Friday, May 26, 2023 - 17:40 by saarema
The 2023 cruise season on Saaremaa island was opened by a special cruise. On 26th of May the Silversea Cruises ship Silver Wind visited Saaremaa harbour and brought to the island 185 adventurous and nature-loving cruise guests.
This cruise is special as it mainly visits islands and smaller and less discoverd cruise destinations around Baltic Sea that offer different experiences. The ship's previous destination before Saaremaa was Christiansø Island in Denmark and the next destination the Gotska Sandöns Nationalpark in Sweden.
Silversea introduced Saaremaa to their guests as the largest island in Estonia. It retains much of the traditions in architecture, costumes and even the local dialect. The only town is Kuressaare, where the 14th century bishop’s castle is among the best preserved medieval buildings in the Baltic. The beautiful and well preserved old town is also well worth exploring. It’s said that Saaremaa is famous for windmills, black rye bread, and strong beer. Once every farm had its own mill, and although many have fallen into disuse, some are now being restored. The flour from the mills was once used for the many types of local bread, which is still made and enjoyed, as is the bottled beer from Saaremaa’s brewery notably the strong Tehumardi and the Christmas beer that warms up winter evenings.