18 September 2013

Romantika in Riga, 8 June 2013

Romantika

IMO 9237589
Built 2002, Aker Finnyards Rauma, Finland
Tonnage 40 975 GT
Length 193,80 m
Width 29,00 m
Draught 6,50 m
Ice class 1A Super
2 500 passengers
2 172 berths
300 cars
1 030 lanemeters
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 26 240 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 22 knots

For a history of the Romantika, see the first entry on her.

The photographs below show the Romantika on the Daugava river, departing Riga on 8 June 2013. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

Not, perhaps, the best advert for environmental friendliness. The high-rise building on the right is, to my understanding, a former KGB building.
It's hard to believe the Romantika is already 11 years old. It doesn't seem that long ago that she entered service.
She was built, of course, at what was then Aker Finnyards' Rauma shipyard. The big news this week has been that the yards current owners STX will close it down next June.
The Riga riverfront is not nescessarily beautiful in a conventional sense, but it does give interesting background.
Such as the factory smokestack here.
Or the gritty cargo harbour.
Next time: Azamara Quest

14 September 2013

Princess Anastasia interiors, 27-30 May 2013

Princess Anastasia

IMO 8414582
Name history: Olympia, Pride of Bilbao, Bilbao, SPL Princess Anastasia
Built 1986, Wärtsilä Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Tonnage 37 583 GT
Length 176,82 m
Width 28,40 m
Draught 6,71 m
Ice class 1A Super
2 500 passengers
2 447 berths
580 cars
1 115 lane metres
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 22 988 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 22 knots

For a history of the Princess Anastasia, see this entry. Today we will be looking at interiors of the ship, with photos taken during my Princess Anastasia cruise in May this year. If you want to read a full cruise report, I wrote one for MaritimeMatters and you can read it on that website: Cruising Russian Style on the Princess Anastasia Part 1 and Part 2. A Finnish-language trip report will be published in the next issue of Ulkomatala. Now, onwards to the images.

Deck 11 contains the navigation bridge and sun deck.

Lovely retro bench.
Deck 10 has crew spaces and more sun deck space.

Deck 9 is entirely given to crew spaces.

Deck 8 has a VIP lounge forward, followed by a cinema and casino (all of these are in the area of the original extensive conference facilities). These are followed by the atrium which is flanked by a fashion shop and the Night Rabbit Bar discotheque. Aft there are more crew spaces and a sun deck with the outdoors Drunk Rabbit Bar.

Atrium sculpture, looking down from deck eight to decks seven and six.
The Night Rabbit Bar discotheoque's list of enertainment includes a stripper in the evening.
Night rabbit bar again.
Aft outer deck, with the Drunk Rabbit Bar on the right.
Deck 7 is the restaurant deck, with Seven Seas buffet forward, followed by the atrium, Rabbit Bar, and then the Kampai Sushi Bar, New York and Napoli Mia restaurants. Right aft is the Columbus Night Club, the main entertainment venue.

Seven Seas buffet.
Atrium on deck 7, almost entirely unaltered from the ship's original 1986 appearance.
Atrium tables with sea views.
Original 1986 wall clock, with different hour hands for Finnish and Swedish time.
The starboard side has an arcade connecting the atrium to Columbus Night Club aft, with all other spaces on the deck accessible from the arcade. This view is forward from Columbus entrance.
The Rabbit Bar, taking the place of the original pub. Although the details are not visible in this image, all decor is rabbit-related.
Rabbit Bar, with mrs Id modelling.
More Rabbit Bar.
Kampai Sushi Bar. This dining option was relatively expensive and not very popular.
New York restaurant, with mrs Id again modelling.
New York restaurant again.
Napoli Mia restaurant.
The Columbus Night club was given a thorough renovation before the ship entered service as the Princess Anastasia and looks superb.
More Columbus Night Club, facing aft.
Columbus Night Club, facing port.
Deck 6 has passenger cabins fore and aft. Amidships is the atrium with the main entrance (that cannot actually be used in her current service, as all terminals only have passenger gangways linking to deck 4), Bake & Coffee cafeteria, the tax-free shop and a large children's playroom.

P&O Ferries signage in the forward staircase.
Atrium, facing forward and port from the (unused) main entrance.
Atrium, facing aft from the frward staircase.
Bake & Coffee cafeteria, located on the port side next to the atrium.
Arcade connecting the atrium and aft staircase, facing forward. The tax-free shop is to the left (port) and children's playroom (originally the perfumery) to the right (starboard).
A2 class cabin, with mrs Id perusing SPL's uninformative brochure.
The wonder of Finnish ship design: the cabin corridor with a sea view that can be found on both the Mariella and the Princess Anastasia. Why this part hasn't been fixed on either ship and turned into outside cabins is a constant source of puzzlement to me.
Deck 5 is given over entirely to cabins.

Deck 4 is also entirely passenger cabins, with the current main entrance next to the forward staircase.

Deck 3C is the hoistable car platform.

Deck 3 is the main car deck.

Deck 2 has the sauna and fitness center forward, followed by cabins and then engines and other technical spaces aft.

The dressing room of the men's sauna (I was the only one there, hence I dared to take a photo). The suanas has been recently renovated, but although they looked fine there were several problems and oddities below the surface.
The main pool. Notice the sloping wall to the left; deck 2 is at the waterline and the pool is in the forward part of the ship.
Next time: Romantika

03 September 2013

Grand Mistral and MSC Musica on the Gulf of Finland, 30 May 2013

Grand Mistral

IMO 9172777
Name history: Mistral, Grand Mistral
Built 1999, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Tonnage 48 200 GT
Length 216 m
Width 28,80 m
Draught 6,90 m
1 715 passengers
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 31 680 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 22,5 knots

MSC Musica

IMO 9320087
Built 2006, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Tonnage 92 409 GT
Length 293,80 m
Width 32,20 m
Draught 7,70 m
2 550 passengers (lower berths), 3 031 passengers (maximum)
5 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 58 000 kW
2 propellers
3 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

The Grand Mistral was featured in the this blog in the previous entry and probably needs no introduction. The MSC Musica, meanwhile, is the lead ship of MSC's Musica-class, the other ships in the class being the MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia and MSC Magnifica. Interestingly from the point of view of this entry the Musica-class is essentially an evolution of the Grand Mistral's design, via the intermediary designs of Festival Cruises' European Vision -class (today MSC's MSC Armonia and MSC Sinfonia) and MSC's own Lirica-class.

The photographs below show the Grand Mistral and MSC Musica on the Gulf of Finland outside of St. Petersburg, photographed from onboard St. Peter Line's Princess Anastasia. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

The cloudy weather, position of the sun, ship departure times and speeds all conspired together so that I was on the deck of the Princess Anastasia in the right place at the right time.
And the best part is, with the ship backlit like that you don't see the scribbles on her side. ;)
Younger semi-sister MSC Musica catching up on the Grand Mistral.
Mistral obscured by the Musica.
Next time: Princess Anastasia interiors (if I can find the time to look through them. If not, you'll probably get the Romantika instead).