Monday, December 19, 2011
MS Isabella 8.5.1998
The Stamp on the FDC was issued on 8th May 1998 for “Norden 98” exhibition, commemotating the ferry “Isabel”. MS Isabella is a cruise ferry owned and operated by the Finland-based Viking Line. She was built in 1989 by Brodogradilište Split in Split,Yugoslavia for SF Line, one of the partners in the Viking Line consortium. Since September 2008 she serves on the Turku–Mariehamn/Långnäs–Stockholm route. In January 2010 Viking Line's future CEO Mikael Backman stated the company are negotiating with several different shipyards about the possibility of constructing a pair of 60,000 GT ships to replace Isabella and Amorella on the Turku–Stockholm service. The projected delivery dates for the new vessels are in May 2012 and February 2013. Isabella's future in the Viking Line fleet is unknown, should the planned orders for new ships be realised. Pia gave me this FDC.