"Good trip marred by a rude attendant and chaotic entry and exit procedures"
Reviewed 07 September 2014 by Janet
I live in Sydney Australia and a friend recommended this trip when I was in Helsinki. I travelled between Helsinki and Tallinn on 31 August 2014 with Tallink. I bought business class tickets which cost an extra 100 euros. We were told to be at the Terminal at least an hour before departure. I had expected airport-like security checks but there were none. No one even checked our passports. The trip to Tallinn was quite good. The business class lounge wasn’t very crowded, so I chose a table by the window but you couldn’t see much as there were life boats above and below. There was food in the buffet but I was turned off by the smell of sausages. Food and booze were unlimited, so people were having champagnes and beers even at 10:30 in the morning. The attendants were professional and did their job fine. I was glad to be able to charge my phone because there were plenty of power points available. Two hours passed quickly as we had wifi and I was reading a book on my iPad. I managed to get a bit of food before they closed down the buffet. Disembarking was horrendous. It was just heaps of people in a bottle neck waiting around, but it was worse coming back (see later). I spent about 3 hours in Tallinn which was good but too short. Again I got to the gate about an hour before departure. This waiting time turned out to be quite unpleasant. There was a huge crowd when I reached the Tallinn D terminal waiting to get in. There was no queue. It was horrible. Lots of young people with trolleys of beer and cider (5/6 cases of 24 packs) took up a lot of space. Business class passengers didn't get priority to board as you would on an aeroplane, but people who bought wine/liquor in the liquor store got to the front of the line instead of having to queue like the rest of us. We came back on the ship Star (came on the Superstar) -- the business lounge was much better, with large windows and a nice view. I ate a big meal as soon as I sat down. The food was good -- salmon, both smoked and cooked, the sweetest little cooked prawns (with shells), spare ribs, chicken wings, salad… I also managed to eat some cheese and crackers before we got off at 6:30pm. After I had settled in my seat I was shocked when one of the attendants (blonde, tall) suddenly said loudly to me that she didn't see my ticket. I looked at her and didn’t know what she meant. She repeated loudly that she didn’t remember seeing my ticket. I said someone else did, and the other blonde attendant, the more petit one, confirmed that she had seen my ticket. (They are very vigilant about checking your ticket to get into the Business Class lounge, so I was surprised by this questioning). I was furious -- she only had to ask to see my ticket and I would have shown it to her -- shouting out so loudly so everyone in the lounge could hear must have meant to humiliate me (and being the only Chinese/Asian person there I felt this could be racially motivated). She didn't apologise afterwards. I'm writing this in the hope that Tallink will do something about their customer service. Disembarking was worse this time. People were coming down from two staircases, from the lift, from everywhere, and we had no place to go. It was a long wait -- I was disgusted by the huge number of people with trolleys of booze and relieved when I left the Terminal.
'Janet' travelled Helsinki Tallinn with Tallink Silja on Tallink Superstar
"Very pleasant journey"
Reviewed 06 September 2014 by Anonymous
Comfortable ferry, clean, pleasant.
'Anonymous' travelled Helsinki Tallinn with Eckerö Line on Finlandia
"Helsinki to Tallinn in August 2014"
Reviewed 04 September 2014 by Anonymous
Excellent buffet breakfast, great kids play area, bathrooms could be cleaner. Overall very good experience.
'Anonymous' travelled Helsinki Tallinn with Tallink Silja on Tallink Star
Reviewed 03 September 2014 by Anonymous
We took a round trip Helsinki Tallinn in August with Viking line and were very happy with the experience. On the return journey we had a buffet lunch (27 euros all inclusive, August 2014), which we really enjoyed. The restaurant staff were very attentive and the food and wine were good. One detail which worried us when we made our booking was that we were warned to be at the terminal at least two hours before the boat departed. In fact, this proved to be quite unnecessary as we were foot passengers. I would recommend that Viking ferries clarify this point with their clients as we were told at the terminal that it is sufficient for those travelling without a car to check in 45 to 60 minutes before the boat's departure.
'Anonymous' travelled Helsinki Tallinn with Viking Line on Mariella
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Helsinki, also called "Stadi" in local slang, is the capital of Finland. It is located in the southern part of Finland on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.
Founded in 1550 as a rival to the Hanseatic city of Tallinn by the King Gustav I of Sweden, Helsinki struggled in its infancy. The fledging settlement was plagued by poverty, wars and diseases. For a long time it remained as a small low-key coastal town, overshadowed by the more thriving trade centers in the Baltic region. Although much of the first half of the 20th century was a violent period for Helsinki, it continued to steadily develop. Modern postwar urbanization of the 1970s, which occurred relatively late in European context, tripled the population in the metropolitan area, making the Helsinki metropolitan area one of the fastest growing urban centers in the European Union in 1990s.
Tallinn is the capital city and main seaport of Estonia. It is located on Estonia's north coast to the Baltic Sea. It has been shaped by nearly a millennium of outside influence. Its name, derived from taani linnus , meaning "Danish Fort", is a reminder of the fact that the city was founded by the Danes at the beginning of the thirteenth century, and since that time political control has nearly always been in the hands of foreigners - Germans, Swedes and Russians. The Germans have undoubtedly had the most lasting influence on the city; Tallinn was one of the leading cities of the Hanseatic League, the German-dominated association of Baltic trading cities, and for centuries it was known to the outside world by its German name, Reval. Even when Estonia was ruled by the kings of Sweden or the tsars of Russia, the city's public life was controlled by the German nobility, and its commerce run by German merchants.