13 September 2010

Amadea, 10 September 2010


IMO 8913162
Built 1991, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki, Japan
Tonnage 28 856 GT
Length 192,82 m
Width 24,70 m
Draugth 6,60 m
624 passengers
2 MAN-Mitsubishi diesels, combined 17 300 kW
2 propellers
1 bow thruster
Speed 21 knots

Amadea started life as the Asuka, the sole ship of Asuka Cruises, a cruise brand established by Japan's Nippon Yusen Kaisha (alias NYK Line). Interestingly enough, although NYK are one of Japan's main shipping companies, the Asuka was their first newbuilt passenger ship since the second world war. The Asuka cruised around Asia and the Oceania on cruises aimed at the Japanese market until 2006, when NYK decided to replace her by transferring the Crystal Harmony sailing under their US market luxury brand Crystal Cruises to the Asuka Cruises brand as the Asuka II. The original Asuka was sold to Germany's Phoenix Reisen (or more accurately, a Bahamas-based holding company) and entered service in 2006 as Phoenix's new flagship Amadea.

Photographs below show the Amadea on 10 September 2010, shortly after departing the cruise quay at Katajanokka, Helsinki. Photographed from Suomenlinna. Click on the image(s) to view full size.

On Kruunuvuorenselkä. Notice the larger windows towards aft, evidence of the Amadea's unusual layout with public rooms aft and cabins forward.
Turning towards the Kustaanmiekka strait.
And entering the Kustaanmiekka strait.

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