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Ventspils is a Baltic Sea port (on Venta River) and city in northwestern Latvia. By population (around 40,000) it is ranked country's 6th largest. The port is ice-free during winter.
The town developed around Ventspils Castle - built in 1290 by Livonian Order (Teutonic Order's branch formed in 1237). In early-14th century, the town joined the Hanseatic League (commercial-defensive confederation of market towns in Europe).
During 16th century, the town became a major port and shipbuilding center. constructing both warships and trading ships. For its economy were also important wood-working and the production of metals and amber.
The town was destroyed during Polish-Swedish War (1558-1583), and in 1711 a plague killed most of its remaining inhabitants. In 1795, the town became part of the Russian Empire (1721-1917).
Shipbuilding and sea trade were reinstated in late 19th century, when the port was also modernized and rail-connected to Moscow. By 1913, Ventspils was one of Russia's most profitable seaports and town's population increased to 29,000. In 1939, USSR's Red Army established a military base here. At the port was built an oil pipeline and it became Soviet Union's largest seaport in crude oil export.
City's current economy is based on its seaport, handling mainly cargo ships exporting Russian oil and other mineral resources. The city is served by Ventspils Airport (one of Latvia's all 3 international airports - together with Riga and Rezekne. Ventspils High Technology Park serves companies specializing in IT services and electronics.
Port Ventspils 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 Ventspils, Latvia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Ventspils cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Ventspils, Latvia.
If you lose the Ventspils location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.