Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 by Peter Knego
Cover Photo: While aboard Silversea Cruises deluxe SILVER SHADOW at Nha Trang, Viet Nam, we watched as cable cars swung high overhead on their way to Vinpearl Land, an amusement park island some two miles offshore. Needless to say, we ended up on one of those cars an hour or so later, specifically to take this 2013 calendar cover shot. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
2013′s desk calendar from P.K. Productions features twelve images of passenger ships captured by cruise journalist Peter Knego during a busy year of travel in 2012. The vessels range from the oldest ocean-going passenger ship in the world, the DOULOS PHOS, to the sparkling, deluxe SILVER SHADOW and the capsized COSTA CONCORDIA. Also starring in this unusual compilation of ships great and small, new and old: the latest Disney Cruise Line twins DISNEY DREAM and DISNEY FANTASY on a first meeting at Disney’s “out island”, Castaway Cay; Oceania Cruises’ brilliant new RIVIERA; the long laid up and endangered ocean liner SS UNITED STATES; the combination sail-and-diesel-powered ships STAR FLYER and WIND STAR; the deluxe expedition cruise ship SAFARI ENDEAVOUR; the classic former Soviet survivor MARCO POLO; the steamboat AMERICAN QUEEN shown in a “race” with the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE; the original “Love Boat” PACIFIC (ex PACIFIC PRINCESS) “on the precipice” at Genoa and the expedition-style NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION in an ice field off South Sawyer Glacier, Alaska. The settings span from Alaska to Monemvasia, Cobh, Louisville and Singapore.
The calendar measures 8.25 by 4 inches and is printed on high quality glossy card stock.
2013 Passenger Ships Calendar
COSTA CONCORDIA: Sideways off Isola del Giglio: When the COSTA CONCORDIA was wrecked by a careless and certifiable captain off the beautiful island of Giglio in Tuscany, not only the ship but the entire cruise industry ended up on its side. 32 people perished and an important ocean habitat still remains threatened by this unfortunate maneuver. I traveled to Giglio shortly after work began to right the hulk in October of 2012, nine months after the accident occurred. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
Double DISNEY at Castaway Cay, Bahamas: DISNEY FANTASY meets DISNEY DREAM: Arguably Disney’s latest pair of mega cruise ships are an impressive sight with their long bows, black hulls and twin funnels. This image was taken at Castaway Cay, Disney’s Bahamian “out island”, in March of 2012, when the two met for the first time after the DISNEY FANTASY’s official entry into cruise service. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
A misty MARCO POLO at Cobh, Ireland: Cruise and Maritime Voyages 1965-built MARCO POLO (ex ALEXANDR PUSHKIN) is one of the last classic cruise ships in existence. Her beautiful lines are enhanced by a mist-drenched sun in this image, taken at Cobh, Ireland in April of 2012 on the 100th anniversary of the TITANIC’s sinking. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
The Great Steambat Race: AMERICAN QUEEN versus BELLE OF LOUISVILLE: One of the highlights of 2012 was the re-introduction of the largest, most lavish riverboat to America’s heartland. During the AMERICAN QUEEN’s maiden voyage for newly formed American Queen Steamboat Company, she entered the annual Steamboat Race against the dowager BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. Here are the two at full speed on the Mississippi. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
Oceania Cruises inroduced its second in a pair of gorgeous newbuilds, the MV RIVIERA, in May of 2012 at a gala naming ceremony in Barcelona. I was later able to capture the ship in her full glory on a sparkling day at Sorrento as she lay at anchor, framed by Mount Vesuvius. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
The “Love Boat” Lingers: PACIFIC At Genoa: In May of 2012, I disembarked the RIVIERA in Venice and took a train to Genoa with the specific purpose of visiting the laid-up PACIFIC, the former “Love Boat” PACIFIC PRINCESS. The sleek ship, which is largely credited with making cruising the industry what it is today, was left to rot after a multi-million dollar makeover went awry and was still in “limbo” when this calendar was produced. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION breaks the ice off South Sawyer Glacier, Alaska: From the decks of the diminutive NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION, I had witnessed an “up close and personal” Alaska like none I had seen before. This photo was taken from a zodiac as the mother ship headed deep into Tracy Arm towards the crumbling South Sawyer Glacier. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
SAFARI ENDEAVOUR at anchor in Red Bluff Bay, Alaska. For those seeking luxury and adventure in a small-ship cruise, there is no better option than American Safari Cruises. In 2012, the line introduced its SAFARI ENDEAVOUR (ex SPIRIT OF ENDEAVOUR) for a season of Alaska cruises that ventured to places, such as the tiny anchorage of Red Bluff Bay, that are off-limits to mass market cruise ships. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
A fully rigged STAR FLYER in the calm Portuguese Atlantic: The four-masted barquentine STAR FLYER is one of three unique combination-sail-and-diesel-powered ships operated by Star Clippers. Once per voyage, conditions permitting, the captain sends out a launch with camera-clad gawkers to film the ship underway and fully rigged. This occurred off the coast of Portugal on an eerily calm morning in September of 2012. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
American flagship emeritus: UNITED STATES lingers at Philadelphia: It was an honor and privilege to spend an afternoon on board the SS UNITED STATES at Philadelphia in October of 2012. I am not alone in hoping this great icon of American ingenuity and maritime prowess can find salvation. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
WIND STAR abeam at Monemvasia, Greece: Windstar Cruises has invested millions in refurbishing its trio of yachtlike cruise ships and the WIND STAR was the first to be completed. This elegant ship has never looked better and is shown here framed by the red cliffs of Monemvasia, Greece. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
DOULOS PHOS “encountered” at Singapore: In 2012, I had the privilege of visiting one of the oldest and most historic ships in existence, the MV DOULOS PHOS. Laid up in Singapore after 32 years as the missionary ship DOULOS, she began her life in 1914 as the cargo ship MEDINA. After World War Two, MEDINA was vastly rebuilt as the immigrant ship ROMA before being transformed into Costa Cruises’ celebrated FRANCA C. Efforts are underway to find this important ship, one of the last in existence with a true counter stern, a new home. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
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