Expedition in Le Havre
While on a cruise on the new Celebrity Eclipse, our only port of call was Le Havre.  During the drive to Paris, I spotted what I thought was just some vessel so took a few quick shots through the rather wet window (think the bus had been washed since it wasn't rain).  It turned out to be Expedition, a former ferry turned cruise ship.  She started off as a 3960grt Danish ferry in 1972 called Kattegat unltil being laid up in 1977.  From 1978-85 she was bought and leased to P&O Normandy Ferries after an initial rebuild as nf Tiger.  They were subsequently taken over by Townsend Thoresen and renamed Tiger for her final year out of Dover.  Another rebuild in 1986 after being bought by Finlandshamnen AB, who owned Viking Line, and she had another name, this time Alandsf√§rjan until 2008, where she underwent another rebuilt in 2002.  GAP Adventures bought her in 2008 and gave her the current name and also a major revamp in 2009 at Aker in Finland, increasing her tonnage to 6336grt.
Three days later she turned up in Portsmouth.  To read the review of my cruise on Eclipse, click here.
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