Hamburg calls the port of Riga for the first time

Freeport of Riga welcomed German cruise operator’s Plantours & Partner newest cruise ship Hamburg on June 25.

Hamburg brought to Riga 421 passengers mainly from Germany. The ship was 144 meters long with the carrying capacity 14.9 thous GT. The vessel was built in the 1996, however in the fleet of Plantours & Partner Hamburg sails only since May this year. Beforehand ship was owned by Hapag Lloyd Cruises and was called Columbus. After the change of ownership, cruise operator and crew, the ship begun a new life. Hence, the plaque of the Port of Riga will be among the first memorial signs to decorate ship’s wall of plaques in order to remind all the ports the ship has called.

With the representatives of Freeport of Riga Authority met Captain Thorbjörn Svensson. Captain has been in Riga for several times, but never yet did he experience a sunny weather in Riga. Noteworthy that after Captain said these words out loud, the weather in the city improved significantly. We take it as a sign of a successful collaboration in the future and we hope to welcome Hamburg at the port of Riga further on.

To sum up, 33 calls have been received until the end of June, but we are not in the half way yet! According to the Cruise Schedule 2012 nearly twice as much - 95 calls in total - are expected. Upon now 25 000 cruise passengers have been served at the port of Riga. According to the statistical data, the most passionate cruisers at the Baltic Sea Region are Germans, Russians, Spanish, American and British tourists. 

On July 27 calls are expected, among which – the first visits of Balmoral (Fred Olsen)and Aurora (P&O Cruises).

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