MS Emerald Princess Cruise Ship at CT2 Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 13, 2011

The MS Emerald Princess berthed at 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.

To the left of the passenger ship is the Southern Breakwater and Pride of Calais, a P&O Ferries cross-channel vessel about to enter the Eastern Entrance.

Towards the bow on the right is the Cruise Terminal 1 building; near the stern is the Admiralty Pier Turret (alt. Dover Turret), an enclosed Victorian armoured turret built in 1882.

On highter magnifications a half-moon can be seen towards the top right-hand corner of the photo; partial view of blue double-decker bus.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 1.07 pm on Tuesday, 10th of May, 2011, from the upper level of the Admiralty Pier.

The Emerald Princess is part-way through a 16-Day "Northern Europe Passage" cruise From Fort Lauderdale (USA) to Copenhagen. Full itinerary/schedule:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (27 April); Kings Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island)), Bermuda (30 April); Cork (Cobh), Ireland (Eire, 06 May); Falmouth, England (07 May); Le Havre (for Paris), France (08 May ); Rotterdam (Amsterdam), Holland/Netherlands (09 May); Dover (for London), England (10 May); Oslo, Norway (12 May); Copenhagen, Denmark (13 May).

Click to see the Official Emerald Princess webpage and Emerald Princess webcam.

Also in port this day:

MS Empress Cruise Ship from the Admiralty Pier Turret

MS Princess Daphne before the White Cliffs of Dover (2010 photo)

MS Emerald Princess (1)

The Emerald Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship for Princess Cruises that entered service in April 2007. Her sister ships include Caribbean Princess and Crown Princess. She features two nightclubs, a piazza style atrium, multiple pools and hot tubs, a spa, and a gym. Unlike her sisters, Emerald Princess does not have a disco overhanging the stern, but the same stern as her near-sisters _ Diamond Princess_ and Sapphire Princess.

Emerald Princess launched from the Italian shipyard of Fincantieri Monfalcone on June 1, 2006. She was then handed over to Princess Cruises (operated by Carnival Corporation and PLC) on March 24, 2007. Emerald Princess was christened on 13 May 2007, in Greece.

Service history:

The Emerald Princess began commercial service on 11 April 2007, offering 12-day Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises, and continued sailing Europe for Summer 2007. She was then repositioned in Fort Lauderdale (US) in the Fall (Autumn) to offer Caribbean cruises.

Emerald Princess had a power outage on July 25, 2010 on the first day of a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. For extended periods during the 4+ hour outage, there was no air conditioning, no elevator service, limited lighting, and toilets could not flush. As a result of the outage, the Emerald Princess missed its first port of call the following day. Passengers were credited 300 US dollars per stateroom for the inconvenience. Princess cruises has not yet determined the cause of the outage.


Name: Emerald Princess

Owner: Princess Cruises

Port of registry: Bermuda, Hamilton

Builder: Fincantieri, Italy

Cost: 500 million US dollars

Launched: 1 June 2006

Maiden voyage: April 11, 2007

Identification: Call sign: ZCDP8

IMO: 9333151

MMSI: 310531000

Status: Operational

General Characteristics:

Class and type: Grand class cruise ship

Tonnage: 113,000 GT

Displacement: 8,100 DWT

Length: 951 ft (290 m)

Beam: 118 ft (36 m)

Draught: 26.2 ft (8.0 m)

Decks: 15 passenger decks

Installed power: Gas turbine 25,000 kW

Propulsion: Two azimuthing pods (azipods) of 21,000kW each

Speed: 21.5 kn (39.82 km/h)

Capacity: 3,080 passengers

Crew: 1,200

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Emerald Princess

Also see:

Marinetraffic entry for Emerald Princess

John Latter / Jorolat

Dover Blog: The Psychology of a Small Town

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John Latter on January 17, 2013

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

MS Emerald 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 May 12, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/05/10 13:07:31
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 40.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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