Saturday, 22 February 2020

Sea Pictures from DOVER: Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
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Post 294
  PaulB, Dover


DFDS Seaways has been awarded the prestigious accolade of ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the 2013 World Travel Awards Gala in Doha, Qatar (30 November) for the third year in a row.

The World Travel Awards, hailed as the premier awards programme for the travel and tourism industry, celebrates excellence throughout the global travel, tourism and hospitality sector. The winners are decided by votes from travel industry professionals and consumers.

In addition to the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ accolade, DFDS Seaways also received the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the European leg of the World Travel Awards held in August 2013. Together, these titles recognise the DFDS Seaways’ commitment to excellence during the last twelve months

“We are very honoured to be awarded ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for three consecutive years. This is a fantastic endorsement of the excellent service and standards we strive to deliver to our loyal customer base. This prestigious award is testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff, who work tirelessly to provide the very best travel experience,” said Max Foster, Passenger Director for DFDS Seaways.

“We believe that a customer’s holiday should start as soon as they board a DFDS Seaways ferry and are committed to continuing to provide the highest quality service and experience for everyone who sails with us.”

DFDS Seaways operates a comprehensive passenger route network, which incorporates six routes from the UK to Europe, via Dover-Dunkirk, Dover-Calais, Newhaven-Dieppe, Portsmouth-Le Havre, Newcastle-Amsterdam and Harwich-Esbjerg, providing passengers a wide range of choice and a gateway to Europe. DFDS also operates a number of ferry routes across the Baltic Sea. For further information please visit or telephone 0871 882 0885.

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You just beat me to it there Howard. Great stuff above there from DFDS SEAWAYS. Yes hopefully some comments from our mariner extraordinaire Ed on this one. Havent seen too much from Ed or the guys lately but with the changing season its difficult...not as many ships etc. Hopefully all are still enjoying things.

Interesting NOTE re GOOGLE : Yours truly isnt a huge Googler but nevertheless I was amazed to find that we have a strong position on Google among the world players. I typed in SEA NEWS the other day and there we were at the top of page 4. I was amazed and pleased at the same time as this particular page here is only going a wet day.

This gives us a great chance to flag up Dover to the wider our best assets of sea, sky, seaport, sailing and ships..leading with our ferries, cruise liners, cargo ships etc etc and much more beside.


Tuesday, 3 December 2013 - 08:16
Post 293
  howard mcsweeney, dover
announced earlier that dfds have won the ferry operator of the year award again.

i suppose we will have to expect ed coming on with the line "unnacustomed as i am to making speeches etc etc".

Monday, 2 December 2013 - 19:48
Post 292
  PaulB, Dover

and enjoying a great deal at the same time. Lille here we come...!!

Lille Christmas Market with DFDS Seaways Smiley
- Travel to Dunkirk from 27 November to 13 December and visit the popular Lille Christmas Market

Smiley Book by 11 December to receive £10 off return crossings and £20 to spend onboard Smiley

DFDS Seaways, the award-winning ferry operator, is spreading some festive cheer with its latest cross-Channel offer designed to help people wanting to visit the Lille Christmas market this winter. Passengers who book to travel from Dover–Dunkirk between 27 November and 13 December will receive £10 off their return sailing and a free £20 voucher to spend in the onboard shop. This means you can cross the Channel on your way to the Lille Christmas market for as little as £48 return for a car and up to four passengers.

The Lille Christmas market, (Marché de Noel), is a perfect destination for a festive trip or short break at under an hour’s drive from Dunkirk. The Flemish city hosts the largest Christmas market in Northern France and is especially enchanting during the festive season. A huge Christmas tree and giant Ferris wheel take centre stage in the main square and the Grand Place and the surrounding streets dazzle with lights, colour and the aromas of delicious food and drink.

The main Christmas marketplace is situated in Place Rihour where wooden chalets sell handmade toys, Christmas decorations, festive food and warming mugs of mulled wine. Lille is also a shopper’s paradise, as the city centre boasts a wide range of excellent shops and boutiques, as well as a number of museums and restaurants that specialise in Flemish and French cuisine. The cobbled streets of the old part of the city have a delightfully old fashioned Christmas feel, and are home to a heady mix of boutique shops and cosy cafes and restaurants.

With your £20 voucher, you can continue your Christmas shopping onboard and take advantage of the special offers available in the DFDS onboard shop. The shop has a range of perfume, cosmetics, wines, beers and spirits as well as confectionery, toys and travel essentials on sale, ensuring there is something for everyone. You can also grab a hot bite to eat in the onboard restaurant, enjoy a drink at the bar or simply take in the fantastic sea views, while the little ones can amuse themselves in the children’s soft play area.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, says: “As the festive season approaches, we’re getting in the spirit of giving with our latest onboard voucher offer and travel discount for passengers wanting to visit the illuminating Lille Christmas market. One of the advantages of travelling by car and ferry is that there are no luggage restrictions, which means you are free to stock up with Christmas presents, regional delicacies or wine and beer.”

DFDS Seaways sails up to 24 times a day between Dover and Dunkirk, providing passengers a luxury onboard experience and flexible, convenient and fuss-free travel options.

To take advantage of these offers, book now or to find out more information, visit or telephone 0871 574 7235.

For more information visit our Lille travel guide to find out more.

For more information on the Lille Christmas market, visit

Monday, 2 December 2013 - 07:57
Post 291
  PaulB, Dover
Twas very pleasant in a somewhat sunkissed Dover today sunday. The picture above was taken early this morning and you can see just how weak the colours are. Not much strength in the sun with the earth barely warming up at all. December is now upon us with all its woes. But Dover still offers these spectacular views to one and all...there are many visitors here today enjoying it all..and very welcome they are too.

The sea was calm if a little bracing but it didnt deter either the seafront promenaders or these guys below sailing. Sunday morning and all's well.

Sunday, 1 December 2013 - 17:26
Post 290
  PaulB, Dover
We had a visit from the UK Border Agency yesterday saturday with their vessel called Seeker. We have seen her here before of course..and as I look now she seems to be gone, sailed off quietly in the dead of night to pastures unknown..she doesnt use her locationing system presumably for obvious reasons..dont want to give the game away to those smugglers!

First picture is from earlier in the day..taken just at the moment the cargo ship Ouro du Brasil came close to shore...presumably to drop her pilot off as seems to be the occasional norm. The Ouro du Brasil was heading right across the South Atlantic to Santos. Now thats a long oul haul in anyone's book.
That's Seeker in the foreground.

Another picture below from later in the day when the light source moved round the bay..
pictures are a wee bit wishy washy unfortunately because of the prevailing light.

Yes a very popular area for fishing Howard..reasons are best known to anglers.
I wonder what they catch there and is it edible?
But yes well done the DDC for clearing the debris and junk away.

Sunday, 1 December 2013 - 07:54
Post 289
  howard mcsweeney, dover
read that one with interest as i happened to be on deal pier a few years back when they were doing the same, and watched open mouthed at the sheer quantity of rubbish that was being brought up.

Saturday, 30 November 2013 - 09:33
Post 288
  PaulB, Dover


There was a boost for local anglers this week when clearance work took place to drag the seabed around Deal Pier - the work took place on Wednesday (27 November), and removed around a ton of debris, including netting and fishing tackle with lead weights.
A trawler was specially commissioned by Dover District Council to clear the area around the pier to help ‘tackle’ debris on the seabed and improve fishing conditions. The work has been carried out to improve the quality of fishing and to clear the seabed, and follows ongoing monitoring and feedback from local anglers.
Cllr Nigel Collor, DDC Cabinet Member for Property, said: “We were pleased to be able to arrange for the sea bed around Deal Pier to be trawled again, to keep the area clean of debris like fishing tackle and line, and to help local anglers.”

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Cracking pictures of the sky below there Phil and well done getting them up Howard. A big fan of big skies myself and those ones are exceptional. Obviously these days its a bit quieter for ships in the harbour, no cruise liners etc, but we are getting much info through from all the main players which is great...but the natural world as it were also qoes down very well. Will be watching for dramatic skies myself in the days ahead with an eye for everything from storms to sunrises.
Well done Phil.

Top picture shows those gentle days beside Deal Pier.
Second pic shows Cllr Nigel Collor.

Saturday, 30 November 2013 - 08:08
Post 287
  howard mcsweeney, dover
not heard the term fallstreak holes before but this is what they look like, all taken by phil smith at samphire hoe 2 days ago.

Friday, 29 November 2013 - 12:18
Post 286
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed Jan some good deals on offer there in Calais with MyFerryLink (see thursdays post 08.09 below). We will try and bring offers from all sides when they are available if we can.. so that readers can enjoy their trip across to maximum effect.

The picture above shows the ever busy dredger David Church working away by the breakwater which it does with regular efficiency. Doing a lot of heavy 'shovelling' this past week. Took the pic above a few days ago. In the background you can see cargo ship Aloe on course for Hopewell in the USA...a long way to go for that one, all the way across the wide Atlantic.

Friday, 29 November 2013 - 08:48
Post 285
  JanT, Dover
Wow what a great offer from MyFerryLink, just goes to show what can be done when people work together, have frequently visited some of the places mentioned so I hope many will take up the offer.SmileySmiley

And some great pictures below of Calais nothing quite like hopping on the Ferry and enjoying a leisurely lunch and a chilled glass of wine, while sitting in one of the pavement cafe's watching the world go by.
Somehow we don't quite manage it here in the same waySmileySmiley
What can I say memories of lovely summer days SmileySmiley

Thursday, 28 November 2013 - 09:33
Post 284
  PaulB, Dover

Fantastic Festive offers in France... from MyFerryLinkSmileySmiley

10% off in nearly 70 shops and restaurants, plus great accommodation deals

MyFerryLink has joined forces with nearly 70 shops, restaurants, brasseries and hotels in Calais and the surrounding area to give shoppers travelling to France a huge array of festive offers. People sailing to France between now and 15 January 2014 with MyFerryLink can get a 10% discount in nearly 70 stores and restaurants such as La Maison des Vins et du Fromage delicatessen, La Fontaine des Fées gift shop and the popular Le Channel and La Sole Meunière restaurants.

There are also exclusive offers at Calais Vins and Franglais Vins wine warehouses and at two hotels; the stylish Hotel Meurice in Calais and, further afield, the luxurious four star Grand Hotel in Le Touquet for any customers wishing to extend their shopping trip into a short break.

Hotel Meurice is offering a double room & breakfast for €72 (£61) per night and Le Grand Hotel in Le Touquet is offering a two-night stay for two people sharing a double room, plus breakfast and three course dinner for just €185 (£155) per person (a saving of 20%). What’s more, travellers spending over £70 in the MyFerryLink onboard boutique will be given a gift of a bottle of sparkling wine or a box of French chocolates.

For full details of all the offers, visit the ‘My Ferry Offers’ page on the MyFerryLink website.

MyFerryLink operates 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £29 for a day return (24 hours) and from £38 for a three day return (72 hours). Other fare offers are available.

>For information on all of these offers or to book, visit or call 0844 2482 100<

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Thanks to MYFERRYLINK for the information above. We have added our own pictures to the mix which focus on the harbour area, although we also have pictures in the archives of the wider town. I am a great fan of Calais myself, a town sometimes overlooked in the gallop south, and I will make use of some of those deals mentioned above. Le Touquet is also a great place to spend time. Yours truly is familiar with the establishments mentioned above. PB


Pictures : top shot shows Calais from the decks of the MyFerryLink Rodin with the fabulous architecture of the Hotel de Ville in the far distance.
Second one shows the harbour by night
Third one a slightly different view of the harbour this time by colourful day
..and the fourth one shows the memorial to those sailors sadly lost at sea.

Yes indeed guys an interesting itinerary from Fred.Olsen below there. Exciting stuff!

Thursday, 28 November 2013 - 08:09
Post 283
  howard mcsweeney, dover
fantastic photo below, i don't know much about kiel but suspect it is not normally very easy on the eye.

the beautiful ships and massed ranks of people looking on show it in a great light.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 - 20:46
Post 282
  ColetteB, Dover
Now I know what I want for Christmas........... Cruising the Baltic on the Fabulous Fred Olsen Braemar......... well I can dream can't I Smiley

Awesome pic below of the Tall Ships Parade at Kiel Smiley

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 19:45
Post 281
  PaulB, Dover

Just to show this particular spectacular cruise idea sailing out of Dover
..what a fascinating schedule and topping it all off with St Petersburg!Smiley


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests a chance to experience some of the best musical festivals in the Baltic on a ‘Scandinavia & St. Petersburg’ cruise in Summer 2014, on board its stylish 929-guest ship, Braemar. This 14-night sailing, M1418, departs from Dover on 26th June 2014, and will take in the internationally-renowned ‘Kieler Woche Festival’ in Kiel, Germany, the ‘Song and Dance Festival’ in Tallinn, Estonia and the ‘Copenhagen Jazz Festival’ in Denmark.

Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“At Fred. Olsen, we always look to give our guests so much more than just a conventional holiday experience; this itinerary offers them a chance to really immerse themselves in the rich culture and traditions of the Baltic cities that they will be visiting, and these world-famous festivals will be a real feast for the musical senses!”

The first port of call is Kiel (Germany), where the lively ‘Kieler Woche Festival’ will be in full swing, from 21st to 29th June 2014. Guests will be able to watch the majestic ‘Tall Ships Parade’, enjoy live music, which will be played all over the city, and indulge in some shopping at the vast number of local stalls and eateries that will line the waterfront.

Next stop is Travemünde (Germany), where guests can discover the wonderful gabled houses, stunning churches, gilded steeples and the unique old town, Altstadt. They can also take a tour to nearby Lübeck, one of the major ports of Germany. Situated on the river Trave, this stunning city is listed by UNESCO as a ‘World Heritage Site’.

Braemar then sets sail for Stockholm (Sweden), where guests can take a relaxing stroll around Skansen, the world’s first-ever open-air museum, visit the beautiful 18th Century Seglora wooden church or discover The Royal National Park, which is more than six miles long, stretching around and through the city.

The cruise then moves on to the opulent city of St. Petersburg (Russia), for an overnight stay. There is an abundance of fascinating and historical buildings to explore, including the Hermitage and St. Catherine’s Palace. An evening at one of the world-class ballet performances is highly recommended.

In Tallinn (Estonia), guests can experience the 140-year-old tradition of the city’s ‘Song and Dance Festival’, which will take place from 4th to 6th July 2014. Featuring 8,000 dancers and 18,000 singers who will perform all at once, this enormous open-air choir concert is held at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, and is a fantastic spectacle that will never be forgotten. The city itself offers an abundance of beautiful churches and cobbled streets and the Town Hall is one of the best-preserved medieval buildings in Northern Europe.

Copenhagen (Denmark) is the final port of call on this Baltic cruise. Here, guests can attend one of the largest music events in Europe – the ‘Copenhagen Jazz Festival’, held from 4th to 13th July 2014. Every summer, since 1979, this festival – one of Europe’s most important international music events – has been taking over Denmark’s capital, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy live jazz on the streets, and in clubs, cafés and concert halls throughout the city.

Prices for this cruise start from £1,299, based on two adults sharing an inside, twin cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes.Guests can also take advantage of Fred. Olsen’s great-value ‘all-inclusive’ drinks upgrade package from just £10 per person, per night, and enjoy their holiday in style without any budget worries.

Fred. Olsen will be visiting 246 destinations in 85 countries in 2014/15, from ten convenient, regional UK departure ports – Southampton, Dover, Harwich, Tilbury, Liverpool, Avonmouth, Newcastle, Greenock (Glasgow), Rosyth (Edinburgh) and Belfast.

Fred. Olsen was delighted to be voted ‘Best Affordable Cruise Line’ and runner-up ‘Best Cruise Line’ in the ‘Cruise International Awards 2013’, and ‘Best Value for Money’ in the Cruise Critic ‘Editors’ Picks UK Awards 2013’.

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm), or visit an ABTA travel agent.

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Many thanks to Fred.Olsen for the picture and info above. A dream cruise for sure with many fascinating destinations and of particular note to us here on Sea News is the Tall Ships Parade at Kiel pictured above. Fabulous.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 08:07
Post 280
  JanT, Dover
Good to see the kids enjoying themselves on the water. As the pictures below show its all part of what takes place in the harbour even in this chilly autumn weather.Smiley

Sea News keeping us up to date with all that goes on in and around the harbourSmileySmiley

Monday, 25 November 2013 - 15:25
Post 279
  PaulB, Dover
It was great to see that the kids are still out sailing away...even in late November. It was fairly blisteringly cold over the water yesterday sunday but still the jolly young sailors were out there enjoying themselves greatly. Weaving this way and that. It looks like such fun indeed. All the while they were looked after extremely well by instructors who hover alongside in RIBs..making sure all okay. Any difficulties and those instructors are right in there to help.

Both pictures above were taken yesterday and the following ones below were taken two or so weeks back.

A jolly time was had by all, even if it was a tad cold.
Will these kids end up as members of the Royal Cinque Port Yacht Club in time? ...they may do indeed.
See the post about the Yacht Club further down the page.

Monday, 25 November 2013 - 07:30
Post 278
  PaulB, Dover
Our old friend the Black Watch is in today, so if anyone wants to pop down for a sunday stroll and catch one of the last of the cruise ships this year.. well now is the time. Weather is calm for a change (as I write !! ) which is good as the dear oul Black Watch has been through some troubles in recent times and we dont want to see her in any difficulties. We want "a calm sea and a prosperous voyage" for all. Hopefully the recent voyage was all a-okay.

As I mentioned previously.. because its late in the year and the days are short it is inevitably dark when the ships arrive and dark when they leave. So here we are with a picture from a previous early morn arrival...
The Black Watch.

AS we see from some of the posts further down the page Fred.Olsen are enthusiastic supporters of Dover, long may it continue..
We will have a bit more on this shortly.


Sunday, 24 November 2013 - 07:54
Post 277
  PaulB, Dover

The Port of Dover is proud to announce its support for the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (RCPYC) in promoting a funding bid to Sport England to improve their historic seafront facilities. RCPYC is one of the oldest yacht clubs in England and is situated on the seafront in a prime position, overlooking the busy port.

Together with the Property & Estates team at the Port, RCPYC will work up a bid to continue a successful programme of refurbishment of the premises which provide accommodation for club members and allied sailing/nautical groups funded from their own resources and largely undertaken by club members.

Despite the success of the RCPYC to date, there is a large part of their basement area which requires attention and funding in order to provide additional and improved facilities for the membership and the many visitors to Dover who use the venue each year.

In order to approach Sport England with an effective bid, RCPYC required security of tenure and a 15 year extension of their lease for their waterfront premises, which the Port of Dover has now confirmed it is happy to provide having reviewed the plans.

Tim Waggott, Port of Dover Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to support our many friends at the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club in this bid. I have seen first hand the improvements made by the Committee and members over recent years, and we are keen that future generations of leisure and community users benefit from this fantastic location.”

Welcoming the announcement, Bernard Sealy, Commodore of Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club said: “We are very pleased that our excellent and continuing relationship with the Dover Harbour Board is taking a further step forward. It is clear that both our organisations recognise the opportunity for port, town and community to work together for mutual benefit.”


Smiley Pictures show some of the fantastic yachting inside Dover Harbour.

Saturday, 23 November 2013 - 18:57
Post 276
  Jan Higgins, Dover
What a depressingly dull and dark picture that is on Sea News.

Friday, 22 November 2013 - 18:16
Post 275
  PaulB, Dover


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines was delighted to host its first-ever ‘Gala Dinner’ on board 929-guest Braemar on 18th November 2013, as the ship stayed overnight in the Port of Dover.

Before departing on a 10-night cruise to Tenerife and Casablanca, Fred. Olsen invited a selection of over 500 of its most loyal and valued guests, potential new customers, travel agents and media partners from all over the country to view Braemar’s facilities and enjoy the fine dining and entertainment on board.

Whilst on this unique ‘cruise to nowhere’ in Dover, guests were treated to a ‘Welcome Cocktail Party’, sumptuous five-course Black Tie ‘Gala Dinner’ and entertainment from popular vocalists Irie J and Idreiss and comedy acts from Micky Zany and Bob Webb.

Nathan Philpot ( pictured above ) Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“Our first ‘Gala Dinner’ evening was a great success, with some excellent feedback from previous guests who may not have cruised with us for some time. It was an opportunity to remind guests just what makes Fred. Olsen different – which can’t easily be articulated, but is so apparent when anyone experiences our unique boutique-style cruising.
“I’m delighted that so many guests have already rebooked and we hope that many more will do so over the coming weeks.”

Barbara Buczek, Head of Business Development & Corporate Affairs at Dover Harbour Board, pictured said:
“The Port of Dover was delighted to yet again welcome Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and MV Braemar to its shores. The evening gave us the perfect opportunity to promote Dover as a destination and showcase the port facilities to Fred. Olsen’s loyal cruise passengers. The cruise business is of huge importance to the Port, Dover town as well as the Kent Region as a whole.

“The Port continues to raise awareness of Dover’s position as the UK’s second busiest cruise port, especially amongst Kent residents who Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are keen to see on-board their vessels that depart from Dover.”

Fred. Olsen will be departing on a total of 12 voyages from Dover for the 2014/15 cruise season, on a variety of exciting itineraries, from an eight-night ‘Paris, Antwerp & Amsterdam’ cruise on board Braemar to an 11-night ‘Highlands, Islands & Ireland’ sailing.
The Braemar herself.

Friday, 22 November 2013 - 07:28
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