Season's 1st Cruise Ship Brings 655 Brits ({{commentsTotal}})

Cruise tourists in Tallinn's Old Town Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

The cruise ship season began this year with the 330-meter long Royal Princess bringing 655 passengers, mostly from the United Kingdom, to the Port of Tallinn on Monday.

More than 300 cruise ships are expected to dock in Tallinn this year, bringing 470,000 day-visitors to the streets of the capital, the Port of Tallinn said Monday.

The predictions are lower than a year ago, when the state-owned port said 328 ships with 485,000 passengers would arrive. The final number was 326 cruise ships and close to 520,000 tourists. Only 420,000 cruise ship passengers visited Tallinn in 2012.

Germans made up the most numerous group, accounting for 25 percent of all cruise-ship tourists last year. Those numbers were followed by people from the US and the UK, with 19 and 17 percent respectively.

The season runs until the end of September.

The port is set to unveil a new, 421-meter, cruise ship dock in mid-May.

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