MS Empress Cruise Ship from Admiralty Pier Turret, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 13, 2011

The MS Empress berthed at CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks, her bow pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond.

The photo was taken at 12.57 pm on Tuesday, 10th of May, 2011, from the upper level of the Admiralty Pier near the Admiralty Pier Turret (alt. Dover Turret: an enclosed Victorian armoured turret built in 1882).

The Empress is in the Inner Harbour (ex-Commercial Harbour) of Dover Harbour, bounded on the far side by the out-of-shot Prince of Wales Pier.

To the left of the passenger ship are the hills of the Western Heights, the western beginnings of the White Cliffs of Dover as they rise up from the River Dour valley to reach the lofty peak of Shakespeare Cliff (of King Lear fame), about 1800 yards behind the viewer.

In the background on the right-hand side of the photo is the concrete apron of the old Hoverport above which are two sections of the Victorian Waterloo Crescent: the new (for 2011) Dover Marina Hotel and Spa (ex-White Cliffs Hotel, ex-Churchill Hotel; ex-Shalimar Hotel end) and the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (RCPYC). Waterloo Crescent is a Dover Listed Building.

The MS Empress is on a 10-night positional cruise from Lisbon to Copenhagen, taking the ship north for the 2011 summer season around the Baltic Sea. Full itinerary:

Lisbon, Portugal (04 May); Leixoes, Portugal (05 May); La Coruña, Spain (06 May); Bilbao, Spain (07 May); Le Havre (Paris), France (09 May); Dover, England (10 May); Ijmuiden, Holland/Netherlands (11 May); Hamburg, Germany (12 May); Copenhagen, Denmark (14 May).

Photos taken in 2010:

MS Empress before the White Cliffs of Dover at Daybreak

MS Empress at CT1 from the Prince of Wales Pier

The MS Princess Daphne was also in port today but I was unable to get a picture:

MS Princess Daphne before the White Cliffs of Dover in 2010

General information for the MS Empress (1)

MS Empress is a cruise ship operated by Pullmantur Cruises. She was formerly operating for Royal Caribbean International (RCI) as Empress of the Seas. The ship was ordered by Admiral Cruise Lines and was intended to be called Future Seas and join the other Admiral Ships Azure Seas and Emerald Seas. However, Royal Caribbean merged with Admiral in 1987, the Admiral brand was dissolved and the newbuild (still under construction) was incorporated into the Royal Caribbean fleet.

The ship was originally named Nordic Empress and was the final RCI ship whose name did not end with "of the Seas". The name was changed to match the rest of the fleet (ie Empress of the Seas) following an extensive rebuilding that ended on 8 May 2004.

Nordic Empress was the first mainstream cruise ship especially designed for the 3 and 4 day cruise market. Her initial itinerary was short cruises to the Bahamas, which then were combined with 3 and 4 day cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1999, following the sale of Song of America, _Nordic _ took over the New York (USA) to Bermuda route.

In 2000 Royal Caribbean announced that Nordic Empress would be undertaking a series of cruises in South America. Shortly after these cruises were put on sale, Royal Caribbean decided to replace Nordic Empress with Splendour of the Seas in the South American itineraries, leaving Nordic Empress in the Caribbean.

On 23 March 2007 it was reported that in March 2008 the Empress of the Seas would be transferred to the fleet of RCI's subsidiary Pullmantur Cruises. Her final voyage for Royal Caribbean took place on 7 March 2008. The maiden voyage as Empress for Pullmantur Cruises took place on 15 March 2008.

General characteristics (1):

Tonnage: gross tonnage (GT) of 48,563 tons

5,344 metric tons deadweight (DWT)

Length: 210.81 m (691.63 ft)

Beam: 30.70 m (100.72 ft)

Draught: 7.10 m (23.29 ft)

Decks: 11

Installed power: 2 × Wartsila-Duvant Crepelle diesels combined 16,200 kW

Speed: 19.5 knots (36.11 km/h; 22.44 mph)

Capacity: 1850 passengers

Crew: 668

Career (2) (3):

Name: 1990 - 2004: Nordic Empress; 2004 - 2008: Empress of the Seas; 2008 onwards: Empress

Owner: 1990 - 2008: Royal Caribbean International; 2008 onwards: Pullmantur Cruises

Operator: 1990 - 2008: Royal Caribbean International; 2008-present: Pullmantur Cruises

Port of registry: 1990 - 2002: Monrovia, Liberia; 2002 - 2008: Nassau, Bahamas; 2008 onwards: Valletta, Malta

Builder: Chantiers de l`Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France

Launched: 25th of August, 1989-08-25

Acquired: 31st of May, 1990-05-31

In service: 25th of June, 1990-06-25

Identification, IMO: 8716899

Call Sign: 9HJE9

MMSI: 249056000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for MS Empress

(2) Marinetraffic entry for MS Empress

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Click to see the third cruise ship in port on Tuesday, 10th of May, 2011:

MS Emerald Princess berthed at CT2 on the Admiralty Pier

John Latter on December 2, 2012

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

MS Empress 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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Photo taken in 22-24 Lord Warden Square, Dover, Kent CT17 9EQ, UK
Inner Harbour

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  • Uploaded on May 11, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/05/10 12:57:49
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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