MS AIDAblu Cruise Ship at Cruise Terminal 2, Admiralty Pier, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 18, 2011

An early morning view of MS AIDAblu 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 AIDAblu'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.

The seagull wheeling above the centre of the passenger ship has been included at no extra charge.

This Dover Harbour photo, best viewed in a larger size, was taken at 7.24 am on Tuesday, 17th of May, 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 MV AIDAblu sailed from Hamburg (Germany) on Friday, 13th of May, on a "7-Nachte Nordeuropa" (7-Night North Europe/Northern Europe, German Bight) cruise with the following itinerary: Amsterdam (Netherlands/Holland), Antwerp (Belgium), Dover (for London, England), Le Havre (for Paris, France), and then back to Hamburg.

Click to see the official AIDAblu webpage and AIDAblu webcam.

Also see a smilar view of the MS AIDAsol, taken a few weeks earlier on Thursday, 21st of April, 2011.

Photos of the MS AIDAblu taken in 2010:

AIDAblu Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour (1)

AIDAblu Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour (2)

AIDAblu Cruise Ship and Pride of Dover Ferry, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour


AIDAblu is a Sphinx series cruise ship for the German cruise line AIDA Cruises, a British-American owned German cruise line based in Rostock, Germany.

The vessel was delivered by Meyer Werft to its owners on February 4th, 2010, and was christened on February 9th. On the day before the christening:

The AIDAblu was officially greeted in Hamburg with a celebratory ceremony on board the ship on February 8th. In keeping with tradition Harbourmaster Hans-Jörg Pollmann of the Hamburg Port Authority presented an admiralty plaque to the captain of the AIDAblu, Captain Dr. Friedhold Hoppert (see Winter Christening).

Extract from Cruise Industry News: "After the christening (by Jette Joop), the AIDAblu set sail on its maiden voyage to Palma de Mallorca."

The name of AIDAblu has been used for an AIDA ship from 2004-2007. AIDA Cruises' parent company, Carnival Corporation and PLC, then transferred the ship to another cruise line Ocean Village to be renamed Ocean Village Two. In 2009, Ocean Village Two was transferred to another cruise line, P and O Cruises Australia and was renamed Pacific Jewel.

The AIDAblu is sometimers referred to as the AIDA Blu.

Vessel details (2) (3)

Name: AIDAblu

Owner: Carnival Corporation & PLC

Operator: AIDA Cruises

Port of registry: Italy

Ordered: July 1, 2006

Builder: Meyer Werft (Germany)

Cost: 420 million US dollars

Yard number: S. 680

Christened: February 9, 2010 in Hamburg by Jette Joop

Maiden voyage: February 9, 2010 to Palma, Majorca

Tonnage: 71,300 gross register tons (GRT)

Length: 827 feet (252.07 m)

Beam: 105.5 feet (32.16 m)

Decks: 15 decks

Installed power: Diesel-electric (about 36,000kW)

Propulsion: 4 Caterpillar MaK engines

Capacity: 2,050 passengers

Crew: 607 crew

Call Sign: IBWX

IMO: 9398888

MMSI: 247282500

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Admiralty Pier Turret

(2) Wikipedia entry for MS AIDAblu

(3) Marinetraffic entry for MS AIDAblu

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John Latter on December 5, 2012

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

MS AIDAblu 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 18, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/05/17 07:24:24
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