How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

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How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

I propose to escape from the gloomy message in the news and pay attention to our immediate neighbors, who also have an idea of ​​what is "stability". For half a century Finnish Viking Line transports annually by millions of people on the waters of the Baltic Sea. The company's fleet consists of seven vessels, and today I want to talk about the coolest of them - ferry Viking Grace. It is the most modern ship in the Baltic Sea and the most environmentally friendly in the world - 218 meters of technology, service and comfort.

The vessel was launched on two years ago. Curiously, the maiden voyage took place on January 13, 2013 and this date is not embarrassed by the company's management. The ferry can accommodate nearly 3,000 passengers, not counting freight and cars. I first came to Grace Viking on his way to Norway, and decided to be in whatever was to explore the ship more on the way back. As a result, I have a few hours to "walk" around the ship, showing all the corners ...

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Check the ferry to Stockholm. You get up in the queue of cars, you give an employee a voucher and get the keys to the cabin:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Waiting for "loading" in the queue for the ferry:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

It looks like bay, where guests parked cars on the voyage. All navigation is lined lines, all perfectly thought out and worked out:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

A lot of people are going without cars and climb on board through the terminal:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

ferry engine runs on compressed natural gas. The frozen to minus 200 degrees, the gas is in two large tanks at the rear of the vehicle. From him almost no harmful emissions into the atmosphere, and at the price of gas as diesel. Fuel is not explosive - a little bit of diesel still add a spark to set fire to it and the engine starts. Very quiet ship. Normally in cruise ships from one shore to the other accompanies you some hum or noise, and then the engines did not hear. Even the point of departure from the shore itself does not issue:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Harmony looks like this:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

ship design is made so that the passengers were most comfortable in the common areas. A lot of plants, and live. Plastic trying to put in the closed premises (restaurants and so on. D.), As some guests may be allergic.

Interesting solution of light and color schemes: all the colors of the ship are subject to change. For example, you can make the entire deck pink, if any millionaire will buy the ship for a holiday and capricious:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

The design goes beyond the design of cruise ships traditions. Its developers never worked with the ships and in the design of public spaces ferry is completely absent the traditional "gold." Instead, it handrails and other elements are covered with chrome:

Stairs at the bow and at the stern of different colors that you can immediately see where you are. Room acoustics is made in such a way that suppresses all sounds so pretty quiet on board:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

So what is there on this ship? Let's see.

First, three separate salons for teenagers. One of the smallest (up to 7 years), the second for those who are a little older (7 - 12 years). Caregivers who would look after the children is not here (assuming the parents themselves must take care of their child). The third cabin is made in the form of a club for older children - those who have already grown out of a child's room, but still does not want to hang out with their parents:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Conference area is popular in winter, there are different companies arrange the conference. To do this, there is all the equipment - projectors, microphones and so on. In the summer, during school holidays and the tourist influx, conference room converted into an additional playground:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Vogue Nightclub. The most famous Finnish artists happy to serve here. For example, Lord, that a few years ago won the Eurovision Song Contest:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

There is a casino, roulette, blackjack and slot machines:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

For children to play is prohibited, but you can stay with the parents of chance:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

On the Viking Grace has the largest taksfri store ever built on a ship. For example, only floating store Victoria Secret is here. They say that it enjoys great popularity on the board:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

No pool, but there is a spa: massage, herbal and infrared saunas, and much more. Spa enjoys wide popularity, so you need to book in advance:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

The upper promenade deck:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Among the fans of extravagant to die popular jumping off the ferry. However, with Viking Line ferries rarely jump. For 7 years, there were only 2 cases, and then drunk. Jumpers do not survive either breaking on the water, or fall under the screws or freeze. According to the procedure of the ship stops immediately and report the incident either in Turku or Stockholm, whichever, in whose waters fallen man:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

The only 15-minute stop on the way - in the port of Finnish autonomy. Due to her on board allowed the sale Duty Free:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Total ferry 4 restaurants and 4 bars. It is believed that there are three pillars on which stands a successful voyage from Finland to Sweden: karaoke, dancing and bingo. All these entertainments are collected at restaurant Retro bar. Many Finns are really very serious about karaoke: prepare, train and is very worried about the result:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

By the way, in the afternoon, you can buy a ticket without cabins for 20 euros one way, but to sleep in the common areas is not allowed. Although some still manage to:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Rock Bar is notable for a good choice of beers and whiskeys:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Restaurant Frank's - casual dining. Burgers and pizza without too much pathos:

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there is a menu in Russian in all restaurants:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Aurora - the largest restaurant on board, it is designed for 520 seats. We had dinner on the way there and were very pleased. Luxury salad bar, delicious cuisine and a rich selection of dishes. Lunch costs 27 euros, dinner 34. Alcohol is included:

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We went to the kitchen (by the way, it has its own in each restaurant). On board the 25 cooks, and the entire staff from the waiters and bartenders - 53 people. For flight takes 30 pallets of food (a meter and a half), including a ton of meat:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Oscar Ala Carte - This restaurant fine dining. Here dishes are ordered separately or take a set. Always live music:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

I took the menu "Oscar" for 39 euros. It includes fried cod fillet, hot and dessert. A choice of either an organic smoked salmon with chanterelle risotto and cheese prostens with Åland, or fillet of beef à la Provençale with garlic butter and fried potatoes. The same, but with alcohol costs 57 euros:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

On the starter cod:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

I chose smoked salmon with risotto. Very tasty:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Dessert:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Walk in closed areas for passengers. The team Viking Grace has its own dining room and cabins:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

On the ship, employs about 200 people in two shifts. Most employees working in restaurants and service. Change in a week or 10 days. Working day - 10, 5 hours per day. The team has a sauna, gym, cinema and other entertainment:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

On the verge trenazherka meet Finnish pitching:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Room with a TV and DVD:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Jacuzzi and sauna:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

These rooms (except for the cabins) are under water, so all the rooms are closed airtight doors:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

The ship is set less than an hour, 180 people go to the beach and clean cabins for 45 minutes. From Turku to Stockholm Viking Grace comes for 11 hours at 22 knots (although it may be dispersed to 24). Manages the ship three people, most of the way he goes on autopilot.

According to statistics, the administration delayed no more than once a year and no more than 15 minutes. Last time waiting for an important artist who was to speak during the voyage:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Rolls-Royce:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Manual control made on either side of the captain's cabin to be able to maneuver in the port:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Total 880 cabins on the ship, which is 2,980 beds (plus 201 crew cabin). On the upper floor of the restaurant. Cabin located below, but they are all on the water:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Let's see what is offered to passengers. Here Premium cabin with a double bed, a sofa and a large window. It costs 400 euros (+ 40 per car):

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

cabin with a window and a double bed (no sofa) cheaper:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

No windows, a large bed and a place for a child costs between 137 euros (+ 40 per car):

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

standard with a window for four - 117 euros (with the car + 20) Reminiscent of our compartment on the train:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Cabin for people with disabilities, those 12 pieces on the board. It should be the same as usual and the same, but the size is much larger. Online it is not ordered, only by phone through the booking center:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

Cabin for truckers. Accommodation for four people will cost only 71 euros:

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea

It is possible to swim in the cruise Helsinki - Stockholm. I sat in Helsinki Day in Stockholm, then sat back down on the same ferry back. Prices are as follows:

Viking Grace cruise Turku, Turku

(No landfall)

Cabin for truckers - 26 euros

Standard No Window - 44

Without window with a large bed with a window 86Ctandart - 62

Cabin with a window and a double bed - 99

Premium room with sofa and breakfast - 210Cvit with breakfast - 480

Viking Grace in one direction

(Varies by destination: morning from Stockholm to Turku, evening - on the contrary)

Dalnoboy 45 evening / morning 29Ctandart without window 68/44

Without window with a large bed 92 / 61Ctandart with window - 90/59

Machine + 20C with a double window - 139/90

Premium room with sofa and breakfast 169 / 100Cvit with breakfast - 480/480

machine +40

How the most modern ferry in the Baltic Sea