Author Archives: Patricia Dempsey

Saga Sapphire & Spirit of Discovery in Dover

The 4th July 2019 had the former Saga flagship meeting the new one in their only time in either of their homeports before Sapphire leaves the fleet in May 2020. Since I had seen Sapphire and Ruby on the same … Continue reading

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New Visitor Centre Plans at Greenock

Plans have been approved for an iconic building on the banks of the Clyde at Greenock to welcome cruise ship passengers. The plans, approved today (03.04.19) by Inverclyde planning board, are for a new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery at … Continue reading

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Carnival Comes to Southampton!

Finally, after having Carnival UK & pkc based in the city, the port of Southampton finally gets to see another Carnival ship after Fascination in 1994! When they have sailed from the UK in the past, Dover has been their … Continue reading

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ABP Southampton & Carnival Revamp Ocean Terminal

ABP have announced Ocean Terminal will be expanded to accommodate larger ships, including P&O’s new Iona, which enters service in May 2020. All ships scheduled to use that berth after Queen Mary 2 on the 4th November 2018 have been … Continue reading

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Porto Sold For Scrap – Updated

Sad news breaking about this beautiful classic liner, whose luck ran out when Classic International Cruises went bust in 2012. A baby at just 5,888gt, she began life in 1965 as Istra. Several owners and names followed until she was … Continue reading

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Port of Dover To Name Spirit of Discovery

Saga has today announced that the official naming ceremony of Saga Cruises’ first new-build ship Spirit of Discovery will be held at the Port of Dover on July 5, 2019 – the first ship to be named at Dover following … Continue reading

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70th Cruise!!!

I can’t believe I’ve done so many, though have slowed down a lot since my 50th on Norwegian Breakaway in 2013. That’s due to work and ongoing health issues over the past couple of years so getting my priorities right … Continue reading

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