The summer sea traffic season in Helsinki is starting soon, and Port of Helsinki expects it to be busy. For some days, up to 24 departures are scheduled from South Harbour, Katajanokka, and West Harbour to Tallinn. Other routes include Åland, Stockholm, and Saint Petersburg, and from Vuosaari Harbour to Travemünde.
As new departures, ships, and routes are introduced for regular liner traffic, we can offer plenty of options for sea travel. This summer, sea travel will be even more flexible and diverse than before.
- 31 March Linda Line reopens its traffic to Tallinn from the Makasiini Terminal in South Harbour after the winter break, using its high-speed vessel Karolin.7 April from West Terminal 1
- Moby SPL starts cruises which tour the main harbours of the Baltic Sea, as well as crossings to Saint Petersburg on the renewed Princess Anastasia.
- 10 April Viking Line’s new FSTER catamaran starts running on the route to Tallinn from the Katajanokka terminal.
- Eckerö Line’s MS Finlandia changes terminals in West Harbour and starts its route to Tallinn from the new West Terminal 2 in early June.
The cruise season is also expected to be even busier than last summer. Based on advance reservations, over 270 international cruise ship visits are expected in Helsinki. This international atmosphere will also manifest itself on the streets of Helsinki, as approximately 440,000 passengers from around the world arrive wanting to find out more about the cultural, entertainment, and restaurant services in Helsinki.
Six ships which have never visited Helsinki before are expected to visit this season:
- 4 May, Viking Sky
- 20 May, MSC Magnifica
- 22 May, Norwegian Getaway
- 25 June, Seven Seas Explorer
- 28 July, Columbus
- 31 July, Mein Schiff 6
Katajanokka and South Harbour will also receive cruise ships, but over 80% of all cruise passengers will arrive in Helsinki via Hernesaari and West Harbour. Last year, the most passengers came from Germany, the USA, and the UK. However, the interest of Asian passengers in Baltic Sea cruises is also expected to increase.
For more information, please contact:
Director Kari Noroviita, passenger harbours, Port Of Helsinki Ltd
tel. +358 09 1303 3510