MS Baltic Princess
Baltic Princess arriving in Helsinki West Harbour, July 2010.
|Port of registry:||Tallinn, Estonia|
|Route:||Åbo - Långnäs/ Mariehamn - Stockholm|
|Ordered:||19 December 2005|
|Builder:||Aker Finnyards Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland (section of the hull built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, France)|
|Laid down:||14 November 2006 (at Chantiers de l'Atlantique)|
|Launched:||9 March 2008 (from Helsinki New Shipyard)|
|Christened:||6 March 2008 by Eva Hanschmidt|
|Acquired:||10 July 2008|
|Maiden voyage:||5 July 2008|
|In service:||15 July 2008|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Galaxy class cruiseferry|
|Tonnage:||GT/ NT/ DWT. 48915/ 30860/ 6287|
|Length:||212.10 m (695 ft 10 in)|
|Beam:||29.00 m (95 ft)|
|Ice class:||1 A Super|
|Speed:||24.5 kn (45.4 km/h; 28.2 mph)|
MS Baltic Princess is a cruiseliner owned by the Estonia-based ferry operator Tallink and operated under their Silja Line brand. She was built by Aker Finnyards Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland in 2008. The ship began service on the cruise route between Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia on 17 August 2008. From 1 February 2013 the ship began service on the Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm route.
Concept and construction
The Baltic Princess was ordered as Tallink's fourth new cruiseliner in December 2005. The purpose of the vessel was at the time undisclosed, but after Tallink's purchase of Silja Line in 2006 it was revealed that the ship would replace MS Galaxy on the Tallinn–Helsinki cruise route. The ship was christened on March 6, 2008.
The forward sections of the ship was constructed at Aker Yards' Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in France and was towed to Helsinki in April 2007. In September the section was towed into the drydock where the hull was completed. The ship was floated out of drydock in Helsinki on 9 March 2008 after being officially christened.
Baltic Princess was delivered to Tallink on 10 July 2008 and she entered the Tallinn–Helsinki route on 15 July 2008.
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