IMAGE ARCHIVE ... "Images of the Month" with captions / context
~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for January 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Norwegian Bliss ~ Portland Port
During summer 2020 Norwegian Bliss [GT168,028/Y2018] and Norwegian Encore [GT169,116/Y2019] came to stay on the Dorset coast. As summer turned to autumn they stuck around along with other visitors such as Royal Caribbean, Marella and Holland America. As autumn turned to winter two of the RCI quartet and two of the HAL quartet fled transatlantic to sunnier shores ... but the NCL pair stayed on. I was struck by two images of Norwegian Bliss taken back in early November by Geoff Moore of Traveltrunk ( https://www.facebook.com/geoff.moore.travel ... https://www.thetraveltrunk.net ) and promised myself if Bliss made it through to Christmas - they would provide our "Images of the Month" for January 2021.
Enjoy the promise of travel yet to come!
Images of the Month for January 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Norwegian Bliss ~ Weymouth Bay
Norwegian Bliss is a cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), which entered service on 21 April 2018. Built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, NCL placed the order for a third Breakaway Plus cruise ship in July 2014 and construction started with steel cutting on 28 October 2016. Norwegian Bliss is sister ship to Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy, and Norwegian Encore.
Norwegian Bliss has an overall length of 333.5m, a moulded beam of 41.5m, and a max. draft 9m. With a gross tonnage of 168,028 and deadweight of 11,700, Norwegian Bliss has 20 decks, 2,220 cabins and can carry 4,000 passengers. Norwegian Bliss has five main engines with total output power of 102,900 horsepower (76,700 kW). The propulsion system is two ABB Azipod XO units with total power of 40 MW, which provides a service speed of 22.5 knots ... while the maximum speed during trials exceeded 25.0 knots.
The hull art for Norwegian Bliss was designed by marine wildlife artist Robert Wyland who is best known for his "Whaling Wall" murals, in which he painted life-sized whales on 100 buildings all over the world.
~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for February 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Cotentin ~ Port of Poole
We are pleased that our ~Ships~Dorset~ FaceBook Group includes local shipping photographer - Kevin Mitchell … and even more pleased that he has provided some great images of Cotentin [GT19,909/Y2007] when she returned to Poole in January. A name with a local history … When Truckline started a freight route between Pool and Cherbourg in the seventies, one of the ships they used was a previous “Cotentin" … have a look at our "Cotentin’74-78" article by clicking the button above. Now - back to todays Cotentin … departing Poole most days early morning with a late afternoon sailing back from Cherbourg arriving late evening in Poole.
~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for February 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Cotentin ~ Port of Poole
From the 1st January 2021 Cotentin [GT19,909/Y2007] has provided a significant increase in Brittany Ferries' freight capacity on the Western Channel, operating a daily service between Poole and Cherbourg which is planned to continue until early April. Cotentin has space for 120 articulated vehicles in 2200 lane metres with accommodation for freight drivers in 116 two-berth ensuite cabins. Built by Aker Yards in Finland, the ship has a passenger capacity of 203 and a crew of 50.
With a length of 165m, a beam of 27m and capable of 23 knots Cotentin has a bigger vehicle capacity than Barfleur. She has served on this route between 2007 and 2013 before being chartered to Stena Line on a Baltic route.