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New member: Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen has a population of 2,200 and is situated at 78 degrees North on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard. Not surprisingly this Arctic wonder has been given a sustainable destination quality label from Innovation Norway. It is in the enviable position of having more homeport than transit calls, being extremely popular with expedition...Read more

Cruise Europe attends Seatrade Global in numbers

Cruise Europe’s annual Monday evening reception is now firmly entrenched in the Seatrade Global calendar. About 350 guests attended including 50 or so cruiseline executives and 10 press. The ports of Gdansk and Gdynia co-hosted the event which took place on a yacht docked at the Hilton Marina. The 110m2 exhibition stand commanded a central...Read more

Amsterdam voices the need to jointly address industry misconceptions at its annual breakfast

The Port of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Cruise Port hosted the annual breakfast at Seatrade Global for the eleventh year on March 6. Rene Kouwenberg, director Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, took the opportunity to address the 80 or so attendees including 20 representatives from ocean and river cruises not about the latest developments in Amsterdam and...Read more

Douglas deepwater berth plans approved

Proposals for a 240m-long deepwater berth costing £11m (€12.6m) at Victoria Pier in Douglas have been approved by the Isle of Man parliament. The facility will accommodate cruiseships and windfarm support vessels. Currently, visiting cruise vessels must anchor in Douglas Bay and transport passengers to shore by tender. The proposals are aimed at...Read more

Bremerhaven gets the green light for quay refurbishment

On March 20 the Senate of the State of Bremen approved reconstruction work on the Columbus Quay in Bremerhaven. Total expenditure for planning and execution is estimated at €78.7m. This amount will be included in fiscal planning until the year 2023. Martin Gunthner, Senator for Economy, Labour and Ports, spoke about this being a "good day for...Read more

Liverpool’s cruise industry sails into action as the city prepares to welcome an array of new ships in 2018

Liverpool Cruise Terminal will play host to 57 calls this year, carrying more than 100,000 international passengers and crew into the city. The cruise industry is expected to bring in more than £7m (€8m) to the local economy in 2018. AIDAaura, Berlin, Ocean Dream, Seabourn Ovation and Viking Sun will all be calling for the first time. Royal...Read more

IJmuiden’s 26 calls include 15 from AIDA

This year 26 calls are scheduled in IJmuiden, 15 from AIDA Cruises. The season begins on April 5 when Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros calls and closes on December 1 with a visit from Saga Pearl II. AIDAsol will sail between Hamburg, IJmuiden and Dover on a short cruise called a ‘schnuppern’ cruise which is specifically for passengers who want to get...Read more

Skagen expects 100% rise in passengers

This year 42 cruiseships carrying up to 68,500 passengers are going to call at Skagen. This is 100% up on 2017, when 33,000 passengers on 31 calls visited Skagen. Out of the 42, 11 will be first calls from ships within Princess Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises, both brands being quite new to Skagen. Anne Sofie Ronne Jensen, cruise manager Cruise...Read more

Lerwick set to break records

The arrival of Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Magellan in Lerwick on March 13 launched a season set to break five records. Even higher bookings for 2019 added to the positive outlook. Victor Sandison, Lerwick Port Authority’s senior commercial executive, said: “The scale of cruise activity this year will make it a great season for Lerwick and...Read more

Edinburgh and Dundee set to benefit from expanded management team

Chris Alexander has been appointed to the management team of Capital Cruising (CC) in a newly-created role which demonstrates the company’s commitment to offering customers the best experience possible. He will be responsible for coordinating and planning all cruise visits in Scotland and will work closely across cruise operations in the Forth and...Read more

Narvik invests in a new gondola and improving infrastructure

Narvik is steadily growing as a cruise destination and the product/excursion portfolio is continually being developed for both summer and winter products. “We are a transit port, turnaround port and boutique port with great flexibility adapting to both large and small groups. The new cable car will definitively be a huge asset to Narvik as a...Read more

Akureyri opens small ship pier in 2019

The Port of Akureyri has not forgotten its promise to accommodate smaller vessels closer to the town centre and is investing €5m in constructing a new pier which will open for business in 2019. With a length of 130m and depth of 9m, it will be able to accommodate vessels under 10,000gt. Equipped with WiFi, it will be just 100m from the town centre...Read more

Southampton reaches two million

Two million passengers visited Southampton in 2017 and brought with them a massive multi-million pound cash injection to the local economy. Every time a cruiseship visits Southampton, it is estimated to bring a cash boost of £2m (€2.26m) and in 2017 there were more than 500 calls. ABP Southampton director Alastair Welch commented: “2017 was a...Read more

Balmoral kicks off Rouen’s longest season ahead of Armada in 2019

Rouen’s season began in mid-January with a call from Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral and will continue through to December 11 when Christmas market calls are booked. Rouen is preparing for the 30th anniversary of its Armada, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of D-Day next year. Held every five years for 10 days, the first event was held in...Read more

Barrow-in-Furness courts cruise calls

Barrow-in-Furness, gateway to the UK’s Lake District, currently receives one or two transit calls a year but it is actively seeking more. Vessels up to 200m in length can be accommodated alongside, although anything over 150m is subject to assessment. There are no restrictions in terms of beam as the port entrance is 36m wide. It is not suitable...Read more

Roenne is expecting 45% more cruiselines this year

The expected growth in the number of cruiselines visiting Roenne in 2018 is estimated at being 45 % up on 2017. This development is expected to continue due to the port extending its facilities to accommodate ships up to 350m in length from June 1 2019. On announcing the first phase of development in mid-October, the port “put some turbo on the...Read more

Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg together record a 24% passenger increase

Owner and manager of the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) has registered a new record in 2017 with a growth of 24.21% to 130,424 passengers, up about 25,000 on the previous year. The new record is linked to strong market dynamics, the quality of the welcome and the nautical accessibility of the port of...Read more

Turku focuses on the environment

Environmental work at the Port of Turku focuses on water protection in the Baltic Sea, reduction of emissions into air and improvement of energy-efficiency. Since 2006 it has been applying environmental port charges as one of only a few ports in Finland. Since 2015 the amount of discount has been bound to the nitrogen oxide emissions of the vessel...Read more

Rotterdam looks forward to welcoming AIDAnova

Rotterdam is looking forward to welcoming LNG-powered newbuilding AIDAnova on November 21 and again on November 29, when she moors at the Holland Amerikakade quay. In the same month AIDAmar will call several times and AIDAbella will also visit.Read more

New member: Nordfjordeid

The Seawalk Port of Nordfjordeid was established in 2017. In 2019 the Norwegian port is expecting its first calls, 20 in total bringing 60,000 passengers. Keen to see a cruiseship calling prior to 2019, the port has halved the berthing fee for this year and next. “We would be thrilled to have some ships already in 2018, and for the first one, the...Read more

New associate member: SCH

Cruiseship handling specialists SCH and sister company Southern Maritime Services (SMS) are scheduled to handle nearly 200 calls into the UK during 2018, underlining the companies’ position as the most extensive provider of cruise services in the UK. The calls will be spread between Southampton, Liverpool and Portsmouth. Customers include Royal...Read more

New associate member: Denholm Wilhelmsen

Denholm Wilhelmsen Ltd (DWL) is part of the J & J Denholm Group which has recently celebrated it's 150th anniversary. The group has four main business streams: shipping, logistics, seafoods and industrial services. The logistics division incorporates five different companies including DWL which has the full range of these services at its...Read more

Belfast welcomes new possibilities as Azamara refit announced

A multi-million pound contract to refurbish Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Pursuit in April has been won by a Newry firm, MJM Group. It will project manage the docking, berthing and refit of the Azamara Pursuit at Harland & Wolff in Belfast this April and the ship will make its maiden voyage in August. The company, which employs 240 people,...Read more

What a difference a decade makes in Portland

Portland Port is expecting to handle 32 calls bringing nearly 39,000 passengers to the UK port this year, compared to four and 2,000 respectively in 2009. The season starts on the April 3 with the arrival of Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros, marking the 21st call made by the company. Ian McQuade, general manager commercial Portland Port, commented: “...Read more

Bristol volunteers welcome largest ship so far

Last year Bristol welcomed its 30,000th passenger since opening in 2013. One of this year’s highlights is the confirmed arrival of Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ 1,452-passenger Magellan, which will be the largest cruiseship to have visited the UK port. There will also be turnaround calls from CMV’s Marco Polo which is returning to Bristol and...Read more

Visby terminal to be inaugurated in April

A cruise terminal will be inaugurated in Visby on April 29. Intensive preparations are now underway to boost Gotland as a destination. The number of passengers will double as early as 2018. Since winter 2016 about 130,000m3 has been dredged to achieve a depth of water of 11m. The land area at the quay is 12,000m2 and accommodates everything from...Read more

Invergordon builds on its growth pattern whilst preparing for more

The Port of Cromarty Firth has welcomed a record-breaking 151,142 cruise passengers on 93 ships to Invergordon and the Highlands in 2017. This represents a 54% increase on 2016, when 97,992 passengers visited. It also firmly reinforces the port’s position as Scotland’s busiest cruise port. Last year’s season started in April with a visit from the...Read more

Passengers to A Coruna were up 45% in 2017

The Port of A Coruna has just closed a historic year in cruise traffic. A total of 184,069 passengers visited the city last year, 45% on 126,735 in 2016. The 2017 figure also exceeds by about 15,000 the passengers forecast at the beginning of the year, which highlights the boom that the sector is experiencing. Among the 120 calls, there were six...Read more

V&A opens in Dundee next year

The only V&A museum outside of London will open in Dundee next year as part of a £1bn (€1.14bn) waterfront development. Calls have been on the rise from six in 2015 to 10 last year and 14 this. Homeporting from Cruise & Maritime Voyages has been party responsible for the increased growth. Local businesses and students from the college play...Read more

Gothenburg port tariffs unchanged as LNG bunkering becomes a reality

Gothenburg has opted not to increase its port tariffs for the third year in succession. “By doing so, we are seeking to boost growth in industry, shipping and port operations. At the same time, we want to be part of the effort to curb rising logistics costs for our stakeholders,” said Magnus Karestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive...Read more

Edinburgh pontoon doubles numbers

A new three-berth tender pontoon with fully-accessible gangway has been installed in Newhaven, Edinburgh, where calls have more than doubled from six last year (including one from P&O Cruises’ Britannia) to 14 this year and next. A new gangway arrangement is helping to develop the new anchorage and the nearby infrastructure has also been...Read more

Isle of Man develops tours whilst a dedicated deepwater berth is under discussion

A project is underway to build a cruise-dedicated deepwater berth on the Isle of Man. An initial feasibility study has already taken place and it is now a question of demonstrating its viability to the government. The plan is to secure private investment which would be underwritten by the government. The hope is for a berth of upwards of 350m in...Read more

Gdynia provides waste disposal facilities whilst considering berth development and LNG supply

The Port of Gdynia is the only Polish port capable of accepting cruise vessels over 250m in length, according to Adam Hoppe, specialist, marketing and port development at the port. “Draught and breadth is also not a problem and [are] what makes our port very safe and easy to enter.” In most cases the larger vessels do not need to use tug...Read more

Holyhead enhances cruise delivery whilst working on berth development

Holyhead will welcome 34% more passengers next year than this, bringing the total to 36,000 on 43 calls. The jetty, which is owned by Stena but operated by Orthios, presently takes vessels up to 310m in length. However Suzanne Thomas, head of Cruise Wales, told CE that a new multi-use berth development is being considered. It will be 340m long and...Read more

Tallinn develops the Old City Harbour

During the 2017 cruise season, there were 311 calls to Tallinn, bringing a record-breaking 564,280 passengers. Meanwhile Saaremaa Harbour had five calls bringing 1,513 passengers. On October 30, the Port of Tallinn together with clients and partners of the Estonian cruise industry gathered at Estonia’s newly-opened Film Museum to sum up this year’...Read more

Rotterdam aims for zero-emissions by 2050

The Port of Rotterdam has laid out its vision for the future in which it aims to become a zero-emissions port by 2050, according to Remco Neumann the port authority’s corporate social responsibility programme manager. “It’s realistic to expect that industry and logistics will be by that time entirely zero-emission and silent. We presently...Read more

Ronne announces new quay

"A new 300m-long multipurpose quay will be completed in June 2019." These words are something that Port of Ronne cruise manager, Niels Lundberg, has been looking forward to announcing for a very long time. Now the port expansion is a reality and the rumour about its new quay is fact. Lundberg is part of a cruise-threesome consisting of Peter Juhl...Read more

Portland supports Castletown D-Day Centre

This year has been a record-breaking year for Portland Port’s cruise business, with the port receiving its greatest number of cruise ships and passengers to date. The arrival and departure of every cruiseship is important to the port and helps form some of the lasting impression that passengers have of Dorset and its surrounding area. For...Read more

Cruise Europe closes the year on a festive note

This year Cruise Europe celebrated very positive membership achievements and developments. We have welcomed 14 new member ports and one new associate member to our network. This takes the membership up to 135 port and associate members, with two new associate members signed up to join in January 2018. The level of diversity of our members...Read more

New member: Pasaia

Pasaia provides a safe and attractive refuge for cruiseships stopping over in the Bay of Biscay. Located at the heart of the bay, 15 km from the French border and 5 km from San Sebastian, the Spanish port is a natural harbour in an area of great beauty and a haven for cruiseships visiting the Cantabrian Sea. The port is situated at 1° 56’ 032 W (...Read more

Vigo reinvents itself as a port of call

Vigo is following the Blue Growth initiative from the European Commission to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors, not least when it comes to its cruise business. Enrique Cesar Lopez Veiga, president Port Authority of Vigo, told Cruise Europe: “I think we are now pioneering a little bit. We are taking a global approach to...Read more

Trondheim commits 100% to the industry

With calls increasing to 89 in 2018 from 57 this year, and passengers rising to 170,000 on 93,000, Trondheim Port Authority (TPA) has decided to employ Maria Kuhnl as cruise coordinator in a 100% position from January. The position, which has been split 50% Port Authority and 50% Visit Trondheim to date, will be merged. In 2017 TPA enlarged the...Read more

Olden, what’s in a name?

Olden-Nordfjord is changing its name to OldenLoen. With cruise calls growing and 10,000 passengers arriving in the same area, steps are being taken to avoid congestion. On a two-ship day, for example, the plan is now for one to be moored in Olden and the other to be at anchor in Loen. This year Seabourn opted for tendering Seabourn Quest in Loen...Read more

Le Havre celebrates 500 years whilst planning ahead

This year has been one of celebration for Le Havre which took no time in making sure it made the most of such a significant anniversary. Knowing how important it is for itinerary planners to be informed well ahead of time, Valerie Conan, director cruise department Le Havre Tourism Board, explained: “We first started promoting this two years in...Read more

Cork’s history makes it a Disney, and winning, destination

Earlier this year Disney Cruise Line announced Cork on its list of first-time visits in 2018. Following successful port visits and further dialogue, DCL has confirmed not one but two calls from Disney Magic next year. Cork has recently announced it has 100 calls booked next year, a 30% increase on this year’s 68. About 140,000 passengers and crew...Read more

Liverpool submits cruise facility planning application

In November Liverpool City Council submitted a planning application for a £50m (€56.7m) Cruise Terminal Facility on the River Mersey. The plan is to create a permanent facility which would enable the city to welcome the world’s biggest cruiseships. The application includes the controlled removal of Princes Jetty and the construction of a new...Read more

Hamburg announces record growth

Cruise Gate Hamburg (CGH) ended the 2017 season with 197 ships carrying 810,000 passengers. This is a 10%-plus increase in passenger numbers compared with 2016 (170 calls and 722,000 passengers). “Over the past years the cruise industry has become an important economic factor for the city,” says Sacha Rougier, managing director of CGH.“From 2018...Read more

Bordeaux cleans up

Bordeaux, together with supplier Suez, have launched an innovative way to collect garbage from the ships. Using barge, garbage is collected directly from the river side of the ship. The garbage containers are then shipped a few hundred meters further upstream, where the waste processing plant is. No more garbage trucks on the quays in the city...Read more

Cherbourg awaits new boarding bridge

Cherbourg is looking forward to 35 calls and 60,000 passengers in 2018. In the first quarter the Cherbourg Cruise Terminal will be fitted with a new boarding bridge. On July 28 Disney Magic returns to the French port. Cherbourg’s Gare Maritime Transatlantique is a protected architectural passenger terminal, meaning that any modifications must...Read more

Caen-Ouistreham offers personalised service

The Caen-Ouistreham cruise club includes the port authority, Greater Caen, tourist offices and chamber of commerce. These stakeholders are working together to improve the services offered to cruiseships. Jerome Chauvet, cruise club advisor Caen-Ouistreham Normandy Cruise, commented: “We are different. We are a small port with personalised services...Read more