Port Riga (Latvia) is located on Daugava River, approx 15 km / 10 ml from Baltic Sea (Gulf of Riga). The city has population around 650,000 (metro over 1 million).
- Riga is the largest city and capital of Latvia. Daugava River has been a trade route since antiquity, as well as part of Vikings' Dvina-Dnieper route to Byzantium.
- The city is among the key financial and economic centres of the Baltic States. About half of all the Latvian jobs are in Riga. The city generates over 50% of Latvia's GDP and half of the exports of the country. The largest exporters are in IT, wood products, food and beverage manufacturing, transport, metallurgy and pharmaceuticals.
- The historic center of the city is listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Riga cruise port attracts passengers with its sightseeing, active nightlife and a diversity of cuisine options.
- The Southern Bridge was the largest construction project in Baltic states in twenty years, with a purpose to reduce traffic congestion in the centre of the city.
- In 2016, Riga welcomed 2.3 million visitors. The city is served by Riga International Airport, the busiest and largest airport in the Baltic states. Riga is a member of the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC), Union of Capitals of the European Union (UCEU) and Eurocities.
Riga is among Baltic Sea's largest cargo ports, handling annually over 34 million tons of cargoes. It also has potential for future growth via new port development project on Krievu Sala Island. The freeport facilitates passenger (ferry and cruise via Riga Passenger Terminal) and cargo shipping traffic. Tallink-Silja-operated ferries connect the city to Stockholm.
Riga Port City is a harbour (dockland) redevelopment project started in 2006 by OMA. It was developed in two phases - A (design, initial studies, conceptual blueprints, physical masterplan) and B (blueprint, marketing strategy).
In 2017, the cruise port handled a total of 86 ship calls and almost 90,000 passengers. As of March 2018, the port had scheduled 91 cruise ship calls, including 6 maiden calls.
In January 2018, Freeport Riga Authority started works on creating the port's development plan for the period 2020-2030. It includes development trends, infrastructural improvements, developing new logistics routes, sustainable environmental policy. The new port development plan was scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.
On July 20, 2018, the port received its largest ever cruise liner - Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas (length 293 m, width 40 m, max draught 8,5 m). The ship moored right into downton Riga which became possible after cleaning works (river bed sediments) done in the port's approach channel and turning basin (near Vansu Bridge). Previously, such larger ships moored at KS Terminal pier (Krievu Island), where water depth and turning basin's size are proper. After cleaning the sediments, the swinging basin's diameter was extended from 380 to 400 m (1312 ft) which is the max possible in regard to existing port infrastructure. These works (done by Rohde Nielsen AS) included over 111000 m3 of excavated soil used for construction works in Kudziņsala.
Riga cruise terminal
Port Riga has three cruise ship berths dedicated for passenger ships. Berths MK-3 and MK-4 have total length of 463 m (1519 ft) and capacity to accommodate vessels with LOA length up to 290 m (951 ft). At Berth JPS-1 can dock smaller ships - with max LOA length 110 m (361 ft).
When all three berths are occupied, cruise ships can dock at Berth JPS-2 (dedicated to ferries), which is adjacent to Berth JPS -1.
Riga Passenger Terminal (ferry and cruise)
The cruise port terminal (Riga Passenger Terminal) is located on Daugava River, and next to the ferry berth JPS-2. The building provides all the relevant services for safety and security.
The distance between Riga Passenger Terminal and the Old Town is easily walkable (only 0,5 km, approx 10 min walk). There is a taxi rank located at the cruise port pier. Local transportation services include buses, trolleys and trams.
- terminal address - "3a Eksporta Str, Riga, LV-1010"
- The facility is open between 9 am - 6 pm.
- In the building there are waiting hall, luggage room, ATM machine, currency exchange desk, cafe restaurant.
- Car parking (Europark) costs EUR 12 per vehicle per day (24 hours).
- The cruise / ferry terminal can be reached from the city center via trams (bus lines 5, 7, 6, 9, 11). Kronvalda Bulvaris station is located approx 500 m from the terminal. The tram's second stop (Nacionala) is the city center.
Riga tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Town Hall Square: there you will see a replica of the statue of the Patron saint of Riga, Roland, the town hall and the House of Blackheads. The square most beautiful around Christmas.
- Freedom Monument: famous landmark with a lot of symbols. The statue represent a woman who was robbed. She is atop a column and holds high three starts. Originally each star represented a Latvian religion (Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox). During Soviet time, each time represented a Baltic country and the woman was Mother Russia.
- Central Market: grand market where you can buy almost everything.
- Powder Tower: a relic that remained from the medieval defensive system in Riga. Currently, it is a part of the Military Museum.
- Three Brothers: those are three buildings that date back in the 15, 17, and 18 centuries. They are the oldest stone building in Riga. One of the buildings is the home of the Museum of Architecture.
- St. Peter’s Church: located in the Old Town. The most amazing part is the tower.
Port Riga cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Riga, Latvia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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