Yesterday I had the honour to visit MS Gann as she was in Tallinn. Formerly a Hurtigruten ship under the name Narvik, she is now used as a training vessel most of the time. Sometimes she does cruises as well and that's what brought her to Tallinn. A friend and fellow ship blogger Kalle Id arranged the visit and kindly invited me to join.
|Our group; From the left: Olli Tuominen, Kalle Id, Timo Selkälä, me, Sami Koski, Jani Nousiainen.|
I'll start with the public areas. The ship was built in 1982 and the interior fits the era while looking quite neat and stylish, like a cruise ship should.
|À la carte restaurant - Finnmarken|
|... with quite a clever solution for rough seas.|
|Buffet restaurant - Sandnes|
|Old smoking room, now a library.|
As a matter of fact, Gann is quite a small ship and since cruising is not her first purpose, there isn't so much to do in terms of entertainment; If I were to cruise on her, I would probably spend most of the time in the library, although I would need to learn some Norwegian before I do so.
|What's a school ship without a classroom...|
|... or two?|
|By far the most interesting cruise ship store I have ever seen.|
|.. and probably will ever see.|
|... it had everything I'd be looking for though.|
|An old Hurtigruten ship - or, in fact, any ship sailing in Norwegian waters - ought to have a place especially designed for enjoying the view.|
In addition to the public areas, we were also taken to the bridge, machine room and old car decks - all of that just happened to be a first for me.
|That nice separate green button looks quite tempting - it's the horn.|
|Quite the view, huh?|
|GMDSS equipment - had a brief nostalgic moment there|
|The old cardeck, now the location of several rooms with various purposes.|
|Gym; for crew only, obviously.|
|Machine room control panel|
|It would be pretty neat to know what all of these do - I'm open for information on that.|
|I particularly like the colouring here.|
|Builder's plate under the bridge|
|Builder's plate on the aft part which was added in 1989|
|Mandatory funnel picture|
|Perhaps this illustrates the fact that we were quite lucky to have her here - she's not exactly the type to stop in every city on the way.|
|As MS Narvik in her Hurtigruten livery|
|When she became Gann, the red part was simply painted blue. Scars from the past can still be seen.|
|We all received a badge; mine now decorates my favourite backpack as a nice memory from a very interesting ship.|