Wednesday, 25 November 2015

"BRIDGE" at Ancona

Built in 1976 "BRIDGE" is operated by ADRIA FERRIES linking Italy to Albania, she is seen here at Ancona on the 13th of November 2015, the ship can carry 1030 passengers and 450 cars.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

ANCONA, haven for Maritime Spotters

I went recently to Ancona, situated in the region of Marche, Italy, read on "trip advisor" that the city was ugly and people shouldn't bother visiting, my intention was to have the opportunity to live what the city has to offer, which is a lot, in terms of the Maritime World, but going back to some of the "Trip Advisor" reviews, if your idea when visiting Italy is cities like Firenze, Venezia, Roma, then Ancona is not for you, the city is in my opinion far from being ugly but do not rank amongst the most beautiful to be visited in Italy, if you however are looking for some serious maritime ambiance with plenty on offer to be explored, then Ancona should without a doubt be part of your list, various cruise ferries visit the city daily, it is one of the most important Ports serving the Adriatic Sea, with Ferry connections to Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and even other Italian Ports, cruise ships also visit Ancona on regular basis, Container ships, fishing trawlers, tugs and possibly top of the list the FINCANTIERI ANCONA shipyards, where many ships are build, at the present VIKING CRUISES new cruise ships VIKING SEA and VIKING SKY are under construction, both to enter service in 2016, most importantly of all is the freedom we can have moving around and register these wonderful moments, with the guarantee of being saluted by locals, locals by the way are friendly and so helpful, being a small city, they will tell you where to go for a coffee, lunch or having a terrific dinner, there is a feeling of a cosmopolitan ambiance a lot to do with the thousands of passengers from the most various nationalities taking the ferries, foot passengers, car passengers or of course freight passengers. For more information of Ancona, follow this link here. Other entries here will follow, photos above taken from the 13th to 15th of November 2015

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Expensive new cruise ships, need expert security guards

FINCANTIERI at ANCONA is at the moment bulding two of the most exciting new passenger cruise ships the "VIKING SEA" and "VIKING SKY" to come into service soon, a colony of expert "Felinos" security guards were allocated to the area to supervise the work in progress, these "Felinos" were given proper homes with regular checks on provisions and the council made sure that visitors to the area are aware that these "Felinos" are on CCTV cameras, there is even a sign basically saying, "We know you there, leave these "Felinos" in peace because if not, we know who you are and we will find you". Brilliant stuff, never seen it before anywhere, these "Felinos" were given a home, are regularly supervised and looked after by the local council, after a couple of minutes I was accepted to their environment and even allowed to make a few photos of the ships, thank you my new friends. Photos 14.11.2015

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Back cruising on the "PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM"

PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM was introduced in 2001, since then I have sailed on her many times, she was together with her sister PRIDE OF HULL the largest cruise ferries in the World back then, they have lost the status but they still up there. It's always an immense pleasure to sail on them, yesterday was no exception, one of the fantastic things about cruising on these ships, is the possibility to board at about 4.30 pm, four hours before the ship's departure, plenty of time to explore the ship, make some photos, many in my case, have a drink and even dinner, all very civilized and relaxed, especially during winter months and mid week sailings. PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM is registered in Rotterdam, she is manned by Dutch officers and Philippines crew, a very happy ship, she is due for another refit soon, for this "post", I have chosen photos of my Premier Two berth outside cabin and the two restaurants on board, the A LA CARTE BRASSERIE and the Self-Service, today called "THE KITCHEN". The ships provide a very enjoyable first time cruise experience, it was good to see some passengers very excited about the possibility of sharing a meal at the BRASSERIE and making plans for the excursions ashore, ROTTERDAM and AMSTERDAM. Photos 10.11.2015

PRIDE OF BRUGES at Kingston Upon Hull

"PRIDE OF BRUGES" one of the two sister ships operated by P & O FERRIES on the Hull to Zeebrugge service, is seen here at her berth in Hull getting ready for her night voyage, photos taken during waiting time to go on board PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM and then a couple of hours later already on board the ship, 10.11.2015

STENA HOLLANDICA arriving Hook Van Holland/Rotterdam

"STENA HOLLANDICA" arriving Hook Van Holland/Rotterdam this morning, photos taken from PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM also arriving in Port, the two ships arrived almost at same time, both from the UK, the HOLLANDICA from Harwich and the PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM from Hull. Photos 11.11.2015