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Author: Subject: Trip Report: MV Moby Otta Livorno-Olbia (68 pics)
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[*] posted on 4-9-2008 at 19:03
Trip Report: MV Moby Otta Livorno-Olbia (68 pics)


I promised to post a report of my trip on the venerable ex- Princess of Scandinavia, now plying Italian domestic routes with Moby Lines. So here you go. Will be mostly photos only, but feel free to ask questions.

I flew Helsinki-Munich-Florence//Olbia-Munich-Helsinki with a LH award ticket, however Lufthansa likes to screw their frequent flyers by charging full fuel surcharges on awward tickets. These would have been almost 200 EUR, but I booked via Lufthansa USA and it came to 120 EUR. This works also for most paid tickets, provided they have no point of sale restrictions.

Moby Otta trip was booked on moby.it, 52 EUR all inclusive for a ticket with no accommodations.

A Trenitalia first class ticket was bought online for Firenze-Livorno, about 1.5 hours.

Now, let the pics speak for themselves.

Boarding I-ADLN, an Air Dolomiti ATR72-500 at MUC.
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A great little airline - all leather seats, food and drinks free as it should be. I drank them out of Gin and a few Proseccos. :lol:
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I shared a taxi with some Dutch backpackers to the Firenze train station, and succesfully caught an earlier than booked train to Livorno.
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A crappy regional train, first class was 2-1 seating instead of 2-2 in 2nd class. Worth the 3EUR surcharge.
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Leaving Firenze S.M. Novella
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Stopping at Pisa
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Finally in Livorno
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Nice looking Livorno Centrale
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Street view- the walk to harbour took about 40 mins
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First view of passenger vessels- Tirrenia's Scorpio chartered to Corsica Ferries (Livorno-Bastia).
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On my way to the Moby Lines facilities, I passed by a memorial for MV Moby Prince. That disaster killed many thanks to the crew watching football or something, or so i heard.

Self-explanatory
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The terminal building was very spartan - no boarding bridges or anything. All Moby facilities were closed and only said "check-in at parking lot".

So, I made my way outside, grabbed a nice spot to sit, and popped open my duty-free Johnnie Walker.

Next few hours were spent spotting ferries and hot Italian women... :love@1:

Corsica Marina Seconda arriving from Bastia
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Security with this arrival was non-existent, I could go take photos anywhere and i'm sure nobody would have cared even if I boarded this ex-Stena ship via the bow door.

Soon, cars started arriving for our departure for Olbia. As a foot passenger, I felt totally out of place. After getting the attention of one of the Moby guys, he finally printed me a boarding pass for the journey. This is a must to board the ship, so anybody doing it, go hassle one of the Moby guys stopping cars.

First glimpse of the beauty
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Environmentally friendly, eh?
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Moby Otta arriving
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Passengers disembark via the car deck
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Contrary to the "Corsica Shuttle" arrival, some police cars arrived and cleared the area around the ship, as well as plenty of Moby staff. They were not pleased about my photo-taking, but I continued nevertheless. :i:

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Moby Vincent arriving from Bastia, an old friend I have taken on Vaasa-Umea
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Docked and ready for embarkation
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Looney Tunes - and plenty of them
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The thing that was used for boarding - reminded me of temporary fittings used for painting buildings.
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On board now - Reception
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Painting
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Central Hall
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Full Moby signage on board - no signs of DFDS anywhere
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Photo of Moby Fantasy
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Night Club
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Plenty of chairs on sundeck
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Getting dark after departure
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Nicely maintained cabin corridor - note Moby signs here too
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I thought that was funny...
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Lifeboat
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Swimming pool - looked abandoned
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People were speeling everywhere
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First glimpse of Sardinia, early morning
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NO DOG in the first class restaurant either :i:
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Drink menu - cheap booze... Service staff were outsourced to Ligabue or whatever it was called - one barman was less than enthusiastic about their contract after I praised the ship. He claimed wo "be a slave with Moroccan wages". :no:
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Moby Fantasy in front of us-about to arrive at Olbia here
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Pilot boarding
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Moby Tommy - this one takes a whopping 1000 cars according to moby.it. (Departing for Civitavecchia?)
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The lineup of ships at Olbia
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Tirrenia's Bithia departing
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La Suprema
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Moby's Maria Grazia On
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Moby Wonder - sistership of Moby Aki/Freedom/Tallink Superstar
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Italian signs everywhere on Moby Otta - on my way to disembark via the car deck
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Moby Otta at Olbia
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CityLine Canadair Jet 900 on OLB-MUC
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View of the harbour on takeoff
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Hope you enjoyed this report... Please post your comments.
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[*] posted on 4-9-2008 at 21:01


An interesting travel report to be sure. The interiors don't look too different compared to the DFDS days based on your pictures (apart from the Moby signage). Interesting though that they've also changed the non-passenger signage as well - I was just on Viking's Gabriella and she's still sporting the original German/Swedish signage everywhere.

Very nice to see pictures about other Italian ships - obviously they're something of a rarity here.

As a final note, the Italian word for quay ("molo") never ceases to amuse me, as molo is also a Finnish slang term for the male reproductive organ. :P




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[*] posted on 5-9-2008 at 00:33


Very nice trip report, makes me want to go to Moby Otta again. I was on board few weeks before she ceased DFDS services but I must say (as Kalle also commented) things seem not to be that much different, at least I recognized some carpets and interiors ;)

Moby Otta is a really fine ferry, with such a "sophisticated" and elegant design as probably no other ferry has. What a beautiful ship, I hope to see her in happy service with Moby Lines for some more years before she ends up in the same pity as Finnjet currently is in.




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[*] posted on 5-9-2008 at 00:45


Thanks Kalle and Mathias for your comments!

It seems she was more or less kept with the DFDS interior then.

But the concept was changed at least - the disco was now a childrens' playroom. No real partyplace here - we did a high school cruise on MV Princess of the Scandinavia GOT-KRS-NCL-KRS-GOT, the seas were so rough that drinks were served on plastic cups and we were dancing on a floor of glass...

If you guys are onto getting onto Moby Drea, I'll join you. I took Prince on GOT-Ijmuiden once. Great trip. And actually, why not for another Otta run... if time permits. ;)

Sad to look at the latest Finnjet report - I'm all for the saving of her, but gotta agree with Mathias' nice photo report posted.

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[*] posted on 5-9-2008 at 11:14


A really excellent report, thank you. I too want to get onboard again!



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What a nice report. I don't really know this ship, but stills it was nice to see the pictures.
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[*] posted on 8-10-2008 at 23:41


Great report ox266 !! Really cool to see this ship !
Nostolgia for me, as well even more for my dad !

He was on that ship for a longer time (weeks/months, not sure any more, will ask him) in I thought 1981, in service as TOR SCANDINAVIA, flagged in Goteborg, chartered by a dutch organisation, under HOLLAND EXPO. My dad was there for the roundtrip through out Asia. He worked for a big Dutch scaffolding Co. at that time. There were many Dutch companies, all having a stand, at the exhibition floor, at the cardecks.. very cool !! B.T.W. I think many here know that these plans were there as well for Finnjet a time ago. I had some contacts with a German Co. Europe Star Line at that time. They showed on their website pictures of Finnjet. their intention was to go use Finnjet for that. Same idea as they did with TOR SCANDINAVIA.. I see here again some similarity with FINNJET.. I think i know why one of the reasons is the big, and good shape of cardecks, which are excellent of use for exhibition space, as well high cruising speeds, so they could sail fast from port-to-port in a certain area where ever on the world, and the good facilities for the people / passangers onboard.

And yes, this is very nice and beautifull ship ! Build @ Flender Werke, Germany. and Mathias is right, at that time pretty sophisticated as well.. The relative long hull compared to her breadth (L/B ratio) - same as Finnjet - and the high engine output which makes able high cruising speeds.. And then her characteristic high/big funnel.. Very nice ! These were those day's of beautifull car-ferries.

Never sailed on by myself, but always facinated by those 'Flender-sisters'. A pitty btw the yard doesn't exist any more. Quite or went bankrupt in 2002 as far as I know.

I got some pictures, do you allow me to post them here ox266 ??
Authentic picts. made by my dad !

(don't know if it's allowed to post them in fact here is a topic that's started/opened by someonelse. Mathias, is that O.k. and according rules here ?)

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Jeroen

I cant see why not, its an interesting story and a great ship, I think that both Mathias and the other forum members who took a trip on her in October 2006 would agree that its probably the 2nd favorite ferry!




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Yeah, certainly post your pics, would be interesting to see those!

Thanks for the additional comments, glad the report was enjoyable.
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He was on that ship for a longer time (weeks/months, not sure any more, will ask him) in I thought 1981, in service as TOR SCANDINAVIA, flagged in Goteborg, chartered by a dutch organisation, under HOLLAND EXPO. My dad was there for the roundtrip through out Asia. He worked for a big Dutch scaffolding Co. at that time. There were many Dutch companies, all having a stand, at the exhibition floor, at the cardecks.. very cool !! B.T.W. I think many here know that these plans were there as well for Finnjet a time ago. I had some contacts with a German Co. Europe Star Line at that time. They showed on their website pictures of Finnjet. their intention was to go use Finnjet for that. Same idea as they did with TOR SCANDINAVIA.. I see here again some similarity with FINNJET.. I think i know why one of the reasons is the big, and good shape of cardecks, which are excellent of use for exhibition space, as well high cruising speeds, so they could sail fast from port-to-port in a certain area where ever on the world, and the good facilities for the people / passangers onboard.

The expo things on Tor Scandinavia were indeed interesting. Apparently they did four of them, 1979 for Holland Expo, 1980 for Scan-Arab Expo, 1980-1981 and 1981-1982 Holland Expo (again). For the last stint she was even renamed World Wide Expo. For one of the earlier Holland Expo trips she recieved a Holland Expo text on the hull and a tulip symbol in place of the TOR Line funnel markings. It would have been very neat if the Finnjet could have continued this interesting tradition.

And of course, something similar regarding holding expos on the cardeck was done with the Sally Albatross during the 80s; she didn't carry cars onboard in cruise service so the former cardeck was used in similar quality. When they rebuilt the ship in 1992 after the fire, they built in a special expo deck for the same purpose. Unfortunately this was removed in the 1995 refit.




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[*] posted on 10-10-2008 at 00:37


@ Paul & ox266, ok thanks !

Kalle; that's correct ! I know the Sally Albatros as well. I have onced (I believed it was 1987) sailed with my parents on her sister, BREAMAR, FRED OLSEN (former VIKING SONG, VIKING LINE) from Olso to Denmark, during holiday's. Nice ships as well. Build by Wärtsilä as well !! just like FINNJET only not same yard )


But here I got already a picture of TOR SCANDINAVIA ! It's a big amount of work to scan them in.. I hope you guys don't mind I put a small copyright on it. They're made by my dad in 1981, and part of a private collection of pictures.. So in case some 'picture-hoppers' from many other shipphoto internetsites are come here to just 'catch' them, and claim on their own site. I shouldn't be happy with that. They got a very high emotional value for me as well for my dad/family. It's history in fact, but O.K. pictures of yesterday are today also history already :lol:

I will upload more pictures, and continue the story soon !

Here a postcard; (I think the letters on the side of the hull were "shopped'' on.. Well, I don't know how they did called it exactly, but for that time, 1981, they didn't called it 'shopped' on, because the computer programm "photo-shop" didn't exist at that time ! :i: :P )
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Real ship; have to check on location..
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Entrance of Exhibition by the 2 stern ramps.. I kind of temporary walls were placed in the opening..
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The stand from the company my dad was representing. Scaffolding Co. called Stampwerk. (not existing any more under that name)
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My hard working dad !:grin: Now here you can cleary see it's on the cardeck.. the exhibition was spread over 2 car decks levels. They lowered the platform decks. You can see that.

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the stand of the Dutch bank ABN AMRO, the lady was a business relation of my dad at that time.. Originally she came from Hong Kong, and is now living there. The guy standing in front of the desk is holding a cigarette.. These were those day's people could smoke everywhere.. Even on a cardeck, but o.k. at the moment not in use as a cardeck.. But I've been on many ferry's, but as far as I can remember it has always been prohibited.. But O.K. and that time it was even possible to smoke in hospital perhaps.
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This is in Korea if I'm not wrong.. Look at those disciplinated people, in a impeccable lined up queue.. Amazing ! :shock2:
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But a warm welcome.. guided by the port control/fire boat..
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Rough sea's sometimes.. at one time many passangers were sick, and my dad told lots of them were literally having a green shade in their faces !! One of them was our neighbour in our street where me and my family were living at that time.. He was onboard as well. My dads 'adventure' already started with a big coincidence ! If you believe it or not; the morning my dad left the home, to the airport to get in the taxi, our neighbour was getting in the same taxi as well with a big suitecase. My dad asked him where he was going to, and why he was leaving, just as my dad, his family (my mum my 2 older brothers, I was just 1 year old at that time).. So he told my dad he was going for a couple of weeks to Asia, working on a exhibition ship, as a security-guy !! :P In the airplan, they were also sit near eachother.. And believe it or not my dad, as well that neighbour (which I still see, because he's the dad of my best friend) didn't know of eachother they should go do that, untill the moment they get in the same taxi in our street...

Here the sea is still pretty calm in fact, at moment of real storm the captain forbided all passangers to go out. Waves were smashing against windows in restaurant and bar area's at the higher located decks, my dad told.
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Some nice arrivals in an Asian port. Thought it was Taiwan, or Keelung in Korea. Not sure, need to double check..
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Impressive arrival in Hong Kong.. I've been now several times in Hong Kong by myself together with my dad, and many of the building on this picture are not there anymore.. all replaced by even higer buildings ! And the ones that are looking the highest on this pictures, are now currently the smallest, you won't even see them, they're complete taken out of sight because of the taller building that are build around.. really amazing how fast they build if complete full in, let's say approx. 20 years.. (and the TOR SCANDINAVIA is only getting some centimeters wider in those same years.. :lol: )

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Show onboard in the (night)club or lounge...
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Nice weather.. Really great to have a pool on board then !!
Good for all the exhibitors to take their rest and relaxing during the sailings from port to port..
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Nice overview..
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crossing the equator !! As a maritime tradition as many should know, passangers or people on board who never did that, will be baptized by Neptunus.. In this case, it was - for this exhibition ship occasions, specially flew in during the couple of last day's on board - The Dutch State Secretary of Economics at that time, Mr. K.H. Beyen.. My dad said it was a very dirty mix of tomato pulp, cut off fish heads, sour cream etc.. very smelly :lol:
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Mr. K.H. Beyen without dirt on his face.. :P
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(Mr. K.H. Beyen died in 2002, Wassenaar, The Netherlands at the age of 79 years.)

Neptunus by the pool..
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I'm trying to get more pictures.. by the father of my friend.. They still live her in our neighbouhood, we only don't live in the same street anymore, but I asked him already.. He told he will search for the picutres ! So I hope I can post soon more..

In the end, my dad had initialy more pictures. Much more !! The only thing is, the ship had on the exhibition floor a photo developing center aswell. They had an own stand, as well the Dutch television. They sended out live video images to Dutch television.. How ever, the problem was, that when the ship was in Jakarta, Indonesia, the visitors were stealing like hell !! My dad told they were walking out the exit of the ship (by the lowered stern-ramps) with complete vegetation that was there for decoration by the various stands of the exhibiting companies !! They were stealing everything on board of the exhibition floor the was move able.. So many people lost their pictures as well, because the visitors that came in Jakarta onboard, also took photo's away from the developing stand.. sad but true..

Another story was, that in Manila the ship was mooring on a quay side in a poor area of the city.. Poor young children were waiting on the quay side.. already started begging by exhibitor people that were standing on the outside decks by the railing, and the poor kids were yelling to them, whilst the ship was manouvring to get it proper on the quay side.. This took some time probably, the crew was not used to that port, so some people on board (the Dutch exhibitors) started
throw coins to the kids that were begging below at the quay side.. But most of the coins come in the water, (perhaps some people were throwing them conscious in the water) so the kids did go in the water.. a very very dangerous thing when a ship is manouvering and moving to the quay side.. :shock2: The captain was on the bridge wing, and saw it all, and getted apparently very furious !! He yelled through the board speaker system, that he did see and remember the faces of who it did, and when they didn't stopped immediately, no one of the complete exhibition crew was allowed to come on the outside decks anymore the entire journey !! Of course it was a very dangerous situation for these kids.. In the end it was not clear if those couple of people were throwing these coins with purpose in the water..
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Jeroen, thanks for your interesting pics.

Makes me more and more interested to go on Moby Drea Genua-Porto Torres. Well doable with the LCCs flying to Sardinia etc.

A bit of work with airline tickets, and we could do

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On BOTH sisters. I seriously think why not... Too late to get on Finnjet now, so why don't we do this?

Any ideas welcome. I have plenty of Round the World travel coming up until May, probably a more steady job after that.

So let's get together and organize? Prince and Princess, all doable together and not breaking the bank with Easyjet etc.
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[*] posted on 10-10-2008 at 02:09


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Jeroen, thanks for your interesting pics.

Makes me more and more interested to go on Moby Drea Genua-Porto Torres. Well doable with the LCCs flying to Sardinia etc.

A bit of work with airline tickets, and we could do

Genua-Porto Torres
Olbia-Livorno

On BOTH sisters. I seriously think why not... Too late to get on Finnjet now, so why don't we do this?

Any ideas welcome. I have plenty of Round the World travel coming up until May, probably a more steady job after that.

So let's get together and organize? Prince and Princess, all doable together and not breaking the bank with Easyjet etc.


You're welcome !
But the Moby Otta = the former Tor Scandinavia btw.

I like the idea of making a trip with one of these ships !
Only I need to find/make time for that on short termine, because I don't have to much spare time as I'm currently, and comming time, very busy with my work..

But I like your idea really ! I hope also other people will like.

Jeroen.
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[*] posted on 10-10-2008 at 09:54


Really cool photos! every one dig deep in your collections!! more more!!!



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[*] posted on 10-10-2008 at 18:47


Quote:
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Kalle; that's correct ! I know the Sally Albatros as well. I have onced (I believed it was 1987) sailed with my parents on her sister, BREAMAR, FRED OLSEN (former VIKING SONG, VIKING LINE) from Olso to Denmark, during holiday's. Nice ships as well. Build by Wärtsilä as well !! just like FINNJET only not same yard )

To my understanding they actually used the Finnjet as basis when designing the Viking Saga & Viking Song. Of course they're much less attractive externally, but they have the same basic interior layout, funnel uptakes and cabins on the sides of the cardeck and a similar boxy superstructure. I've actually been on the Regina Baltica (ex-Braemar, ex-ex-Viking Song) twice. Perhaps not one of my favourite ships, the interiors are a bit outdated and lack the clarity the Finnjet had.

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But here I got already a picture of TOR SCANDINAVIA !

Amazing to see pictures from the expo trips. This is the interesting thing with the internet - I've been hoping to see pictures of these, but never thought I'd actually get to see them. So thank you very much.

Interesting to hear/see they sailed to the far east on those trips; Fakta om Fartyg claims they only went to the middle east, but the pictures from Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong prove she went much further at least on the 1981 trip.




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Your stories and later pics arrived after my reply yesterday. Fascinating really, especially given I have lived in Asia for a while.

My friend says (he's an expat in Indo) - anything that's not too heavy or hot will be stolen from hotels etc.

I've seen the Phils myself (wife is from there), the youngsters at ports will dive 2 metres from the ship to retrieve 5-peso coins... Sad. Superferry nowadays makes announcements not to throw anything in order to not endanger their lives. And SF is of course the only reputable ferry company in the country.

Keeping my word from yesterday, I volunteer to arrange things for a Moby Otta/Moby Drea combo Summer 2009. I'm too busy with travels till then. If there is interest, let's discuss it here and later start a dedicated thread with details. I will probably at least personally make a trip on Moby Drea next summer. But we should make it a group event.
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Hello Guys !
I saw a link to this thread on a Danish forum http://www.shipsforum.dk and thanks very much for those great pictures of Moby Otta as well as Tor Scandinavia as Expo ship - never before I have seen pictures from those "expeditions". ;)
Ever since being a small boy, travelling with both sisters in 1980 (7 years old), I have always been very interested in them. Last year I spent my summer holidays on Sardinia/Corsica and travelled with both ships. If you like, you are welcome to see the pictures on my Picasa-album - there you will also find a few older pics of the Tor-twins.
All text is in Danish, but hope you will manage anyway. (Albums are called Ferie2007 & Indscannede fotos).
Thanks again and if you take the trip next year, be sure to post a lot of pics here ;)
Best regards, Soren from Aalborg
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