Saturday, December 21, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the followers of my Blog

thank you to Maritime Historian Fred Claessen for sending me this memorable and Historic photo of the fabulous S.S. ROTTERDAM of 1959 in New York, I can't resist to publish it and wish all the regular followers of this Blog a very merry HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a wonderful 2014, thank you for your continued support.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"ORIANA" in Lisbon

Seen here at Lisbon is the magnificent ORIANA, photos 11.12.2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013


I went recently to China via Dubai Airport, waiting for my transfer flight to my final destination, I had a few hours so time to explore the magnificent new Airport and of course time for a detailed visit to the magnificent Tourist Information and its wonderful facilities. Dubai is today the aviation hub for the region and also the cruising hub of the Middle-East, situated on the crossroads of Europe and Asia on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is today an ideal stop for cruising holidays. The new Cruise Terminals are situated at the heart of the city in Port Rashid reflecting Dubai's rich maritime heritage, today most of the Cruising Operators include the region on their itineraries for a visit or indeed turnaround cruises. For further information on cruising from Dubai as well as for the region's hospitality and heritage, please visit Photos included taken from the Tourist Information Centre at Dubai last month

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The 1997 built "ROTTERDAM" entering Lisbon last September, the ship is the sixth to bear this Historic name, this was the second time I had the opportunity to photograph this ship this year. Photos 22.9.2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Three giant cruise ships in Lisbon last October

Last October, three massive cruise ships were at the Portuguese Capital together, the CROWN PRINCESS from PRINCESS CRUISES, the ROYAL CARIBBEAN INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS and the CELEBRITY ECLIPSE operated by CELEBRITY CRUISES. The INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is currently the largest cruise ship visiting Lisbon at 154.407 G.T., this giant beautiful ship was introduced in 2008. Photos 17.10.2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cruising on MV "FUNCHAL" passenger facilities

                                                    Junior suite on Navigators Deck
                                                       Porto Bar
                                                             Internet Center
                                                        Restaurant LISBOA
                                                          COIMBRA Restaurant
                                                            Beauty Center

                                                 Ilha Verde Lounge and Library and card room below
"FUNCHAL" has seven decks OBSERVATION/NAVIGATORS/PROMENADE/AZORES/MADEIRA/ALGARVE and ESTORIL. Restaurants LISBOA and COIMBRA are located on the AZORES deck as well as the Wellness and Beauty Center, the ship has also a medical Center on deck MADEIRA, the majority of the passenger facilities though are located on PROMENADE deck and include ILHA VERDE LOUNGE, PORTO BAR, GAMA BAR, LIBRARY AND CARD ROOM, SHOPPING ARCADE, INTERNET CENTER, CASINO and sheltered decks, the ship has also on offer a Deck Buffet known as the LIDO on the NAVIGATORS deck.All the passenger facilities are brand new, she retains a very cozy and classic atmosphere for what she has a reputation for decades, very comfortable surroundings without being very luxurious, the ship has 244 cabins which will be reduced for 240 with capacity for approximately 500 passengers. GAMA LOUNGE is shown below. For further photos of the "FUNCHAL" interiors please visit my Facebook Group here Photos taken on board 19 and 20.9.2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

After following "FUNCHAL" for nearly a week it was my turn to step on board as a passenger for the short trip from Porto to Lisbon. This was an exciting moment for me, "FUNCHAL" has been for decades like a toy for me, one of the last original built Passenger Liners from the 60's, the last survivor of what was once a proud Portuguese Mercantile Fleet, she is today a unique ship, there are very few passenger ships like "FUNCHAL", she has rounded lines a streamlined profile with real wooden decks, two of them sheltered, the amount of outdoor space available for her passengers it's just amazing for a ship with barely just under 10.000 G.T., her interiors are full of charm and character. The last time I have sailed on her was back in 1987, she is today a completely different ship in terms of decor, hardly recognizable, what has not changed much throughout the years is her profile and the feeling of being at sea on a delightful ship, some of her decks were actually lengthened and the swimming-pool area completed modernized giving the ship even further additional space for passengers to savour those unique moments of being at sea. The return of "FUNCHAL" to cruising after three years laid-up in Lisbon has been followed all over the World with great interest relegating for second plan most of the new cruise ships. "FUNCHAL" cannot compete with brand new passenger ships, she is a unique ship with a specific market, the market constituted by passengers that love traveling on a real ocean liner and then cruising, to be back on this ship after all these years has been unforgettable for me, she has a special place in my heart and sincerely hope her precious cargo "passengers" will book on regular basis in order to keep this beautiful ship alive for many years to come. Recently I have created a group on Facebook that follows the ship everywhere she goes and brings back her prestigious past spanned for over five decades, to follow this FB group and eventually becoming a member, please click here. Photos taken 19.9.2013 and 20.9.2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"FUNCHAL" at La Coruna, 18.9.2013

It's been twelve days since my last entry on this blog concerning "posts" connected with my ship stalking of "FUNCHAL", after Le-Verdon-sur-Mer and Bilbao, the next port of call for the ship would be La Coruna, I will never forget after the ship's departure from Bilbao I have followed her for over 30 miles on the road that leads to Santander, a delightful journey with the ship always in sight but unfortunately out of reach to my lenses, nevertheless quite an experience. "FUNCHAL" would stay at La Coruna in Northern Spain from 9 am to 3 pm, also in Port the DISCOVERY on a cruise with British passengers and HAMBURG, after some photography at the port, I've decided to wait for the ship's departure, shame about the weather, once again windy with some showers. Photos 18.9.2013