2 Oct 2017

MV Balmoral at Penmon.

When we first arrived at the South East tip of Anglesey - Penmon Point with it's spectacular 
lighthouse and view of Puffin Island, the heritage vessel, MV Balmoral was resting and apparently sheltering from a storm further down the Irish Sea.
* instead of heritage vessel allegedly you can use - vintage excursion ship. Launched in 1949 as an Isle of Wight ferry it is in service as a coastal day tripper and is on the register of historic ships.
Shortly after we arrived almost on cue for the awaiting photographers she sailed quite majestically, I thought, between Puffin Island and the lighthouse 
Then as a perfect fit in front of Puffin Island........ 

 Round the end of Anglesey and down the Menai Straits towards Beaumaris and Menai Bridge.
It could be said therefore that we were definitely in the right place at the right time!!
Love it when a plan comes together!!


17 Sep 2017

Craig Y Mor.........






And for nerdy watchers of the above, also featured in the programme Trearddur's launch vessel!!


15 Aug 2017

A little bit shippy!!

In a harbour far far away was a lonely German cruise ship...... her passengers and crew despatched across the whole of North Wales.
Holyhead is lonely if you are not a ferry, she thought!




Holyhead is very lonely when you are called Mein Schiff and you are in Wales!!

Little did she know that in the space of half an hour she would be joined by not one,







not two 









but three Irish Sea ferries!

This third one didn't really seem to be much of a ship at all - these ferries can be so funny!!



She is seen first with Ulysees,
then Ulysees and Stena Adventurer 

and then Ulysees, Stena Adventurer and Jonathan Swift!
She was so excited at not being on 
her own any more!!

As a postscript to this little story, I have to tell you that while I was taking the pics from a nearby beach I knew she was with the TUI group and German but I didn't know her name! So we went to the other side of the harbour towards the Breakwater country park and found her name was not a secret!!



12 Jun 2017

and.... Sunday.

Less than a year old and one of the most luxurious  cruise ships ever built - this was Sunday's ship on the Mersey. 
Seven Seas Explorer for Regent.




10 Jun 2017

Saturday on the Mersey!!




Princess Cruises with Caribbean Princess, the largest cruise ship of the week so far was Liverpool's visitor today. She is huge in all directions
 












but especially her height
and made our Royal Iris ferry look tiny!


9 Jun 2017

Mersey week Day 5

Friday and it is MV Boudicca has been sailing the seven seas since 1975 and since 2005 with Fred Olsen.

Pictured here at Liverpool, on its own
and with Mersey ferry Snowdrop.



7 Jun 2017

Day 3 Mersey week!!

Today's visitor at this busy start to the Liverpool cruise terminal's 10th year
was Prinsendam of the Holland America cruise line.
Today's pics are up close and personal as they were taken from the quayside in Liverpool!

How cute they even have a cruise ship on the funnel
and have the name of the ship on the gang plank!!