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Monday, October 10, 2016

In a Video Mood - Part 5 - Launching and Life of Home Lines Homeric of 1985

Although this video is comprised of still photographs - it represents how much ship construction has progressed in a short time. This video shows the launching on Home Line's Homeric of 1985. Built by Meyer Werft, she was the first major cruise liner built by the shipyard. Today the cruise ships are built in a covered dry-docks and floated out upon completion.

Notice in the photos - the ship is constructed on land, outside and slid into the water upon launching. It is really an interesting series of photos. In addition, the graceful and sleek lines of the new Homeric are quite evident in the photos showing her in her Home Lines days.

She was later sold to Holland America and Lengthened and renamed the Westerdam and subsequently sold to Costa Cruises and became the Costa Europa. She is currently (on charter) sailing for UK's  Thomson Cruises as the Thomson Dream. 

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