03 June 2013

Amorella in Helsinki, 2 June 2013

Kships returns from briefly from its travelling hiatus. I recently returned from a four-night Baltic Sea cruise on St. Peter Line's Princess Anastasia, and will be starting the day after tomorrow for a week in Latvia. Photos from the Princess Anastasia will be fortcoming later (alongside a trip report over at MaritimeMatters). In the meantime, we will be looking at Viking Line's Amorella, which unusually sails on the Helsinki-Stockholm run at the moment.


IMO 8601915
Built 1988, Brodogradiliste Split, Yugoslavia
Tonnage 35 384 GT
Length 169,40 m
Width 27,60 m
Draught 6,35 m
2 480 passengers
2 046 berths
350 cars
900 lane metres
4 Wärtsilä-Pielstick diesels, combined 23 760 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 21,5 knots

For a short history of the Amorella, see the first entry on her. Between 30 May and 5 June this year the Amorella sails on the Helsinki-Stockholm run, covering for (a part of) the duration that the Gabriella is in drydock. This meant that there were/are three chances to photograph her in Helsinki in her new Grace-striped livery (31 May, 2 June and 4 June). I had a chance to go and photograph her yesterday, and of course I took it.

The photographs below show the Amorella in and departing from Helsinki South Harbour on 2 June 2013. Photographed from onboard the Suomenlinna II and from Kustaanmiekka. Click on the images to see in larger size.

I'm not normally one for photos taken at quay but this does look good. Plus it's the quay in Helsinki and thus relevant.
Panorama with the Helsinki cathedral in the distance.
Sailing towards Kustaanmiekka.
Clearing the Kustaanmiekka strait.
More panoramic fiddling with fortifications in the foreground.
The weather was amazing, hence all the spectators on the ramparts.
To be seen in Helsinki one more time tomorrow.
Kships will return next week!


  1. it makes me wanting to go there everytime I see your pics Kalle, beautiful scenery, amazing pics and ferries.


    1. Thank you Vitor. :) That is an excellent spot, scenery-wise. Not many people realise this particular vantage point is a possibility, which of course makes the photos even nicer due to it's rarity. (Okay, there might be "no entry" signs around it too...)