28 July 2010

Crystal Symphony, 8 July 2010

Crystal Symphony

IMO 9066667
Built 1995, Kvaerner Masa Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Tonnage 51 044 GT
Length 238,01 m
Width 30,20 m
Draught 7,60 m
1 010 passengers
6 Sultzer diesels, combined 38 880 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

Crystal Symphony is one of the world's largest five-star ranked cruise ships. Crystal Cruises themselves are notable not only for being a successful luxury brand operating (relatively) large ships, but also for the fact that they are owned by the Japanese NYK Lines (Nippon Yusen Kaisha), making them the only Japanese-owned cruise line trading on the international cruise market (several Japanese cruise lines exist for the Japanese market, including NYK's other cruise subsidiary Asuka Cruises).

The photograph below is of the Crystal Symphony departing Helsinki West Harbour on 8 July 2010. Although not entirely evident in the photo, it was raining heavily at the time (1/3 of the normal rainfall of the whole month of July within less than an hour). Due to the rain the picture is a bit smudgy. Photographed from Hernesaari.

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