The Baltic Sea season opens with Plantours’ MS Hamburg



Monday, April 18, 2022 - 11:20 by ce-press

Despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the fact that itineraries in the Baltic Sea are no longer calling St Petersburg, Plantours’ MS Hamburg is currently making her first visit of the season to the Baltic Sea region.

Oliver Steuber, managing director Plantours, says: “We are very happy and proud that MS Hamburg is one of the first ships in 2022 to call in Tallinn and the Baltic Sea. For over 30 years Plantours has offered Baltic cruises to its clients. We have a long-lasting relationship with the ports and all  the agents.

“For us it was never an option to cancel the complete schedule. We simply replaced Baltisk [in Kaliningrad] and St Petersburg with Mariehamn, Visby and Copenhagen.  And finally our passengers also appreciated our new itinerary. We filled nearly no cancellations. In June Hamburg will return.”

For many ports, MS Hamburg is the first cruiseship to call this season. The 12-day cruise began in Hamburg, calling Gdansk, Klaipeda, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm and Kiel as originally planned.

There were 324 passengers (maximum capacity 420) and 170 crew on board. About 200 of the passengers joined tours in Tallinn while others wandered independently through the Unesco Heritage Old Town and seafront urban development. Further afield include visits to Maarjamae Palace, Telliskivi Creative City, Estonian Film Museum and a Memorial to the Victims of Communism.

Helsinki is expecting about 186 calls with tour operators estimating that between 30 and 70 parent of passengers book tours, depending on the cruise line/nationality. The most popular so far are city sightseeing and the smaller, more active tours such as bicycle and boat trips.
The Baltic Sea season opens with Plantours’ MS Hamburg
MS Hamburg in Riga (c) The Freeport of Riga Authority


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