30 June 2014

Viking Cinderella in Mariehamn, 9 June 2014

Viking Cinderella

IMO 8719188
Name history: Cinderella, Viking Cinderella
Built 1989, Wärtsilä Marine Turku, Finland
Tonnage 46 398 GT
Length 191,00 m
Width 29,00 m
Draught 6,74 m
2560 passengers
2500 berths
480 cars or 60 trucks (in cruise service parking space for 100 cars)
760 lanemeters
4 Sulzer diesels, combined 28 800 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 22 knots

For a detailed history of the Viking Cinderella, see the first entry on her. Since I last photographed her, the ship has been graceified on the exterior, with similar stripes on the hull as carried by Viking's newest ship. Alas, even the new livery retains white as the main hull colour, which continues to look rather unbecoming on the ship, especially when compared to how great she looked in the original red-hulled colours.

The photographs below show the Viking Cinderella arriving at, and departing from, Mariehamn on the morning of 9 June 2014. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

I still have trouble believing I was up at half past six in the morning to photograph this.
The sun made an all-too-brief appearance while Cindy was showing her "parade side" with the three-deck high window.
The cursive name really doesn't work if you ask me. I would have scrapped the company name from the hull and written "Cinderella" on the same font used in the Viking Line logo - if it's considered nescessary for Cindy to have an identity different from the rest of the company.
One more shot of the parade side.
The other side really doesn't work as nicely. Part 2 of "if I was doing the livery", I'd fake a similar three-deck high window as on the other to this side with black paint - it would really make the ship look better.
Two hours later the ship departs, now in much better light. Alas, no chance of photographing the parade side now.
Despite my criticism of the livery, I do think the ship overall design of the ship looks very good indeed!
Cinderella avec foreground crap.

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