Winter cruise season in Tallinn is opened on Friday November 29th by Fred Olsen ship Black Watch that brings about 700 British cruise tourists to the capital of Estonia. This season, Tallinn expects 7 winter cruise calls together with other special winter holiday travels.
During the Christmas themed winter cruise different Estonian Christmas traditions and habits are introduced, also seasonal shopping opportunities offered at Tallinn’s Christmas markets. Most of the British passengers head from the vessel that arrives at Tallinn Old City Harbour to excursions organized by tourism company Estonian Holidays. In addition to traditional sights like Tallinn Old Town, Kadriorg, Pirita and Tallinn panorama the tour also includes numerous Christmas related activities. For example, it is possible to taste traditional Estonian Christmas food and visit Tallinn Christmas market.
“The British Christmas cruise visits us already second year in a row and is also the opening cruise of this year’s seven winter cruises,” said Port of Tallinn’s head of Marketing and Communications Department Sirle Arro. “On Christmas day we are welcoming Birka Stockholm that brings Swedes to Tallinn to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. In early January four more winter cruise calls will be made by cruise ships arriving from Russia. Russian cruise tourists are brought here during the traditional New Year’s cruises operated by Tallink and St. Peterline. The company Viking Line is also organizing New Year’s cruises on Viking Cinderella,” noted Arro.
The route of St. Peterline ship Princess Anastasia is made more special because of the holiday season. Alongside with traditional destinations Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn a visit to Riga is added.
About 9 500 cruise tourists are expected to visit Tallinn during the winter season this year.