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Cork showcases its historical ties with the US whilst highlighting the cruise contribution

May 4 is a significant date in Cork’s history, it being 100 years since the arrival of the US fleet during the First World War. On that day Commander Joseph Taussig of USS Wadsworth led six destroyers of the US Atlantic Fleet into Cork Harbour. Between 1917 and 1919, about 6,000 US naval personnel were stationed in Cork Harbour and Bantry Bay,...Read more

Hamburg showcases its maritime prowess

In early May, Hamburg once again confirmed its position when seven cruiseships - Amadea, Astor, MSC Preziosa, AIDAprima, AIDAvita, AIDAluna and AIDAsol - transformed the River Elbe into one big stage for the four-day Hamburg Port Anniversary festival celebrating 828 years. More than one million turned out to join in the party. AIDAprima was...Read more

Gothenburg’s cruise business is expected to reach €4.3m this year

The arrival of 193m AIDAcara at Frihamnen on April 13 marked the beginning of the cruise season in Gothenburg. One of the high points of the season will be a call by Norwegian Getaway. In passenger terms, with 4,000, she will be the largest cruiseship to call so far. Mein Schiff 6, which was christened in Hamburg in May, is another first. A total...Read more

Isle of Man is proactive in its approach to securing more calls

In 2016 the Isle of Man became the world’s first entire country to be designated with UNESCO’s biosphere status. In 2016 there were 16 calls to the island with 28 scheduled this year, the highest number of calls since promotion began and a 75% increase on the prior year. Passenger numbers rose by over 115% to 11,500 passengers and crew numbers by...Read more

Amsterdam expands river cruise facilities

Amsterdam has two new landing points for river cruiseships. The cruise landing point at Westerdoksdijk has been in use since April 2017. The landing point has space for two 135m-long river vessels docking alongside each other. “It’s an ideal location. From here, cruise passengers can easily walk into town, whilst it’s also a very quiet spot on the...Read more

Trondheim builds on turnaround successes

Trondheim is developing as a turnaround port with the return of Pullmantur next year. Last year the company’s Monarch made successful turnarounds using the new check-in Venue of Clarion Hotel & Congress. The hotel will be used again in 2018 together with the Pirsenter. “Due to the renovation of the land strip at Vaernes there are no turnovers...Read more

Invergordon’s busy season began on April 12 with a call from AIDAvita

Invergordon/The Port of Cromarty Firth marked the beginning of the 2017 cruise season as the first ship of the year, the AIDAvita, docked on April 12 to a traditional Highland welcome. The AIDAvita, which was carrying about 1,400 passengers, was on a cruise around Norway and the UK. She departed from Hamburg on an itinerary with calls to Newcastle...Read more

Astoria kicks off a record 2017 season for Rouen

Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) Astoria was the first arrival of the year in Rouen on March 27. She begins a record season of 27 calls. Rouen has been successful not only at increasing the numbers of cruiseship visits, but also extending its cruise season, which last year culminated in a special New Year voyage of Brittany Ferries’ flagship...Read more

Tallinn announces finalists for Old City Harbour’s design

In early May, Port of Tallinn announced three finalists - Alver Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects and Kavakava and Alejandro Zaera-Polo Maider Llagune Architecture bureau - whose works were chosen to participate in the second stage of Old City Harbour’s long-term development vision’s design contest. 
 The port’s ceo, Valdo Kalm, said that it was...Read more

Celebrity first to sign up to Akureyri tree-planting programme

On May 13 Akureyri was the first port to kick off the 2017 Iceland cruise season. Celebrity Eclipse was the first to call during the company’s President’s Cruise with Celebrity Cruises’ Lisa Lutoff-Perlo on board. She was the first passenger to make a donation to the port’s tree-planting programme (pictured). The programme is designed to offset...Read more

Bremerhaven welcomes first-timers as it enhances facilities

Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven (CCCB) is looking forward to welcoming a number of familiar faces as well as a few new friends this year. Faithful customers of many years such as Phoenix Reisen will be making a total of 37 calls at the terminal, including visits by all four of its ocean-going vessels, followed by TUI Cruises and Costa Cruises...Read more

Cruise Europe Conference took place in Bremerhaven

From April 24 to 27, CCCB hosted the annual Cruise Europe conference. Representatives of several cruiselines and more than 120 north European ports met in the double destination Bremen/Bremerhaven to discuss the latest developments of the cruise industry. In the course of the conference and social events, there were many opportunities to network...Read more

Liverpool appoints Ramboll

Liverpool City Council has appointed engineering consultancy Ramboll to develop a new permanent Cruise Terminal Facility on the River Mersey. The multi-disciplinary design team, who have been appointed after a European-wide tendering process, includes architects Stride Treglown, cost managers Gardiner & Theobald, global planning and property...Read more

New facilities in Lerwick auger well for future growth

Lerwick Harbour is providing additional facilities for the cruise industry which is expected to deliver another two record seasons at the Shetland port, continuing a trend which saw record traffic in 2015 and 2016. The £16.5m (€18.9) multipurpose jetty at Holmsgarth North, completed in late 2016, is set to be used by a cruiseship for the first...Read more

Le Havre enhances infrastructure

Concerned about the quality of its infrastructure and in order to respond to rapid market changes, the Port of Le Havre has started a maintenance programme on the Pointe de Floride, a strategic link in the development of tourism in Le Havre. This programme integrates the modernisation of the quays Pierre Callet and Roger Meunier. A schedule has...Read more

Kristiansand opens new pier

The new cruise pier in Kristiansand was officially opened on May 31 2017. The first ship to arrive at the pier was Costa Favolosa (pictured). The new cruise pier allows the Port of Kristiansand to welcome Oasis-class ships. For more information: more

New member: Ventspils

Ventspils is gearing up to put itself on the cruise map. On July 24 Saga Sapphire will be the first cruiseship to call the Latvian city. Next year the hope is that Serenissima will call, explained Artis Senkevics, head of commercial division Noord Natie Ventspils Terminals Ltd. The ice-free deepwater port on eastern coast of the Baltic Sea can...Read more

Gothenburg’s historic quay is being restored

Over 100 years ago, the first Swedish American Line vessel sailed for the USA from Stigbergskajen in Gothenburg. This historic quay is now being resurrected as a cruise reception centre under the name America Cruise Terminal. This year will be the final season in which cruiseships can dock at Frihamnen. The area will form part of a major urban...Read more

Malmo prepares to receive larger cruiseships

Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) has been given the go-ahead by the Swedish Maritime Administration to receive larger cruiseships in Malmo. The decision represents a major boost for cruise tourism. Over 10,000 passengers are already booked for the 2018 cruise season. A constraint on cruiseships visiting Malmo has been that the ships are not permitted...Read more

Torshavn begins expansion project

The expansion project in Port of Torshavn began on February 6 when the barge, Siri, started to transport material from the quarry, about 1nm from the new pier. A second barge has now been employed to speed up the process. Annfinn Hjelm, marketing manager Torshavn Port, commented: “We will eventually be able to service our customers much better,...Read more

Dundee and Edinburgh amongst those benefiting from funding

As members of CruiseForth, Dundee and Edinburgh will benefit from £79,000 (€92,635) funding to the association from Scottish Enterprise. The funding is provided as part of the Tourism Destination Development Fund, and comes ahead of the 2017 season which sees a 40% increase in passenger numbers from ships visiting the River Forth (and Tay) with...Read more

Akureyri plants trees to offset cruiseship carbon emissions

About 85% of total primary energy supply in Iceland is derived from domestically produced renewable energy sources. This is the world’s highest share of renewable energy in any national total energy budget. Starting this summer 2017, Akureyri will contribute directly to the country’s environmentally conscious efforts with a tree-planting programme...Read more

Hamburg prepares for Hamburg Cruise Days and Seatrade Europe

In September, Hamburg will once again play host to the Hamburg Cruise Days and Seatrade Europe, which will be held shortly prior to the festival. Prior to this the Hafengeburststag port festival will take place May 5 to 7 with seven ships in port. TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 6 will be christened by the Elbphilharmonie on June 1, the concert hall...Read more

Saga Pearl II kicks off Dover season

March 15 marked the beginning of the season for the UK port. Saga Pearl II was the first of 96 calls this year which include the return of Holland America Line and V Ships Leisure SAM ships, Artania and Albatros. Silversea Cruises’ Silver Explorer makes her inaugural call on June 1 and Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines...Read more

Skagen lighthouse gives birdwatchers more opportunities

Grenen at the tip of Denmark is a hotspot for migratory birds. Thousands of migratory birds navigate the busy junction around Grenen during their annual migration on major international migration routes. Birders and ornithologists from all over Europe visit. To further investigate the life of the migratory birds, one of Skagen’s four lighthouses...Read more

Liverpool celebrates record-breaking year

Last year was quite a season for the UK port with highlights including the inaugural Disney Magic visit, celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Cunard Building which saw Queen Elizabeth sail in to the city and the first Royal christening of a Mersey ship for 50 years. In 2016, the city welcomed 63 calls, nine up on the previous year. In...Read more

Flam caters to longer season

Starting this year, the Flam Railway is adding two departures per day from four to six in the months of April and October. “We are seeing that Flam is soon to become a popular destination throughout the whole year, and we are meeting the demand by increasing the capacity. We are welcoming cruiselines to bring their ships to every day of the year...Read more

Baltic port members stepping up to the challenge of PRF

Cruise Europe (CE) members in the Baltic have been reporting for some time that they are taking the new situation with regard to port reception facilities [PRF] for waste very seriously. The special area restrictions according to IMO Marpol Annex IV come into force for new passenger vessels on June 1 2019 and for existing passenger ships on June 1...Read more


Presently black and grey water can be delivered from cruiseships to trucks. However during 2018 construction of a PRF on the pier will be completed which the port says will cover the demand from cruise vessels from 2018 going forward. Hence the Royal Cruise Berth will have a connection at the pier installed during 2018 whereby waste can be...Read more

Copenhagen and Malmo

Of the eight quays in Copenhagen, the three new quays/terminals on Ocean Quay have a direct connection with a capacity of 300m3 per hour per ship with the balance served by trucks with a capacity of 100m3/h. In both cases the waste goes to the Municipality’s wastewater treatment plant. In addition the port is planning to build three direct...Read more


Elsinore is equipped with one PRF for black and grey water which goes directly by pipeline to the municipality sewage treatment plant. Oil-filled water and oil waste is collected by truck to a maximum of 60m3 with an extra hanger. Black and grey water per hour capacity is dependent on the ship’s pumps as there are none connected in the port. The...Read more


Three trucks with a capacity of 15m3 per hour service two berths in Gdansk with wastewater going into the city’s drainage system. The tonnage dues for the port cover reception of waste according to its set standards dependent on the previous port of call. There are plans to build PRF at the Westerplatte Quay and the Ziolkowskiego Quay which will...Read more


Wastewater can be offloaded into tank trucks at the French Quay in Gdynia with a capacity of 5m3 to 30m3. It is then discharged into the municipal wastewater treatment plant. One-third of all sewage delivered from cruiseships is received without additional fee. However in line with the modernisation of the French Quay, a direction connection will...Read more


There are two berths - Frihamnen Cruise Terminal and Arendal Cruise Terminal - in Gothenburg where the wastewater goes directly to the municipality system. Pump capacity is 45m3 per hour. In addition a barge with a maximum capacity of 450m3 is available at Skandiahamnen and the Gothenburg RoRo Terminal. All the waste goes to the treatment plant...Read more


All eight berths in Helsinki have wastewater facilities. Each is connected directly by pipeline to the Helsinki City wastewater treatment plant. Capacities vary from 30m3 to 100m3 per hour and there is no extra charge. When the port does build a new berth it will be fitted with PRF.Read more


All six berths are equipped with PRF although only one serves cruiseships. Waste is piped at 30m3 per hour direct to the purifier station. The costs are included in the mandatory garbage fee and waste produced from the last voyage can be pumped ashore. There are presently no plans to build any extra facilities.Read more


The Port of Kalundborg has at the present cruise quay a direct pipeline for black and grey water that feeds directly into the public sewage system at a rate of 40m3 per hour. At the new Western Quay that will be ready for the season 2019*, the port will install a PRF that will enable cruiseships to discharge directly at the terminal at a rate of...Read more


The two dedicated cruiseship berths in Kantasatama and the three shared with containers ships in Mussalo and Palokangas are served by trucks with a capacity of 50m3 per hour. The waste goes directly into the public waste terminal. There are plans to build PRF at the cruise berths to come into service in 2018.Read more


Oslo can receive all kinds of black and grey water at the main pier, Sondre Akershuskai. However the municipality does not want food waste or grease included in the wastewater. All five cruiseship berths can handle connections with trucks and one has a pipeline connection to the municipality’s wastewater system. The Port of Oslo provides a...Read more


All the piers are served by barge or truck with a capacity of 500m3 at once. Up to 200m3 waste is included in the sanitary fee with each cubic metre thereafter charged according to the Port of Riga fees.Read more


There is a main cruise berth and two smaller ones in Ronne, each of which is served by truck with a capacity of 25m3 per hour. The waste goes to the municipal waste treatment plant located in the port area. One truck is free of charge. There are plans to build extra PRF which means direct pipe connection to today’s main cruise berth and the...Read more

St Petersburg

All seven berths at the passenger port have connections to a wastewater pipeline with a capacity of 100m3 per hour. It takes minutes for cruiseships to be connected to the system according to Alexsey Sukhotskiy, department of external relations Passenger port of Saint-Petersburg Marine Facade. The wastewater goes to a city central sewage system...Read more


Although waste can be collected by truck from the two berths catering to cruiseships, there is authorisation to offload the sewage on the next day when calling Tallinn at no extra cost. The maximum volume in Saaremaa is 18m3 a day which goes to the municipal wastewater treatment plant in Kuressaare 45km from the port. Up to 7m3 comes under the...Read more


There are shore connections at both cruiseship berths for the discharge of black and grey water. The PRF has a total capacity of 800m3 per day and 200m3 to 250m3 per hour which goes by pipe to the municipal sewage system. There is a fee of DKK50 (€6.7) per m3.Read more


There are PRF at all nine berths in Stockholm with direct pipe connection to the municipality sewage system. The discharge capacity varies between 200m3 to 300m3 per hour dependent on which pier is used. For ships at anchorage or at the SeaWalk floating pier a barge with a capacity of 550m3 is available. There is no extra fee and no need for any...Read more


Out of the seven cruiseship berths in Tallinn, there are five (1, 24, 25, 26, 27) with fixed wastewater reception facilities and two (8 and 17 for smaller ships) where the reception is provided by trucks. Each point can handle 80m3 to 200m3 per hour with total capacity in the Old City Harbour being 1,000m3 per hour. The trucks can handle 30m3 to...Read more


There is one dedicated cruise berth and five general berths in Turku. The former, which is situated on the riverbank takes ships up to 170m in length, is served by truck with a 24m3 per hour capacity. At the end of last year three fixed wastewater reception points in the cargo harbour area were completed. These have an estimated capacity of 83m3...Read more


PRF are under construction at the cruiseship berth in Wismar. A pipe with a capacity of up to 50m3 per hour will be directly linked to the sewage plant. There will be an extra fee depending on the total volume with the tariff being issued on time. The facilities will be ready at the end of 2017.Read more


There are presently five berths in Visby for cruiseships. Berth 4 and 7 are equipped with PRF. The pipes, with a capacity of 40m3 per hour, are directly linked to the municipal sewer system. In April 2018, a new cruise facility with two berths - 14 and 15 - will be opened. These will be served by pipes with a capacity of 150m3 per hour per ship...Read more

New member: Portland

Portland Port lies in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, a Unesco world heritage site in the south west of England, UK. Over the last five years it has witnessed remarkable growth in its cruise business: receiving five calls and 1,800 passengers in 2011 and 24 and 36,223 passengers this year. This increase is in great part due to the port taking on...Read more