18 September 2013

Romantika in Riga, 8 June 2013


IMO 9237589
Built 2002, Aker Finnyards Rauma, Finland
Tonnage 40 975 GT
Length 193,80 m
Width 29,00 m
Draught 6,50 m
Ice class 1A Super
2 500 passengers
2 172 berths
300 cars
1 030 lanemeters
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 26 240 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 22 knots

For a history of the Romantika, see the first entry on her.

The photographs below show the Romantika on the Daugava river, departing Riga on 8 June 2013. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

Not, perhaps, the best advert for environmental friendliness. The high-rise building on the right is, to my understanding, a former KGB building.
It's hard to believe the Romantika is already 11 years old. It doesn't seem that long ago that she entered service.
She was built, of course, at what was then Aker Finnyards' Rauma shipyard. The big news this week has been that the yards current owners STX will close it down next June.
The Riga riverfront is not nescessarily beautiful in a conventional sense, but it does give interesting background.
As do the factory smokestack here.
Or the gritty cargo harbour, for that matter.
Next time: Azamara Quest

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