"My ferry trip to Latvia"
Reviewed 06 June 2014 by Staal
On a ship like this, it is environmentally friendly travel! The restaurants were pleasant and the staff very friendly, no complaints.
'Staal' travelled Stockholm Riga with Tallink Silja on Isabelle
"my 2 crossings Tallin : Stockholm Riga and back"
Reviewed 05 June 2014 by Christian Piette
The first crossing between Stockholm and Riga was difficult: during check-in, the hostess asked me if I knew that it was a special "cruise". I didn't, so she explained that it was a "young people" cruise and that consequently there will be some noise, some music and some ambiance! And indeed it was a "release" party which seems to be organised twice a year for young people who get drunk, crazy and obscene. There was a racket all night long with music and residues of alcohol. Although the few people who were around my age hid in the cabin, it was impossible to sleep and it was safer to stay inside. I filed a complain the next day and they understood and said that there had probably been a misunderstanding at the time of my booking, because I was not informed about that special situation. In conclusion: check that it's a regular cruise and not a young people cruise, unless you are a young people yourself and youi don't mind the noise, the smell of alcohol and the exuberant attirude.
'Christian Piette' travelled Stockholm Riga with Tallink Silja on Romantika
"Stockholm to Riga"
Reviewed 30 May 2014 by Neil
We really enjoyed our voyage on the Isabelle. The room was comfortable and there were lots of activities to keep us busy such as live music & entertainment, disco, dance lessons, kids play areas, information session etc. Considering the price of the ticket, it was fantastic value for money. Our only criticism is that the meals at the restaurants were expensive.
'Neil' travelled Stockholm Riga with Tallink Silja on Isabelle
"Good to travel"
Reviewed 26 May 2014 by Léa
I was coming back from a week long trip and I must admit that the thing I was really disappointed with was the lack of seats outside the restaurants. Everything is good otherwise. The staff answers customers queries with a smile and there had never been a problem with my booking through directferries -it's my 5th trip. I recommend it, it's a good and reliable company.
'Léa' travelled Stockholm Riga with Tallink Silja on Romantika
|Kapellskar - Paldiski with DFDS Lisco - 10 Sailings Weekly / 9 hour 30 minute crossing|
|Karlshamn - Klaipeda with DFDS Lisco - 7 Sailings Weekly / 12 hour crossing|
|Nynashamn - Ventspils with Stena Line - 6 Sailings Weekly / 10 hour crossing|
|Stockholm - Tallinn with Tallink Silja - 7 Sailings Weekly / 15 hour 15 minute crossing|
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.
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.