Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Friday 22 August 2014

CRUISE AND FERRIES

Tallink launches the M/S Baltic Queen; new vessel set to enter service on Tallinn–Stockholm route in the spring – 08/12/08

Published: 08/12/08

Source: ©The Moodie Report

By Dermot Davitt

Tallink's latest cruise ferry is launched in traditional style on Friday
ESTONIA/FINLAND. Tallink Group launched its latest cruise ferry, the M/S Baltic Queen, last Friday, 5 December. The new vessel is set to enter service on the vital Tallinn–Stockholm route (via Mariehamn in the Åland Islands) in spring 2009.

The Baltic Queen will replace the Romantika on that route. Tallink operates two vessels on the Tallinn–Stockholm service.

The new ship was built by STX Europe for Tallink, the fifth cruise ferry the shipbuilder has made for the company. At 212m long and 29m wide, with capacity for 2,800 passengers, it will be one of the largest cruise ferries in the Baltic Sea, Tallink said.

The company said there would be a strong emphasis on retail, a good selection of restaurants, 927 cabins and a 450-seat conference centre.

Tallink Group Vice Chairman of the Management Board Andres Hunt said that the vessel marks another step towards offering customers better and more reliable service. "Our aim is to really widen the on board entertainment possibilities of our vessels and Baltic Queen is a good example of it. The name will harmonise perfectly with the other vessel on the Tallinn–Stockholm route, Victoria I. We still hold back some fantastic surprises we have planned for the passengers regarding this vessel, and those will be revealed when the vessel is ready to operate."

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