Cruise Season 2012

September 20, 2012

Boat watching has become a hobby of mine since I discovered Harbour Grounds shortly after I moved to Corner Brook last year.

Corner Brook’s port is normally not very busy, but when vessels do arrive, they add to the photographic flavour of the Bay of Islands and provides an economic boost to local businesses.

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, in port September 30, 2011.

The cruise ship season brings in a massive temporary influx of people. The sight of these huge beautiful ships towering over the water is a spectacular testimony of human engineering and comfort.

Click here to see what ships are docked at Corner Brook Port or moving around the Bay of Islands.

The 2012 cruise season began in July with the arrival of Holland America’s MS Maasdam.

The Maasdam is 220m long, and has 10 decks. She can carry 1258 passengers, and a crew of 580.

Holland America’s Maasdam



On Saturday, September 15th, the season began in earnest with NCL’s Norwegian Gem.


Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem

The Gem is 294 meters long, with 15 decks. She can hold 2384 passengers, and requires a crew of 1154 to run her.

Passengers boarding buses to tour them around Corner Brook.

The length of the Gem, photographed from Humber Road.

I was photographing the ship as I was out and about getting my remaining school supplies and some miscellaneous items. Note that an anniversary sale at Walmart, a tax-free weekend at Dominion across the street, and an influx of close to 3000 cruise ship passengers created a perfect storm of crowds on Murphy Square.

The cruise ship season will continue in Corner Brook until October 27. Get out, see the spectacular ships and meet the passengers.

Note:  This is my last weekly column. After this week, I’ll be running columns on a biweekly basis (every two weeks) to maintain the quality of my writing as I focus on a heavy semester workload. On my “off” weeks, I may submit a standalone photo. Thanks for reading!