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Hello all,

 

As you probably know, the cruise ship is almost completed, and it left the dock facility here in Turku just two hours ago. I was there to take some pictures, and if you are interested in seeing those, I put them up at http://www.hsd-capital.com/freedomoftheseas

 

 

I haven't screened the pictures nor resized them (they're 2272x1704) so there are quality issues with some of them. Also the weather conditions were not the best for taking pictures. A typical Finnish Spring day. ;)

 

Kalle

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No problem.

 

The armada in the pictures consisted of two icebreakers (called Sisu and Apu) and three tugs. I hope that they'll get out of the archipelago in one piece. :)

 

Kalle

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I can only imagine how big that is in person. Hopefully I will find out one day...

 

Thanks so much for the sneak preview shoots.

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Awesome!! Thanks so much for taking the time to post the great pictures! When I first looked at the pictures, I thought those were waves, then upon a closer look, realized it was ice!:rolleyes:

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Hello all,

 

As you probably know, the cruise ship is almost completed, and it left the dock facility here in Turku just two hours ago. I was there to take some pictures, and if you are interested in seeing those, I put them up at http://www.hsd-capital.com/freedomoftheseas

 

 

I haven't screened the pictures nor resized them (they're 2272x1704) so there are quality issues with some of them. Also the weather conditions were not the best for taking pictures. A typical Finnish Spring day. ;)

 

Kalle

 

Great Photo's Thank You

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Very awesome pictures! You were so lucky to get the first look at this huge ship!

Thanks so very much for sharing.

 

Funcruiser

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Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting those pictures!!! I've been checking all day today HOPING for a picture. I'm sailing on the Freedom on June 25th and am soooooooooooooooooooooo excited.

 

You're the best for sharing!!! What's the weather like there? I see the ice in the water. UNBELIEVABLE.

 

Lynn

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It looks a little dirty on the outside, but I thought maybe that was from the shipyard being a working place.. And it could also be the area it's in with all of the ice and stuff..

 

I still can't wait to get on her on the 18th of June!!!!

 

MM

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You're the best for sharing!!! What's the weather like there? I see the ice in the water. UNBELIEVABLE.

 

Lynn

 

We still have some snow (sigh) and ice, but the weather is slowly starting to warm up. Basically we share the same climate as Canada has.

 

And that's a NP for sharing. Glad you like them. :)

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Thank you so very much for the pics!! My sister and I are on the 10/29/06 sailing and can hardly wait to see her in person.

 

These pictures are great -- even in the COLD, COLD weather.

 

Thanks, Again

 

Lynda B.

Houston, Texas

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I too have been hoping for some pictures of the sail away today. Many thanks for posting. I live in Southern Canada and it is about 22C here today so I think you may be a little colder in the weather department.

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I too have been hoping for some pictures of the sail away today. Many thanks for posting. I live in Southern Canada and it is about 22C here today so I think you may be a little colder in the weather department.

 

4C

 

Northern Canada, then. ;)

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Thanks for the great photos. So much for the poster, who a few weeks ago claimed my concern about ice was unfounded, though. Hope the icebreakers do their job and the Freedom isn't delayed.

Today is a red letter day in our household. First we get your pictures of the Freedom leaving Turku and then the mail carrier delivered our invitation to the May 19th two night sailing out of Boston.:)

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Thanks for the photos ! :) I just switched my cruise from the Navigator to the Adventure so I can sail the Freedom of the Seas in 2007!

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By the looks of it, I think the Freedom of the Seas and her crew are as anxious to get to the Caribbean as are the people who are waiting for her to get here to take them (maybe that's what they are going to do...put the last coat of paint on where the weather is warmer and the paint won't freeze...ever hear of freeze-dried...:D )! Great pictures!

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By the looks of it, I think the Freedom of the Seas and her crew are as anxious to get to the Caribbean as are the people who are waiting for her to get here to take them (maybe that's what they are going to do...put the last coat of paint on where the weather is warmer and the paint won't freeze...ever hear of freeze-dried...:D )! Great pictures!

 

Anxious to get to the Caribbean...yes! But not before she swings by my front door for a sneak peak. Can't believe I'll get to see Freedom a month from today. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until October to board, though. :(

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Nice photos ... but when are we going to see more interior shots?

I think we will begin seeing them in a few days or a week, once she begins taking on passengers. In the meantime she has to stop in Bremerhaven to repair or replace one of the Azipods.

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Awesome pictures! This is really exciting! I'm not trying to nit-pick but I also noticed that she needs a little touching up on the paint department. With that aside she is the most beautiful ship I have ever seen. I can't wait for more interior and exterior pics! Thanks again for sharing!

 

Derek

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What a great looking ship, saw my deck 10 port side room for my Sept. Cruise (very cool). Can hardly wait!!! Thankyou for the pics!

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SWITEK.....................Thank you so much for posting the Freedom pics. Very cool of you! How exciting! I can't wait to see the ship in person!

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Kalle,

 

Thank you for the great pics.. a few of my friends and I will be on her May 16-18th and we cannot wait!!!

 

 

God speed Freedom.

 

 

Peg :)

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Switek,

So how was it??? The pictures are so awesome, but how was it being there? The pics look amazing, like those on the shore could have almost reached out and touched her!

Tracy

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In the meantime she has to stop in Bremerhaven to repair or replace one of the Azipods.

 

Why? What happened to the azipods? Did something malfunction? Will it delay anything? Thanks in advance.

 

Derek

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Why? What happened to the azipods? Did something malfunction? Will it delay anything? Thanks in advance.

 

Derek

 

They've known about this for a while. Apparently some dirt got in the bearings of the azipods during construction so that is why it is going to Bremerhaven for this to be fixed. This was in fact planned into the schedule. The first cruise with passengers is out of Hamburg to Oslo - after it has been fixed in Bremerhaven.

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Switek,

So how was it??? The pictures are so awesome, but how was it being there? The pics look amazing, like those on the shore could have almost reached out and touched her!

Tracy

 

It was quite the experience. Thousands of people were gathered to watch as the world's biggest cruise ship set out on its first journey. Freedom also greeted the crowd with their magnificent foghorns. It was something that really made my day.

 

Next time we'll be breaking records when first of the Genesis-class vessels is completed in 2009. :)

 

I'd love to go on a Caribbean cruise someday myself, that's something I plan on doing after graduating from my university.

 

Kalle

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