Klaipeda welcomes Artania as season begins
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 17:31 by ce-press
August 17 was an exceptional day for Klaipeda, marking the resumption of cruiseshipping after the Covid-19 pandemic caused a halt. Phoenix Reisen’s Artania was the first cruiseship to call after a break of almost 18 months. A welcome ceremony was hosted for passengers, Captain Morten Hansen and the crew.
All 660 passengers were fully vaccinated, which meant there were no restrictions on shore excursions for groups, individuals or crew members visiting Klaipeda. The excursions, however, were organised as outdoor activities and in smaller groups to ensure zero risk to passengers.
Several more confirmed cruise calls are expected this autumn and the prospects for 2022 cruise are positive, with cruise registrations so far reaching 55, according to Kristina Gontier, international relations manager Klaipeda State Seaport Authority.
“Effective collaboration and comprehension among the destination and the cruiselines has helped a lot to improve the situation and re-start the cruise business in the world and the region,” she said.
Artania calls Klaipeda (c) Klaipeda State Seaport Authority
LITHUANIA – a country on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, with a population of nearly 3 million, has the unique coastal region of Klaipeda.
Rich in culture and history, the country’s third largest city KLAIPEDA is surrounded by picturesque nature and remarkable historical and cultural sights.
KLAIPEDA region – the most important tourist destination in Lithuania. It displays the uniqueness of untouched nature, outstanding places of interest and a wide range of entertainment facilities. The region combines: Klaipeda city, Curonian Spit and Palanga resort town. Klaipeda city boasts of its Fachwerk-style old town, craftsmen’s courtyards, Lithuanian Maritime Museum and Dolphinarium, and a number of unique museums and sights. Curonian Spit – the confluence of untouched nature and ancient culture, renowned for the highest in Europe white-sand dunes. Palanga welcomes visitors to see its Amber Museum, botanical gardens and the long pier to the sea to enjoy the stunning sunsets.