08 January 2012

Saga Ruby in Helsinki, 9 September 2011

Saga Ruby

IMO 7214715
Former names: Vistafjord, Caronia
Built 1973, Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Wallsend, United Kingdom
Tonnage 24 492 GT
Length 191,09 m
Width 25,05 m
Draugth 8,23 m
655 passengers
655 berths
2 Sulzer diesels, combined 17 650 kW
2 propellers
1 bow thruster
Speed 20 knots

For a history of the classic Saga Ruby, alongside some very attractive images (if I may say so myself) from 2008, see the first entry on the ship. The photographs below show the Saga Ruby departing Helsinki West Harbour (Länsisatama) on 9 September 2011. Normally a ship her size would use the south Harbour, but it seems the Port of Helsinki routinely routes all cruise ships to the West Harbour during the low season. Photographed from Hernesaari. Click on the individual images to see in larger size.

Reversing from the quay, noticably without the help of a tug. It was lucky for me she had berthed bow towards the city, giving good view of the bow even from Hernesaari.
Dynamic panoramic.
The enchanced colours were made with some help from the computer, but it really was quite beautiful in real life as well.
Look at that bow, and the way the shadows - play, almost - on it.
Going bow first and heavily backlit.
Last call in Helsinki for 2011 (if I remember correctly). 2012 will see her calling at Helsinki twice, and there will be several visits by her upcoming fleetmate Saga Sapphire.

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