MS Baltic Queen

MS Baltic Queen
Baltic Queen Tallinn 2009-04-23.JPG
MS Baltic Queen in Tallinn on 23 April 2009.
Name: MS Baltic Queen[1]
Owner: Tallink[2]
Operator: Tallink
Port of registry: Tallinn,  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 (43,000 hp)
Speed: 24.5 kn (45 km/h; 28 mph)
Capacity: 2,800 passengers
2,500 berths[2]
1,130 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

Deck 5

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. ^ a b c d e f g h Asklander, Micke. "M/S Baltic Queen (2009)" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Delivery of M/S Baltic Queen". Tallink. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "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. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Baltic Queen GA drawings" (PDF). STX Europe. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  10. ^ "Sauna department – a moment for relaxing". Tallink. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c "Baltic Queen cabins". Tallink. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  12. ^ "Conference – the best ever meeting facilities". Tallink. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 

External links

Media related to Baltic Queen (ship, 2009) at Wikimedia Commons