Name history: Olympia, Pride of Bilbao, Bilbao, SPL Princess Anastasia
Built 1986, Wärtsilä Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Tonnage 37 583 GT
Length 176,82 m
Width 28,40 m
Draught 6,71 m
Ice class 1A Super
2 500 passengers
2 447 berths
1 115 lane metres
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 22 988 kW
2 bow thrusters
Speed 22 knots
For a history of the Princess Anastasia, see this entry. Today we will be looking at interiors of the ship, with photos taken during my Princess Anastasia cruise in May this year. If you want to read a full cruise report, I wrote one for MaritimeMatters and you can read it on that website: Cruising Russian Style on the Princess Anastasia Part 1 and Part 2. A Finnish-language trip report will be published in the next issue of Ulkomatala. Now, onwards to the images.
Deck 11 contains the navigation bridge and sun deck.
|Lovely retro bench.|
Deck 9 is entirely given to crew spaces.
Deck 8 has a VIP lounge forward, followed by a cinema and casino (all of these are in the area of the original extensive conference facilities). These are followed by the atrium which is flanked by a fashion shop and the Night Rabbit Bar discotheque. Aft there are more crew spaces and a sun deck with the outdoors Drunk Rabbit Bar.
|Atrium sculpture, looking down from deck eight to decks seven and six.|
|The Night Rabbit Bar discotheoque's list of enertainment includes a stripper in the evening.|
|Night rabbit bar again.|
|Aft outer deck, with the Drunk Rabbit Bar on the right.|
|Seven Seas buffet.|
|Atrium on deck 7, almost entirely unaltered from the ship's original 1986 appearance.|
|Atrium tables with sea views.|
|Original 1986 wall clock, with different hour hands for Finnish and Swedish time.|
|The starboard side has an arcade connecting the atrium to Columbus Night Club aft, with all other spaces on the deck accessible from the arcade. This view is forward from Columbus entrance.|
|The Rabbit Bar, taking the place of the original pub. Although the details are not visible in this image, all decor is rabbit-related.|
|Rabbit Bar, with mrs Id modelling.|
|More Rabbit Bar.|
|Kampai Sushi Bar. This dining option was relatively expensive and not very popular.|
|New York restaurant, with mrs Id again modelling.|
|New York restaurant again.|
|Napoli Mia restaurant.|
|The Columbus Night club was given a thorough renovation before the ship entered service as the Princess Anastasia and looks superb.|
|More Columbus Night Club, facing aft.|
|Columbus Night Club, facing port.|
|P&O Ferries signage in the forward staircase.|
|Atrium, facing forward and port from the (unused) main entrance.|
|Atrium, facing aft from the frward staircase.|
|Bake & Coffee cafeteria, located on the port side next to the atrium.|
|Arcade connecting the atrium and aft staircase, facing forward. The tax-free shop is to the left (port) and children's playroom (originally the perfumery) to the right (starboard).|
|A2 class cabin, with mrs Id perusing SPL's uninformative brochure.|
Deck 4 is also entirely passenger cabins, with the current main entrance next to the forward staircase.
Deck 3C is the hoistable car platform.
Deck 3 is the main car deck.
Deck 2 has the sauna and fitness center forward, followed by cabins and then engines and other technical spaces aft.
|The dressing room of the men's sauna (I was the only one there, hence I dared to take a photo). The suanas has been recently renovated, but although they looked fine there were several problems and oddities below the surface.|
|The main pool. Notice the sloping wall to the left; deck 2 is at the waterline and the pool is in the forward part of the ship.|