24 April 2013

Princess Maria in Helsinki, 2 April 2013

Princess Maria

IMO 7911533
Name history: Finlandia, Queen of Scandinavia, Princess Maria
Built 1981 Wärtsilä Turku, Finland
Tonnage 34 093 GT
Length 168,05 m
Width 29 m
Draught 6,72 m
Ice class 1 A Super
1638 passengers
395 cars
4 Wärtsilä-Pielstick diesels, combined 22 948 kW
2 controllable pitch propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 sterns thruster
Speed 21,2 knots

Continuing the adventures of this photos and spring snow, we come to the Princess Maria. For the ship's history, please refer to this previous entry.

The photographs below show the Princess Maria departing from Helsinki West Harbour on the evening of 2 April 2013. Photographed from Sisä-Hattu. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

A bulky ship but yet somehow I really like the way she looks. Maybe it's because I've always had a liking for big girls. :P
If you look closely, you can see the outline of Silja Line's seal above the world "Line" on the side.
Outbound with snow, part 1...
...and part 2.
Next time: Finlandia.


  1. Real shame that they reshaped the bow (for a 2nd time)but at least they kept the funnel wing. -1 point each to Stena and DFDS!!

    Paul B

  2. I agree. The ship was at her best in her original livery with the original bow design (when it comes to the design, that is). Great photos in any case!


  3. I would give Stena an extra minus point for adding the spa-complex below the bridge. It looks like a greenhouse.

    I must say I wasn't a huge fan of the original "fat" bow, the 1982 remodelled bow was much nicer. In that incarnation the ships - particularly the Finlandia with her funnel colours mirroring the superstructure livery - looked fantastic.