The berthing of the cruise ship Astor in Tallinn’s Old City Harbour this week will officially kick off the summer cruise season with a total of 328 ship visits scheduled. On the busiest days of the summer season, which lasts until September, up to 9 000 cruise passengers a day are expected to arrive in Tallinn, the state-owned Port of Tallinn told BNS reporter.
“During the beginning of the summer cruise season one to six cruise boats will dock in Old City Harbour almost every day and in the middle of summer up to 9 000 cruise passengers will be visiting Tallinn on the busiest days,” head of the port company’s marketing and communications department Sirle Arro told BNS.
Ten cruise ships will call at Tallinn for the first time during the start of the season. The Spanish cruise operator Pullmantur will this year again organise five turnaround cruises with Tallinn as the starting and ending point of Baltic Sea cruises. “In addition to those, there will be a partial turnaround cruise of the German ship Deutschland with some of the passengers beginning and others ending the cruise in Tallinn,” Arro said.
The longest ship to put in at Tallinn this year is the 317-meter Celebrity Eclipse with more than 2 800 passengers on board, whereas the 311-meter Adventure of the Seas will bring the most tourists, over 3 000, to the Estonian capital.
The summer cruise season runs until 26 September but cruise tourists are also expected to arrive in Tallinn in October, November and December. All told, approximately 485 000 cruise passengers will visit Tallinn this year on board 328 ships, the highest number ever, Port of Tallinn said. Last year Port of Tallinn served 440 000 cruise tourists on board 294 ships.
Source: Estonian Review