metres (826.77 ft)

Beam: 32.2 metres (105.64 ft)

Passengers: 2174

Speed recorded (Maximum / Average): 20.5 / 19.5 knots

Flag: Italy (IT)

Call Sign: ICPE

IMO: 9490040

MMSI: 247302900

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Admiralty Pier Turret

(2) Abridged from Kim Wilde, OMD and fireworks! Aida Sol Christening goes off with a bang

(3) Wikipedia entry for MS AIDAsol

(4) Marinetraffic entry for MS AIDAsol

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John Latter on February 22, 2013

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

MS Aidasol 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 22, 2013

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  • Uploaded on April 21, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/04/21 07:44:20
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 21.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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