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Cruises to Riga

Riga (Photo:Chamille White/Shutterstock)

About Riga

Riga, founded in 1201, is the geographical center of the Baltic States and arguably one of Northern Europe's best kept secrets ... tourism is just now beginning to boom in what's quickly becoming one of Europe's top cultural capitals.

The city of 800,000 on the Daugava River is the capital of Latvia, a country finding its place in a new world after being occupied for 50 years (1941 to 1991), first by the Nazis and then by the Soviet Union. Today, visitors will see a city in transition: women embracing fashion trends, men following the latest news on American sports teams, and a Caribbean-themed bar serving mean mojitos (while patrons stare at a portrait of Fidel Castro). School kids are learning English as a second language instead of Russian.

Today, Riga is a happening place boasting big-city attractions for visitors. Opera, music and ballet flourish (even during Soviet times, Riga was known for its arts offerings). The city has museums that house displays on everything from art and textiles to fire-fighting and the history of medicine. Old Riga, the historic center of the city, has been recognized by UNESCO, and the city's Art Nouveau architecture is among the finest in Europe.

Nightlife is active, with hopping bars and dance clubs open until 6 a.m. on weekends. A large number of restaurants serve up an impressive diversity of international options (Russian, Armenian, Tibetan, Tex-Mex). There are shopping malls and hotels springing up, and new cars clog the streets.

But perhaps most intriguing is how the city still feels like a bridge between the Old Soviet and modern Europe -- our advice is to get here now before things rapidly change.

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10 Night
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Leaving:Stornoway
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Jun 13, 2022
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Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Dawn

9 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Voyager of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Jul 10, 2022
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Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas

11 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Aug 10, 2022
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12 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Jul 8, 2022
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jun 13, 2022
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Leaving:Oslo
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jun 16, 2024
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9 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 2, 2022
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Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Jul 24, 2022
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10 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Jun 5, 2022
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110 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 26, 2024
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11 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Aug 23, 2023
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Jun 15, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jun 29, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 28, 2022
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Why go to Riga?

Pros:

Riga has a decidedly Old World feel, but at the same time it boasts a vibrant, trendy nightlife and restaurant scene

Cons:

Watch out for the strip clubs and roaming British bachelor parties

Bottom Line:

This grand city of art nouveau architecture and cobblestone boulevards has what it takes to rival any major European capital of culture

Riga Cruise Port Facilities?

The ferry terminal has a small cafe and a money exchange office, but nothing else of interest.

Good to Know?

There are easily avoidable strip clubs that have gained fame, especially among partying young Brits (prostitution is "illegal" but "allowed").

Getting Around?

By Taxi: Taxis are available at the pier. The city's transportation system includes trams, trolley cars and buses, and a ride anywhere is about 35 cents. You buy tickets from the conductor onboard. The Number 7, 5 and 9 trams go from the ferry terminal area (Ausekja), two stops to the center of the city.

By Car: Auto Europe is among car rental firms with downtown rental locations in Riga.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The national currency is the euro. ATM's can be found at banks all around the city.

Language?

The official language is Latvian. Russian is widely spoken, as is English (particularly by younger people). School children are now learning English as a second language rather than Russian.

Where You're Docked?

Cruise ships dock at the ferry terminal on the Daugava River, and it's about a half-mile (15-minute walk) to Old Riga. Other sights of interest, such as the Art Nouveau district, require a taxi or public transportation, unless you take a shore excursion.


Riga Cruise Reviews
Riga- Not much there, tried to do church but not easy to get around. Not as cute as we had hopedRead More
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RicksClan 2
Tram and walking tour was the best one we did all cruise, the tour guide was outstanding.Read More
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Paulosprey
Very nice market to walk around in. Amazing architecture Read More
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MFKnick
Walking tourRead More
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