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BALMORAL - May 2012

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Vessels seen in Southampton, Zeebrugge and Le Havre 26 - 29 May 2012 Harbour trip in Le Havre to the container Port 2000
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BALMORAL's Interiors
Please also refer back to my photos in 2008 for differences http://public.fotki.com/Magwa/cruising/balmoral-2008/
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BALMORAL's Marquee Deck, Funnel & Bow May 2012
May 26, 2012

BALMORAL's Marquee Deck 11, with midship pool & 2 jacuzzis, Mast & Funnel.
Also her bow with bell and crane at work loading equipment/goods from ashore. 26 - 29 May 2012
[The figurehead from the Fred. Olsen & Co. 1948 Akers Mek built fruiter BALBLOM ahead of the midships pool. The figurehead, by Per Palle Storm, was previously on Black Prince (ii)'s afterdecks.]

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BALMORAL's Promenade & Aft Decks - May 2012
May 26, 2012

Around BALMORAL's Promenade on Lounge Deck 7, the Bridge therefrom and views of BALMORAL's stern tiered decks, from above showing the aft pool with 2 jacuzzis and below [a trio of panoramas].Potable water being taken aboard, Flagstaff and baggage stacked [covered] on the stern for offloading on arrival in Southampton. A few photos from the quay at Zeebrugge 26 - 29 May 2012

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BALMORAL at Mayflower Terminal - 26 May 2012
May 26, 2012

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' BALMORAL alongside at Mayflower Terminal, Southampton
10:00 - 11:00 26 May 2012

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Blankenberge & Oostende voor Anker - 27 May 2012
May 27, 2012

4 bad photos from the coach of Zeebrugge. A walk along the promenade in Blankenberge with the beach huts and fun velodrome where you can ride odd shaped bicycles, big and small wheels etc.
Photos of some of the many ships at Oostende voor Anker [Ostend for Anchor] taking place over the weekend. Steam ships and sailing yachts, many stalls and bands. Hercules, VIC 96, Rosalie and more 27 May 2012
http://www.oostendevooranker.be/
In the Dover Straits, AIDAmar was in the distance ahead making her way to Le Havre as well and SPIRIT OF FRANCE and NORMAN SPIRIT crossed just in front, but the light was fading and poor photos :(
Short movie clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_GNWtB7eh8

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FRANCE, Le Roman D'une Ville, Le Havre - 28 May 2012
May 28, 2012

Three exhibitions are being held in Le Havre during 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first trip by the liner FRANCE. At MuMa (Fine Arts Museum André Malraux), the Espace André Graillot and an openair museum of photography along the beach.
"After an inaugural mini-cruise to the Canary Islands, FRANCE left a rain-soaked quayside in Le Havre on 3rd February 1962 for her first transatlantic crossing to New York".
http://www.le-havre-tourism.com/sorties-citadines-le-havre/detail.asp?idoi=FMANOR0760002906

Here are the 30 photos adorning the beach huts. They come from private collections, the archives of the French Lines Association, the family of Commandant Croisile, the first captain of Le FRANCE, & professional photographers. Well worth a visit to see along with refreshment at Le France restaurant. A book of the photos, with additional ones has been published by the tourist board - 28 May 2012
The Cruise Terminal at Le Havre also has some additional photos hanging from the ceiling, along with a lovely model of Liberte

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Le Havre - 28 May 2012
May 28, 2012

A few non-ship photos around Le Havre.
The Skate Park near the beach, St Joseph Church, Société des Régates du Havre building, Port de Plaisance/marina, Le Havre Docks Vaubin [old dock buildings now a shopping area http://www.docksvauban.com ] - 28 May 2012
For pictures of the Port of Le Havre please see

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Tram Ride, Blankenberge to Ostend - 27 May 2012
May 27, 2012

Photos taken from the tram between Ostend and Blankenberge, through Bredene and Wenduine. Glimpses of TEF's GARDENIA, cargo vessel PACIFIC SUN, Blankenberge lighthouse and more [it's a magpie hidden in the tree] 27 May 2012
GARDENIA 8097gt Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship 1978 Cyprus
PACIFIC SUN 5281gt General Cargo Ship 2007 Antigua and Barbuda

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