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The Best of 2014

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In July this year I started this blog as a place to keep my growing collection of cruise ship photos. Since then I've had some great feedback and the blog has already grown into what I hope is an interesting and informative place for my readers. So far over 70 ships have been featured, with many more planned.

To mark the end of the first (partial) year I've put together a few of my personal favourite posts from the past 6 months.
SEABOURN LEGEND
In July, Seabourn Legend made her final call into Bergen before being transferred to the Windstar Fleet to make way for newer tonnage. She is a ship I remember well from the film Speed 2: Cruise Control, which, although absolutely dreadful in many respects, provided fantastic access to the ship and her interiors.

She visited Bergen on a fantastic summer day, and I was lucky to catch her departure through the fjords whilst out on a boat trip, which gave me the opportunity to see her underway.
QUEEN MARY 2
Cunard's flagship Queen Mary …

Azamara Journey

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Another update to the archive, with new photos from Azamara Journey's call to the city on 16/06/2014.

Built in 2000 as one of the 8 ships in the R-class for Renaissance Cruises, Azamara Journey started life as R Six. Following the collapse of Renaissance Cruises in 2001, these eight almost brand-new ships were suddenly without an operational owner, and over the following months and years the fleet was scattered throughout the industry, as various lines took up the opportunity to add a modern mid-sized ship to their fleet.

Since her short spell as R Six for her original owners, she has sailed as Blue Star (2003-2005) and Blue Dream (2005-2007) before being transferred by parent company Royal Caribbean International in 2008 to their new premium brand Azamara Cruises (now Azamara Club Cruises), along with sister ship Azamara Quest (previously R Seven).
Azamara Journey has proved successful in her new role, and currently sails worldwide on a selection of itineraries.

Stavangerfjord

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A regular sight in and around Bergen are Fjord Line's cruise ferries Stavangerfjord and Bergensfjord. Operating between Norway and Denmark year-round on the Bergen-Stavanger-Langesund-Hirtshals route, these ships now constitute the only regular international ferry service from the city.

The following photos were taken as Stavangerfjord approached Bergen on Saturday afternoon.

Built in Gdansk, Poland, in 2012, Stavangerfjord entered service the following year. With a length of 170m and a gross tonnage of around 25,000 she can accommodate up to 600 vehicles and 1,500 passengers, with a minimum crew of 70.

Stavangerfjord is notable as being the world's first cruise-ferry powered entirely by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). This technology has been used on large ships before, but it did initially throw up a few challenges, and Stavangerjord's timetables during 2013 had to be modified to account for unexpected difficulties with refuelling.


Fortunately, after a necessary change of r…

MS Trollfjord - Photo Tour

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Up next in the series of photo tours on board the ships of Hurtigruten is MS Trollfjord.

Regular readers of this blog will know the drill by now; MS Trollfjord is one of a fleet of 11 ships that together offer daily departures from Bergen on the Express route along the coast of Norway. The ships serve a dual roll as both cruise ships and cargo ships, and are vital in connecting many of the smaller communities in the northern part of the country.

Scroll down to take a look around her interiors and public decks.

EXTERIOR

A sister ship to Midnatsol, Trollfjord is one of the newer and larger vessels in the fleet. She makes for a handsome sight whilst moored alongside at Hurtigruteterminalen, Bergen. With her slightly squat but attractive profile she is a well presented ship.

Built in Norway in 2002, she has a gross tonnage of 16,140 and can accommodate 822 passengers (640 in berths).

After passing through check-in at the terminal building, passengers are given a short video safety briefing…