06 July 2011

MSC Poesia in Tórshavn, Akureyri & Ísafjörður 26.-29. May 2011

MSC Poesia

IMO 9387073
Built 2008, Aker Yards Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Tonnage 93 330 GT
Length 293,80 m
Width 32,20 m
Draugth 7,70 m
3 013 passengers
5 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 58 000 kW
2 propellers
3 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

MSC Poesia is the third ship in MSC Cruises' Musica-class (currently numbering a total of four ship and two more under construction). As I have undoubtedly mentioned several times in this blog, this class is a futher development from Festival Cruises Mistral of 1999, via two "intermediate" designs in the form of Festival Cruises' sisters European Stars and European Vision and MSC Cruises' own pair MSC Opera and MSC Lirica. The MSC Poesia was ordered in March 2006, her keel laid in December of the same year, she was launched in October 2007 and entered service in April 2008.

I sailed onboard the MSC Poesia on an 11-night cruise from Kiel (Germany) to Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland. My three-part review from the cruise can be read from MaritimeMatters here. The photographs below show the MSC Poesia in three of the harbours during the cruise. Click on the individual images to view them in larger size.

MSC Poesia at Tórshavn's cozy (for the lack of a better word) harbour on 26 May 2011. The ship was a snug fit in the quay, but there was just enough space behind her for the local ferry Smyril to dock.
A view of the Poesia from Tórshavn waterfront, photographed from the back yard of a local hospital. 26. May 2011.
Two days later in Akureyri, Iceland. Here the quay was actually too short for the ship, which dwarfed the city. 28. May 2011.
A view down from the mountain overlooking Ísafjörður. The "city" had a little over 3 000 inhabitants, while the Poesia was full, meaning there were about 3 000 passengers onboard. 29. May 2011.

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