I love ships. One of my dream is to take a trip on a big cruise ship somewhere in Mediterranean or the Caribbean islands.
My first job in Russia was in a cruise company. I’ve started my career in a river cruise company, I was selling a lot of cruise tours on the rivers and lakes of Russia. Most popular river for cruises in Russia is Volga, every day in summer you can see a lot of boats going by the river in both ways. But river ships are small, they have only 3-4 decks. I went twice for a short trip to Valaam on these kind of ships and I liked that. Staying on a boat is very safe and relaxing.
On my last year in that cruise company we started selling sea cruises. It was a nice experience. These ships are really big with a lot of place inside for attractions, good cabins and really interesting stops every day in a new town and country. Can you imagine: your travel is relaxing and you see a lot!
Now I am in Helsinki and I see a lot of these ships every year in the city center. Today I saw another side of a cruise ship travel.
Travel assistant is my education at the moment. One of the duties of Travel Assistant is to work in the harbor and to help organizing meeting of tourists from a cruise ship. They help to organize process with guides and bus, help tourists to find right bus or give them information about Helsinki, advise what they can do here for one day.
Today we visited Melkki harbor, near the western terminal. The first stop we made at Verkkokauppa shop, there is a view point on the 7th floors rooftop. You can see from here towers of Helsinki, harbor and seaside, where international ships arrive to Helsinki.
On the top you can see also model of an old MIG-21 jet fighter aircraft. If you arrive to Helsinki by the boat to the Western harbor I recommend you to visit this place and have your first meeting with Helsinki.
After that we were going directly to the Melkki harbor. Harbor territory have open zone and closed zone. On the open territory you can walk free, there is also stops taxi, hop on-off busses, taxis and shuttle busses.
Our group visited the restricted area, information about our visit was sent before our tour to the harbor. You need to be a tourist from cruise ship or to have permit to visit this territory. Restricted area made for safety of tourists from the visiting ship.
Spanish cruise ship has arrived that day, and tour program for them was in Spanish.
There were 21 buses in the harbor, 13 of them were booked for Provoo tour, others for Helsinki sightseeing tour.
Travel assistants were in blue uniforms and they organized guides and arrival buses, gave directions and placed brochures for tourist in buses.
When everything was organized tourist were going from the boat to the tour buses, others went directly to the city.
We stayed with the tourist information persons and helped tourist, gave out maps and the information on how to get to the city center or some other sightseeing place.
Different walking routes to the city center are marked on the map. One of the interesting routes is design route.
Finally most of the tourists has left and our excursion and practice in the harbor was finished.