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 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.|