Now onwards to the point.
Jewel of the Seas
Built 2004, Meyer Werft Papenburg, Germany
Tonnage 90 090 GT
Length 293,20 m
Width 32,40 m
Draugth 8,50 m
2 110 passengers (double occupancy), 2 500 passengers (maximum)
2 GE/Fincantieri gas turbines, combined 39 000 kW
3 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 25 knots
Jewel of the Seas was the fourth and last ship in Royal Caribbean's swish-looking gas turbine -powered Radiance-class. She entered service in April 2004 and I really have nothing else to say about her. She's been sailing with RCI ever since and seems to have enjoyed a fairly uneventful career.
The photographs below show the Jewel of the Seas departing from Helsinki west harbour on the evening of 3 August 2011, photographed from Sisä-Hattu. Click on the individual images to see them in larger size.
|Pulling away from the cruise quay at Hernesaari. For whatever reasons there were a number of kayakers out on that day - these three had a the debious honour of being featured in my photo.|
|Yeah, it's a bit of a boring photo. But it's a very good-looking ship.|
|Dynamic Jewel and Finnish granite, part 1.|
|The elements were really conspiring to give me a good shot here. That said, it's surprisingly difficult to take a good image when you're laying on your back on rocks.|
|The island, surprisingly enough, also has plants growing on it.|