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Tallink is an Estonian ferry company operating modern ships between Finland, Sweden and Estonia. On route from Finland to Sweden, the company uses the older Tallink Silja brand. Tallink has a few older and multiple young ferries and the biggest of them can accommodate up to 3,000 passengers and cargo. Foreign travellers get often surprised when they realize that the ferries are not only carrying vital cargo between Finland and its neighbours but they are a place for people to unwind and enjoy short affordable getaways.
The headquarter of Tallink is in Tallinn. In Finland, the company has hubs in Helsinki and Turku. In Sweden, Tallink has a hub in Stockholm. In summer, Tallink arranges also seasonal cruises to popular summer destinations nearby.
Did you know? Because Finland-Sweden ferries call at the Åland Islands, they are allowed to sell tax-free products.
Turku - Stockholm is one of the most popular routes of Tallink Silja. Baltic Princess is one of the two ferries sailing on this route. The cruising time is less than 12 hours so the same ferry can travel back and forth during a single day. It means that a ferry is leaving from Turku every morning and evening. M/S Galaxy is the other ferry sailing on the same route.
In winter 2020, we had two 22-hour cruises on Tallinks's m/s Baltic Princess on Turku-Stockholm route. In this article, we reflect on our experiences onboard.
Port of Departure
Baltic Princess departs from the Port of Turku. This western port of Finland can be reached easily by bus, long-distance train or car.
We arrived at the port by our car and parked it just next to the terminal for the duration of the cruising. Parking at the port is moderately inexpensive. Because we were just having a 22-hour cruise on Baltic Princess, parking the car at the Port of Turku was the most practical choice. Another option would have been to take the car inside the ferry. Baltic Princess has dedicated 2 decks for cars and trucks. Parking terms vary often so we advise reading booking conditions carefully.
Inside Baltic Princess
During our travel, the pandemic was still going on strong and many restrictions were on. That explains why there were only tens of passengers on the huge ferry. We had the pleasure to enjoy the serenity of being on an almost empty ferry though some of the ferry's services were consequently limited for health safety reasons in line with the pandemic situation.
There are other ferry routes between Finland and Sweden too. Read our Finland-Sweden Ferry Guide to learn more.
Baltic Princess offers cabins of different quality. Class B is the basic one meaning a small inside cabin without a window. Class A is similar to the class B cabin but it has also an outside window. The class Premium A is slightly bigger than the class A and it has a double bed. All the cabins have a private bathroom.
Earlier, class Premium A included a free buffet breakfast but unfortunately, this perk is now gone. You need to pay separately for the breakfast too.
There are also suites of different levels but they are much more expensive than the basic cabins. The majority of passengers prefer class B cabins because of their affordability.
On our Baltic Princess cruises, we travelled in class A and Premium A. At the time of the cruises, a ticket for Premium A cabin included a free breakfast so the cabin price gave us a good value for money.
Buffet and Restaurants
Tallink Baltic Princess has many à la carte restaurants but the majority of the passengers, including us, love to enjoy a breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Grande Buffet. The price of a dinner buffet is about 35 euros but the buffet is full-inclusive. There was a wide selection of cold meals, delicious warm foods and desserts for everyone. Soft drinks, juices, beers, wines, coffee and tea were included in the price. We tried all of these buffets on Baltic Princess and we can say it was worth the money - great food and unlimited drinks of your choice!
A breakfast buffet costs only about 12 euros.
Unfortunately, we were not able to try any of the à la carte restaurants while they were closed because of the pandemic. However, Fast Lane cafe was open serving inexpensive food for budget travellers.
In normal operating circumstances, Baltic Princess has live entertainment every day. That includes a live band, troubadours, karaoke and sometimes a paid bingo game. During our cruise, we had a chance to enjoy empty stages with playback music because there were barely any passengers. When the audience was missing, there was no point to arrange entertainment. Based on our other Tallink Silja travelling experiences, the entertainment on ferries are of high quality.
Gambling is not a good habit but Baltic Princess has also a casino and many slot machines.
Spa and Saunas
Baltic Princess, like many other ferries, has a sauna department. There you can find separate saunas for men and a woman, a pool and a pool bar. Enjoying a Finnish sauna while watching the view of summer archipelago must be experienced.
Shopping is one of the favourite activities of Finns and Swedes while onboard Finland-Sweden ferries as the prices are cheaper compared to selling prices in regular stores. On every ferry, there is a big tax-free shop selling sweets, cosmetics, fragrances, drinks, clothes, toys, accessories and local products being sold at affordable sea prices. Baltic Princess has also separate stores for souvenirs and apparel of different international clothing brands, usually one can find hugely discounted items.
Booking a Cruise
Having a cruise between Turku and Stockholm is almost free. During weekdays, cabin prices are extremely low. You need to pay only a few euros for a cabin, but on the ferry, you will spend more money. Prepare to spend at least 50 euros on food. Despite services on the ferry are not cheap, having a getaway on a ferry is still an affordable way to relax.
By pre-booking buffets together with a ticket you may get some discount.
for the outbound cruise, we paid 75,50 euros/person which included breakfast, lunch and a dinner buffet. For the inbound tour, we paid 58 euros/person for having breakfast and a lunch buffet.
You need to pay a little more if you wish to travel on weekends. People who are travelling only one-way need to pay dramatically higher prices compared to a ticket price when bought two ways.
Booking a one-way trip or cruise is simple. You may check prices from Tallink´s website but we recommend comparing prices on Direct Ferries. You will see also the prices of Tallink's competitors at a single glance.
How to Book a Ferry Ticket?
For easier booking, follow our simple checklist:
- Compare prices on Direct Ferries.
- Choose the most suitable connection.
- Include extras, like a buffet. Paying services separately on the ferry costs usually more.
- Decide if you need a cancellation cover.
- Double check all the details CAREFULLY before the payment.
Three companies are operating cruises between Finland and Sweden. Both Tallink and its competitor Viking Line have modern ferries. This time, we travelled twice with Baltic Princess and we enjoyed the whole tour. Baltic Princess offered great quality with a low price tag. A cruise surely gives value for money. Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, with your friends or family it is worth the experience!
What is your favourite ferry to Stockholm? Comment below.