Monday last week I revisited Visby on Gotland. It was one of my first photo trips abroad since 2019. We arrived with the 09:35 ferry from Oskarshamn (the new GOTLAND) and should have returned at 17:30 with DROTTEN. However, that ferry sailed with major delays due to technical issues with one of the main engines the day before, so we could not return to Oskarshamn until late in the evening.
Mondays in Visby this summer are marked by a visit by an uneven couple at the town’s cruise quay; The 153,500 Gt. large cruise ship MSC SEAVIEW and the cruise ferry SILJA SYMPHONY, which despite being among the world’s largest cruise ferries, is almost 100,000 Gt. smaller than the cruise ship.
For the same reasons that I have largely not travelled abroad since 2019, cruise ferry traffic in the Baltic Sea in 2021 is still affected by travel restrictions across national borders. Therefore, SILJA SYMPHONY was also accompanied by VIKING CINDERELLA in Visby, which, like the Silja ferry, is currently also part of a specially intended domestic Swedish cruise timetable.
Mondays in Visby are therefore in a maritime sense this high summer quite unique, which was also the reason for my photo trip last week.
However, my revisit to Visby, I think it was the fourth time, was also due to the fact that I wanted to try Gotlandsbolaget’s new SF1650 class (GOTLAND and VISBORG). It’s no secret that I’m excited about the whole ferry operation on Gotland. A concept I wish could also be adopted on Denmark’s large Baltic Sea island Bornholm.