04 March 2012

Silja Serenade in Helsinki, 24 February 2012

As the winter seems to be drawing to a close in Finland, I guess this is a good time to be posting winterly photos. Well, that and the fact that I have made four ferry trips within the last month and all of them of course yielded numerous photographs. The latest trip was a day cruise to Tallinn on the Nordlandia today (first time on that ship for me), though seeing that there is a backlog from the previous trips, you will have to wait for the images from the Nordlandia for a while.

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

The Silja Serenade at the Olympia Terminal in Helsinki on 24 February 2012, photographed from onboard the Viking XPRS. Click on the individual images to see in larger size.

In just nine days the amount of ice and snow has decreased dramatically from what is seen here.
Hiding in plain sight.


  1. I sailed on this ship for it's maiden voyage from Turko. I lived on it for 2 months. I was with the "Amazing Platters". We were the main entertainment on the ship.
    My husband who was afraid to fly, flew over and spent 2 weeks on board. He had a ball as well, in fact I think he had more fun being in Finland and on the ship than with me..?! The Captain even allowed us on the bridge and showed us the magnificent board and controls, telling us how things worked...a rare treat for the two of us! I got to explore almost every part of the boat from top to bottom!
    It was an awesome wonderful time! Can't believe this beautiful ship is now docked! What a shame!

    1. Docked? The ship is sailing normally...

  2. Wonderful! Last time I checked a few years back it was docked so I thought it still was.Thanks it good to know that!I read the info after I had posted this so I see it's had a few up grades etc.,I would love to sail on it again, relive old memories!

    1. Well, all ships need to be docked every few years for inspection of the bottom and maintainance work, os of course she has been docked at times - but that doesn't mean she wouldn't continue sailing.

    2. You are perhaps confusing the terms "docked" and "laid up" or "scrapped"?

  3. No, I had looked it up to try and see pictures of the inside again and whatever site I was on from my search showed several pictures of it and said it was "docked". Thank you for your info and keeping those interested abreast of what is going on! Keep up the good work!

    1. I apologise if I misinterpretated your original meaning, the way you used the word "docked" seemed (to me) to imply a that the ship is no longer in use - which is not the meaning of that word.

  4. No worries! Have a wonderful week!