First cruise ship visited Saaremaa harbour in 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 13:07 by saarema
Over 1000 Finnish cruise passengers have arrived in Port of Tallinn's Saaremaa harbour yesterday on a one-off special cruise to discover the Estonian island gem Saaremaa. Cruise was organised by Tallink Grupp.
It was the first time vessel Victoria I visited Saaremaa and it is the largest vessel by gross tonnage to ever visit the Saaremaa harbour, completed in 2006 and located approximately 40 kilometres from the capital of the island, Kuressaare.
Around 30 coaches were waiting for the passengers at the port to transfer passengers to Kuressaare and to take them on various island tours to visit Saaremaa’s famous landmarks, such as Angla windmills, Kuressaare castle and much more.
This cruise visit is the first and so far the only cruise ship visit with passengers in Estonia in 2020.
Saaremaa harbour on 28th of July 2020 (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