Thursday, 23 March 2017

Barcelona

A short visit to Barcelona last September gave a chance to see the Disney Magic, missed when she visited Guernsey during the summer. She was leaving the port on her way across the Atlantic for her winter season. The harbour tour boats give the ideal opportunity to view the liners at close quarters.

Disney Magic Barcelona

The views of the city and liner berths from the "W" Hotel gives stunning images especially in the morning light. This morning the Harmony of the Seas and the Norwegian Epic are in for the day.

Barcelona

The Sirena also visited during our stay, the cable car towers of Barcelona, and the city provide the background.

Barcelona

From sea level the size of the Harmony of the Seas is apparent and she leaves Barcelona for a Mediterranean cruise. The following month she left Europe and headed for her home port of Fort Lauderdale.

Barcelona


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

AIDAvita


Guernsey

AIDAvita arrives in St Peter Port, first visitor of the year 21st March 2017, left Miami 5th March, on to Hamburg 24th March.

Guernsey

Many Titles for this photo, St Peter Port pilot boat, Golden Spur,  under the watchful eye of etc etc etc!!

Guernsey

By the time departure time  came for Dover guests were able to enjoy the spring sun, though with coats on.

Guernsey

One guest is determined to get a photo of the anchor coming up,

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Saga Pearl II

The last Liner for August arrived today, the Saga Pearl II. It's hard to believe that in a previous life she spent her time sailing between South Africa and Europe under the name Astoria. She was acquired by Saga in 2009 and now carries under 500 guests in a traditional, British style. With Bordeaux harbour in the background the Condor Liberation passes the liner on her journey north to Poole.

Condor Liberation

With the warm weather many guests took advantage of the outside decks to make the most of these late summer days. It doesn't look too crowded and only one crew member on the lower deck enjoys the quiet moments before the evening starts.

Saga Pearl II

Saga Pearl II left at tea time bound for St Marys in the Scilly Isles where she should arrive at sunrise tomorrow morning. Blue seas, blue skies, blue funnel is the picture as Saga Pearl II leaves the anchorage.

Saga Pearl II

Monday, 29 August 2016

Europa

A month ago Europa 2 visited St Peter Port for a half day visit, this Bank Holiday Monday it was the turn of Europa. She has a reputation as the most luxurious small cruise liner and on some cruises has a Michelin starred chef in one of the smaller restaurants on board. This Bank Holiday the weather is sunny and warm but the seas and Castle Cornet look surprisingly empty.

Castle Cornet

I don't know if any guests made it to Moulin Huet, but the cafe was open today for the many cliff walkers about this morning. With the car park at the top of the footpath it's a steep walk to the cafe and the beach, but Renoir managed to make it for one of his paintings.

Guernsey

It was just before midnight when the Europa left for St Malo and tenders were running well into Monday night giving guests the opportunity to enjoy an evening ashore. Europa is on a cruise from Hamburg to Lisbon and will then head for the Mediterranean, and eventually on to Cape Town and the Far East for Christmas. Taking advantage of her size she visits the smaller ports and Friday will see her in St Jean de Luz, a town at the western end of the Pyrenees.

Europa



Sunday, 28 August 2016

Azura

Compared to the last few weeks the short crossing by tender from the Azura looked not as peaceful as it had been. She is on a two night cruise out of Southampton to Guernsey which seems to attract guests celebrating special birthdays and even wedding dinners.

Azura

St Peter Port had the morning sun which showed off the town cascading up the hills. Not many guests would have made it to one of Guernsey newer restaurants, the cream building with its huts in the gardens, accessible only by steps that climb the hill.

St Peter Port

Azura entered service in 2010 and with her sister ship Ventura were the largest ships in P&Os fleet until the arrival of the Britannia. With Herm in the background she makes an impressive sight as her own tenders come alongside. During the day the Herm Trident also helped out, moving large numbers of guests at a time. Azura made her way back to Southampton just before 6.00pm.

Azura

Friday, 26 August 2016

Prinsendam & Britannia

Last night the Prinsendam arrived at St Peter Port at the start of her Celtic Explorer cruise, sailing down the Big Russel, with calm seas as the sun was setting. No guests came ashore overnight, but plenty were on deck to enjoy their arrival at the anchorage. In the image the Island in the background is Sark.

Guernsey

As the sun set there was cloud on the horizon but it parted just enough to shine on the liner after she anchored.

Guernsey

This morning she had company as the Britannia arrived at the end of a cruise which has taken her to the north coast of Spain. Seas were calm as she sailed along the south coast of Guernsey arriving just as the sun was rising. It seems there have been less cancellations due to weather this year, but that could be just wishful thinking.


Unusual to have two liners in lit up. It was just dark enough for them both to be illuminated with the Britannia on the outer anchorage and the Prinsendam closer to St Peter Port. Temperatures are still high in Guernsey today with not much wind, ideal for guests to enjoy themselves on the island before leaving at 6 pm.  Britannia returns to Southampton and the Prinsendam on to the Isles of Scilly.

Prinsendam

Monday, 22 August 2016

Oriana & Voyager

As the end of August looms and the colder months get closer so a trip to Herm on these last sunny days is called for. The bonus was the view from Herm of the Oriana and the Voyager. Oriana dropped anchor first on a British Isles cruise. St Peter Port was the first port of call with some guests making the most of their long day in Guernsey to take a trip to the smaller island. In the image Herm Trident passes the Oriana on her short trip to Herm.

Guernsey

The Voyager arrived mid morning coming from Ostend. She picked up the Guernsey Pilot off the Lower Heads buoy before sailing towards the anchorage, seen here passing between the Island of Jethou and St Martins Point on Guernsey. Voyager, one of the smaller liners visiting this year, carries just over 500 guests but is still well traveled, spending Christmas and New Year in the Far East.

Guernsey

Although the last to arrive the guests on board Voyager had a shorter tender ride into St Peter Port, and here she is coming up to anchor with the Pilot boat marking the position. She left just before the Oriana at tea time and is heading south for Vigo.

Guernsey Pilot Boat

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Ventura

P&Os Ventura spent Sunday at St Peter Port on her way north from a cruise to the west coast of Portugal and Spain. She made the most of the August weather arriving before breakfast and departing at tea time. The sea front was closed to traffic so guests good make the most of a "Sea Front Sunday"


Guests taking any Bus or Coach tour which goes as far as L'Eree on the west coast may have noticed the geese and ducks that inhabit the fields and nature reserve. What they don't see is that as dusk falls the geese on one side of the road head to the reserve on the other side, some fly, some walk, but they seem to know when there is no traffic!


Before the geese crossed the road the Ventura left the anchorage and headed out on her way to Southampton around the southern tip of Sark. This is the first time I've seen the Ventura in the new colours. I don't remember seeing the eye-catching red line at sea level before on the other P&O Liners, maybe she is a bit high in the water.


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Caribbean Princess & Magellan

Two more Round Britain cruises today, the Caribbean Princess at the start of her cruise and the Magellan towards the end. The Caribbean Princess arrived first with the CMV Magellan arriving at about 7.30am. With the Island of Jersey in the background, the Magellan heads for the closer anchorage to St Peter Port harbour as the larger liner's tenders prepare for their visit.

Magellan

Incredibly calm seas as the Golden Spur, the St Peter Port Pilot boat, heads towards the spot where Magellan will drop anchor. At this time in the morning the waters look empty around St Peter Port as the island wakes up to the start of the weekend.

Golden Spur

The Magellan is the flagship of Cruise and Maritime Voyages.  Her early years were spent as the Carnival Holiday, she had a short spell as the Grand Holiday, in 2014 she became a Hotel Ship for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, all this before joining CMV in 2015. Tomorrow she will visit Honfleur in Normandy before heading for her home port of Tilbury on the River Thames in London.

CMV Magellan

By the way, with 4,000 guests ashore this morning in Guernsey this was a regular sight as guests queued for the round the island bus ride, the 91 or 92. There are other buses that cover the west coast or north coast but this will cost more as you will have to get off and wait for another bus. Depends if you want to spend your time in Guernsey in a queue.


Friday, 12 August 2016

Britannia

Britannia was in town today where guests enjoyed another sunny summer's day. Arriving a little later than normal the tenders were soon running to the harbour. The liner pontoon in St Peter Port, bringing guests to the heart of the town, is proving beneficial, but it maybe a bit small for the larger liner tenders. This guest, making the most of the photo opportunity, gets one of the empty tenders heading back to Britannia.

Britannia

A photo opportunity for another guest, this time on the bridge deck level,  getting her last photos of Guernsey before Britannia sets sail. Only two more visits due here for Britannia before she heads away from Northern Europe for warmer climes. The Union Jack colours look particularly striking in this shot.

Britannia Guernsey

St Peter Port is the last call for Britannia as she heads back to Southampton after a two week cruise to the Mediterranean. One of the last tenders heads back to the liner, as the island of Herm in the background prepares for a busy weekend and the forecast good weather.

Britannia Guernsey