Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ship in port

Posted by Picasa Kicking off the cruising season, the MS Statendam of Holland America Line was in Sydney last week. The company's thirteen ships cruise Alaskan waters during the northern summer (May to September) and then sail down to the Carribean or Hawaii for winter except the MS Statendam which travels further south and sails around Australia and New Zealand between November and February. This luxurious ship carries more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts on board. She is on a 14 day cruise here (view detailed itinerary).
I caught her on Friday morning at 7am as she had just docked in at Circular Quay : the gangways (here still down) were in the process of being installed so the passengers could disembark. It was wonderful to be allowed so close to the ship.

Cette semaine il y avait un paquebot en escale à Sydney: le Statendam de la compagnie Holland America Line. Cet armateur possède treize bateaux qui naviguent en Alaska durant l'été (de mai à septembre) et redescendent vers le sud (Hawaii ou les Antilles) en hiver. Le Statendam, lui, descend jusqu'au Pacifique sud et passe la saison de novembre à février entre l'Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande : voir ici le programme de la croisière. Ce navire à la déco luxueuse transporte pour plus de 2 mllions de dollars d'oeuvres d'art à bord.
Je l'ai photographié vendredi à 7h du matin alors qu'il venait d'accoster et que les passerelles (encore baissées ici) étaient en train d'être installées pour permettre aux passagers de débarquer. J'ai été ravie de pouvoir approcher le bateau d'aussi près.

11 comments:

edwin s said...

With all the walks I've taken down that strip, I've never once seen a ship docked at Circular Quay.

Terra Vecchia said...

il ne manquait plus que le capiyaine Stubing... pour que la croisiére s'amuse...

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Olivier said...

les grands bateaux, c'est du reve. comme le dit terra vecchia, pn se verrais bien jouer a "que la croisiere s'amuse".
tu n'as pas pu monter et visiter ?

large boats, it is dream. as says it will terra vecchia, one would see yourself well playing has “that cruising has fun”.
you could not go up and visit?

bv said...

I am not a cruise fan. But I wish I could be on one of these boats just once, to experience the outstanding entrance in gorgeous Sydney Harbour at dawn, after days and nights on the wild Ocean...

Je ne suis pas fana de Croisière. Mais je dois avouer que j'aimerais un jour être à bord d'un de ces paquebots pour vivre l'entrée à couper le souffle dans cette magnifique Baie de Sydney, un matin à l'aube, aprês plusieurs jours et nuits ballotés en haute mer...

Nicolas said...

Les belles photos appartiennent a ceux qui se levent tot...!

Nathalie said...

Ah Olivier, no I did not ask to visit the ship but as I said, the gangways weren't even set up yet! I would have had to wait a bit. Maybe on the ship's next visit?

And bv yes, coming into Sydney harbour on a ship like this would be pretty spectacular. Not sure how 'wild' the ocean feels when you're on a ship like this. I suppose they have stabilisers and you wouldn't feel the waves much?

Can anyone who's been on a cruise tell us?

alice said...

Te connaissant "voileuse", je doute que ce genre de croisière fasse partie de tes rêves...

zannnie said...

wow, art and artifacts on board!

Cergie said...

Elle est magnifique cette photo
Mon mari a été élevé près de saint nazaire en loire atlantique, alors les ports et les gros paquebots on aime
On adore trainer sur le port de saint nazaire dès qu'on peut
On a loupé la visite du chantier du queen mary II. On regrette

Jazzy said...

that is a great post Nathalie, btw were you waiting for someone from that ship at 7am?
=)