18 May 2012

MSC Poesia in Tallinn, 16 May 2012

MSC Poesia

IMO 9387073
Built 2008, Aker Yards Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Tonnage 93 330 GT
Length 293,80 m
Width 32,20 m
Draugth 7,70 m
3 013 passengers
5 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 58 000 kW
2 propellers
3 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

Ships of MSC Cruises are starting to become a rarity in Helsinki as the company have decided to stop calling in the city completely due to the high harbour fees levied. Tallinn across the Bay of Finland on the other hand remains a popular destination for the line and fortunately enough I happened to be in that city on 16 May when the MSC Poesia called there. The Poesia and I are of course old friends as I travelled on a year ago on a cruise to Norway, Faroe Islands and Iceland (my travel report from that trip can be read at Maritime Matters here, while this previous entry has images of her in Tórshavn, Akureyri and Ísafjörður. I should try to remember to look through the interior photos of her I have and put them up in here as well).

So yes, the MSC Poesia departing from Tallinn's cruise quay on the afternoon of 16 May 2012, photographed from Linnahall. Click on the images to see in larger size.

For some reason the waterfront between Linnahall and the passenger harbour is essentially a wasteland (and judging by the trees has been for some time). While not perhaps very effective use of land, the trees with their newly-sprouted leaves make for a nice foreground.
I never seem to have a chance to photograph the MSC Poesia in sunlight - every time I have photographed her it has been overcast, raining or snowing. Not that I'm complaining, these photos too turned out fine despite the fact it was, in fact, raining lightly.
Linnahall, in case you were wondering, is a Soviet-era building designed by Raine Karp. Originally it was named the V. I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport, which also illustrates the building's purpose. Today the interiors of the badly dilapidated building are closed down, but it's exterior is open to visitors.
Most of the ferries visiting Tallinn sail into the harbour a bit too far away from Linnahall to yield good photographs (at least with my equipment), but the Poesia did a nice turn in perfect range for photography.
Another upright photo! I couldn't resist the tree in full bloom in the foreground. ;)


  1. Beautiful pics Kalle, nice ship which I had opportunity to photograph recently in Lisbon.


    1. Thank you Vitor. The ship is rather nice (also on the inside), though MSC's onboard product does not entirely convince me.