25 July 2010

Azura, 10 July 2010


IMO 9424883
Built 2010, Fincantieri Monfalcone, Italy
Tonnage 116 000 GT
Length 289,60 m
Width 36,00 m
Draft 8,50 m
3 076 passengers
6 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 67 480 kW
2 azipods (?)
3 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster (?)
Speed 22 knots

Azura is yet another example of the Grand-class cruise ships built by Fincantieri and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The first ship of this class, Grand Princess, entered service for Princess Cruises in 1998. Since then, nine ships of a design either identical to or derived from the Grand Princess have been delivered to Princess Cruises, while two additional ships have been built for P&O Cruises. At the time of writing, Fincantieri are building two further Grand-class derivatives for Princess Cruises, to be delivered in 2013 and 2014.

Images below are of Azura departing Helsinki West Harbour on 10 July 2010, once again photographed from Vattuniemi.

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