Cruises 2012
° Cancelled *Maiden Call
AIDAluna
AIDA Cruises
This year AIDAluna opened the cruise season of 2012. The ship had chose the perfect day to visit the city as there wans't a cloud in the sky. The AIDAluna is an almost exact copy of the AIDAsol and AIDAblu. The only difference is that the AIDAluna has one deck is in the front and the aft has a little bit different shape. The AIDAluna will be the last ship of AIDA Cruises to make a series of calls at Antwerp. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 28 March 2012.
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MSC Lirica
MSC Cruises
The MSC Lirica makes her maiden call in Antwerp. It's the very first ship of MSC Cruises to come to Antwerp.  Cruise Port Antwerp had organised several things for the event. One of those things was renting a tug boat to spray a  water curtain in the air during the departure of the ship. There was also shot confetti in the air and hundreds of balloons were launched. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 20 April 2012.
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18/04/2012 AIDAluna AIDA Cruises 252m Germany 08.00 17.00 20/04/2012 MSC Lirica MSC Cruises 251m USA 08.00 15.00 X 25/04/2012 AIDAluna AIDA Cruises 252m Germany 08.00 17.00 29/04/2012 Albatros Phoenix Reisen 205m Germany 08.00 17.00 X 02/05/2012 AIDAluna AIDA Cruises 205m Germany 08.00 17.00 03/05/2012 Marco Polo Cruise & Maritime Voyages 176m UK 10.00 18.00 14>15/05/2012 Azamara Journey Azamara Club Cruises 181m USA 09.00 19.00 19>21/05/2012 Azamara Journey Azamara Club Cruises 181m USA 19.00 23.00 27>28/05/2012 Bremen Hapag-Lloyd Expedition Cruises 111m Germany 14.00 03.00 17>18/06/2012 Europa Hapag-Lloyd Cruises 200m Germany 07.00 02.00 22/06/2012 Black Watch Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines 205m UK 07.30 16.30 14/07/2012 Azamara Journey Azamara Club Cruises 181m USA 08.00 22.00 22/07/2012 Wind Surf Windstar Cruises 187m USA 10.00 16.00 X 26>27/08/2012 Balmoral Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines 218m UK 12.30 13.00 29/08/2012 Star Flyer Star Clippers 110m USA 12.00 22.00 X 31/08/2012° Wind Surf Windstar Cruises 187m USA 12.00 19.00 28/03/2012 DATE M* SHIP AIDAluna CRUISE LINE AIDA Cruises LENGTH 252m ORIGIN Germany ETA 08.00 ETD 17.00 X 01/04/2012 Marco Polo Crusie & Maritime Voyages 176m UK 09.00 18.00 04/04/2012 AIDAluna AIDA Cruises 252m Germany 08.00 17.00 11/04/2012 AIDAluna AIDA Cruises 252m Germany 08.00 17.00 10>15/09/2012 Explorer Semester At Sea 180m USA 08.00 18.00 21/09/2012 Marco Polo Cruise & Maritme Voyages 176m UK 08.00 18.00 29/09/2012 Amadea Phoenix Reisen 192m Germany 08.00 16.00 X 06/10/2012 MSC Lirica MSC Cruises 251m USA 08.00 15.00 06>07/10/2012° Bremen Hapag-Lloyd Expedition Cruises 111m Germany 17.00 02.00 09/10/2012 Marco Polo Cruise & Maritime Voyages 176m UK 13.00 20.00 09>10/11/2012° Sorolla Turkish Floating Exhibition 174m Turkey / / X 15>16/12/2012 Braemar Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines 195m UK 17.30 17.00 17/12/2012 Marco Polo Cruise & Maritime Voyages 176m UK 07.00 17.00 AIDAluna in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
Albatros
Phoenix Reisen
The Albatros is part of the fleet of Phoenix Reisen. It's the very first time that the German cruise line visits Antwerp with one of their ships. The ship has a length of 205 metres. Together with the Boudicca and Black Watch from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines they form the former fleet of the luxurious company Royal Viking Line. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 29 April 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship MSC Lirica in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters Albatros in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
Azamara Journey
Azamara Club Cruises
The Azamara Journey is back after a year of absence. Azamara Club Cruises chooses to make more overnight-calls in the ports they visit. Therefore Azamara Journey will stay several days in Antwerp. The ship has a length of 181 metres and can accommodate 694 passengers. In 2000 the ship was built as R8 for Renaissance Cruises. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 19 & 20 May 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship Azamara Journey in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
Bremen
Hapag-Lloyd Expedition Cruises
This luxurious expedition ship was docked in Antwerp for two years in a row. The ship has a length of 111 metres and is part of the fleet of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. In 1990 the ship was built as Frontier Spirit for Frontier Cruises. In 1993 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises bought the ship and renamed it Bremen. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 27 & 28 May 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship Bremen in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
Europa
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
The MS Europa, the most luxurious cruise ship in the world, called at our city this year. On board there was a special event: 'Europa's Beste'. For this event several starchefs are invited on board the ship for preparing their amazing food for the passengers. At 2 a.m. the ship departed again, on its way to Amsterdam. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 17 & 18 June 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship Europa in Antwerpen - ©Marc Peeters
Black Watch
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
After the Albatros earlier this year, its sistership Black Watch of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines visited our city again this year. The ship departed again at 16.30 p.m. to Amsterdam This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 22 June 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship Black Watch in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
Wind Surf
Windstar Cruises
It's the first time a ship of Windstar Cruises berthed in Antwerp. The Wind Surf is a hybrid between a sail ship and a cruise ship. There are only a few ships like this in the world. The Wind Surf has a length of 187 metres and can accommodate 312 passengers This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 23 July 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship Wind Surf in Antwerpen - ©Oliver Asmussen - oceanliner-pictures.com
Balmoral
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Between the showers the Balmoral docked in Antwerp. Despite the horrible weather there were still several people waiting for the ship to arrive. During the departure the passengers has beautiful sunshine. The Balmoral has a length of 218 metres and can accommodate 1340 passengers. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 26 & 27 August 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship Balmoral in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
Star Flyer
Star Cruises
The Star Flyer is a tall ship with a length of 115 metres. The ship was built in Gent, Belgium in 1991. It can accommodate 182 passengers and 75 crew members. While cruising it is possible to help adjusting the sails. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 29 August 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship Star Flyer in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
Explorer
Semester At Sea
The ship is a student cruise ship. Students are able to board the ship for one semester and sail around the world while they are studying. The ship has a length of 180 metres and can accommodate 836 passengers. The ship was built at the Blohm+Voss ship yard in Germany. This ship was berthed in Antwerp from 10 until 15 September 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship Explorer in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
Amadea
Phoenix Reisen
The Amadea was docked in Antwerp for the first time. The ship has a length of 193 metres and can accommodate 624 passengers. The ship was built in 1991 as the Asuka for the Japanese cruise line NYK Cruises. In 2002 the ship was docked in Antwerp as Asuka. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 26 September 2012.
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Braemar
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
The Braemar made this year an unexpected call at Antwerp. Due to storm at sea the ship changed its route and replaced its original port of call with Antwerp. The ship has a length of 195 metres and can accommodate 977 passengers. This ship was Berthed in Antwerp on 16 & 17 December 2012
View the photo gallery of this ship Braemar in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
Marco Polo
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
The Marco Polo concludes the cruise season for this year. The ship has a length of 176 metres and can accommodate 922 passengers. In 1965 the ship was built as Aleksandr Pushking for Baltic Shipping Company. Since 2010 the ship sails as Marco Polo for Cruise & Maritime Voyages. This ship was berthed in Antwerp on 17 December 2012.
View the photo gallery of this ship Marco Polo in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters Amadea in Antwerpen - ©Sebastiaan Peeters
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