18 July 2011

Silja Serenade in Helsinki, 11 June 2011

Silja Serenade

IMO 8715259
Built 1990, Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Tonnage 58 376 GT
Length 203,03 m
Width 31,93 m
Draugth 7,12 m
Ice class 1A Super
2 852 passengers
3 001 berths
410 cars
1 600 lane metres
4 Wärtsilä-Vasa diesels, combined 32 580 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 21 knots

I found to my surprise I've posted just two entries with photographs of the Silja Serenade and five of her Swedish-flagged sister Silja Symphony. Since such a state of affairs is clearly intolerable, especially as I'm bound by my nationality to prefer the Serenade (honestly the sisters are indistinguishable from each other and so is the service onboard), here are some new(ish) photographs of the Serenade.

Silja Serenade departing Helsinki on 11 June 2011, photographed passing through the Kustaanmiekka strait. Click on the individual images to see larger size.

Turning towards the strait, with Laajasalo oil harbour in the background. The sailboat in the foreground almost caused an accident when they insisted on sailing through the strait simultaneuosly with the Serenade, ignoring warnings from the ship's foghorn (it's possible the crew simply didn't realise they were warnings, as the three cruise ships sailing through the strait before the Serenade had been quite liberal in blasting their typhon purely for showoff purposes).
Let's be honest, she's a big floating box. But a strangely good-looking one at that.
Straight through the strait.
Passing out of the strait, with the sail of sailboat that got out of the way just in time in the foregroundbehind the ramparts.
Can't resist some additional panoramic fiddling. The two-funnel ships that looks suspiciously like the Finnjet in the distance on the right is in fact the Seabourn Sojourn.

The day after tomorrow (20 July) is Kships' 1st anniversary. I'll try to come with something interesting for the occasion.

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