24 March 2016

Viking Cinderella in the Stockholm Archipelago, 30 October 2015

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

Ah, the Viking Cinderella. While it will sound like hyperbole, she is, in my opinion, the perfect ferry from the passenger's point of view. There is a delightful combination of pleasant public rooms, multi-deck spanningwow factor spaces, and fenestration that offers outside views from essentially all public spaces.No other ship pulls it off quite like the Cinderella. Alas, since her 2003 move to Stockholm-Mariehamn 22-hour cruises, her livery hasn't quite matched the interior - a white hull simply does not suit the ship as well as the traditional Viking Line red in my opinion.

But enough my personal opinions. Those interested in the history of the ship can catch up here. The photos below, meanwhile, show the Viking Cinderella on the outskirts of the Stockholm archipelago (outside Kapellskär to be precise) inbound towards Stockholm on the morning of 30 October 2015, photographed from onboard the passing fleetmate Viking Grace. As per the usual, click on the images to see them in larger size.

The overcast weather wasn't too nice, but the dark clouds created an impressive backdrop.
I had to fiddle with the colour levels a bit, but it doesn't show too much.
One thing I would have done if I had participated in the design of the ship is add a faux three-deck window to this side of the ship, so it would look more like the 'parade side' (which you can see for example in this set).
Next time: Baltic Princess

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