12 August 2010

Vision of the Seas, 2009-2010

Vision of the Seas

IMO 9116876
Built 1998, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Tonnage 78 491 GT
Length 278,94 m
Width 32,20 m
Draft 7,80 m
2 435 passengers
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 50 400 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

Vision of the Seas is a member of Royal Caribbean International's so-called Vision class. In actual fact the "class" is not a class at all, but three pairs of sister ships with roughly similar dimensions that have been grouped together by Royal Caribbean for marketing purposes. I don't really have much else to say about this ship. Not one of my favourites in terms of exterior design. She's sleek, at least for a contemporary ship, but the funnel is placed too far aft to look balanced, and the overall design lacks any elements that would make the ship individual or interesting-looking (apart from the too-far-aft funnel that is).

Photographs below are of the Vision of the Seas from Tallinn on 15 July 2009 and Helsinki on 6 July 2010. Click on the image(s) to view full size.

Pulling away from the cruise quay in Tallinn Reisisadam, 15 July 2009.
...and turning around before heading out. 15 July 2009.
Departing rainy Helsinki with Pihlajasaari in background. 6 July 2010. This picture had to be heavily treated to get anything resembling a presentable photo out of it.


  1. Wow, amazing pics. Really awesome, congratulations!

  2. Great pics. But funny how I think it's one of the most beautiful and elegant cruiseships built. Sailed on her in 2009 to Geiranger and Bergen.

    1. To each one their own, of course. ;) There's something about the exterior that just rubs me the wring way, I'm afraid.