MS Birka Stockholm Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Birka Stockholm
|Year built||2004 / Age : 13|
|Builder||Aker Yards (Rauma, STX Finland)|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||177 m / 581 ft|
|Beam (width)||27 m / 89 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||34924 gt|
|Passengers||1800 - 2000|
|Decks with cabins||10|
|Former names||Birka Paradise|
Review of MS Birka Stockholm
MS Birka Stockholm is owned by Birka Line and operated by Birka Cruises. The vessel was constructed in 2004 by Aker Finnyards at Rauma, Finland at a cost of €155 million, under the name Birka Paradise, chosen after a competition of more than 3500 proposals.
History - construction & ownership
The 34,924-ton, 1,800-passenger cruise ship Birka Stockholm is referred to by Birka Cruises just as ms Birka. The last port of ship's registry was Stockholm, Sweden and that is included in the official name.
The interior design of the cruise ship MS Birka was made by Birka Line, Aker Finnyards and Deltamarin. The vessel was planned as a typical cruise ship, without the car deck, available on similar ships. Birka is considered environmentally friendly with the new innovations used in her construction (exhaust and closed sewage treatment systems). MS Birka Stockholm's hull was intended in a way to optimise the impact on the sensitive archipelago routes.
Birka Line received the vessel on November 8, 2004. The official naming ceremony was on November 10, 2004 in Stockholm. Mrs Arja Saijonmaa, a Finnish singer, actress and political activist, acted as godmother. The first voyage of Birka Paradise started on November 11, 2004. The cruise ship was renamed Birka Stockholm in January 2013 and the colors of the vessel were also changed from blue, yellow and red to just blue and yellow.
Cruise itinerary program
Birka Stockholm itinerary program is based on Baltic Sea round-trip cruises from homeport Stockholm Sweden.
MS Birka Stockholm has 10 passenger decks and 900 Outside and inside cabins in 11 categories. Many of the cabins feature a marine interior style. All hold a high standard and are located above the water line. Birka's accommodations are equipped with TV, dressing table, wardrobe, shower, hair dryer and a telephone.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
MS Birka Stockholm dining options include 3 restaurants and 8 bars including a whisky bar, serving more than 90 single malts.
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
MS Birka Stockholm is among the cruise ships offering comfort and safety during a voyage. The ship's relaxation area spreads over 1,500 ft2 and includes a swimming pool, two Jacuzzis, bars, palm trees and beach chairs. Onboard spa treatments include body massages and face therapies using algae, chocolate and volcanic mud. The ship provides entertainment 7 days per week. Passengers can enjoy piano music in the Yacht Club Bar. the Club Copacabana features orchestral performances. The ship also has a duty free shop, a betting shop and a casino.