Saturday, 19 May 2012

Three cruise ships in the Sound

Tonight just after eight o´clock three stylish cruise ships passed Helsingør/Helsingborg in  with a few minutes.

The first ship of the evening was Mein Schiff 2 on its way from Copenhagen  to  Kiel

The next one was MSC Lirica (253 x 32m) heading for Amsterdam.

Cunard´s Queen Victoria (294 x 32m) was the last of the three. Its destination Zeebrügge.

Friday, 18 May 2012

AIDAcara in a bucolic setting

The AIDAcara (192 x 32m), one of the Scandinavian cruise season´s most frequent visitors, looked nice in this bucolic setting early this morning. The ship was on its way to Copenhagen.

(The differences in temperature between water and the ship regrettably created  som  unsharpness)

If somebody on board was lucky, he or she might have caught a glimpse of this beautiful old windmill:

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The Polish tall ship Dar Młodzieży passing by

A tall ship is always a pleasant sight. This afternoon the Polish three masted frigate Dar Młodzieży ("the gift of youth") entered Øresund on its way to Szczecin. The Dar Młodzieży, delivered in 1982 by the Gdansk shipyard, serves as a training ship for the Gdynia Maritime University.


  • Length: 108,815 m (including bowsprit)
  • Width: 14 m
  • Height: 62.1 m
  • Depth: 6.3 m
  • Sail surface: 3015 m²
  • Crew: 176 persons (40 crew and 136 cadets) 

Last year the Dar Młodzieży went through the Sound using her sails, as you can see from the "cover photo" on the right.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Approaching Helsingør

This afternoon I took the ferry to Helsingør from Helsingborg. Here is a mixed bag of shots from the trip.

The Kronborg castle in Helsingør (also known as Elsinore) was this afternoon looking as imposing as always. The spring greenery adds a nice softening touch to the castle.   
The view of old Helsingør is very nice when arriving by the ferry from Helsingborg
This gull also appeared to enjoy the sights in the Helsingør harbour
The small Dutch cargo ship Maimiti passed Helsingør/Helsingborg at the time of  my ferry crossing.  She is on her  way  to Bergen in Norway. 

Monday, 14 May 2012

The first visit of cruise ship MS Discovery this season

The MV Discovery approaching Helsingør  at  about  7 AM, May 14, 2012

This is the MV Discovery (168,7 x 24,6m - passenger capacity 698)  on its first visit to Øresund this season. The ship, which was built by Rheinstahl Nordseewerke GMBH, Emden, Germany in 1972, has an interesting history

In 1967, two well known Oslo firms, Messrs. Fearnley & Eger and Øivind Lorentzen commenced talking about a joint cruise venture. A large number of tenders were received from European shipyards and it was Rheinstahl Nordseewerke GmbH of Emden, Germany, who finally got the bid. They had no previous experience in the building of passenger ships, and consequently joined forces with the well known consultants and naval architect firm, Knud E. Hansen of Copenhagen.
On 10th October 1968, Norwegian Cruiseships A/S was formed to manage the two cruise vessels. For various reasons the two vessels were allotted separate legal entities. The first vessel, MS Sea Venture, was owned by Kommandittselskapet Sea Venture A/S & Co., constituted 19th August, 1970. The other vessel, christened 14th December 1971 and called MS Island Venture belonged to Kommandittselskapet Cruise Venture A/S & Co. Both ships were initially based out of New York, with the Island Venture operating for most of the year on fortnightly schedules to the Caribbean.
Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Sonja of Norway, sponsored MS Sea Venture and Mrs Rut Brandt, wife of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, named MS Island Venture. By the end of 1971, Fearnley & Eger and Øivind Lorentzen had gone their separate ways, with the former keeping the Island Venture and re-naming her the Island Princess, having purchased Princess Cruises.
In 1974, P&O (Peninsular and Orient Steam Navigation Company), a British firm and one of the world’s oldest and largest steamship companies, bought Princess Cruises, which had been a separate American company, and thus acquired the Island Princess. The following year, P&O bought Island Princess’s twin sister, Sea Venture, and renamed her Pacific Princess, better known to one and all as “The Love Boat” (she was the set for the television series).
In the autumn of 1999, Island Princess was sold to the Hyundai Corporation and renamed Hyundai Pungak. Hyundai’s North Korean (born in North Korea, but South Korean citizen, NNoN) chairman chartered two other ships and set up an operation allowing South Koreans to “pilgrimage” to their holy Shrine - Mount Kumgang, in North Korea. He even commissioned the building of a North Korean sea port to realise this dream.
Sadly, Hyundai died in the summer of 2001 and the whole “loss-making” operation collapsed. None of his seven sons were interested in continuing the venture and the ship was “laid-up”. On 31 August 2001, the ship was bought by Gerry Herrod, a British entrepreneur and tour and cruise line veteran who had established Orient Lines in 1991. Back then, Gerry had transformed the former Russian liner, Alexandr Pushkin into the luxury liner Marco Polo. (Orient Lines was sold to NCL - Norwegian Cruise Lines - at the end of 2000).
On the morning of 11 September 2001, the former Island Princess (now mv Platinum) exited the Suez Canal at Port Said, destined for Europe and a $15 million refurbishment. Talks were also continuing at this time between the owner and Voyages of Discovery, and agreement was eventually reached for the ship to be chartered by the latter, with a view to focusing on a wider choice of destinations and unusual itineraries. The ship was re-christened Discovery on 7th May 2003 by Mrs Jenny Smith, in Harwich.
On 10 May 2005 mv Discovery was purchased from Mr Herrod by the parent company of Voyages of Discovery, All Leisure Group PLC nd will continue to operate a year round programme of cruises.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

The Norwegian Sun and Kapitan Glowacki in front of Hamlet´s castle

This is the Norwegian Sun (259 x 38m) in front of Hamlet´s Kronborg castle. The ship, which has a passenger capacity of 1936, left Copenhagen tonight and is heading for Warnemünde.

The Polish tall ship Kapitan Glowacki (23 x 7 m) also passed Kronborg today, about half an hour before the Norwegian Sun. The brigantine  has an interesting history: 

STS Kapitan Głowacki (ex-Biały Słoń, ex. Henryk Rutkowski) - brigantine, sail training ship and flag ship of Polish Yachting Association. Home port Szczecin. The vessel was built in 1944 as a German patrol cutter and was taken in 1945 as a reparation and rigged as a gaff ketch for sail training.

And here you can see the two ships a few minutes after having passed Kronborg: 

The colours of Sweden in Scania

Today was my yellow and blue day. Suits me fine, even if I am not Swedish.

The yellow is provided in abundance by the nearby rape fields, which have began to blossom in the traditional way.