18 April 2011

Silja Festival, 26 August 2007

Silja Festival

IMO 8306498
Built 1986, Wärtsilä Marine Helsinki, Finland
Tonnage 34 417 GT
Length 168,00 m
Width 27,60 m
Draught 6,50 m
Ice class 1 A Super
1 886 passengers
1 937 berths
300 cars or 60 trailers
4 Wärtsilä-SEMT-Pielstick diesels, combined 26 200 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

For a history of the Silja Festival (and some notes on her livery and exterior design), please refer to the previous entry about her. The photographs below show the Silja Festival in the Stockholm archipelago, inbound to Stockholm on 26 August 2007. With  less than a year left for her in Silja Line service, she is sailing into the twilight both figuratively and literally. Photographed from onboard Viking Line's Viking Cinderella. Click on the image(s) to view larger size.

The exterior stylings - both the livery and the shape of the ship - are very successful in my opinion. Although the first variant of this livery, that the ship carried in 1992-1993, was better... and today she looks worse still, with a white funnel does somehow doesn't work at all.
Sailing on Sunshine, to quote one of my favourite musicians.

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