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17.5.2022 12:39:13 //
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Kari Martiala
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Tallink Silja is now more agile

“The coronavirus pandemic has made Tallink Silja more agile and innovative,” says Communications Director Marika Nöjd

“We’ve been able to open new routes on a really tight schedule, and ships have been rented out as houseboats and for other purposes. We were fortunate, as while the hotels were closed and our ships stood at a standstill, we were able to use this time to introduce new things and put several ships into technical docks to ensure that they were in perfect condition when people could start travelling again.”

“However, the outbreak of war has led to a loss of confidence among passengers. Luckily, we’ve already had some departures operating at maximum capacity in April, which gives us hope that travel on all Tallink Silja routes will increase rapidly over the coming months,” says Nöjd.

Passengers’ wishes have not changed during the pandemic.

They are mainly seeking an escape from everyday life, to spend time with friends and family, to enjoy good food and beautiful seascapes, and shop at maritime prices. 

“I believe that although many people may not yet be ready to visit the Far East, they will ‘dare’ to visit nearby countries and the Åland Islands.”

This summer, people will once again enjoy visiting the charming Swedish town of Visby; and also Mariehamn, which became a favourite last summer. This summer’s eight special cruises will all use the company’s largest ship, Silja Europa.

“We’re positive about the second quarter and confident that passenger numbers will continue to rise and recover. Even during April, we already had some departures that were operating at maximum capacity. It gives us hope that travel on all of our routes will increase rapidly over the coming quarters,” says Paavo Nõgene, Chair of Tallink’s Board of Directors.

Helsinki–Stockholm traffic was either at a standstill or operating under capacity until spring 2022, and is only just starting to return to normal. Helsinki–Tallinn cargo traffic has, on the other hand, developed favourably throughout the pandemic.