Since the last week of July, two large German cruise ships have been waiting in Tallinn harbor for a return travel date. Their stay will continue, as nobody has yet made a decision for the ships to move on.
Sirle Arro, marketing and communications director at the Port of Tallinn, said the AIDAaura and AIDAcara are anchored off Tallinn in a location known as the Tallinn Roadstead, unable to sail due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it works out cheaper to be berthed at the facility than docked at the port.
Arro said: "They were initially at the dock, but then headed for the roadstead." She noted that the ships were initally moored close to Visby, Gotland.
The ships occasionally move into the bay to replace their crew and replenish supplies, such as water and fuel. The existing crews on the ships are in at reduced capacity and when it comes time to replace them, this will be done by boat.
Arro could not specify when the ships will leave yet: "We know that they will come to shore on August 21 to replenish supplies and to dispose of any waste they have generated."
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste