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October 6th, 2002, 08:53 PM
Cruise ship Zenith of Celebrity Cruises passes skyscrapers of downtown Manhattan (http://www.wirednewyork.com/manhattan/default.htm) on its way to Bermuda. September 2002.


Cruise ship Pacific Princess on the way to Bermuda, with downtown Manhattan (http://www.wirednewyork.com/manhattan/default.htm) and World Financial Center (http://www.wirednewyork.com/wfc/default.htm) in the background.


Cruise ship Nordic Empress (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/royal_caribbean/default.htm) leaves the port of New York (http://www.wirednewyork.com/piers/nypst/default.htm) for Bermuda. May 2002.


October 7th, 2002, 10:22 AM
I like the first one best.
If only JP Morgan didn't block my favourite downtown building...

October 7th, 2002, 11:53 AM
Yup, #1's the best. Taken from Ellis Island?

Seems like I've been seeing more cruise ships lately than ever before....

October 7th, 2002, 12:09 PM
The first picture is taken from Liberty State Park (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/parks/liberty.htm), the second from the schooner Adirondak (http://www.scaranoboat.com/excursions.html), and the third from Jersey City.

October 7th, 2002, 12:16 PM
The second and third ones are too depressing.
I'll have to get used to the new skyline, but do I want to ?

October 27th, 2002, 08:44 PM
The Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship C. Columbus on the background of midtown Manhattan with Empire State Building (http://www.wirednewyork.com/landmarks/esb/default.htm).


April 21st, 2003, 12:25 AM
The cruise ship Norwegian Sea (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/norwegian/default.htm) is going to be in New York on April 27, 2003 for the 13 Day Colonial America cruise with stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Boston, Massachusetts; Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Norfolk, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The cruise ship Norwegian Sea (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/norwegian/default.htm) at the shores of Belize.


Norwegian Dawn (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/norwegian/default.htm) will come to the port of New York from Miami on May 17th, 2003. Next day the ship will depart for the 7 day Bahamas cruise. Nordic Empress (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/royal_caribbean/default.htm) will be in New York every Sunday starting May 4th, until October.

The cruise ships Norwegian Dawn (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/norwegian/default.htm) and Nordic Empress (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/royal_caribbean/default.htm) in Cozumel, Mexico.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/norwegian/norwegian_dawn_nordic_empress_cozumel_20march03.jp g (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/norwegian/default.htm)

The cruise ship Nordic Empress (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/royal_caribbean/default.htm) and Manhattan skyline.


May 25th, 2003, 10:22 PM
Norwegian Dawn (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/norwegian/default.htm) is leaving the port of New York on the way to week-long Bahamas cruise.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/norwegian/norwegian_dawn_ncl_nypst_25may03.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/norwegian/default.htm)

July 27th, 2003, 06:15 PM
The cruise ship Nordic Empress (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/royal_caribbean/default.htm) is passing Intrepid and Pier 84 on the way to Bermuda. 27 July 2003.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/royal_caribbean/nordic_empress_intrepid_pier84_27july03.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/royal_caribbean/default.htm)

July 27th, 2003, 07:06 PM
I have been looking for a good shot of of this part of the skyline for awhile now! THANKS!!!!!!!

Quote: from Edward on 8:53 pm on Oct. 6, 2002
Cruise ship Nordic Empress (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/royal_caribbean/default.htm) leaves the port of New York (http://www.wirednewyork.com/piers/nypst/default.htm) for Bermuda. May 2002.


(Edited by sirhcman at 7:06 pm on July 27, 2003)

July 29th, 2003, 09:12 PM
New Yorkers enjoying a nice day at Hudson River Park's Pier 45, with the cruise ship Carnival Victory leaving the port of New York. In front, the remains of Pier 42.


November 11th, 2003, 03:49 AM
i work on the piers in manhattan and i work on all those ships when they come in its a good job

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November 11th, 2003, 04:20 PM
Do they check all that luggage for 3,000 people? I've heard that cruise ships have the lowest proportional security measures of any other form of travel.

May 2nd, 2004, 10:58 PM
Cruise ship Zenith (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/celebrity/default.htm) leaves New York for Bermuda, with New York Water Taxi (http://www.wirednewyork.com/waterfront/ferries/water_taxi.htm) leaving Pier 63.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/waterfront/ferries/zenith_celebrity_water_taxi_1may04.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/cruises/celebrity/default.htm)

May 3rd, 2004, 11:38 AM
Do they check all that luggage for 3,000 people? I've heard that cruise ships have the lowest proportional security measures of any other form of travel.

yea every bag goes through x-ray its not that bad but the worst ship is the dawn because they make us sort it out by number and that ship holds 2600 passengers so you figure theres about 4k-5k bags it really sucks had to do that yesterday as a favor for my boss..but theres like 4 guys doing it so

February 5th, 2005, 12:14 AM
Very unusual ship berthed today at Pier 88. Anyone knows what ship is this? I can only see L14, or is it LI4?

http://www.wirednewyork.com/piers/nypst/nypst_pier88.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/piers/nypst/default.htm)

February 5th, 2005, 01:08 AM
It looks like an old military transport or medical ship...

February 5th, 2005, 06:09 AM
Royal Navy HMS Albion.


September 17th, 2006, 09:00 PM
Carnival Victory leaving the port of New York.

http://static.flickr.com/94/245993971_f1f1c92cac_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudentas/245993971/)

April 22nd, 2007, 12:01 AM
Carnival Miracle going up Hudson River on 19 April 2007.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/178/467874300_82c2a8b892_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudentas/)

September 29th, 2008, 09:35 PM
Could the launch of the Celebrity Solstice been more poorly timed?

Her inaugural date (http://www.celebritycruises.com/plancruise/ships/ship.do?shipCode=SL) is November 23, 2008

On November 30 she sets sail on her maiden Trans-Atlantic voyage (http://www.celebritycruises.com/search/vacationSearchResults.do;jsessionid=00003so5iDr_Q2 d7opkEzbbC-ji:12hdbcuh7?dest=T.ATL&date=ANY&port=ANY&ship=SL&x=11&y=10),
traveling from Rome (Civitavecchia) and arriving 13 days later in Fort Lauderdale.

Mind the gap!
The world's biggest cruise ship squeezes out of dock and sets sail

People watch the cruiser 'Celebrity Solstice' dragged through the watergate of
the Meyer Dockyard in Papenburg

Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1063793/Mind-gap-The-worlds-biggest-cruise-ship-squeezes-dock-sets-sail.html)
By Eddie Wrenn
29th September 2008

It might be time for the phrase: 'We're gonna need a bigger boat' to enter retirement.

For this mighty vessel, the largest ever passenger ship, dwarfs all that stands next to it, making the thousands of spectators which came to see it's launch look little more than ants as they waved the graceful ship out of the port.

The 315m-long ship is so wide it barely squeezed out of the Papenberg watergates, but ably helped by two tug-boats it escaped on it's to the North sea, where it will head to Denmark.

She is one of five Solstice ships launching between now and 2012, and can carry nearly 3,000 passengers.

And, after thousands of years, landlubbers might be able to escape their phobia of the sea ...

This cruiser is the first one to boast an authentic grass lawn on its top deck.

The ship is 'virtually complete' - 98 per cent, to be exact - and is on track for it's November debut, when it will begin life as a U.S. cruise ship.

Celebrity Solstice is the most widely heralded ship to enter the cruise industry this year

Giant: The ship dwarfs the dock as it is tugged out to sea

© 2008 Associated Newspapers Ltd

September 29th, 2008, 09:53 PM

September 30th, 2008, 12:24 AM
Doesn't seem that theere are plans for it to sail into NY harbor. Perhaps we don't have adequate dockage?

September 30th, 2008, 07:10 AM
Celebrity Solstice.

Ship Facts
Occupancy: 2,850
Tonnage: 122,000
Length: 1,033 ft
Beam: 121 ft
Draught: 27 ft
Cruise Speed: 24 kts
Inaugural Date: Nov 23, 2008


Gross Tonnage150,000 tons (approx.)
Length1132 feet (345 metres)
Beam135 feet (41 metres)
Beam at Bridge147 feet 6 inches (45 metres)
Draft32 feet 8 inches (10 metres)
Height236 feet 2 inches (72 metres)
Passengers2,620 (3,090 max)
Decks19 (17 pax)

New York, 25-Apr-2004

September 30th, 2008, 07:34 AM
Freedom of the Seas.

Largest Passenger Ships

1996 MS Carnival Destiny (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_Destiny) 101,509 BRZ Carnival Cruise Line (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_Cruise_Line) Inc.United States
1997 MS Grand Princess (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Princess) 108,865 BRZ P & O Princess Cruises Ltd. United Kingdom/United States
1999 MS Voyager of the Seas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_of_the_Seas) 137,276 BRT Royal Caribbean International (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Caribbean_International) Norway/United States
2000 MS Explorer of the Seas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explorer_of_the_Seas) 137,308 BRT Royal Caribbean InternationalNorway/United States
2004 RMS Queen Mary2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Queen_Mary_2) 148,528 BRT Cunard Line Ltd.United Kingdom
2006 MS Freedom of the Seas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_the_Seas_(ship)) 154,407 GT Royal Caribbean InternationalNorway/United States
2007 MS Liberty of the Seas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_of_the_Seas)
and MS Freedom of the Seas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_the_Seas_(ship)) 154,407 GT Royal Caribbean InternationalNorway/United States
2008 MS Independence of the Seas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_of_the_Seas) 154,407 GT Royal Caribbean InternationalNorway/United States
2009 MS "Oasis of the Seas" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oasis_of_the_Seas) 220,000 GT Royal Caribbean InternationalNorway/United States

October 16th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Q.E. 2 Makes Final Visit to New York

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/10/16/nyregion/16qe2-600.jpg Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
The Queen Elizabeth 2 docked at Pier 90 at 53d Street on the Hudson River on Thursday in her 710th - and final - visit to New York. The venerable liner was sold last year for eventual use as a floating hotel in Dubai.

By RALPH BLUMENTHAL (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/ralph_blumenthal/index.html?inline=nyt-per)
Published: October 16, 2008

In a parting embrace under the lady lighting the harbor, the Queen Elizabeth 2 slipped beneath the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at dawn Thursday to pay a last visit to New York and a grander new sister ship, before sailing into history after nearly 40 years of luxury transatlantic travel as the fastest passenger ship afloat.

For her final visit — her 710th — the venerable liner, which was sold last year for eventual use as a floating hotel in Dubai, was joined by the four-year-old Queen Mary 2, the latest flagship of the Cunard fleet and a throwback to a golden age of ocean travel before jets, when, as the company slogan had it, getting there was half the fun.

With shrill blasts from its three Tyfon whistles and a 39-foot-long paying-off pennant streaming from the mast — a foot for each year at sea — that traditionally marks the end of a ship’s commission, the Queen Elizabeth 2 (only the actual monarchs warrant Roman numerals, not the ships named for them) split the predawn darkness to begin a day of festivities and souvenir photos by the Statue of Liberty and berthed at Pier 90 at 53d Street on the Hudson River, where the ship tied up around 6 a.m.

As she entered the harbor, she was trailed by the grander Queen Mary 2. The two queens paraded to the Statue of Liberty before the Queen Mary 2 split off to return to its dockage at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

By afternoon, the Queen Elizabeth 2 was due to depart for a final Atlantic crossing back to her home port — Southampton, England — and then two week-long European and Mediterranean cruises, before sailing in November to a final resting place in Dubai, the oil-rich Gulf sheikdom. National investors there bought the ship for $100 million and intend to install her as a permanently moored hotel and entertainment complex and museum at the Palm Jemeirah, billed as the world’s largest man-made island and beach resort.

“It’s very sad, but it was inevitable,” said Peter Knego, founder of a ship buff’s website, midshipcentury.com (http://midshipcentury.com/), and co-editor of another website, maritimematters.com (http://maritimematters.com/), who sails the world preserving bits of nautical history.

“After nearly 40 years of service, she’s wearing out,” he said. “Her day has pretty much come and gone.”

But Mr. Knego, who writes out of Moorpark, Calif., said devotees had expected Cunard to keep the Queen Elizabeth 2 in service for several more years, and are distraught over Dubai’s makeover plans, including, he said, the loss of her 7-story-tall funnel. “If you’re not going to preserve her,” he said, “scrapping her would be a more dignified end.”

“The Q.E. 2,” he said. “will be nothing like the Q.E. 2.”

Thursday’s ceremony was a reprise of sorts, nine months after the first encounter of three queens — the Elizabeth and Mary ships plus the latest Cunard liner, the Queen Victoria, launched last year — in New York harbor last January. The Cunard fleet, the only line still providing regular transatlantic passenger service, is to be joined by a new Queen Elizabeth in 2010.

On the final six-day crossing of the Queen Elizabeth 2, Cunard said, the ship is sailing full, with 1,877 passengers paying fares ranging from $25,445 for a duplex grand suite with verandah, to $2,992 for a plain inside single room. They consume daily — or commonly did, according to company figures, before the financial crisis hit — more than 6 pounds of caviar, 116 pounds of lobster, 200 bottles of champagne and 41 boxes of cigars.

The farewell to New York, to be marked by fireworks salutes and toasts by dignitaries, comes two weeks shy of 40 years after the ship’s predecessor, the Royal Mail Ship Queen Elizabeth, departed New York for the last time, bound for what would turn out to be an ignominious fate: It was initially sold for use as a hotel and resort attraction in Port Everglades, Fla., along the lines of the decommissioned Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., but the project foundered financially and the ship was resold to a Hong Kong tycoon, C.Y. Tung, who planned to use it as a floating university. But during conversion work, the ship caught fire, perhaps from arson; it capsized in Hong Kong harbor and was scrapped in 1972.

Her successor, the Queen Elizabeth 2, displacing more than 70,000 tons and stretching 963 feet in length, was built in the late 1960’s in Clydebank, Scotland, at a cost of almost $70 million (about $460 million in today’s money), and over the years it underwent more than $675 million in retrofits and refurbishments.

She was named for Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the queen mother; she was the wife of George VI, who took the British throne in 1936 on the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, in 1936, and ruled until his death in 1952; their daughter succeeded him as Queen Elizabeth II.

The QE2 collected superlatives. It is the longest serving ship in Cunard’s nearly 170-year history, now powered by a diesel propulsion system that turns out 130,000 horsepower, using 80 tons of fuel an hour, as much as would fill six swimming pools. (The ship itself has two pools, one indoor and one outdoor.) It has a tennis court, a golf driving range, a 13-car garage, a Harrods department store, a theater and a synagogue. Its crew of 1,016 includes 107 cooks, 4 fitness instructors, a disk jockey and 10 “gentlemen hosts” to escort unaccompanied women. (There are no female escorts for unaccompanied men.)

The company grew from a packet ship line founded by the Englishman Samuel Cunard in 1839 to carry the Royal Mail to Canada and the United States. In 1912 Cunard’s liner Carpathia rescued survivors of the White Star Line’s Titanic in the North Atlantic. In 1915 the company suffered its own catastrophe when a German U-boat torpedoed the Lusitania off the Irish coast, with the loss of 1,198 lives.

In 1934, Cunard launched the Queen Mary, followed four years later by the Queen Elizabeth, and both ships were pressed into service ferrying troops in World War II. By the 1950s, Cunard had 12 ships in service, carrying one-third of all transatlantic travelers. But by 1959 with the advent of jet travel, more people for the first time crossed by air than by sea.

Four years after the line launched the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967, the company was sold to Trafalgar House, and then sold again in 1996 to a Norwegian conglomerate, which resold it two years later to Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise holiday group, with some 80 ships.

In 1992, the Queen Elizabeth 2 ran aground 10 miles west of Martha’s Vineyard, forcing evacuation of 1,815 passengers and most of the 1,000 crew members.

The line was joined, in 2004, by the Queen Mary 2, the largest transatlantic liner ever built, costing close to $800 million. The new ship weighs nearly 151,000 tons, more than twice the weight of the Queen Elizabeth 2, and is capable of carrying almost 2,600 passengers. The $522 million Queen Victoria, at 90,000 tons, was added to the fleet in 2007.


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October 16th, 2008, 11:08 PM
QE2 and Queen Mary 2 "Rendezvous" near The Statue of Liberty as part of QE2’s Farewell to America Celebration, October 16, 2008, before embarking on a tandem crossing to Southampton, marking QE2's 806th and final Transatlantic voyage.
The meeting tonight as viewed from the 60th floor of One Chase Manhattan Plaza

October 17th, 2008, 04:17 AM
Great photograph. Thanks for posting.