The vessel will start operations between Stockholm - Tallinn route on 24 April 2009, replacing the M/S Romantika. The queen is the sistership for the Baltic Princess, handed over from the Helsinki shipyard in July 2008. The queen is the fifth sophisticated cruise ferry STX Europe has delivered for Tallink. Totally STX Europe has built six ferries for Tallink, including the fast ferry M/S Star, delivered from the Helsinki shipyard in April 2007.
The 212 metres long and 29 metres wide M/S Baltic Queen will be one of the biggest and fastest cruise ferries in the Baltic Sea, having capacity for 2,800 passengers. The top speed of the vessel is approximately 24 knots. Latest technologies have been applied in the superior interior decoration of the passenger spaces. The ship features 927 cabins, several restaurants and lounges, and a modern conference centre seating 450 people.
Pictures and technical information of the vessel can be found at www.stxeurope.com - Media centre - Download centre, ID: stxeurope, Password: group, Folder: NB-1365 Baltic Queen April 2009
For further information in Finland, please contact:
Martin Landtman, President, STX Finland Cruise Oy, tel. +358 50 577 0390
Marjo Keiramo, Communications Manager, STX Finland Cruise Oy, tel. +358 40 7447683
Keijo Mehtonen, Member of the Board of Directors, AS Tallink Grupp, tel. +358 9 180 4438
Luulea Lääne, Communications Director, AS Tallink Grupp, tel. +372 5521296
STX Finland Cruise Oy has three shipyards in Finland, located in Turku, Rauma and Helsinki. The company belongs to the international STX Europe group, with a product range including passenger ships as well as merchant and offshore vessels. STX Europe comprises 15 shipyards in Brazil, Norway, France, Romania, Finland and Vietnam, and is also a part owner of three yards in Germany and Ukraine. STX Europe has approx. 16,000 employees. www.stxeurope.com
STX Europe's principal shareholder, the international conglomerate STX Business Group, has production plants representing various industries all over the world, 39,000 employees, and, including the above-mentioned shareholdings, a total of 22 shipyards in 10 countries.
AS Tallink Grupp is the market leader in cruise and passenger services on its routes between Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Germany and a major cargo shipping company in the Baltic Sea. Operating a fleet of some 20 ships, AS Tallink Grupp offers its customers extensive services and a great number of departures. Since the company continuously invests in new vessels, it can sail the Baltic Sea using the newest and the most sophisticated cruise vessels, featuring greatly improved, state-of the art accommodation facilities, larger shopping areas and high-quality services. AS Tallink Grupp is listed on Tallinn Stock Exchange, one of the OMX exchanges. www.tallink.com