Earlier this week residents of Poole woke up to a cruise ship entering the harbour. The Amadea, a Phoenix Reisen ship, arrived early at 7:30 a.m. and departed later in the day at 5:45 p.m. It was the ship’s first voyage into port. The ship then left for Tilbury, near London, but a number of cruise ships are due to dock at Poole this year.
The sleek but understated vessel is believed to be 193 meters long and has a capacity of 600 people, which by cruising standards is ‘intimate’. With these ships proving to be a popular and impressive sight, what other large ships are expected to enter port this year?
If you’re wondering what other ships are due to enter Poole waters, and when, then here are the ships arriving for the summer season – and the unusual facilities they have on board.
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Ocean Odyssey: July 15 & September 15
This cruise ship is smaller than most – although it is still one of the largest in Poole Harbor at 104m in length. It was launched this year for the first time and can accommodate up to 162 guests.
It will arrive in September as part of the ship’s voyage from Lisbon to London and is known for its unusually high number of single occupancy cabins. Guests won’t be bored on board as there are also three bars, a gym, two hot tubs and a spa. However, Ocean Odyssey has some impressive practical features. As the operator’s new venture into ‘luxury expedition cruising’, the vessel can also navigate through compacted ice if required.
On March 13, Ocean Odyssey was due to complete its sea trial, ready for its first voyages this summer. However, it already has a sister ship – the ‘Ocean Explorer’ – which docked in Poole in August 2021.
Sea Venture: September 25
Operator: Polar cruises
This vessel was designed and used to circumnavigate Antarctica – but actually makes a trip to Poole. Although this vessel is the most comfortable traveling between icebergs, it passed through Poole Harbor in September 2021.
This vessel is of a similar length to Sea Odyssey at 111.5m long and can carry 164 passengers. It has features that make it suitable for Antarctica, like a heated saltwater pool, kayaks, and even a citizen science lab. Guests can get involved in science projects including the study of penguins and the study of phytoplankton.
However, it also has a beer garden and a sun terrace for days when the weather is above zero. After visiting Poole, the ship is to be picked up by Polar Latitudes in November when it ventures to Ushuaia in Argentina to prepare for a tour of Antarctica.
Amédée: October 2
Operator: Phoenix Reisen
In October MS Amadea returns to Poole for the second time. This vessel is operated by Phoenix Reisen and sails under the flag of the Bahamas.
Although not as large as some cruise ships anchored in Portland, the MS Amadea is still a sizable ship. With a carrying capacity of 29,008 gross tons and room for 604 passengers, she is highly visible at the entrance to Poole Harbour. Facilities on board this vessel include a saltwater swimming pool, two restaurants, a golf garden and a gym. Upon her return, the MS Amadea will cruise to “Western Europe’s finest coastal destinations”.
Passengers will dock at Poole to cruise the Jurassic Coast, visit Bournemouth and Christchurch and even make the trip to Stonehenge.
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