The ShipWatcher Blog

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Coral Princess in Alaska

I've been watching Coral Princess over the last few days as she tours Alaska.

Her webcam has been sending back some amazing shots of this beautiful part of the world.

If you'd like to look through the webcam archives, just go to and browse away. If there's a specific ship you're interested in, just select it from the dropdown.

If you find any you like, please let me know and I'll let everyone else know about them!

Friday, May 8, 2009


A postcard I sent home to Liz and the kids during my cruise between Sydney and Auckland.

The purser very kindly stamped it with the big black ship stamp before I posted it.

Unfortunately Aurora had problems with a thruster bearing during that leg of the voyage, so we missed a few ports, but it was still very enjoyable.

Built in 2000 for P&O, Aurora is 270m long, and over 76,000 GRT. She normally cruises at about 24 knots and usually does one circumnavigation in Feb / March each year.

Pacific Dawn Webcam Slideshow

Some random shots from Pacific Dawn's webcam visiting some great places in the South Pacific. Browse more photos at

Monday, May 4, 2009

Postcard: RMS Queen Mary 2

RMS Queen Mary 2
Originally uploaded by MagicTyger
A postcard from Wendy, who works on Cunard's flagship RMS Queen Mary 2. This postcard was sent recently while she was crossing the North Atlantic from Southampton to New York.

Thanks Wendy!

Queen Mary 2 was launched in 2003.

She has a length of 345m (1,132 feet) and a tonnage of 148,528 GRT. With a displacement of about 76,000 tonnes, she is the heaviest passenger ship in the world, eclipsing RCI's Freedom of the Seas, which although having a higher tonnage, only displaces 64,000 tonnes.

QM2 cruises at about 30 knots, making her the fastest ocean liner on the seas today.

She's too wide (41m / 135 feet) to pass through the Panama Canal, which means that during circumnavigations she must sail around Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America.

Source: Wikipedia