27 July 2012

Birka Paradise in Mariehamn, 24 June 2012

Birka Paradise

IMO 9273727
Built 2004, Aker Finnyards Rauma, Finland
Tonnage 34 728 GT
Length 177,00 m
Width 28,00 m
Draugth 6,50 m
1 800 passengers
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 23 400 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 21 knots

For a history of the Birka Paradise, see this entry. The photographs below show the Birka Paradise departing Mariehamn on the morning of 24 June 2012, returning to Stockholm on a 22-hour mini-cruise. Click on the images to see in larger size.

The trees were just too photogenic to pass.
In fact, they were so photogenic I decided to include a second similar photograph.
Okay, so maybe that was also because getting a forward-angle photo of the ship without any trees in the way was quite difficult. ;)
Maybe I should have adjusted the horizon in this shot a bit more.
I love the lighter cloud above the superstructure.
If you look closely, you can see the steel letters reading "Mariehamn" (the original home port) between the ship's name and the current homeport Stockholm on the aft-

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