TALLINN – The passenger ship Baltic Queen will serve the Tallinn-Stockholm route of listed Estonian shipper Tallink alone until the end of the year, as the company has decided not to put a second vessel on the route this year.
Departures between Tallinn and Stockholm will continue to be operated every second day, Tallink announced on Monday.
The company's passenger ship Victoria I, which was to start serving the Tallinn-Stockholm line alongside the Baltic Queen from June, and which is scheduled to serve the Tallinn-Helsinki route as a substitute until April 21, will remain berthed in the port of Tallinn after that date.
"Decisions to change routes and schedules for our company's ferry services are not taken lightly as they directly affect our customers' travel plans, and the decision to operate our Tallinn-Stockholm ferry service with only one vessel until the end of this year has certainly been one of those difficult decisions," Tallink CEO Paavo Nogene said.
"However, having thoroughly assessed the possibilities for operating this service profitably with two ships in the current situation, which is shaped by significantly increased fuel prices and the changed geopolitical situation, it has become clear that this is unfortunately not possible at the present moment," the CEO said.
"We apologize to all our customers affected by this decision and will offer them alternative options to travel on the Baltic Queen and our other vessels and routes," he added.
Tallink will contact all customers affected by this decision as soon as possible and offer alternative travel options, gift cards or refunds.