The M/V Malaspina carries 500 passengers, and provides 46 four-berth and 27
two-berth cabins, one of which is wheelchair accessible. The vessel was built
in Seattle in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding yards, then lengthened and
renovated in 1972 at the Willamette Iron and Steel Company shipyard in Portland.
The Malaspina is now 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20' lengths),
and a service speed of 16.5 knots. Passenger services include a cafeteria,
gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge.