© Ray GoodfellowA Double Shot of Costa

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Introduction

With the cruise ship season here in Dover rapidly drawing to a close we have witnessed a mass exodus of ships from the Northern Europe cruise circuit over the last few weeks. Costa Pacifica was in port yesterday and today we have had two further vessels from the Costa Crociere fleet, the Costa ‘neo’ Romantica and the Costa Luminosa.

The Costa neo Romantica departed Amsterdam last night and arrived off the port early this morning. She entered via the Eastern entrance at 0545 and proceeded across the bay before going astern to Cruise Terminal 1. The Costa Luminosa departed Copenhagen on the 6th September and arrived off the port at 0640 and was passing through the Eastern entrance at 0700. After proceeding across the bay she swung in the Western entrance before going astern to Cruise Terminal 2. 

The Costa neo Romantica arrived in relative darkness so please excuse the quality of the photographs, I was travelling light so the tripod was left at home. The Costa Luminosa arrived at dawn and even though I am a regular early riser for work (starting at 0530 everyday) I seldom get to see the sunrise so it was a pleasure to see one of nature’s spectacles once again. The duty tug today was the DHB Dauntless and it was good to see the crew flexing their photography skills as well.

With the season now drawing to a close this will probably be the last set of cruise ship arrival photos from myself this year but have no fear there will be plenty of photographs from our recent announced Irish Sea adventure which is coming up in October.


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Costa neo Romantica crossing the bay 

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DHB Dauntless in attendance

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Swinging in the Western entrance

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Turn complete

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Costa neo Romantica comes astern for Cruise Terminal 1

Sunrise

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Left to Right: Calais Seaways, Rodin, Spirit of France and the Costa Luminosa

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Costa Luminosa approaching the Eastern entrance of the Port of Dover

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Costa Luminosa, Dover Seaways and the DHB Dauntless

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Costa Luminosa heading across the bay

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Costa Luminosa and the DHB Dauntless

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Dover Seaways, Rodin and the Costa Luminosa

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Having crossed the bay its time for the Luminosa to swing around for cruise terminal 2

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Flying the flag

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Sunrise over Luminosa

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Some may say the sun was in the wrong place but I think it adds to the scene

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DHB Dauntless

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Bathed in sunshine

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Stern view of the, well there is no need for me to name this one really is there?

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Costa Luminosa and the DHB Dauntless

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Turn nearly complete

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DHB Dauntless observes the berthing operation

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Turn complete now coming astern

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Coming astern to Cruise Terminal 2

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Morning sunshine

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Costa neo Romantica, Dovorian and a Riley Marine workboat

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One of the Riley Marine work boats heads out to the breakwater where repair work following last winters storms continues

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The Dovorian stands guard during the berthing operation of the Costa Luminosa

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Costa neo Romantica

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Panoramic image of the Costa’s together at the Western Docks

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Panoramic image of the Costa’s together at the Western Docks

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Costa neo Romantica alongside Cruise Terminal 1

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There is not a lot of the old Seacat berth left now

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The old seacat berth is smaller but the scrap pile is bigger


All photographs were taken with a Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS 700D.

All Photographs on this page are the © Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos) 2014, All rights reserved.

I would like to remind you that the photos on this page may not be used without prior permission. If you require high-resolution non watermarked copies of any of my photos for your own private collection or for publication please free to get in contact to discuss your requirements.

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