28 October 2012

MS Deutschland

Although not so old (she was launched in 1998), the MS Deutschland has the looks and the feeling of the late great liners and their Era, which finished during the sixties.
Contrasting with the modern cruise ships (usually a mix of resort, shopping mall and Las Vegas casino), the Deutschland has the classic interiors now, sadly, lost in the modern naval architecture. The profuse use of noble woods and wood work and the ever present shiny brass should make any ship fan more than happy to sail with her.
As for me, with was a pleasure to be her Pilot.
A sculpture in MS Deutschland's beautiful main stairway. It's not the only one. Along the vessel's different halls and stairways there is plenty of artwork to be admired.
Picture taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3.
Post-processing in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Pilot Card:
Ship's name: M/S Deutschland
IMO number: 9141807
Type: Cruise ship
LOA: 175.30 mts
Beam: 23.00 mts
Summer displacement: ?
Max draft on manoeuvre: 5.80 mts
Propulsion: Diesel engines, two variable-pitch propellers, total propulsion power: 12320 KW
Rudder: 2 Spade rudders - Independent
Bow thruster: 1 (total power: 1000 KW)
Stern thruster: N