Beautiful sunny day at Southampton yesterday contradicting the weather forecast, once again I have made this 230 mile journey to witness some fantastic maritime scenery. Calshot is my favourite place for ship spotting, ships of all sorts are constant visitors to this rather remarkable spot for ship spotters and spectators. Photos 27.4.2012
M.S. "LS EVA" was built in 2007, she is 3.264 GRT and is registered in Gibraltar, she is an Oil/Chemical Tanker, photo below is the M.S. "HEARTLAND POINT" built in 2002 by HARLAND AND WOLFF HEAVY INDUSTRIES in Belfast, she is classified as a RO/RO cargo ship and has a GRT of 23.235
Photos taken on the 14.4.2012 from the BF BRETAGNE
M.V. "OSCAR WILDE" seen at sea from BF "BRETAGNE", the ship is less than two hours away from Cherbourg. "OSCAR WILDE" was built in 1987 as the KRONPRINS HARALD at WARTSILA TURKU in Finland, she is operated today by IRISH FERRIES on the Rosslare-Cherbourg and Rosslare-Roscoff routes, she is 31.914 GRT. Photos taken on the 14th of April 2012
BRITTANY FERRIES "BRETAGNE" at sea for another crossing from Saint-Malo to Portsmouth, 23 years of sheer beauty on the English Channel, impeccable service and thousands of happy customers, this is one of the busiest crossings anywhere in the World and BRETAGNE is up to the challenge with a service to match. This was my second voyage on the ship in the space of 6 days, all the readers of my Bloggs know I have a soft spot for this ship, if you want to know why and like myself love ships, just book a trip on BRETAGNE. Photos taken on the 14th of April 2012
Yesterday was a very nautical day in Liverpool, it was all about TITANIC once more, several events took place at the city, amongst other venues, the Merseyside Museum opened one hour earlier than usual to accommodate a few hundred of passengers that were cruising on board cruise ship MARCO POLO which was berthed at the Cruise Terminal for an exclusive tour of the Museum and to attend a lecture about the exhibition now taking place "TITANIC THE UNTOLD STORY". Being a sunday and with the weather reasonably warm for April, at least was very sunny, which is always a big bonus, thousands of people turned out at the Waterfront. I decided to step back in time by once again boarding the "ROYAL IRIS OF THE MERSEY" an Historic Ferry owned by MERSEY FERRIES to photograph the MARCO POLO and the Liverpool Pier Head. Above a few photos of an amazing day, for other posts and photos of the CMV cruise ship MARCO POLO, please visit my CRUISE SHIPS AND LINERS Blog http://vmf-cruiseshipsandliners.blogspot.com
PORTSMOUTH, known as the Waterfront City has today a reputation for excellence as far as cruise ferries are concerned, BRITTANY FERRIES is the main operator using the port with their fantastic fleet, CONDOR FERRIES are also daily visitors to the port, as well as the recently established new LD LINES service to France. PORTSMOUTH is becoming also more popular for cruise ships, MV DISCOVERY for instance is starting two voyages from PORTSMOUTH in May and June. Despite being only 70 miles from London, the city has so much on offer, truly a destination in itself. Photos above taken from the BF Cruise Ferry BRETAGNE last Easter Sunday, the 8th of April
Yesterday I was back on board the BRITTANY FERRIES "BRETAGNE". This is my first trip on the vessel this year, it is also one of the first BRETAGNE's voyages to Saint-Malo, the ship was laid-up at Dunkirk since November last year and resumed service only on the 29th of March. For me it's always a pleasure to step aboard this beautiful Cruise Ferry and she never disappoints, apart from looking immaculate all the time, her passengers really love her, she is a true ship providing a unique atmosphere. Photos taken at Portsmouth yesterday evening.