Club Med 2 & MV Explorer

Today a total of 5 cruise ships called at Bergen. Two of the less frequent visitors to the port were scheduled for late evening departures, meaning I was in town to take the following photos of Club Med 2 and MV Explorer.

CLUB MED 2

Completed in 1992 in Le Havre, France, Club Med 2 cuts a striking profile as a large sailing cruise ship. 

Cruise Ship Club Med 2 in Bergen
Club Med 2 moored at Festningskai, seen behind a variety of private yachts
Her traditional diesel-electric power plant is supplemented by seven computer-operated sails, unusual for such a large ship. With a length of 194m, this makes Club Med 2 one of the largest ships of this type in the world.

Cruise Ship Club Med 2 in Bergen
Club Med 2 pulls away from her berth
Cruise Ship Club Med 2 in Bergen
Club Med 2 departing Festningskai, Bergen
After reversing out of her berth and passing between two offshore supply vessels, she made her way out of the harbour to turn and continue northwards towards Olden.

Cruise Ship Club Med 2 in Bergen
Club Med 2 reverses out of her berth
Cruise Ship Club Med 2 in Bergen
Club Med 2 passes a selection of offshore supply ships
MV EXPLORER

Docked just along from Club Med 2 at Skolten Nord was MV Explorer, having arrived from Dublin earlier in the day.

Cruise Ship MV Explorer in Bergen
MV Explorer alongside at Skolten cruise terminal, Bergen
Originally entering service in 2001 for the now defunct Royal Olympia Cruise Line, Explorer is now owned and managed by V-Ships. She is currently being used for the Semester at Sea program, circumnavigating the globe on a 100-day educational voyage with around 700 students.

Cruise Ships MV Explorer and Club Med 2 in Bergen
MV Explorer docked in Bergen, as Club Med 2 moves out of her berth
Explorer is due to remain in Bergen overnight before departing tomorrow evening for Oslo, her next port of call.

The sun sets behind the clouds as Club Med 2 departs Bergen

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