"Good way to travel"
Reviewed 23 July 2014 by Greg
Enjoyed the trip but not the bedding. A fitted sheet would be so much nicer than the way the bedding is now.
'Greg' travelled Riga Stockholm with Tallink Silja on Isabelle
"Trip to from Riga to Stockholm and back"
Reviewed 02 June 2014 by Alexey
This two-way trip aboard the ferry Romantica was a part of a wedding gift to my lovely wife and myself, and has exceeded our expecttation to a great extent. We occupied De Luxe class rooms, President and Ambassador respectively, and these accomodations were above and beyond the call, in my opinion. Very comfy, and the volume of noise is very low as compared to normal cabins. The ship was clean, neat and tidy, the staff was frendly, the food was delicious. The only two setbacks were the animators team (some kind of a brazilian carnival style music), which irritated us to some extent, and the renovations of carpets done on our deck that hampered our movement somewhat. Other than that, a great ride, all around! Alexei
'Alexey' travelled Riga Stockholm with Tallink Silja on Romantika
"Adventure to Stockholm"
Reviewed 30 June 2013 by Dennis
The ship was nice. Beautiful views. The trip was calm no seasickness. The cabin. While as described by American standards, was a motel 6. No air conditioning that worked. We were on the second floor. Reserve only first class. More expensive but this was bad. 4 adults in a very small cabin. It would be much better higher up.
'Dennis' travelled Riga Stockholm with Tallink Silja on Silja Festival
"Ferry Riga to Stockholm"
Reviewed 22 June 2013 by Rosalie
We recently travelled from Riga, Latvia to Stockholm, Sweden as a family group of 4 in our 60's. We shared a 4 berth cabin which we found to be more than adequate as the time on board is only overnight and there are lots of activities. Variety of eating and drinking facilities on board and varying price range. There is also the possibility of travelling with pets as they have large sand trays for their use. Duty free facilities are available as well.
'Rosalie' travelled Riga Stockholm with Tallink Silja on Isabelle
Just over a decade after Latvia declared independence from the Soviet Union, Riga is a city on the up and up after joining both NATO and the European Union in 2004. This came three years after the city celebrated its 800th anniversary and things have seldom looked so rosy for a cosmopolitan capital that was once revered across Europe as the ‘Paris of the North’. The city is now firmly on the tourist map with an increasing number of both budget carriers and full-fare airlines now connecting the Latvian capital with other European cities. Riga is already the de facto Baltic business capital, leaving Estonia’s Tallinn and Lithuania’s Vilnius in its wake. Increasingly, for tourists, it is becoming the most rewarding city of the three, with visitor attractions spruced up and an ever-burgeoning proliferation of hotels at all levels.
The earliest mention of Stockholm in writing dates from 1252, when it was an important post in the iron trade from the mines in Bergslagen. The first part of the name — stock — means log, while the last part — holm — means islet or small island. The full origin of the name is disputed. The city is said to have been founded by Birger Jarl in order to protect Sweden from invasion from the sea by foreign navies and to stop pillage of the cities such as Sigtuna on Lake Mälaren. The first building at Stockholm was a fortification for the purpose of controlling the traffic between the Baltic Sea and Mälaren. Under the leadership of Magnus Ladulås Stockholm developed into an important trade city in the following decades, advanced through relations with Lübeck of the Hansa league. In 1270 Stockholm appears in historical documents as a city and in 1289 it was described as the most populated city in the Swedish region.