19 August 2012

Isabella off Kobba Klintar, 24 June 2012


IMO 8700723
Built 1989, Brodogradiliste Split, Yugoslavia
Tonnage 35 154 GT
Length 169,40 m
Width 27,60 m
Draugth 6,40 m
2 480 passengers
2 166 berths
364 cars
900 lane metres
4 Wärtsilä-Pielstick diesels, combined 23 760 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 21,5 knots

For a history of the Isabella, see this previous entry. It also seems we are nearing the last few months when you can photograph the Bella; her replacement Viking Grace is due for delivery in mid-January 2013 and the most recent reports indicate that on the delivery of the Viking Grace the Isabella will be sold. It will be interesting to see who the Isabella will actually be sold to. She is actually a rather elderly ship, and while her interiors are in surprisingly good condition (considering the fact she's spent the last 15 years on the very punishing Turku-Stockholm service), she has been plagued all her life with engine problems. So, if you want to travel on this ship and haven't yet done so, do it now.

The photographs below show the Isabella inbound to Mariehamn on 24 June 2012, photographed from the former pilot station Kobba Klintar. Click on the images to see in larger size.

Isabella with that lighthouse.
And slightly further, without that lighthouse.
Well-kept for a soon-to-be-sold ship. Though when seen in the flesh it was evident that the funnel in particular was in need of a new lick of paint.
Inbound to Mariehamn, soon to meet the sister Amorella that was inbound from Turku. The photos with both sisters weren't good enough to make the cut in my opinion, so this will have to be enough for today.
Next time: Galaxy (yes, again!).

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