Tallinn opens new terminal as calls resume
The Port of Tallinn has been greeting passengers and operators at its new multifunctional cruise terminal during the 2021 cruise season. Since July, there have been 32 transit calls to the Estonian capital with 11 more scheduled.
Since July vessels from MSC Cruises, TUI Cruises, Mystic Cruises, Saga Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Phoenix Reisen and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have restarted cruises in the Baltic Sea region and are calling Tallinn.
“We hope some more cruiselines will restart cruising and decide to call Baltic Sea Region and hopefully the ones that have already been here will consider visiting us during the winter time as the winter in our region is worth to visit,” commented Sirle Arro, head of marketing and communication department, Port of Tallinn.
Cruise tourism has been recovering after the easing of restrictions related to Covid-19, and the Port of Tallinn has made thorough preparations to make it safe and comfortable for everyone to visit Tallinn. “In addition, we are helping cruise operators to provide an environmentally-conscious service to passengers and to make visiting Tallinn as smooth as possible,” said Valdo Kalm, chairman of the management board Port of Tallinn.
The port took numerous steps during terminal construction to ensure the environmental sustainability of the new terminal. Energy requirements come from solar panels tailored to suit the Nordic climate, and the facility will be heated by sea power using a heat pump.
These decisions allow the facility to operate outside the cruise season: hosting events, concerts, and conferences. The new terminal makes the capital of Estonia and what the city has to offer more accessible. The aim is that all tourists leave with a safe and unforgettable travel experience and that cruiselines are able to reduce their environmental footprint by using environmentally-friendly port facilities.
In addition to improving sustainability, a new promenade has opened, connecting cruise passengers from the terminal to the ‘culture kilometre’, a direct walkway between the port area and new leisure areas. This development allows tourists to explore both the UNESCO World Heritage site in Old Town and also reach fresh food and drink destinations along the seafront in a more accessible manner.
Visitors have access to three new main attractions: the Patarei Sea Fortress, a historical fortification now hosting bars, food trucks, and open-air events; the Seaplane Harbour, a three-level naval museum housed in an 8,000m2 hangar featuring historical ships and submarines; and Noblessner, a seaside cultural area featuring high-end restaurants, museums, and numerous bars.