Iconic cupola returned to Tilbury’s cruise terminal

Staff WriterCruise Ships, News

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

Rob PowellCruise Ships

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

Rob PowellCruise Ships

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

Rob PowellCruise Ships

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

Rob PowellCruise Ships

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

Rob PowellCruise Ships, Incidents, Weather

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 …

Passenger dies on Marco Polo cruise ship

Staff WriterCruise Ships, Incidents, Weather

A FREAK wave has left one passenger dead and others injured on the cruise ship MARCO POLO. The vessel was on her back to her home port of Tilbury when the incident happened today in the English Channel. Reports say that the water crashed through a window, killing an 85-year-old man. Another passenger was air-lifted from the ship. Operator Cruise …