Travel to Germany by ferry «Finnstar»
• Travel to Germany by ferry "Finnstar"
So, if we are talking about a trip to Europe, you can be reached in different ways: by plane, train or your own car. This is the most common options. But there are also maritime transport ... For Moscow, it sounds strange, but to the north of Germany is possible to reach from Helsinki. Believe me, this has its own charm and zest.
The company Finnlines for many years carries out regular pervozki Baltic Sea. One of the routes - from Helsinki to the German port of Travemünde.
Your journey begins with a ferry check-in the reception area in the terminal. Finnlines is based in the port of Helsinki in Vuosaari (Vuosaaren Satama Hansaterminaali) at Provianttikatu 5, 00980 Helsinki.
On the line in Finnlines ferries ply Star class, built in Italy. Ferries to these cargo-passenger type ROPAX (roll-on / roll-off passenger), that is, to transport cars along with the placement of the passengers of the car. The lower part of the ferry - a cargo deck and engine room. Superstructure - passengers, crew, bridge and ancillary services.
On the ferry, you can get there on your own car or a passenger. Then you drove the local shuttle-bass. It should be understood that the ferry is primarily focused on freight traffic and most of the cargo decks take wagon. But also for passengers done everything to make your trip comfortable.
Cars put on the seventh and eighth deck. And if on the eighth deck only cars not higher than two meters, then on the seventh possible options. On one side it is also not higher than two meters, and the greater part of the ceiling can be increased (thereby taking away part of the site in eight decks). You see the left hatch in the two decks in height? It just made for tall vehicles, vans, and so on.
Inside the seventh deck. On its left side the ceiling is raised by almost all over for the high technology, which will call later. If you look closely, you can see the right side of the red metal benches on which it rests. In fact, for ordinary passengers all service insides here and end there. Fur drivers see a little more. But I'm not an ordinary passenger, so in the second post I will show interesting insides ferry.
All the passengers are greeted at the front desk staff. They are ready to answer all your questions and help with accommodation.
I had a cool cabin with porthole views forward. all is well with the socket. Shower great. Everything is comfortable and convenient.
The ferry passenger decks available 7, 8 and 9. This residential deck. 10 - only the crew. A 11 and 12 - public. There are two bars, shop, massage, games room, gym, and a highlight of the ferry - a restaurant.
I knowingly wrote highlight - as the ferry just some food cult.
There buffet. Lunch or dinner lasts a great time and the food is not the end :)
She was insanely delicious. A huge amount of seafood.
Soups, desserts, appetizers, snacks, side dishes, meat and fish.
In reality, stomach holiday. The first night is free alcohol. Two kinds of beer and red and white wine.
in the sea trip - for relaxation. This is art. It should be pre-configured, everything is slow and just accept this mode. Yes, on the plane, of course ... but it's faster restrictions on luggage on the transport of animals. There may also be problems with small children who were yelling as shredded whole flight. Horror short.
on the ferry journey - are beautiful sunsets and lots of sea around ...
If you are traveling in his car in Europe, the ferry from Helsinki to Germany, in my opinion, it is very convenient and interesting option. If you drive under its own power, the road will take at least two days, add here the fatigue and all the possible problems and risks that may happen on the road. So maybe better to just go and enjoy the view? Especially such a format suitable for those who are traveling family or friends, then the cost of the trip per person becomes much smaller. For Moscow, this path may seem inconvenient - Helsinki must also reached, although here, too, there is an option to load the car on the train platform "Leo Tolstoy" and go quietly in a comfortable compartment to Helsinki. Well, in Petrograd - is generally a great option!
A big plus of the ferry is that you do not need to steer many kilometers just to get to Germany. Go behind the wheel, of course, great, but exhausting. A ferry allows you to relax and not think about nothing.
You see what sunsets here. Although, of course, there is also overcast and rainy.
You can travel with your pet. To walk with him and keep in his cabin. On the ferry to allocate special cabins for passengers with dogs.
A good section of the ferry. About its performance characteristics, I'll tell you in the second post about the fact that he sees the passenger.
On the ferry you can walk almost anywhere.
And in good weather, take sun Bath on the 12th deck.
Now, let's take a walk on the deck. Playroom.
Shop, slot machines. These are all located on the 11th deck. There is also a free sauna with Jacuzzi and a small fitness room, which are open during most of the trip.
In the cabin there are a monitor, where you can see current information on the journey. Where sailing, at what speed and so on.
Someone is very sleepy. Here I sleep well there, really.
One of the two bars.
The main advantage of 11 decks - is free online.
On the ferry it via satellite, and its quality depends on the number of users and the weather. But on the other ferries Ineta not at all or it is terribly expensive.
On the ferry there are cabins to suit different tastes and budgets. For example, this cabin is one of the most inexpensive on the ferry. And even in the high season a ferry used seats with storage. Very popular with students. In fact it is as a business class on a plane.
And so. There are cabins for wheelchair users, for alergikov (no carpets on the floor), for passengers with pets.
And this is a huge luxury.
And yes, eating again! It's time to have dinner :) Breakfast buffet in the restaurant and you can not take it. But, believe me, it's worth it!
Mooring in Travemünde.
The ferry comes in Travemünde at 21:30 local time. If you do not want to go on the night, you can stay for the night on the ferry. However, such a possibility only by ferry, which leaves from Helsinki on Saturday. This ferry arrives on Sunday evening and on Monday night stands in the port of Travemünde, so you can have a great night's sleep in his cabin in the morning for breakfast and hit the road. Very handy indeed.
Watch movies, enjoy the views and the weather.
Sunset where you can enjoy endless ...
How do something like that.
The road to the sun.
In general, this is a great and beautiful a pause in a car trip through Europe. And if you want to see the north of Germany, it is probably almost the most convenient way. Yes, the plane faster ... But the price of tickets and baggage weight limitation, difficulties transportation of pets.
A ferry allows you to sit back, relax and simply enjoy the views. Be sure to at least once, you should try. But be careful, and the retract
On the way back we are also included magical sunsets. The white building - the captain's cabin. In the next post I'll show her.
And the weather is different. When approaching Helsinki we will get into the fog. ferry speed was reduced and the last kilometers we snuck by miles. This caused delays in arrival. To this must be philosophically and do not dock butt.
On the one hand the steam is long. On the other you do not have to steer, to spend money on fuel and food for the night on the road. You just relax. I enjoyed the trip to the Baltic Sea. And I advise you to try it.