28 July 2010

Regatta, 27 July 2010


IMO 9156474
Built 1998, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Tonnage 30 277 GT
Length 181,00 m
Width 25,46 m
Draught 5,80 m
824 passengers
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 13 500 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thruster
Speed 18 knots

Regatta was originally named R2, the second in a series of eight identical ships built for Renaissance Cruises (I think you can guess what the names of the other seven were). Following the bankruptcy of Renaissance Cruises in 2001 the R2 was auctioned to Cruiseinvest. After spending a year laid-up she was chartered to a new company, Oceania Cruises, which had been founded by Joe Watters and Frank del Rio (the latter having been the vice-president of Renaissance Cruises). For her service with her new owners the R2 was renamed Insignia. In 2003 the Insignia was briefly chartered to TMR, but returned to the fleet of Oceania Cruises after just two months. At this time she was renamed Regatta, the name Insignia having passed to her sister R1, which Oceania took under charter at the same time. Since 2003 the Regatta has remained in Oceania Cruises' service. Oceania itself passed under ownership of Apollo Management in 2007. The same company also owns Regent Seven Seas Cruises and 50% of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Regatta photographed at the Kustaanmiekka strait, departing Helsinki South Harbour on the evening of 27 July 2010. Pictures taken from the north-eastern shore of Kustaanmiekka.

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