16 August 2013

Grand Mistral on the Gulf of Finland, 30 May 2013

Grand Mistral

IMO 9172777
Name history: Mistral, Grand Mistral
Built 1999, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Tonnage 48 200 GT
Length 216 m
Width 28,80 m
Draught 6,90 m
1 715 passengers
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 31 680 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 22,5 knots

The Grand Mistral was one of the early ships to be featured in this blog. For a short history of the ship, see the first entry on her.

The photographs below show the Grand Mistral on the Gulf of Finland outside Kronstadt. After sailing out of the channel from St. Petersburg the Grand Mistral slowed down to drop off the pilot, giving our ship (the Princess Anastasia) the chance to overtake her. The Grand Mistral re-overtook us later in the evening, but the photographs of that will be the subject of a later entry.

In case you missed my trip report from the Princess Anastasia over at MaritimeMatters, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

As always, click on the images to see them in larger size.

The weather had been perfect during our entire Princess Anastasia cruise... until the departure from St. Petersburg. And even that turned out to be a good thing, as it made these dramatic photos of the Grand Mistral possible.
Not one of my favourite ships in the terms of exterior design, but the dramatic lighting more than makes up for it.
I love the way the sky looks in this one.
Here I should have used a larger apperture or higher ISO level as the image is slightly out of focus. Still good though.
Next time: MSC Musica and Grand Mistral sailing into the sunset.

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