The keel of a big cruise ferry was laid in Aker Yards, Rauma on 22 April, 2008. The vessel, built under working name “Cruise 5”will be delivered to Tallink in spring 2009. The vessel worth approx. 180 million euro means 1,700 man years of work for the yard.
The vessel will be a new development of the Galaxy-type cruise ferry built by Aker Yards. MS Galaxy is already operating since spring 2006, and the second one, in the series, “Baltic Princess” is under construction at the yard in Helsinki.
The 212 metres long and 29 m wide vessel will be one of the biggest and fastest cruise ferries in the Baltic Sea, having capacity for 2,800 passengers and with a speed of 24.5 knots. The guiding principle in designing the vessel has been paying attention to the comfort and luxury of present-day passengers. There will be maximal use of high-tech solutions onboard.
Over 900 cabins, several restaurants and places to entertain of various style and class as well as a remarkable conference centre with over 450 seats make the new ship a multi functional sea-based hotel with excellent ambience.