Reviewed 15 June 2014 by Paul and Sue
We stayed at best western night before as next to ferry re early start as tickets say 2 hr before but only needed 30 mins before, traveled weekday so ferry quiet,we sat at the front of ferry near cafe(bring own teabags only fruit ones available like lots of Europe), good choice breakfast(hot /cold) and lunch hot meals,salad bar, baguettes and snacks,similar price to rest of Finland,staff friendly and helpful. You can keep your cases with you, great views of islands in both archipelagos and lots of styles of houses, lots of birds e.g. geese,cormorants,sea eagles and a variety of boats to see. Note you can't buy currency on-board like Greek and French ferry's only exchange what you have.Play areas,games areas,restaurants, quiet rooms and smoking rooms available- we didn't use these.Free WiFi and lots of charging points. Glad we went in the day as so much to see and the weather was sunny.
'Paul and Sue' travelled Turku Stockholm with Viking Line on Amorella
"Silja Line Turku to Stockholm"
Reviewed 12 June 2014 by Hilary
A beautiful route to take through the Aland Islands. On time, good food and service. Good room. Would thoroughly recommend if you have time. Arrive at port early with time to visit Turku Castle.
'Hilary' travelled Turku Stockholm with Tallink Silja on Baltic Princess
Reviewed 03 May 2014 by Steven
Short turn round time meant staff still cleaning cabins when you get on board. Other than that clean and efficient especially at the price. Free wifi, learn dfds.
'Steven' travelled Turku Stockholm with Tallink Silja on Baltic Princess
Reviewed 16 March 2014 by Aoife C
The staff were fantastic, and the facilities and cleanliness were impeccable. I was really impressed.
'Aoife C' travelled Turku Stockholm with Tallink Silja on Baltic Princess
|Helsinki - Stockholm with Tallink Silja - 7 Sailings Weekly / 17 hour 30 minute crossing|
|Helsinki - Stockholm with Viking Line - 7 Sailings Weekly / 16 hour 45 minute crossing|
|Naantali - Kapellskar with Finnlines - 3 Sailings Daily / 6 hour 45 minute crossing|
|Vaasa - Umea with Wasaline - 8 Sailings Weekly / 4 hour crossing|
Turku is the oldest city and the first capital of the whole country. Today it is the capital of its region, the Southwest Finland. The name originates from a Slavic word "torg" - meaning a market place. The Swedish name for the town is Åbo - referring to the first settlers by the river, "å". Turku was born along the river Aura and it is one of the best attractions of the town. During the past centuries it has met with wars and invasions, fires, pests and other calamities. After the Great fire that destroyed nearly the whole city centre in 1827, it emerged from the ashes with renewed vigour. The zcars architect C.L. Engel gave the town a new townplan and some stately buildings. Turku has a lively and versatile cultural life: several theatres, a city philharmonic orchestra, chamber music, jazz & rock etc. The Turku Music Festival and rockfestival Ruisrock are among the oldest in Finland and even in whole Scandinavia.
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.