20 May 2011

Vision of the Seas, 12 May 2011

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
Draugth 7,80 m
2 435 passengers
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 50 400 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

During the summers of 2010 and 2011 Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas has been sailing on one-week cruises on the Baltic with Stockholm as the port of departure. It's in fact also possible to start the cruise from Helsinki, but in these cases the cruise still ends in Stockholm, making it only a six-night cruise which reportedly even costs more than the full seven-night Stockholm to Stockholm cruise (I admit I haven't actually checked it out myself).

The photograhps below show the Vision of the Seas departing from Helsinki's Länsisatama on 12 May 2011. Photographed from Lauttasaari. Click on the individual images to view larger size.

I continue to think the funnel is placed too far aft on this ship. It would (probably) look much better if it were actually attached to the observation lounge like on earlier RCI ships.
This was actually a slightly misty day, but fortunately the wonders of treating pictures on your computer always bring out the best in any photo.
Pihlajasaari, as always, in the background as the ship is slipping out to the open seas.
And the mandatory panoramic photo.

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