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Tallink - Estonian Ferry Company
Tallink is an Estonian ferry company operating modern fleet between Finland, Sweden and Estonia. The company has multiple young car ferries and the biggest ones of them can accommodate up to 3000 passengers. Foreign travellers get often surprised when they realize that the ferries are not only carrying important cargo between Finland and its neighbours but they are a place for people to unwind and enjoy short and affordable getaways.
The headquarter of Tallink is situated in Tallinn, Estonia. However, the company has hubs in Helsinki and Turku, Finland and also a hub in Stockholm, Sweden. In the summer, Tallink operates also special seasonal cruising to popular summer destinations like Riga, Latvia and Visby, Sweden. Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its cobblestones and breathtaking river views while Visby is famous for its best preserved town wall.
From Turku to Stockholm
Turku - Stockholm route is one of the most popular routes of Tallink. The cruising time is less than 12 hours so the same ferry can travel back and forth during a single day. It means that the ferry is leaving from Turku every morning and evening.
Tallink Baltic Princess is one of these two ferries operating between Turku and Sweden. The other one is m/s Galaxy. Currently, Baltic Princess departs every evening at 8 PM from Turku to Stockholm.
In the post-COVID world, Tallink may change the routes and schedules of its ferries so keep eye on the company's up-to-date information.
Winter Cruise Experiences on Baltic Princess
In the winter 2020, we had two times 22-hour cruise with Tallinks's m/s Baltic Princess from Turku to Stockholm and back. Because of the pandemic situation, there were only tens of passengers in this huge ferry. We had the pleasure to enjoy the serenity for being in an almost empty ferry though some of the ferry's service were consequently limited for health safety reason in line with the COVID-19 situation.
There are many ferry routes between Finland and Sweden. Read our ferry guide to learn more.
There are many cabin classes on Baltic Princess. The class B is the most basic one meaning a small inside cabin without a window. The class A is similar to the class B cabin but it has an outside window. The class Premium A is slightly bigger than the A and it has a double bed. All the cabins have a private bathroom.
Earlier, the Premium A class included free buffet breakfast but unfortunately, this perk is now gone.
There are also suites of different levels but they are much more expensive. Majority of passengers prefer class B cabins because of their affordability.
We travelled in the class A and in the Premium A. At the time of our cruises, the Premium A cabin included a free breakfast, so the cabin price gave us a good value for money.
Tallink Baltic Princess has many à la carte restaurants but majority of the passengers including us love to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in Grande Buffet. The price of a dinner buffet is about 35 euros but the buffet is full-inclusive. There is a wide selection of cold meals, delicious warm foods and desserts for everyone. Soft drinks, juices, beer and wine are included to the price. We tried all of these buffets on Baltic Princess and loved them.
The 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 current COVID situation. However, a cafe was open serving inexpensive food for budget travellers.
In normal circumstances, Baltic Princess has lively entertainment every day. That includes a live band, troubadours, karaoke and sometimes a bingo game. During our cruise, we had a chance to enjoy empty stages with playback music. When the audience was missing, there was no point to arrange entertainment. Based on our previous travelling experiences, the entertainment on these ferries is of high quality.
Spa and Saunas
Baltic Princess 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 the favourite hobby of Finns in Finland-Sweden ferries. On every ferry, there is a big tax-free shop selling inexpensive alcohol, sweets also local products. Baltic Princess has also separate stores for souvenirs and apparels of different international clothing brands, usually one can find hugely discounted items.
What Did our Cruises Cost?
Having a cruise between Turku and Stockholm is almost free. During weekdays, the cabin prices are extremely low. Basically, you are paying only a few euros for the cabin, but on the ferry, you will spend more money. Having a cruise getaway is still affordable.
We paid 75,50 euros / person for our first cruise including a breakfast, lunch and a dinner buffet. For the second cruise, we paid 58 euros / person having a breakfast and a lunch buffet.
You need to pay a little more if you travel on weekends. If you wish to book just one way trip, the prices may dramatically become higher.
Did you know? Because the ferries call at the Åland Islands, they are allowed to sell tax-free products.
How to Book a Cruise
Booking a cruise from Turku to Stockholm is simple. You may check prices from Tallink´s own website but we recommend comparing prices on Direct Ferries. You will see also the prices of Tallink's competitors at a single glance. Travelling on Tallink Baltic Princess gives value for the money but Viking Line has as good or even better ferries too.
How to Book a Ferry?
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.
Other Cruising Options in Finland
If you prefer to departure from Helsinki Harbour, you may want to read our story about Viking Line´s cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm. Taking a ferry to the Åland Islands is another summer experience. From Helsinki, it is also possible to cross the Baltic Sea to Tallinn by a ferry of either Viking Line, Tallink or Eckerö Line.
Travelling with a Car
It is possible to take your car into a ferry. You can also just park the car there so it is not needed to be driven out at the destination. Read the exact terms while booking.
Turku Harbour has inexpensive parking so we recommend keeping the car there if you are just having a cruise on Baltic Princess. There is also a train connection from Tampere and Helsinki straight to Turku Harbour.
There are three companies operating cruises between Turku and Sweden. Both Tallink and Viking Line have modern ferries. This winter, we travelled twice on Baltic Princess and loved both the cruises. Baltic Princess offers great quality with a low price tag.
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