ESN Latvia Pirates of the Baltic Sea (13.11.2016-15.11.2016)
- Departure 13.11.2016
- End date 15.11.2016
- Availability Sold out
- Price from 125€
AHOY ye landlubber!
Time to step aboard and find your place among the seadogs!
Pirates of the Baltic Sea, the biggest and baddest cruise on the Baltic Sea, is calling you to hoist the masts and sail from Helsinki to Stockholm 13.–15.11. We are happy to welcome you again to our cruise: Pirates of the Baltic Sea! Experience two nights full of fun and partying with over 1500 international students in the beautiful archipelago and one day of visiting Stockholm. International students from all over Europe are joining the cruise!
Dress code on Sunday: ZOMBIE PIRATES! Best costumes will be awarded. On Monday the dress code is HORROR!
Guided tours in Stockholm
Guided tours will be 2h or 3h depending on which you pick.
- Compact sightseeing tour. Stockholm is spread across 14 islands and we will drive through many of them during our tour. On tour you can hear and experience the colourful history of Stockholm from Birger Jarl's time on the 13th century to this day. Stockholm is the first city that got the title of European Green Capital. This can be seen in the many parks and water in Stockholm.
- Vasa Museum and the Cityhall are the most popular attractions of Stockholm. Vasa Museum is on the island of Djurgården. The museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged. The warship Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and was raised 300 years later. And the Nobel award is organized every year on the 10th of December in the Cityhall.
- You will get a all English tour in the city showing the sights and a walk in the old town. (No Museums included unfortunately). The three hour version contains more walking in the old town with the guide showing you around.
Guided tours in Helsinki (3h)
*this tour is only available for students coming with ESN Estonia (Tallinn and Tartu) and ESN Latvia
The tour will start at 10.00am - the guides will meet us in Helsinki West Terminal
A tour of the most interesting and important tourist locations of Helsinki, such as Kruununhaka, Kaivopuisto and Eira, and the central buildings like the City Hall, Parliament, Finlandia-house, Music house and other interesting locations. Stops on the tour are on Senaatintori and at Sibelius-monument and if possible, at the Temppeliaukio Church.
The tour includes a small walking tour assuming the weather allows it and ends at Olympic Terminal, where our cruise departs from.
Preliminary trip program
Preliminary program (subject of changes)
1:30 Departure from Riga 5 Aspazijas blvd.
6:30 Arrival at Tallinn D-Terminal
7:30 Departure with Ferry towards Helsinki
10:00 Meeting with ESN Finland and PoBS team at West Terminal, Helsinki
13:00–16:00 Boarding the ship at Olympic terminal in Helsinki
You will receive the time of your boarding group by email or from your Group Leader
There is a security check at the terminal; you cannot bring any opened bottles or alcohol onboard. In addition, to guarantee a peaceful stay for the other customers on board of the ship, the security might look badly on music players & speakers. They will be confiscated and you might not be allowed on the cruise.
16:45 The ship departs to Stockholm
First we have a warm Welcome show in Atlantis Palace to start off the cruise!
There is an all you can eat and drink buffet for everybody included in the price on the first night. You will know the exact time for your buffet latest at the harbour.
During both evenings there are all kinds of activities on board. You get a complete digital timetable before the cruise.
All times Swedish local time
7:00–9:30 Breakfast buffet open, you can buy a discounted voucher ahead of time.
9:30 Arrival to Stockholm Värtahamnen.
Free time in Stockholm. Guided tours available in Stockholm for extra price. Please see the booking page for more information. If you travel by yourself, check out some suggestions at www.pobs.esnfinland.eu/Stockholm
16:00 Boarding gate closes, you must be on board the ship by this time.
16:45 The ship departs to Helsinki
Both nights there is a Midnight Show organized by Silja Line in the Atlantis Palace and after that the DJ is playing until early morning hours in both New York Club and Atlantis Palace.
7:30–10:00 Breakfast buffet open, you can buy a discounted voucher ahead of time.
10:30 Arrival to Helsinki, at the Olympic terminal
Ferry departure back to Tallinn, West Terminal, Helsinki.
Arrival in Tallinn - Bus transportation to Riga.
What is included
What is included?
- Bus transportation Riga-Tallinn-Riga
- Ferry transportation Tallinn-Helsinki-Tallinn
- 2 nights onboard and 1 day in Stockholm, capital of Sweden
- 1 day in Helsinki, the capital of Finland
- Buffet dinner on the first night with large selection of Baltic foods and an open bar
- Stylish Pirates of the Baltic Sea T-shirt
- A welcome package filled with gadgets
- Accommodation in a shared cabin
- Fun program and party every night, all night long!
For an additional price:
- Breakfast with lots of variety: 11,50 € per morning
- Buffet dinner on Monday, same as for first night: 38,50 €
- Stockholm program (Guided tours for both 2h [20€ / person] and 3h [25€ / person])
- Helsinki program (Guided tour for 3 hours at 20 € / person)
Dress code on Sunday: ZOMBIE PIRATES! Best costumes will be awarded. On Monday the dress code is HORROR!
Good to know
Tickets and Registration
I have a problem with my registration, what should I do?
Contact Aikamatkat +358104218990 (Mon-Fri 10-17) or email customerservice(at)aikamatkat.fi. If you didn't use Timetravels link to register, contact your ESN section to ask for more information.
What is the cancellation policy?
Your online reservation will be cancelled automatically if the trip is not paid within 14 days of the reservation. As soon as you have paid, your participation is confirmed and you'll have a reserved place on the ship.
Can i get a refund or cancel my booking?
You are allowed to cancel your reservation with a 75% refund until 10th of October. You may also provide us with a name change, i.e. sell your ticket to someone else, free of charge until 17th of October 17:00 GMT +2. After that, i.e. 18th of October, the name changes and ticket resales are subject to an administrative fee of 20€, which is collected from the passenger in the Harbor prior to receiving their ticket. Name changes will be availalbe until 10.11.2016 at 12:00 GMT +2.
I do not have a local section, what should I do?
Try to contact the section nearest to you. Or contact the national cruise coordinator by sending an email to: pobs(at)esnfinland.eu
Can I get a ticket if I’m not an Erasmus student?
This cruise is meant for all students who want to experience an international-minded student cruise!
The trip is sold out - what should I do?
Each local section gets a certain amount of tickets, if they are sold you can register on the waiting list. If there are free places later on you will be contacted from the waiting list. There might also be an open sale for any possible left over tickets. These open sale tickets do not include transportation outside Helsinki and are also might have other limitations, for example regarding cabin share.
I want to sell my ticket to someone else – how can I do it?
Yes, you can sell the ticket and make a name change. You can make one name change free of charge until 17th of October 17:00 GMT +2. After, the name change will be subject of 20€ fee, paid from the passenger in the Harbour prior to receiving the ticket. Please note that in case you want to sell your ticket to somebody else, you will need to find a buyer on your own, we cannot, unfortunately, take your ticket and sell it to somebody else or get you in touch with potential buyers.
Name changes can be made via e-mail to this address: pobs(at)esnfinland.eu. To confirm the name change and to avoid any mistakes, both seller and the buyer have to send an email with following information:
Subject of email: Name change
Seller’s full name, date of birth, nationality, phone number
Buyer’s full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, email, phone number and t-shirt size
Is it possible to book a one-way ticket for the bus?
It is possible to do, but you won't get any discount for it. If you're staying in Helsinki before or after the cruise, contact your local section to receive more information on what to do.
Can I bring alcohol and food on board?
You may not bring any alcohol to the boat. There is going to be a security check at the terminal for all participants and any alcohol found will be confiscated and you might be left in the harbor. You may bring a small amount of food and non-alcoholic beverages in unopened containers.
Where does my bus start from?
Contact your local section to find out. You should also receive an email with this information.
When and where is the boarding?
The ship departs from Olympic terminal in Helsinki at 17.00. Our boarding time is between 13–16, the exact time depends on your section. You will receive an email saying what time you should be at the harbor or the place your bus departs from. As we are a huge group, we recommend that you board on time and follow the instructions from Group Leaders.
What is my boarding group?
For students arriving outside Helsinki, your Group Leader will have the information. Participants who have bought their tickets from Helsinki sections (Aalto, Helga, Metropolia, Uni Helsinki) check your email to find out when you should arrive to the harbor. Those who have their ticket from "Open sale" have to board before 16.00. If you've bought your ticket from someone else make sure to ask where the ticket was originally bought from! If you feel confused and don't know where to go or when, we recommend that you arrive to the harbor between 13-15.
Can I choose who I share my cabin with?
You can give the names of your preferred cabin mates at the registration. Unfortunately we can't guarantee that you will get the cabin mates that you chose as all the cabins need to be full, but we will do our best to fulfill your wishes with this.
Is tap water drinkable onboard?
Yes, it is.
Can I drink in the hallway? Can I drink tax-free alcohol onboard?
Only non-alcoholic beverages are allowed to drink throughout the boat. The bars are open until 4.30 and the prices are student friendly. Alcohol purchased from the bars should not be drunk in the cabin hallways.
Can I smoke inside?
No. Smoking is allowed only on the outside deck area.
I have a special diet or food allergies – can I still join the dinner?
The dinner is a buffet and there are several dishes available, also vegetarian ones. Lactose and gluten free options should be clearly indicated on the descriptions next to each dish. If you have other food restrictions and you’re unsure of what you can eat or what not, don’t hesitate to ask the restaurant staff for help!
Can we leave our luggage on the ferry when we go to Stockholm?
During your day in Stockholm you keep your cabin and can leave the luggage there. Please note that neither the ferry company nor ESN Finland takes responsibility for values left in the cabins.
Can I pay with a bank card onboard?
Yes, though Visa Electron might not work all the time. It's best to have some change on hand just in case. Onboard it's possible to pay with Euros or Swedish kronor.
Where can I change my money?
We recommend that you change money before the cruise. It's not possible to do it in the harbor. You can of course just use ATM to get Swedish kronor in Stockholm.