Cruise ships called Saaremaa Harbour nine times
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 13:00 by saarema
This summer cruise vessels called Saaremaa Harbour nine times bringing 2,974 cruise tourists to Estonia’s biggest island Saaremaa. The season started on June 3 and ended on September 16.
The biggest of the six different vessels that called Saaremaa Harbour this season was 231-meter-long Artania with 1,145 passengers and the smallest was Serenissima with 89 passengers.
Most of the cruise tourists who visited Saaremaa this summer came from Germany and Great Britain, but visitors originated also from other European countries and beyond.
As a cruise destination Saaremaa stands out with its pristine nature and rich and original cultural heritage offering a cruise tourist sailing on the Baltic Sea an invaluable opportunity to get to know Estonia from a different perspective.
The deep-water Saaremaa Harbour was opened in 2006 and it has 2 quays available for passenger and cargo vessels up to 200 meters in length and a quay for auxiliary vessels and a floating berth for small crafts. In 13 years of activity about 41 thousand tourists have visited the island Saaremaa via Saaremaa Harbour and cruise ships have called Saaremaa Harbour 84 times in total.
Artania in Saaremaa harbour (c) Port of Tallinn
Islands are a true treasure of Estonia. Saaremaa is the biggest amongst them. Located at the important seaways, Saaremaa has been familiar to seafarers from times immemorial.
The islands off the coast are virtual dreamlands, unlike anything in Europe. Most romantic landscape dotted with windmills, thatched cottages and sleepy fishing villages. Although small, Saaremaa offers various pleasant possibilities to try something untried, something exciting and magical. Kuressaare Castle and Lake Kaali, dolomite and curative mud, reed thatches and stone fences, windmills and medieval churches, junipers and coastline meadows, local bread and home-brewed beer are the first things coming into mind.
Saaremaa harbour is operated by Port of Tallinn. The harbour with the depth alongside the quay of 10 meters is capable of servicing ships with the length of up to 200 m. The natural depth of the harbour location is sufficient for receiving the biggest cruise ships sailing in the Baltic Se