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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