Costa, P&O switch out Helsinki port call ahead of Putin-Trump summit

Costa Cruises and P&O have swapped scheduled Helsinki port calls on July 16th with Talin instead, likely due to the planned meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Costa Magica is cruising round-trip from Stockholm, Sweden on July 14th, a 7-night Baltic cruise that visits St Petersburg, Talin and Helsinki. Guests were informed of the change in an email ahead of the cruise.


Helsinki is bracing for an influx of foreign dignitaries and major protests during Trump-Putin meeting.

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Costa Magica was meant to visit Helsinki, Finland on the 16th, and Talin, Estonia on the 19th, but in an email to guests, Costa Cruises said that Magica would instead call in Talin, the Estonian capital on the 16th, with Helsinki scheduled for the 19th.

P&O Cruises’ ship Arcadia was also meant to call in Helsinki on the 16th, but according to, the ship is in port in Helsinki today instead. A spokesperson for the cruise line said Arcadia would visit Talin, Estonia on the 16th.

P&O Cruises did not give a reason for the swap, but July 16th is the date that US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin are expected to meet in the Finnish capital.


The email sent to guests cruising aboard Costa Magica on June 14th from Stockholm.

More than 2,000 officials and journalists will flock to the city to cover the event, and there are at least ten major protests planned.

Helsinki police authorities have indicated that wide-ranging security arrangements have been put in place.

“The security arrangements will be extensive,” deputy police chief Heikki Kopperoinen told local media this week.


Costa Magica was scheduled to visit Helsinki the same day as the Trump-Putin summit, but the cruise line has swapped it with a call in Talin, Estonia instead.

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“With the Trump delegation, we’re talking about several hundred people. They include many different kinds of assistants, secretaries, a PR team, interpreters and their own security men,” adds Vappu Mänty, head of sales at Helsinki Marketing.

“There will probably also be hundreds, maybe even more than 1,000 media representatives. They will have to be provided with functional working conditions so that they have a good Helsinki experience – that’s tremendously important, too,” Mänty adds.

P&O Cruises’ ship Arcadia was meant to visit Helsinki on July 16th, but visited the port on the 13th instead and will be in Talin, Estonia on the 16th.

With all of this going on, it is likely that Helsinki tourism officials have asked cruise lines to re-examine plans to visit the city on the date in question, or P&O may have decided itself that it would be better to avoid Helsinki on the 16th.

Cruise Arabia & Africa has reached out to P&O for comment.

In an email, a spokesperson for Costa said that the cruise line had voluntarily decided to avoid the Finnish capital on the date of the Trump-Putin meeting.

“The international political summit which is scheduled for July 16th in Helsinki will require high security measures in the city center which will be mostly locked down with the impossibility to perform many visits ashore. Therefore, in order to ensure proper guest satisfaction we decide to modify the itinerary of the cruise with Costa Magica. Guests have been duly informed in advance,” the email said.

Costa and P&O are one of four cruise lines scheduled to visit Helsinki on July 16th. Sapphire Princess of Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas are also due to visit Helsinki on the 16th.

A spokesperson for Princess Cruises said that Sapphire Princess would call in Helsinki on July 16th as planned.

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