28th May 2016
Tilbury cruise terminal, on the Thames, London, used to be a sort of nautical Heathrow-airport .
In its heyday you could catch an ocean liner to destinations all over the world, including America, Asia and Australia. It used to have its own railway station and five star hotel next door.
These days Tilbury is a rather sleepy terminal. In the summer months it has a ship, once per week, at most, usually a ‘Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ vessels.
Today was a busy day at Tilbury. Unusually there were two CMV ships docked: the tiny Astoria (1948, formerly called Azores) at 15,614 gt, carrying around 600 passengers and Magellan, CMV’s flagship (1985, formerly Carnival’s Holiday) at 46,000gt, carrying 1,450 passengers.
Magellan dwarfed Astoria, being three times as big. She still retains her Carnival funnel, complete with wings.
Astoria left for Dunkirk this evening and Magellan headed for Ghent.
I have been lucky enough to cruise on both ships and links to my reviews are below.
Astoria review HERE
Magellan review HERE