MS Baltic Queen

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MS Baltic Queen in Tallinn on 23 April 2009.
Name: MS Baltic Queen[1]
Owner: Tallink[2]
Operator: Tallink
Port of registry: Tallinn, 22x20px Estonia[2]
Route: TallinnMariehamnStockholm (as of 2009)[3]
Ordered: 11 April 2007[2]
Builder: STX Europe, Rauma, Finland[4]
Cost: 180 million[4]
Yard number: 1365[2]
Laid down: 22 April 2008[5]
Launched: 5 December 2008[1]
Acquired: 16 April 2009[3]
In service: 24 April 2009 [3]
Identification: IMO number: 9443255
Status: In service
General characteristics [6]
Class and type: Galaxy class cruiseferry
Tonnage: 48,300 GT
Length: 212.10 m (695 ft 10 in)[2]
Beam: 29.00 m (95 ft)
Decks: 12
Ice class: 1 A Super
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 16V32 diesels[2]
combined 32,000 kW
Speed: 24.5 kn (45.37 km/h)
Capacity: 2800 passengers
2500 berths[2]
1130 lanemeters

MS Baltic Queen is a cruiseferry owned by the Estonia-based ferry operator Tallink and normally operated on their TallinnMariehamnStockholm route.[3] The ship was built by the STX Europe shipyard in Rauma, Finland.[2]

Concept and construction

Initially known under the project name Cruise 5, Baltic Queen was ordered from (what was then) Aker Yards shipyard in Rauma, Finland in April 2007. She is a sister ship to MS Galaxy and MS Baltic Princess and Tallink's fifth newbuilt cruiseferry.[4] The ship's planned route was a mystery to the general public for a long time, until on 11 November 2008 Tallink revealed then he would be placed on the Tallinn—Stockholm service on completion.[7] The ship was launched from drydock and officially named Baltic Queen on 5 December 2008. By this time the shipyard had been renamed STX Europe.[1] Tallink took delivery of the ship on 16 April 2009.[3]

Service history

Baltic Queen entered service on the TallinnMariehamnStockholm route on 24 April 2009, replacing Tallink's first newbuilt ship MS Romantika, which was moved to the Riga—Stockholm service.[3] Baltic Queen's Tallink Silja fleetmate MS Silja Europa encountered problems with her steering on 22 November 2009,[8] and she had to be taken out of service for repairs. As a result the Baltic Queen was moved to the Turku—Mariehamn—Stockholm service as a temporary replacement from 26 November until 11 December 2009.[9]

Decks and facilities

Numbered from bottom to top.

  1. Crew facilities, sauna, swimming pool, engine room[10][11]
  2. Cardeck[10]
  3. Cardeck (hydraulic platform that can be lowered to divide the car deck in two giving space for two layers of passenger cars)[10]
  4. Conference rooms, outside and inside cabins[10][12][13]
  5. Cafeteria, tax-free shops, showlounge (lower level), promenade deck[10]
  6. Buffet and a la carte restaurants, bars, pub, showlounge (upper level)[10]
  7. Suites, outside and inside cabins[10][12]
  8. Suites, outside and inside cabins[10][12]
  9. bridge, crew facilities, discothèque, sun deck[10]
  10. Sun deck


  1. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Asklander, Micke. "M/S Baltic Queen (2009)" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  2. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Delivery of M/S Baltic Queen". Tallink. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  3. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "New cruiseferry order". Tallink. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  4. "Tallink's new cruise ferry keel will be laid today". Tallink. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  5. "Cruise Ferry for Tallink" (PDF). Aker Yards. Retrieved 12 April 2008. 
  6. "Tallink-Silja sijoittaa uuteen laivaan" (in Finnish). Sisuradio. Sveriges Radio. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2008. 
  7. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Silja Europa (1993)" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  8. "Baltic Queen korvaa Silja Europan" (in Finnish). Iltalehti. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  9. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 "Baltic Queen GA drawings" (PDF). STX Europe. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  10. "Sauna department – a moment for relaxing". Tallink. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  11. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Baltic Queen cabins". Tallink. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  12. "Conference – the best ever meeting facilities". Tallink. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 

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