Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ship Spotting

Mangroves, storm clouds, mosquitoes, fading light...the wait to photograph Rhapsody of the Seas
begins at low tide on the mudflats at Nudgee Beach, Brisbane.

If you love cruise ships, then have a look at this gallery of photos of the ones I've come across.

This gallery can also be seen on my Facebook page, where it can be 'Liked'.

All photos by © Giulio Saggin (unless otherwise stated)

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Legend of the Seas docked at Fisherman Islands, Brisbane, in June 2015.
For five months, from December 2015, she will call Brisbane home for the
2015-16 summer cruising season Down Under.

Crystal Symphony lit up as she is docked at Portside in Brisbane.

Carnival Spirit docked at Circular Quay, Sydney.

The World, docked at Portside in Brisbane.

MS Europa departs Brisbane late one afternoon.

Cunard's Queen Victoria docks at Circular Quay in Sydney.

The Oceania Marina leaves Brisbane at sunset.

Sea Princess is refuelled as she is docked at Portside in Brisbane.

Rhapsody of the Seas is refuelled while she is docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal
at Circular Quay in Sydney.

Ocean Princess is farewelled as she leaves Brisbane en route for Sydney.

Celebrity Solstice docked at Circular Quay, Sydney.

P&O's Pacific Pearl docked next to Celebrity Solstice at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand.

MS Bremen docked at Tauranga, New Zealand.

P&O Cruises' Pacific Pearl shows her patriotic side during Australia Day celebrations
in Sydney Harbour on January 26, 2013, by wearing giant banners (one on each side)
displaying our famous sporting cry: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie". The custom-made banners
were the biggest ever unfurled on the harbour and each measured 100 metres long
by 6 metres high, weighing in at more than 110 kilograms (each). Combined, the banners took
almost 200 hours to print and 160 hours to sew. The Pacific Pearl also donned several
other Australian flags for the duration of the day with two, measuring 14m by 7m, on
her funnel and a third 12m by 6m flag splashed under the bridge.
(Photo courtesy of Carnival Australia/MG Media)

The Crystal Symphony cruises down the Brisbane River at sunset minutes after leaving Portside.

Several 'cruise nerds' (I belong to that tribe!) check out Celebrity Solstice as she is docked at
Fisherman Islands, Brisbane, in December 2012. I cruised on her in March, 2013, and you
can read about my cruise HERE.

Voyager of the Seas docked at Laemchabang, Thailand, October 2012, during my cruise from
Singapore to Fremantle, Western Australia. Read about my cruise HERE.

The Pacific Sun is farewelled as it cruises down the Brisbane River on her last cruise
as a P&O ship, July 1, 2012. She has been sold to what is believed to be a Chinese
company which is likely to launch new cruises out of China towards the end of 2012.

P&O's Pacific Dawn sits in the Cairncross dry dock in Brisbane, located directly opposite the 
Portside cruise terminal she calls home, undergoing a major refurbishment.

The Oceania Cruises' Regatta docked at Portside, Brisbane.
What's with the composite, you ask? Home late from work after walking
around the city for an hour doing 'stuff' meant I was faced with the
prospect of peak hour traffic getting to the other side of the river to photograph 
the Regatta in her entirety (and peak hour getting back).
To give some idea of perspective, the two portholes in the bottom
photo are the end two portholes in the top photo.

A wharf crane sits next to where the Arcadia is docked at Fisherman Islands, Brisbane.

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A refuelling ship sits alongside the Celebrity Century as it's docked at Fisherman Islands, Brisbane.

Okay, I've cheated a bit here but I'd already covered around 70km driving all over Brisbane
doing this and that and, to get a full length shot of the Black Watch docked at Portside, it would have
meant driving another 30km or so getting to the other side of the Brisbane River.
Instead, I've cheated a little and have done this composite. And, so you know, the little
yellow speedboat at the front of each photo is the same boat.

The Queen Elizabeth completely hides the wharf at Fisherman Islands, Brisbane.

Oriana sits at Portside on a grey Brisbane day.

P&O's Aurora, docked at Portside in Brisbane, during her three month, round the world cruise.
She left Southampton, UK, on Jan 4 and is due back on April 12.

Passengers on the Pacific Dawn look at the Seabourn Odyssey docked at Fisherman Islands, Brisbane.

The Pacific Dawn docked at Noumea, New Caledonia.

It's not one of my photos but it was too good to pass up on...the Pacific Sun sits in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day with a huge Australian flag hanging on its port side. An exact same flag was unfurled on the ship's starboard side, too. Both flags measured 44 x 22 metres and weighed over 100kgs each!

The C. Columbus, speed stripe and all, docked at Portside on Australia Day, 2012.

Making my way to the usual (and only) place where you can photograph cruise ships
at Brisbane's Fisherman Islands, I saw the Seven Seas Voyager through the trees.

I do try and get all, or the majority, of each ship (in this case, the Spirit of Adventureinto
every photo I take. However, it's nigh on impossible to do this at the cruise terminal at Portside
in Brisbane  (and there is a 'full' shot of the Spirit of Adventure further into this gallery).
As a result, I've opted for this close-up so you can see the ship in the distance.
That's the Paul Gauguin in dry-dock getting a $7 million re-fit.

Lurking in the Cairncross dry-dock in Brisbane...the Paul Gauguin - in there for a $7 million refit.

I wonder where Santa parked his sleigh? MS Zaandam docked at Portside in
Brisbane on Christmas Day.

The Silver Shadow docked at Portside in Brisbane.

I'll bet they wish they were on board - the Pacific Dawn heads down the Brisbane River and out to sea.

The Sun Princess passes under Brisbane's Gateway Bridge heading out to sea on a 14-day New Zealand cruise.

Bird's eye view - a plane lands at Brisbane Airport as the Rhapsody of the Seas
makes its way out to sea on another journey.

The Spirit of Adventure docked at Fisherman Islands, Brisbane.

Waiting for the fun to begin! The Pacific Dawn docked at Portside, Brisbane, with minutes to go before
setting sail on its 10-night 'Christmas cruise' (is that a last minute passenger racing to get on board?).

The Pacific Sun makes her way out of the Brisbane River.

The Rhapsody of the Seas docked at Circular Quay in Sydney.

The Radiance of the Seas moored at Moorea, French Polynesia.

The Paul Gauguin moored at Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

 The Radiance of the Seas moored at Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

The Pacific Pearl docked at Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The Radiance of the Seas moored at Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

Rhapsody of the Seas makes her way past the wharf cranes at Fisherman Islands, Brisbane, as
she heads off on another journey. The photo of the camera on the tripod at the very start of
the Ship Spotting gallery was taken while waiting for this photo to happen.

People look at the Pacific Dawn as she is docked at Portside, Brisbane.

The Sun Princess makes its way past a ship moored inside the mouth of the Brisbane River.

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All photos by Giulio Saggin (unless otherwise stated).
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