Posts Tagged ‘Marco Polo’

Tilbury Cruise Terminal Invests

October 25, 2017

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London International Cruise Terminal Tilbury continues to invest in its facilities with £1.5m (€1.68m) being spent on refurbishing the old baggage hall.

In addition the roof of the terminal is being renewed at a cost of £1m. The second part of the landing stage was completed at the end of September at a cost of £2.5m which provides for a quay of 350m in length and 10m depth and hence no restriction on the size of cruiseship that can come alongside.

Visiting the port this year for the first time are Voyages to Antiquity with Aegean Odyssey, TUI Cruises and AIDA Cruises. Passengers can travel on Thames Clipper vessels into Greenwich in 35 minutes or to Tower Bridge in 50.

There were 64 calls this year, 55 of which were from Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Next year 71 are booked with 2019 also looking promising. On September 12, TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 3 called as part of a seven-night European cruise. The 293m-long vessel carrying 2,700 passengers is the largest that the terminal has welcomed to date.

(Cruise Europe)

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Marco Polo Meets Britannia

June 10, 2015
(Image Courtesy of Karen Bradbury – click to enlarge )

(Image Courtesy of Karen Bradbury – click to enlarge )

In Marco Polo’s 50th years she has seen many different ships but this is the first time she has met P&O’s newest addition to their fleet, Britannia (left of image).

These two ships met in the beautiful Norwegian town of Flam, which gave their meeting a spectacular backdrop.

(S.Law, CMV)

Malcolm says: See, NOT all ships are the same. That’s what 143,000 gross tonnes (4,324 passengers) looks like compared to 22,000 gt (900 passengers).

Marco Polo review HERE

Magellan & Marco Polo @ Tilbury

April 5, 2015
(Magellan Left, Marco Polo Right - Tilbury 03/15. Click to enlarge))

Magellan Left, Marco Polo Right – Tilbury 03/15. Click to enlarge

The Tilbury cruise Terminal (AKA The London Cruise Terminal) is located on the Thames, in Essex, England.

These days it is a sleepy place, with maybe a few dozen ship arrivals and departures per year. Many of those are ‘Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) ‘Marco Polo’, which homeports there. Fred Olsen has occasionally offered some departures, too.

There was a time that the Tilbury landing stage was a very busy place. It had it’s own railway station at the terminal, a Hotel next door and many Ocean Liners arriving and departing for Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

However, Friday 27th March 2015 was a very busy day for Tilbury, by modern standards. There were two cruise ships in – CMV’s ‘Marco’ Polo and their new flagship ‘Magellan’, which will also homeport at Tilbury.

Marco Polo from the deck of Magellan - Click to enlarge

Marco Polo from the deck of Magellan – Click to enlarge

Magellan at 45,052 gross tonnes and 1,452 passengers is twice as big (by volume) as Marco Polo at 22,080 and 915 passengers. The Marco Polo is 50 years old this year (2015) but Magellan is a mere 30 years old.

I undertook a short cruise on Magellan and have written a review:

New: Magellan Ship review: http://wp.me/PfRKD-35p

Marco Polo Ship Review: http://wp.me/PfRKD-1oF

Malcolm

Tilbury To Gravesend Ferry

August 10, 2014

Slide-show taken yesterday (Saturday 9th Aug 2014) Tilbury, Essex, UK:

Note the ‘Marco Polo’ cruise ship, in the background.