Sunday, 6 February 2011

Shipping News for 5 February 2011

Seabourn Sojourn

This weekend Seabourn Soujourn made her first visit to Sydney. Her maiden voyage was in June 2010, and she is one of five ships of this line.

The ship has length of 198 meters; beam 25.60 meters and a deadweight tonnage of 32,000 metric tonnes.

I think this makes her similar in size to the old P&O liners Arcadia (219.9 m; 27.6m) and Iberia, though I am completely confused by the changes in measurement to the mass of ships. ( I know the displacement of ships I saw 50 years ago but the changes in measurement make comparison difficult. )

Et in Arcadia ego

The Seabourn Sojourn, however, carries only 450passengers, less than half the number on the Arcadia.

Seabourn Sojourn

She was berthed at Wharf 5 Bangaroo: a new name for the former Darling Harbour terminal.

Rhapsody of the Seas

Rhapsody of the Seas was also in Sydney on 5 February; berthed at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay. She has been coming and going from Sydney all this summer.

Rhapsody of the Seas

Rhapsody of the Seas has operated since 1997. She is one of 42 ships operated by Royal Carribean International. The ship as a length of 279 metres; beam 32.2 metres and a Gross Tonnage of 78,491 tons. This makes her a little smaller than Cunard's Queens Victoria and Elizabeth. So maybe a little more crowded with 2435 passengers.