In The Harbour: M/V Balmoral

Today the M/V Balmoral was in St. John’s, kicking off the 2016 cruise ship season! While the weather was grey and dreary (and threatened snow more than once), any passengers I saw around seemed to be thoroughly enjoying their time here. Balmoral arrived around 8:00am, and sailed back out through the Narrows shortly after 2:00pm.

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In The Harbour: October 4th-October 10th

This week unfortunately we only had one large ship come in - the Royal Caribbean cruise liner Legend of the Seas. We were supposed to also have the M/S Insignia, but she cancelled on Monday due to a massive weather system that is supposed to hit sometime this weekend. So while my post will be short this week, I'll try to make it as interesting as possible! M/S Legend of the Seas.

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In The Harbour: September 20th-September 26th

It's my 25th post today! Thanks to everyone who comes back week after week to check out what I have to say. I appreciate all the feedback and support! This week saw another ship, the Royal Princess, cancel her scheduled trip to St. John's due to high winds on Sunday. While that was disappointing, we still had quite a few interesting ships sail in this week, so without further ado, here they are...

M/V Sea Adventurer

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In The Harbour: September 12th-September 19th

This week was busy in the Narrows! Let's keep the introduction this week to a minimum because we have a lot of ships to cover.

M/S Amadea

The Amadea moored in St. John's. Photo by Heather Elliott.

  • Nationality: Bahamas
  • Length: 190 metres
  • Beam: 24.7 metres
  • Weight: 28,856 tonnes
  • Draught: 6.2 metres
  • Capacity: 624 passengers
  • Crew: 292
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Year: 1991

Built in a shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, the Amadea went into service in December 1991. Originally holding just over 600 passengers, she went through a refit in 2006 adding more cabins and more passenger space. She was visiting St. John's on the end of her "Greenland and the New World", cruise, which involved two transatlantic crossings.

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer moored at Pier 17 in St. John's. Photo by Heather Elliott.

  • Nationality: Bahamas
  • Length: 112 metres
  • Beam: 16.5 metres
  • Weight: 6,471 tonnes
  • Draught: 5 metres
  • Capacity: 148 passengers
  • Speed: 15.3 knots
  • Year: 1982

I love all things National Geographic; I'm just going to say that right off the bat. So when I found out that the NatGeo Explorer was going to be in, I was very excited. She was finishing a circumnavigation of Newfoundland, and finishing her cruise in St. John's. She was in port from Wednesday to Thursday, leaving for another cruise to the Azores and Morocco. She has 81 cabins and is outfitted with a chart room, a fleet of 39 kayaks, an observational lounge and an ROV capable of diving to 1000ft. The Explorer is the flagship of the National Geographic fleet, and is one of six ships in the fleet. Additionally, she is specially fitted for ice-excursions with a reinforced hull and travels routes through Antarctic, Arctic, Norway, Greenland, and the Canadian Highlands.

M/V AIDAbella

The AIDAbella brightened up Harbour Drive this week. Photo by Heather Elliott.

  • Nationality: Italian
  • Length: 251.9 metres
  • Beam: 35 metres
  • Weight: 69,203 tonnes
  • Draught: 7.5 metres
  • Capacity: 2,500 passengers
  • Crew: 646
  • Speed: 19.5 knots
  • Year: 2008

Sister to the AIDAluna, the AIDAbella arrived in the afternoon on Wednesday, bringing with her a group of international tourists. The windowed area amidships can double as a nightclub on board, and she even has a nude sunbathing area near her stern (if you're into that sort of thing). The bonus to her arriving so late was that when she left, it was already dark and she looked even more stunning against the city skyline. From here she was heading for Halifax, and then onto New York a city, completing her transatlantic crossing.

M/S Ruby Princess

The Ruby Princess managed to arrive on a gorgeous sunny day. Photo by Heather Elliott.

  • Nationality: Bermuda
  • Length: 288.6 metres
  • Beam: 36 metres
  • Weight: 113,000 tonnes
  • Draught: 8 metres
  • Capacity: 3,080 passengers
  • Crew: 1,200
  • Speed: 23 knots
  • Year: 2008

The final ship of the week was the Ruby Princess of Princess Cruises. Larger than any of the other ones we had seen this week, she towered over the buildings of the city. She usually sails Norway, the North Sea, and the rest of the area. This particular cruise had her going to Norway, over to Newfoundland, and then to New York City. In 2015 she will start sailing out of Seattle along with the Crown Princess. She caters mostly to couples, and was actually christened by a couple from The Bachelorette.

We had a couple of other ships come in this week, but I'm saving them for later on! Hope you all have a fine weekend.

Images this week are my own.