After a break of one and a half years, cruise ships start calling the port of Riga
MV Artania with 560 passengers on board arrived in Riga from the port of Tallinn and was scheduled to visit several Baltic Sea cities during the cruise, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Gdansk and Kiel, etc. All passengers on board were fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The ship, which started a sea cruise on 30 July in Bremerhaven, carried passengers from 8 countries, mostly from Germany, but also from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
With the aim to comply with security standards to reduce the risk of Covid-19 virus spread, for the purpose of gradual resumption of cruise ship calls in the port of Riga, the Freeport of Riga Authority in cooperation with the Latvian State Border Guard, SEMS and SPKC has developed a “Management Plan to Mitigate Covid-19 Virus Spreading Risk“. Further on, all cruise ships arriving in Riga, shall comply with the said plan. The Plan provides for the rapid exchange of information, preventive measures and a harmonized operational algorithm for all parties involved in standard and various risk level situations. The Management Plan has been prepared in compliance with the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia, based on the guidelines Covid-19: EU Guidance for Cruise Ship Operations, and taking into account the recommendations of leading organizations and associations in the international cruise and maritime transport sector regarding the implementation of safe cruise transportation.
The cruise ship MV Artania is 231 m long and 32 m wide, with a maximum capacity of 1260 passengers and 537 crew members. The ship's 8 decks boast 600 cabins, a swimming pool and a movie-theater.
Several more cruise ship calls to the Riga port are being scheduled during the current season, as long as the epidemiological situation in Europe allows for it.