For only 19EUR, I took a 2 hour ferry ride on a cruise liner from Helsinki to Tallinn. This was probably the best 19EUR I’ve ever spent.
There are actually several ferry companies that go between Finland and Estonia. I priced them out and Eckero happened to have the best price for the time I wanted to go.
When you get on the ship, there aren’t any designated seats. It’s kind of like eating at a food court. You can just go and sit wherever there’s an open seat.
With my luggage in hand, I had no plans of carrying with me for the two hours. I was traveling alone so it’s a hassle to walk around the ship with luggage.
One floor above the ship entrance for passengers was an array of different sized lockers. I rented a fairly large locker that was big enough for my backpack and my large duffel bag for 4EUR. The locker only took coins so I was forced to buy something. I bought champagne for 6EUR.
It was perfect because I didn’t want to carry around any excess coins. I don’t like coins for two reasons:
- 1. People here you when you walk around. I like walking around in complete silence.
- 2. They weigh your pants down. Extra weight will slow you down
I walked around a bit and ended up listening to live music in two different parts of the ship.
I then went in search of food. There was a buffet and a restaurant but the lines were very long. I ended up going to the cafeteria because the line was short. If you’ve ever been to the cafeteria in Ikea, this was just a bigger version of that. I picked up a tray and utensils and made my way down the line. As I continued to move forward and examined the food, I noticed nothing was in English. The makes sense since this boat just shuttles between Finland and Estonia. I wasn’t going to let this stop me from eating. I purchased the safest looking things I could find:
It was some type of egg bread and a (buffalo?) chicken wrap. It hit the spot. People can’t just live on champagne.
With my thirst quenched and my hunger satisfied, I decided to take a chance on video poker. I put in a 20EUR bill and was expecting to lose it all immediately, but ended up doing pretty well. When it came to cash out, I realized that all the buttons (not on screen) weren’t in English. I systematically just started pressing buttons one at a time until it was either another bet or money came out.
When I finally found the right button, I ended up winning 18EUR…but all in super heavy coins. Dang it.
It was a pretty awesome two hour cruise and I would definitely do it again.
FYI: Beware of 3 hour cruises marketed as “3 hour tours.” Especially if your riding in a small boat with a millionaire (super suspicious that he doesn’t have his own boat), an actress, a professor, and several other regular people. Those tend to last only three seasons.