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A wide variety of travellers

Last week I went to the Helsinki West Harbour terminal to interview Tallink Shuttle passengers. The subject of the interview was the ongoing construction of the West Terminal 2, which has been long-awaited and the need of which became very clear.

In addition to the new terminal, I was also talking about other matters related to travel, such as reasons for travel. For some, travel was a routine, but there were many who travelled little and even some first-timers. During the video interview, quite a few refused being filmed, but otherwise gladly chatted about their trip between Helsinki and Tallinn.

The most memorable person was an approximately 25-year-old Japanese girl, who was travelling alone. Her English skills were not very good, but her smile was delicate. She had spent two days in Helsinki and was now on the way for a day in Tallinn. The possibility to make the trip by sea influenced the choice of destination. From Tallinn, she will continue to travel to Stockholm by boat, from where she will continue to her home country after a day’s visit. A really powerful maritime trip!

A middle-aged lady, who actively follows Estonian cultural events, was just returning from a month long trip to Estonia with her husband. Over the years, she has gained a lot of friends in Tallinn, so the month had gone by smoothly, meeting all of her friends.

Another story that stuck with me, was that of a young family. They were going to Tallinn for the first time. The family’s vacation plans were simple. Two days in Tallinn, shopping and exploring the old town. The travel excitement coming from them was contagious and inspiring. This is how the journey should be enjoyed!

For some, the travel was a weekly work trip – one worked as a teacher in both cities, the other went for regular sales trips, and the third supervised the implementation of online projects on both sides of the Gulf of Finland. Tallink transports a total of about 4.7 million passengers per year in this route. This amount includes many stories on how to make a boat trip.

A good reason to take a ferry trip is Megastar, which will start on the Helsinki-Tallinn route in February 2017. It will take a Shuttle-ship travel experience to the next level. Tallink and Meyer Turku shipyard, who are building the ferry, have decades of experience in the design and construction of passenger ships.

Each ship has always been better than the previous one. Now, an even larger development leap has been taken! New things are promised for all areas, from environmental protection to passengers’ comfort.

All the members of the Megastar work group have a very consistent message: “Now let’s do something new and incredible.”

I follow the progress of the Megastar with great interest. Next time I go to take a look at the Turku shipyard, Megastar’s body parts will have been assembled. That is, her outline should be visible.

Ship`s reporter Jussi Ovaskainen

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