TUI Cruises and MSC Cruises, two cruise lines operating in the German market, have started offering cruises in the Baltic Sea, the first ship, the Mein Schiff 1, docked in Tallinn at 9 a.m. on Friday morning.
Mein Schiff 1 started its cruise from Kiel, Germany, and arrived in Estonia after stopovers in Visby and Stockholm in Sweden, listed Estonian port company Tallinna Sadam said.
The TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 1 vessel and MSC Cruises vessel MSC Seaview are scheduled to make a total of nine visits to Tallinn in July, which are currently scheduled for July 2, 6, 8, 13, 14, 21 and 29. Tallinna Sadam is also expecting a cruise ships to stop in Tallinn in August, September and October.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, the relaunched cruises are organized differently from those before the pandemic. The occupancy of the vessels is significantly lower than normal and all passengers and crew have been tested or vaccinated before the start of the voyage.
Cruise passengers will only be able to explore Tallinn on excursions organized by the cruise line and its Estonian partner and will only visit museums, attractions and restaurants where visitor health safety, dispersion and minimal contact with the local population can be guaranteed.
All bus drivers and tour guides serving cruise passengers must be tested or vaccinated and the same requirement applies to port personnel.
A cruise terminal is due to be completed at Tallinn’s Old Town Port in July, providing the port with better facilities to serve cruise passengers and establishing additional precautionary measures.