Finland, traveling

Helsinki-Tallinn Boat.

Moving on in the ‘cruise series‘ to talk about the shorter day trip to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Since the Baltic Sea quite conveniently enables the fast transportation of people and goods between the surrounding countries, these kinds of cruises are pretty cost-efficient and popular amongst the port cities. If you are visiting Helsinki (and have enough time), I would definitely recommend doing at least a quick day trip to the Old Town of Tallinn. My return ticket with the early morning and afternoon boarding cost only 14 euros!

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Helsinki tram passing the West Terminal T2.

Today I wanted to show you another port of Helsinki; the one you use when travelling to Tallinn mainly. The ‘West Terminal’ (Länsiterminaali T2) is located a bit further from the centre in comparison with the ‘Olympic Terminal‘.

You can still quite conveniently make the trip by foot – and see more Helsinki on your way to the port. For example, you are able to visit the lovely flea market of Hietalahti on the way and make some cool second hand findings to take home with you!

But if you’re heading to spend a long day flaneuring in Tallinn, I completely understand the urge to hop into the public transportation and see the views from the window. Luckily, trams number 6T and 7 (via Central Railway Station) go all the way to the West Terminal: just be sure to get off at the right stop, when the display is saying ‘T2’ (and not ‘T1’).

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After hopping off your tram (or other mean transportation) of choice, you’ll find yourself in front of the newly renovated West Terminal!

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If you haven’t already done your check-in online in advance, the personnel at the Tallink info desk will assist you. Remember to take into account that, especially if you arrive a bit late, the line at the desk area might be quite long. But usually there is also a lot of staff there to help you so you should be able to make it on board in time!

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You may also use the self-check-in kiosks (in the picture above)! After getting your ticket (or already having it printed out at home or sent to your phone), you simply show it at the gates – and off you go to the waiting lobby located in the second floor of the glass building!

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These escalators will take you to the official waiting area where you may enjoy a cup of coffee and a sandwich before the gates are opened and the boarding will begin. I would highly advice you to take your time just chilling at the lobby and let the busier passengers get on board first while you’re still finishing your drink at the balcony.

On the other hand, the early birds who have patiently been waiting in line at the gates, usually get the best places on the boat. In the wintertime and during the weekdays there is usually a lot of space but when I did this trip on a sunny spring Saturday, I really had to circle around a bit in order to find a place to sit…

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Above is a picture of the ship called ‘Megastar’ (I don’t know what they’re supposed to be implying with that, though) docked to the terminal building.

And below is an accurate representation of the desperate line of cars trying to get into the boat, working as a ferry as well. I hope it wasn’t sold out and that all of them were able to make it to Tallinn!

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What do you think of the Estonian flag below?

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Like I mentioned before, I had some difficulties finding an appropriate spot for me to sit around. Luckily I found a relatively warm place from the sun deck area.

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On my next post I will show you around the Tallinn Old Town (in two or three parts due to my excessive photography, again)! So stay tuned and feel free to ask any questions or post comments below…

Yours,

Miah

architecture, Finland, traveling

Helsinki-Stockholm Cruise.

Welcome to read the first part of the ‘cruise series‘ describing my travels to the neighbouring capital cities of Finland! If you are from Finland, you are probably very familiar with the content on these blog posts. After all, I would be glad to hear from your experiences, thoughts and questions in the comments section!

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As I earlier told to you guys, this week was all about travelling and creating new content for the blog. On Tuesday I left for Stockholm and spend two nights on the road (or in the sea, to be exact); and on Saturday I made a small day trip to Tallinn.

I’m not saying that taking the cruises to Stockholm and Tallinn are the most amazing or exciting things in the travelling ‘community’, but it is definitely even something! I hope that these posts will provide at least some new information especially to the ones that are not so familiar with this type of cruising concept. Also, keep in mind that I am still a student unfortunately making a lot of debt so at this moment my focus is on my studies and graduating. However, in the near future I will hopefully be on a more stable level financially so that I am able to make even longer and more in-depth trips all over the world!

But, like I said, we are still in the starting point of this blog – and hopefully something that will lead into a full career! And I am enjoying every moment learning new ways to provide you all-the-time improving photography, cultural backgrounds and maybe even vlogs and live streams soon…!

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Anyway, in this first blog post in the ‘cruise series’ I will take you with me to the Helsinki-Stockholm-Helsinki cruise on the boat called ‘Silja Symphony’.

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Above you can see the ‘Olympic Terminal’ building, located quite near to the Helsinki city centre. You may very easily take the trams number 2 and 3 from the Central Railway Station, for example.

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After making the check-in and showing your ticket at the gates, you will simply walk through these long (and usually hot) glass tunnels into the ship.

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The lobbies next to the elevators in each floor look like this. Be careful to choose the right elevator, though, since these cruise ships are big – thus having like 12 different lifts. Luckily the staff waiting for you at the front doors are glad to help you to find the right direction, and you can always ask from the info desk if you get lost later on during the night.

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This was my cabin located at the promenade. To be honest, this is the first time in my life when I have a cabin all of my own that is in such a good spot; windows facing the indoor promenade.

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I could very easily just chill by sitting in the window sill and enjoying the acrobatics show right through the window without even leaving my cabin! Though I do highly recommend you to do that, at least in some point…

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The cruise ships have all kinds of cafes, restaurants and night clubs from which to choose from. There is definitely going to be entertainment for everyone from little kids to seniors. The price range is not from the cheapest end (after all, it’s a boat) but at least you get value for your money.

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This Hungarian trio called ‘Azura’ was honestly so good!

Trio Azura on Facebook (come on, help the guys out and leave a like, will you?).

In the first night I luckily got stuck listening to lovely piano music with what I’d describe to be probably the oldest generation of passengers on board. What can I say – story of my life? I just click better with older souls?

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This was another cruise ship of the boat company ‘Silja Line’.

The cruise ship will sail to Stockholm (via the small island of Mariehamn) throughout the night and arrive in the morning around 9 am.

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Overall I was very happy with my travelling experience due to the magnificent weather, lovely music and assertive staff on board. In general, I think that these cruises to Stockholm are a little bit neater (if you know what I say) than the ones to Tallinn. Even though some of these cruises from Helsinki to the nearby cities may have a bad reputation (for obvious reasons), this one definitely suits for families and in general for people who are not in it for the massive loud parties.

Yours,

Miah