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, …

Thames Barrier marks 30th anniversary

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THE THAMES Barrier was officially opened by HM The Queen thirty years ago today. Four days of events are being held at the Barrier visitor centre to mark the 30th anniversary of London’s flood protection gates. The barrier, sometimes called the eight wonder of the World, is having a test closure today. In total, the Thames Barrier has been closed …

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 …