Silver Cloud cruise ship arrives in London

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SILVER CLOUD arrived in London last night for a one-day visit. The Silverseas-owned vessel moored alongside HMS Belfast in the Upper Pool at about 8pm, basking in the last of the evening sun. The 157-metre long cruise ship had set off from Stockholm eleven days earlier, calling at Estonia, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands en route. SILVER CLOUD departs the …

Cruise ships Astor and Deutschland visit the Thames

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TWO cruise ships arrived on the Thames on the same tide early on Monday morning. Early risers were treated to the sight of two cruise ships making their way up river, with ASTOR mooring at London International Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, and DEUTSCHLAND carrying on up to Greenwich. ASTOR joined the fleet of Essex-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages on a three …

Iconic cupola returned to Tilbury’s cruise terminal

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THE HISTORIC cupola from Tilbury’s cruise terminal has been returned to the top of the local landmark building. The ornate dome structure was taken down towards the end of 2013 as part of a £250,000 restoration project. The cupola has been in place since 1929 and its restoration is being funded by the Port of Tilbury. Jonathan Catton, Thurrock’s Heritage and …

National Geographic Explorer visits London

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EXPLORER, the flasgship of the National Geographic Expeditions fleet, has left London this afternoon after a short visit. The 112-metre vessel arrived in the capital last night and moored at George’s Stairs close to Tower Bridge. National Geographic Expeditions says the vessel, “is one of the finest expedition ships on the seas, able to reach some of the planet’s most …

Hamburg in London: 2014’s first cruise visitor to the capital

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LONDON’s 2014 cruise season got started last night with the arrival of HAMBURG. The 144-metre cruise ship passed through a raised Tower Bridge at 8.30pm and moored alongside HMS BELFAST. HAMBURG is operated by Plantours Kreuzfahrten and previously sailed under the name C. Columbus. Other cruise ships due to visit London this year include SEADREAM 1, LE BOREAL, SEABOURN LEGEND, …

Friday Photo: The World in London in 2013

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THIS time last year, the residential cruise ship THE WORLD was in London. The large vessel is home to its passengers as they constantly travel the world. I got these pictures of her arriving in London on April 30th 2013. She stayed for for several days at Greenwich and departed on May 3rd. She is scheduled to return to the …

Friday Photo: Polar cruise ship Sea Spirit

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Quark Expeditions’ SEA SPIRIT entered Tilbury docks last weekend. The 90m “luxury expedition vessel” takes passengers to destinations such as the Arctic and the Antarctic. After a lay up at Tilbury, her next schedule trip is to Spitsbergen in June. While I was waiting for SEA SPIRIT, I grabbed a photo of sailing boat POSH TOTTY as she passed.

Marco Polo returns to home port of Tilbury

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THE CRUISE liner MARCO POLO returned to London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury late on Saturday night, a day after a passenger was sadly killed on board. The 22,000-tonne vessel arrived back at her home port shortly before ten o’clock on Saturday. The end of her 42-night cruise hit the headlines when a “freak wave” crashed through windows in the Walforf …