Tallink-Silja's 23-hour cruises between Turku and Stockholm will return to the range according to current information on June 15.
However, the reader who booked the trip was surprised that both Finnish and Swedish passengers can be taken on these shipping routes.
The reader’s fear was that shipping lanes could become disease nests if left unaddressed.
- This seems like a tricky way to circumvent restrictions on foreign tourism and related precautions under the pretext of not stepping in in another country, the reader writes.
Tallink-Silja's Director of Communications Marika Nöjd confirms that from June 15, passengers from both countries can be taken on 23-hour cruises, unless the government instructs otherwise.
- Of course we follow the instructions of the government. If they ban ticket sales from Sweden to Finland, then we will not sell tickets only to departures from Finnish ports, Nöjd says.
However, he stresses that the ships will not become viral, even if tickets are sold in both Stockholm and Turku.
This is due to the fact that in practice the majority of Turku evening cruise customers are Finns. The customers of the cruise departing from Turku in the morning, on the other hand, are mainly Swedish.
- In the Baltic Princess departing from Turku in the evening, up to 95 percent of the passengers are Finns. Correspondingly, there are only a fraction of Finns in the Galaxy leaving Stockholm in the evening.
In practice, therefore, Swedes and Finns cannot, to a large extent, even meet each other on cruises that do not leave the port for land.
According to Nöjd, the aim is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in other ways in the ship's environment as well.
Among other things, cleaning has been considerably intensified and only some of the customer locations are used in open restaurants and cafés.
When boarding the ship, the passenger is greeted by hand bottles.
Safety clearances are also easy to maintain, as there have been few passengers recently.
Nöjd says that some people have cruised from Turku to Mariehamn, but the occupancy rate is a fraction of the normal situation in late spring.
For this reason, only some restaurants are open on ships sailing from Turku and shops are kept open according to demand.
The level of service on ferries between Tallinn and Helsinki is more normal.
The silence of the ships has also caught the attention of readers.
Helsinki-based Esajuha Posti and his friends headed from Turku to Mariehamn for a day cruise on Tallink's M / S Galaxy aboard last Friday morning and were surprised by the silence.
- When I returned, I asked the clerk how many passengers there were on board. The answer was that about a hundred but I would say that by the time there were no more than fifty of them, the Post said at the time.
A pleasant surprise instead came the cheap price of alcoholic beverages: by now, beers, tentacles and other beverages had cost the euro.
Helsinki-based Esajuha went on a cruise on Friday: in the morning the price of beer surprised