27 August 2010

MSC Fantasia, 27 May 2009

MSC Fantasia

IMO 9359791
Built 2008, STX Europe Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Tonnage 137 936 GT
Length 333,30 m
Width 37,92 m
Draugth 8,45 m
3 887 passengers
5 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 71 400 kW
2 propellers
3 bow thrusters
2 stern thusters
Speed 22,3 knots

MSC Fantasia is the lead ship of MSC Cruises' Fantasia-class (which is based on MSC's Musica-class, which in turn traces it's roots to Festival Cruises' Mistral of 1999). When completed she was the largest cruise ship owned by an European company. Today that accolade is shared with her sister MSC Splendida. Personally I think that compared to her size the exterior design is surprisingly successful. Compared with say Royal Caribbean's similarly-sized Voyager-class, MSC Fantasia looks much more balanced, with more though given to the details and the way they affect the whole.

Photographs below are of the MSC Fantasia departing La Goulette, Tunisia on 27 May 2009. Pictures taken from onboard MSC Sinfonia. Click on the images to view full size.

Outbound from La Goulette at relatively high speed. Passing her fleetmate the Fantasia of course blew her foghorn, with Sinfonia replying. I near dropped my camera into the sea on the first blast out of shock.
Sleek lines, even if she's massive.
Though the aft isn't quite as sleek as the rest of the ship...

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