23 June 2013

Brilliance of the Seas in Helsinki, 20 May 2013

Brilliance of the Seas

IMO 9195200
Built 2002, Meyer Werft Papenburg, Germany
Tonnage 90 090 GT
Length 293,20 m
Width 32,40 m
Draugth 8,50 m
2 112 passengers (double occupancy), 2 500 passengers (maximum)
2 GE/Fincantieri gas turbines, combined 39 000 kW
2 azipods
3 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 25 knots

The Brilliance of the Seas was the second ship in Royal Caribbean's Radiance-class. There's nothing much else to say. She's just another standard mega cruise ship - while I have nothing against sailing on these, photographing them does get superbly boring in the long run. Anyways, the photographs below show the Brilliance of the Seas departing from Helsinki West Harbour on the afternoon of 20 May 2013, photographed from Sisä-Hattu. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

The water levels were unusually low on this day, which allowed - in addition to walking to Sisä-Hattu with dry feet - intersting photos showing the foreground rocks.
I think I've taken this photo before. But it's a good-looking one never the less.
Lovely rocks.
More lovely rocks. And the algae gives it a nice added touch.
Next time: Silja Europa


  1. For today's standards Kalle, these are very nice passenger ships, my opinion of course, they are just about the right size and compared to other giants, they are really nice indeed.

    1. You're right Vitor, they are quite nice ships on the outside. I guess I was mostly venting my frustration at the fact we got almost the exact same cruise ships calling in Helsinki this year as we did last year. There are just five "new" ships this year - including the Brilliance of the Seas, which is identical to the Jewel of the Seas I photographed last year: http://kships.blogspot.fi/2011/10/jewel-of-seas-3-august-2011.html

  2. You're being optimistic :) Brilliance did call last year as well, according to my photos at least.

    1. You're absolutely true on the Brilliance calling last year. I keep getting the different RCI ships confused for some reason. I presume the ship I was actually thinking about was the Adventure of the Seas, which I think is actually making it's first Helsinki cal lthis year.