Eurofans around the world are looking for some good news after a rough first half of the year. And while restrictions are being lifted in many countries, there’s still much uncertainty and cynicism in the air. Eurovision fans in Finland, however, have decided they will not stop the party. OGAE Finland have announced that the Eurovision Cruise will go ahead as planned.
The Eurovision Cruise has been taking place for several years and has been something of an annual event for diehard Eurovision enthusiasts. It takes place in the summer a few months after the contest and ferries fans between Helsinki and Tallinn.
This year’s event was scheduled to take place on the beloved Silja Europa on 29 August. But with cruises being grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trip was shrouded in uncertainty, however organisers maintained their commitment for the event to go ahead.
Last year, the cruise was hosted by Krista Siegrids and featured Vicky Rosti, Hera Bjork, Euroband, Selma and KEiiNO. Many hundreds of fans board the boat every year, and it’s hard to imagine that safe measures such as social distancing are realistic at such an event. Our many bloggers who have attended confirm that the dance floor and docks were basically always crowded during their stays.
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Rakkaat viisufanit, meilla? on ilo ilmoittaa, etta? euroviisuristeily 2020 tullaan ja?rjesta?ma?a?n elokuussa! ??? . Teemme parhaamme, jotta saisimme aikaan unohtumattoman illan yhdessa? teida?n ja upeiden artistien kanssa. . Toki seuraamme koronavirustilannetta, mutta olemme ta?lla? hetkella? luottavaisin mielin. ? . Iloa ja rakkautta, silla? pian na?hda?a?n! ??? . . Dear Eurovision fans, we are delighted to announce that the Eurovision Cruise 2020 will be organized in August 2020 according to our original plans. . We will do everything to make sure that this event will be unforgettable togerher with you and the Artists. . Please do acknowledge that we will continously monitor the situation with COVID-19 and keep you informed about changes. Currently we believe this Cruise to happen. . Peace and love and see you all guys soon! ?? . . #euroviisuristeily #eurovisioncruise #eurovisioncruise2020 #euroviisuklubi #ogaefinland #euroviisut #eurovision #cruise
COVID-19 in Finland and Estonia
As everywhere in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in northern Europe. A state of emergency was declared on 13 March in Estonia and 16 March in Finland, and both countries closed schools and limited public gatherings. However, throughout June, restrictions have gradually been lifted. From 15 June, travellers entering Finland from Baltic and Nordic countries, except Sweden, have no longer been required to quarantine. From 1 July, Finland will tentatively allow outdoor events with more than 500 people. And from 1 June, Estonia will admit people with no symptoms from the European Union, but quarantine requirements may apply.
Understandably, all cruise companies in the Baltic Sea have had to cancel their voyages. However, ferry traffic between Estonia and Finland has been restored in time for the busy summer. Estonia still has restrictions on travelling in groups and on entertainment venues; most places do not allow over 50% capacity. Nonetheless, cruise companies such as Tallink have begun preparations for summer adventures, so it seems as though there is optimism on the horizon.
Eurovision Cruise in 2020: Erika Vikman and Saara Aalto
The official announcement of the Eurovision Cruise only briefly mentions the pandemic, saying “Please do acknowledge that we will continuously monitor the situation with COVID-19 and keep you informed about changes. Currently we believe this Cruise to happen”. There are no mentions of how the pandemic may affect the event, if at all.
The cruise itself will feature UMK runner-up Erika Vikman, and Finland’s 2018 representative Saara Aalto. Those are two big names on the Finnish music scene. Both singers have thus far had an eventful 2020. Erika Vikman was one of the favourite national final performers of the year, winning many fan polls. In May, she was also revealed as The Wasp on The Masked Singer and placed third in the event. Saara Aalto got married in April to Meri, her girlfriend of six years, who took her last name. The couple have yet to have their actual wedding given the circumstances, but are very happy together.
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HAPPY NEWS!!??? First of all, we got married and Meri is now officially Meri Aalto (love you @meriaaltoofficial).. still waiting for the wedding though..? And this is the name Meri wanted to use now that we are going to announce some amazing new projects!? . ? We have dreamt about building our No Fear brand and now finally we had time to do it! We are launching our ”No Fear – Rohkeampi minä” – podcast (in Finnish) on my bday 2.5. at 00! We’ll be talking about dreams, success, wellbeing and struggles of life in an honest and entertaining way. Get inspired and listen it here: ??www.nofear.company??! ? . ? Also we have always wanted to build a school and now it’s happening virtually! This is our No Fear School ??www.nofearschool.com?? The first course is my ”SINGING MASTERCLASS” which is a 5-week online singing course! I’ve learnt so much about singing in my life and I’ve put it all into this! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, this is for YOU! ?? . Thank you so much for your support and living this #nofear2020 life with us, keep on dreaming ?? ————— Nyt tulee niin paljon onnellisia uutisia, että HUH! ?? Ensinnäkin meidät on vihitty ja Meri on nyt jo hetken ollut virallisesti @meriaaltoofficial ?? Häitä ei olla päästy vielä juhlimaan, mutta niitä odotellessa… Ja tällä nimellä Meri halusi myös lähteä toteuttamaan meidän uusia projekteja, joista saadaan vihdoin teille kertoa! . ?Ollaan pitkään unelmoitu meidän No Fear-brändin kasvattamisesta.. Meidän yksi iso haave on ollut puhua unelmista, hyvinvoinnista, menestymisestä, elämän haasteista rehellisesti ääneen ihmisille, ja niinpä mun synttäripäivänä 2.5 klo00 me julkaistaan ”No Fear – Rohkeampi minä”-podcast! Podcastia pääsee kuuntelemaan ilmaiseksi meidän uusilla nettisivuilla: ??www.nofear.company?? . ?Tämän lisäksi ollaan pitkään haluttu avata koulu… ja niinpä nyt avautuu meidän No Fear School!??www.nofearschool.com?? Koulun eka kurssi on multa paljon toivottu ”SINGING MASTERCLASS”, joka on 5 viikon laulukurssi, mihin oon kasannut kaiken tärkeän, mitä oon laulamisesta näiden vuosien aikana oppinut?? Tule mukaan! Kiitos kaikille rakkaudesta?? #nofear2020
In these troubled times, it is reassuring to hear that events such as these still keep fans excited. Let’s hope conditions allow everyone to stay safe.
What do you think? Will you take the cruise this year? Who else would you like to see aboard? Tell us your thoughts below!