Viking Line handled a record 2.3 million passengers on its ferries this summer, marking a 9% rise from the same period in 2013.
The increased numbers have been largely attributed to Mariella and Gabriella’s expanded services on the route between Helsinki, Finland, and Tallinn, Estonia.
Passenger numbers on this route rose by more than 176,000 to over 775,000 from June to August, an increase of almost 30% compared to the same period last year.
“We are very pleased with the extra sailings to Tallinn that we put in service this summer,” said Jan Hanses, president and CEO of Viking Line. “Passengers have obviously discovered this alternative between Helsinki and Tallinn and have felt comfortable onboard our vessels.”
Numbers also increased on routes from Mariehamm in the Aland Islands. Between June and August, more than 253,000 passengers sailed on Viking Cinderella from Stockholm to Mariehamn, marking a 4.2% rise from the same period in 2013. Meanwhile, on the Mariehamn–Kapellskär (Sweden) route, Rosella carried around 7% more passengers than last summer, recording a total count of 308,000.
In addition, there was a 0.6% increase in passengers sailing on the Helsinki-Åland Islands-Stockholm route, with numbers reaching 329,000. On the route between the Finnish city of Turku, Åland and Stockholm, Viking carried 673,000 passengers.
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