Organized by the Ocean Liner Society
2014 Visit Reports
Revisited ships will not be shown unless significantly revised since a previous visit
2013 Visit Reports
2012 Visit Reports
2011 Visit Reports
Saga Pearl II
2010 Visit Reports
The Ocean Liner Society organise regular ship visits throughout the year. Visits are open to members, accompanied by non-members. Details of visits are sent out to all those members who have registered an interest in receiving such notifications. See the FAQ below for more details on how to participate.
In future, all ship visit notifications will be made by email. If you wish to apply, send a separate sheet and separate cheque for each ship visit to Peter Godliman at the address in the email.
Applications must also include:
1: A current email address and/or land line telephone number.
2: A stamped, addressed envelope if you require your unsuccessful application cheque to be returned.
All applicants will be advised the outcome by email (or telephone) and unsuccessful cheques will be shredded if no SAE is included. All future Ship Visits notifications will be sent to the last recorded email address. We will only resort to Royal Mail if we have no email address on record. These alterations are necessary if we are to maintain the existing OLS fee of £5.00 per person.
2018 Ship Visits
Members will be notified by email or letter of all visits in the table below, except those shown as 'Planned'. Members who have registered and are interested in these, but have not received a notification letter, should consider updating their preferences by referring to the Question: How can I get to go on ship visits?. Registered members will be notified of additional ship visits in due course, including any marked 'Planned' in the table below.
Members who have not registered, but would like to, can also refer to the Question: How can I get to go on ship visits? Only OLS members can register to receive information on ship visits.
This year visits will be “shared” under the new relationship with Silver Travel Advisor. OLS members are being given access to previously arranged “Exclusive to Silver Travel Advisor” events. Places are being allocated on a first come, first served basis.
18 OLS ship visits took place during 2017 to 13 different ships:- Balmoral (Fred.Olsen), Crystal Symphony (Crystal), G Expedition (G Adventures), Hebridean Princess (Hebridean Islands), Koningsdam (Holland America), Marina (Oceania), MSC Magnifica (MSC), MSC Preziosa (MSC), Saga Sapphire (Saga), Serenissima (Noble Caledonia), Seven Seas Explorer (Regent Seven seas) and Zuiderdam (Holland America)
Visits took place at 13 different ports:- Belfast, Dover, Leith, Fairlie, Greenock, Invergordon, Liverpool, Newcastle, Portland, Portsmouth, Southampton, South Queensferry and Tilbury.
10 OLS ship visits took place during 2016, to 8 different ships at 7 different ports:- (Dover, Leith, Newcastle, Portsmouth, South Queensferry, Southampton & Tilbury).
10 OLS ship visits took place during 2015, to 10 different ships at 10 different ports (Dover, Harwich, Liverpool, London (Tower Bridge), Newcastle, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tilbury).
17 OLS ship visits took place during 2014, to 14 different ships at 10 different ports (Dover, Falmouth, Greenock, Liverpool, Newcastle, Pembroke Dock, Portland, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tilbury). Ships visited for the first time were Adonia, Albatros, Amadea, Artania, Astor, Delphin, Funchal (as Portuscale), & Ruby Princess.
17 OLS ship visits took place during 2012, to 13 different ships at 10 different ports (Avonmouth, Dover, Edinburgh (Queensferry), Harwich, Leith, Newcastle, Portland, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tilbury). Ships visited for the first time were Celebrity Infinity, Deutschland, Minerva, Oriana, Voyager & Wind Surf.
14 OLS ship visits took place during 2012, to 10 different ships (5 new to OLS) at 8 different ports (Dover, Dublin, Harwich, Hull, Newcastle, Portland, Rosyth and Southampton).
16 OLS ship visits took place during 2011, to 14 different ships (6 new to OLS) at 7 different ports (Belfast, Dover, Leith, Portsmouth, Rosyth, Southampton and Tilbury).
16 OLS ship visits took place during 2010, to 15 different ships at 7 different ports (Dover, Falmouth, Harwich, Liverpool, Newcastle, Southampton and Tilbury).
A selection of some of the ships visited
In a good year we may have ten visits, but it all depend on the generosity of the cruise line. Most visits take place between April and September, although they can take place at any time of year
If you are a fully paid up member of the Ocean Liner Society and are registered as being ‘interested’ in ship visits, you will normally be advised by email (or letter) of all forthcoming ship visits and will have the opportunity to apply. You may be able to bring a partner or friend, depending on the allocation available. However, members are still required to make their application by form and to send a cheque to the address in the notification email. It is essential that members supply a current email address, since all future notifications will be made this way. To make sure we have your latest contact details, correct email address, and have your interest in visits registered, please update your details using this Form
Send update forms only to the Membership Secretary, Mayes House, Vansittart Estate, Windsor, SL4 1SE
You will be advised in the notification letters and emails where to send your visit booking forms and cheques.
Each year we contact all of the major cruise lines and many of the minor ones too, requesting visits. It is at the discretion of the different lines as to which ships we are able to visit. Not all cruise lines welcome are willing to welcome the Ocean Liner Society onboard with open arms. Several lines have a policy of ‘travel partners’ only onboard. Our past experience has shown that the smaller cruise lines are usually more sympathetic to our cause - which is an added bonus for us because they often have the most eclectic and interesting ships!.
Visits are offered wherever the different lines offer them. Often this is Dover and Southampton, simply because those are the busiest two ports in the UK, serving most of the major cruise lines. Harwich and Tilbury seem to be increasing in popularity with the cruise lines. Occasionally we have secured visits to other ports across UK.
Yes, Members are welcome to suggest ship visits to me via email (email@example.com) or letter, but the cooperation of the cruise lines can never be guaranteed. Any visit that is secured will be offered to all members. We are always on the lookout for interesting vessels visiting our shores, including newbuilds. If you have industry contacts, their details would be much appreciated too.
All cruise lines now require member’s details due to heightened security and the concerns about terrorism. Those details are typically passport details. Passports need to be shown at ports to secure embarkation cards for visitors. All UK ports are now secure and include X-ray machines and metal detectors in the embarkation lounges, as airports have done for some years.
The Ocean Liner Society only charges a small fee (currently £5), to cover the cost of our stamps, envelopes paper and printing. This is in addition to any fees charged by the cruise line. Where the line does impose fees this is usually to cover costs such as onboard refreshments.
Usually cruise lines do not allow children to visit ships. This will be clear on the invitation to apply for a place. This rule is not imposed by the Ocean Liner Society. Occasionally there is an exception and members will be advised when children are permitted. The ship visit fee for children is normally reduced for child places.
Ship visits are one of our most popular activities. If the supply of boarding passes does not meet the demand and a visit is oversubscribed, a ballot is drawn. All members have an equal chance of success. The society officers and committee members do not get any priority. However, missing or incorrect value cheques, missing SAEs, incomplete forms, and late applications often have to be discarded due to time constraints. So please ensure that your paperwork is correct and your chances will automatically increase.
If you have any other queries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org