Saaremaa-Ventspils shipping route, operated by Saaremaa Shipping Company’s daughter company SSC Ferries, begins new servicing season from May 1 to September.
The company is expecting to break the passenger number record in the new
Saaremaa-Ventspils route has achieved increasing popularity amongst tourists
from Estonia and other countries. In addition to brief visitations to Latvia,
the route is often used as a one way journey to diversify trips to Latvia or
longer European trips. Also more and more travel agents add Ventspils to the
travel itineraries through Latvia.
Eight departures per week are scheduled at
the beginning of the season; starting from June 18 the schedule features ten
departures per week until the end of the season. Also, short day cruises are
organized in Ventspils.
Among other travel options, the schedule offers comfortable weekend-stay in
Saaremaa, departing Friday evenings from Ventspils and returning Sunday
evenings. Starting from June 18, one-day trips from Ventspils can be taken on
Tuesdays, with six hours in Saaremaa. From Saaremaa to Ventspils, in addition to
longer trips the schedule enables one-day cruises on Saturdays, allowing six
hours in Ventspils. Two-day trips departing from Mõntu port on Friday morning
and returning on Saturday evening are also an available option. From Ventspils,
it is also easy to travel on to other countries.
During the 2006 season of May to September, Saaremaa-Ventspils line serviced
altogether 17,555 passengers and 3337 vehicles, increasing by 2432 passengers
and 365 vehicles compared to 2005. 40 percent of all passengers were Estonian,
35 percent Latvian, 9 percent Lithuanian, 6 percent German and 5 percent
Finnish. The most active month was August, when also the number of Latvian and
Lithuanian tourists increased the most.
Ventspils is a favourite among holidaymakers, being a family and child
friendly town and offering various leisure opportunities with its colourful
children’s parks, original open waterpark, beautiful sand beach, open air museum
and other interesting attractions. Also completions have been made to the town’s
new popular recreation ground, where in winter operates a ski slope, in the
summer an adventure park and other extreme attractions.
SSC Ferries has developed special tourism packages to destinations in both
Saaremaa and Ventspils, being more active in the general travel management
field. In addition to the ferry service, the company offers other tourism
services, including accommodation and excursions. Company is co-operating with
the best accommodation establishments and travel agents, which allows us to
offer the client the comfort of organizing the whole trip through our agencies.
Until March, special prices apply to early orders.
Ferry Scania servicing the route Saaremaa-Ventspils accommodates 300
passengers and 60 smaller vehicles. The duration of the 63-kilometer trip is
approximately 4 hours.
The port of Mõntu is located in Saaremaa, near the
peninsula Sõrve about 43 kilometers from Kuressaare. A special bus route
operates between Kuressaare and the port at advance notice. In Ventspils the
ship is docking in the old town area, approximately 15-minutes walk from the
town centre. Orders for the beginning season can be made since November,
schedules and price lists are published at the website www.sscf.ee.