Morskoy Fasad, St. Petersburg’s cruise ship port, says it will open a Baltic Sea cruise line in 2019
The Morskoy Fasad cruise ship port in St. Petersburg is aiming to set up a new cruise line next year that will connect the Russian metropolis with Helsinki, Tallinn and Stockholm.
“The line would be opened in the first half of 2019,” the port’s business director, Aleksey Panfilov, says.
Morskoy Fasad is ready to contribute 600 million roubles (€8.63 million) of its own money to buying a vessel, according to Panfilov.
Future plans include adding Kaliningrad’s Pionersky port to the route, and Panfilov said that the line could also be operated by a company from St Petersburg or Kaliningrad.
“It is one option. If that doesn’t happen we are ready to open the route,” he said.
The number of cruise vessels operated could eventually be increased to five, the head of St. Petersburg’s development and tourism committee Andrey Mushkarev said, adding that the cost of one ship would be €150-180 million.
St Petersburg’s passenger port is the first and only specialised passenger port in north-western Russia and also the biggest in the Baltic region. Opened in 2008 and with construction completed in 2011, it is situated on reclaimed land on Vasilievsky Island, west of the city centre, and saw 558,000 cruise passengers in 2017.