The journey to Helsinki was nothing special. I've been on Viking XPRS 14 times now. As it often is with ships built for daytime crossings, there is not much to do on her, she was quite full and we spent most of the time either just sitting or taking photos of the sun deck.
I should probably mention that Viking XPRS will be docked for 10 days starting on the 13th of January. During that time she will be reflagged to Estonia.
|Here again. There was no similar sign on Cinderella.|
|Some of the deck plan|
|Mandatory funnel picture - Viking XPRS|
|Another mandatory funnel picture - Viking XPRS|
|The large window, characteristic to Viking XPRS|
|Gabriella.. um.. letting out cars.|
|Viking XPRS and Silja Symphony|
|The three together|
|Mandatory funnel picture II - Gabriella|
|The 6469876549th reason why I love Helsinki showing again - there is always some spot to take awesome pictures of standing ships|
|Finlandia in Helsinki|
|... as always :)|
Since we only had one day, there was not much we could do that we haven't already - so we did some shopping and walking around.
|Finnish National Theatre|
|I don't remember what building this is, but looks nice, doesn't it?|
|Christmas cheer on a crane|
|View to Esplanade streets.|
|Me and Helsinki Cathedral|
|The Finnjet memorial at Katajanokka terminal. When Finnjet was built, an old warehouse was built into Katajanokka terminal, now owned by Viking Line. Kustaanmiekka strait was also widened. A post about why Finnjet was so special and what happened to her can be found here.|
|Boarding on two decks|
|Just in case you forget what the name of the ship is|
|Mandatory funnel picture III - Cinderella|
|The large window, characteristic to Cinderella|
|Cinderella 10 years. Although the ship was built in 1989, this sign is there to celebrate 10 years since she was rebuilt and painted white (she used to be red just like the other Viking Line ships).|
|The fall from there would be about as long as from the top deck of Viking XPRS to water. 6 decks, if I'm not mistaken.|
|We had our hopes high, but unfortunately for us this was just a ventilator room.|
|The top deck was one of the most beautiful - and silent - places on board.|
|Fun Club, a 3 deck nightclub at the aft end.|
|Another 3 deck high opening near the information desk|
Another funny thing that happened during the crossing was about the cruise pictures that were taken of us when we entered. After a long shopping spree at the tax free store I was walking out almost broke, when I suddenly realized that I had not even enough money to buy the picture - as some of you know I collect them. Disappointed in myself, I headed to the Fun Club to sit down and drown my miseries in the large amounts of sweets I had bought from various places during the trip, until I realized that there are slot machines on board. I felt like I had nothing to lose, so I went and had a gamble and after winning the smallest amount twice I had enough to buy the picture. Lucky day, I thought, and went to the information deck - just to find out that the pictures will definitely not be ready before the arrival to Tallinn. The uncomfortable photo system would be the first serious con that Viking Line gets compared to Tallink, whose cruise photo system is very flexible and comfortable, although twice as expensive.
During most of the return journey, Silja Europa of Tallink was visible from the starboard side, and at some point she was very close to us, giving us an opportunity to take great photos.
|Silja Europa in the dark|
Although I was really hoping to get my first Viking Line cruise photo from there, I didn't want to let that inconvenience to ruin my time at the wonderful ship, and as always, I was very sad to leave the ship. The day cruise was one of the most interesting and spontaneous trips that I've ever had and I'm sure I'll remember it for a long time.
|Bye Bye Beautiful|