Of course, before the season properly kicks off, there are still plenty of interesting photos from last summer I have yet to share with you - including a number of shots from my Rotterdam cruise in last November. But for today, the ship of interest is the Discovery opening the summer's cruise season.
Name history: Island Venture, Island Princess, Hyundai Pungak, Platinum, Discovery
Built 1972, Rheinstahl Nordseewerke Emden, West Germany
Tonnage 21 186 GT
Length 168,74 m
Width 24,64 m
Draugth 7,49 m
4 Fiat diesels, combined 13 240 kW
2 controllable pitch propellers
1 bow thruster
Speed 18 knots
For a history of the Discovery, see the first entry on her.
The photographs below show the Discovery departing from Helsinki South Harbour on the afternoon of 25. April 2014. Click on the images to see them in larger size.
|Discovery and Helsinki's new landmark, the (temporary) ferris wheel at Katajanokka. As the ship left early, I decided to photograph her from this more unsual vantage point.|
|Grand old ladies, the Discovery and the Mariella.|
|In the end the Discovery took such a long time departing that I would have had plenty of time to make to the regular photo spot as Kustaanmiekka. I can't complain though, these photos turned out rather well.|
|Lovely lines on the ships. Hopefully she will be able to find a new job when her current owners Voyages of Discovery sell her.|