Name history: Catalonia, Catalonia L, Portsmouth Express, Express
Built 1998, Incat Hobart, Australia
Tonnage 5 902 GT
Length 91,30 m
Width 26,00 m
Draught 3,73 m
4 Caterpillar diesels, combined 28 800 kW
Maximum speed 48 knots
Service speed 30 knots
For a recap of the history of the ship, please refer to the earlier entry on it.
The Express has two passenger decks, plus the car deck below them, so be warned that there isn't a huge amount of material to be discussed here.
Deck 3 features the navigation bridge forward, followed by a token outer deck (the entrance to which still displays P&O Ferries signage with access restrictions that are not in effect). The indoors areas are primarily just sitting lounges, with the Fork & Knife cafeteria midships.
|The seating areas are... well, the usual. The seats are much larger than on a bus or airplane, but there still isn't enough leg room for someone of my height.|
|In the forward port corner of the deck there is what at least used to be a children's play area. Now it only has multicoloured seats and a TV screen, so there isn't much to amuse a child of any age.|
|The Fork & Knife cafeteria amidships has both nice outside views from the sides over the two-deck high foyers (which I could not photograph due to people hanging around in them) and gets natural light from the overhead skylights.|
|Bar First has a tropical beach theme - somewhat unusual on the Baltic, but a nice touch never the less.|