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The classic style of Saga Rose, arriving here in 2006.


01.10.15. Windfarm and Offshore Installation Accomodation Vessel, Sea Discoverer pays an overnight visit to Dover. She continued her passage to Emden the following morning.



09.06.15. The arrival and departure of Celebrity Silhouette. The largest cruise vessel ever to visit Dover.



A big one for 2015! Costa Favolosa arrives in port 18.05.15



Norwegian operator Hurtigruten's ms Fram arrives in the afternoon sunshine and crosses the harbour before berthing on CT1. She embarked passengers and departed later the same day bound for Stavanger.


Fred Olsen's timeless classic Boudicca makes her welcome return to Dover in the afternoon sunshine on 7th April 2015.


Amidst a sparkling sea, Costa Luminosa arrives on 22.05.14.
Here she is again, this time later in the day alongside CT2 in the sunshine.
Arriving just before the Costa Luminosa is Portuscale vessel Funchal. A classic cruise ship, she dates from 1961 and has always carried the same name.
Little and Large, or should that be Beauty and the Beast !? Photo courtesy of Mike Jackson.
Funchal sailed the same day at1430 bound for St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly.
Delphin arriving on 21.05.14 crosses the harbour escorted by DHB Doughty. She was originally the Russian cruise ferry Bellorussiya and was built in 1975.
20.05.14 Costa neo Romantica departs at 1900 for a Baltic cruise.
Two views of Norwegian Star taken on her sole visit to the port on 16.05.14. She certainly provided a splash of colour for the day
MSC Orchestra alongside CT2 making her only call at the port this year on 08.05.14
07.05.14 Aida Luna on CT1 having arrived from Ijmuiden.
Celebrity Constellation also in port on 07.05.14. She arrived from Fort Lauderdale USA via Le Havre


Pullmantur's Empress on CT1 Resplendent in her latest blue hulled livery she was open to the public by ticketed admission for a sample of the Spanish style of cruising. She sailed late evening for the German port of Bremerhaven.

Also in port on 06.05.14 Saga Sapphire makes a fine sight as she swings off the POW pier prior to departing the Eastern Entrance for Bergen.

Two sides to every........funnel.......!

Saga Sapphire's funnel starboard logo....
And her funnel, port side logo!



Holland America Line cruise vessel Ryndam leaving Dover bound for Bergen. She arrived from La Coruna via Portland annd spent the day on CT1 in the sunshine.



Saga Holiday's Saga Pearl II on cruise terminal 1. Originally Safmarine's Astor shes has had further spells in service as Astor, Arkonia and Quest for Adventure. She now has the current Saga funnel logo which was applied last year.


Aida Cruises 2008 Meyer Werft creation Aida Bella on cruise terminal 2. Having arrived in extremely misty conditions the sun did eventually shine for a brief period. She flies the Italian flag and is registered in Genoa, weighing 69203 tonnes. Her name reflects her apparent beauty.....




Portuscale's Azores makes her afternoon arrival and is assisted to her berth by port tug DHB Doughty. Sporting her latest livery of black hull and yellow funnel she looks very different from her white hulled Athena days. Originally Swedish Lloyds cargo vessel the Stockholm she is remembered for her coming together with the Italian liner Andrea Doria in 1965 off the Nantucket lightvessel. She now holds the accolade as the oldest surviving cruise ship still in regular cruising service.


MSC Magnifica departing today. She is the largest cruise vessel to call at the port this year and makes several visits.

Aidamar departing Dover Cruise Terminal for Le Havre at 1930 on the 1st October 2013. She had arrived from Rostock earlier the same day and made an impressive sight as the strains of Enya's "Sail Away" could be heard as she sailed.

The Albatros pictured alongside on the 29th September 2013. Owned by Phoenix Reisen of Germany, she was originally the Royal Viking Sea built in 1973. She arrived from Bremerhaven in the morning and sailed later that evening for Portland. She is also scheduled to call at Le Havre, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Bremerhaven.

MSC Magnifica on Cruise Terminal 2. The company have pledged a long term commitment to UNICEF's work with vulnerable children in Brazil.

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Fred Olsen's Black Watch departing from Cruise 2 on the 3rd October 2013 with DHB's HPL Dovorian in attendance ready to disembark the pilot once clear of the western entrance. She was professionally 'deep cleaned' during her stay as some of her passengers had unfortunately fallen victim to an outbreak of Norovirus. She sailed for sunnier climes,  on a sixteen night Azores and Canaries cruise.

Saga Ruby basking in the sunshine berthed on Cruise Terminal 1. Her last call in Dover will be on the 26th September 2013. Visit our "Events" page for more information.

Iberojet Cruceros vessel Grand Mistral. The company is ultimately part of the massive Carnival Corporation each subsidiary having a particular brand of cruising aimed at different markets. Her individual livery is a matter of personal taste i imagine....

Carnival Legend departing Dover Cruise Terminal recently (2013). With a gross tonnage of 88500, twelve passenger decks and the cpapcity for upto 2667 passengers, she is one of the larger cruise vessels to use the port.

Aida Cruises sixth Sphinx class cruise ship AIDAmar, completed in 2012 by German builder Meyer Werft. She has just one more Dover cruise call this year on the 1st October 2013. Check out the livery which she shares with her five classmates !

This is quite an interesting one ! Originally built in 1984 as the Royal Princess, she was the first cruise vessel ever to feature all outside cabins (AOC). The ship was built by Finish shipbuilder Wartsila for P&O Cruises and was named by Diana, Princess of Wales, in Southampton on 15th November 1984. She subsequently became Artemis and currently sails as Artania for Phoenix Reisen. As Pacific Princess she was used as the trial cruise vessel during the evaluation of Dover Cruise Terminal.


Fred Olsen Line's Braemar berthed at Dover, her home port. The company bases two of it's vessels here, the Balmoral being the other. 

The Braemar takes on bunkers from the tanker Syros during a recent visit.

Seen from the Western Heights is Costa Voyager (ex Royal Olympic Cruises vessel Grand Voyager) alongside Cruise 2 on a particularly miserable July day 2013.

Transocean's Astor. She makes the second of her two visits to Dover this year, on the 18th September 2013.

The Empress before repainting. Pictured alongside in 2012 and viewed from www.dover-marina photographic unit vessel Entice.

Classic International Cruises Athena. Originally named the Stockholm and owned by Swedish America Line. On the 25th July 1956 she collided with the Italian Line vessel Andrea Doria in what became one of history's most infamous maritime disasters. The Doria remained afloat for eleven hours before finally capsizing and sinking. Forty six people were killed in what was the last major transatlantic passenger vessel disaster before aircraft became the preferred method of travel between Europe and America.

She is now Portuscale's Azores.


The luxurious Seabourn Sojurn alongside CT 1. Operated by Seabourn Cruises Inc., She is another Dover caller that is ultimately owned by Carnival Corporation. She is seen here earlier this year, prior to her twenty one night "Route of the Vikings" cruise which included visits to Iceland, Greenland and Canada.

An August 2013 visit for Hapag Lloyd's (TUI AG) Europa

Princess Cruise vessel Emerald Princess at 116,000 grt is one of the largest vessels to use Dover Cruise Terminal. She and some of her grand class sisters have now had their "shopping trolley " Skywalkers Disco rear spoiler structure removed, in part, to save excess fuel consumption and expenditure.

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