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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

New member: Harlingen

Harlingen is one of the oldest seaports in The Netherlands dating back to 1300. The Dutch city of canals, warehouses and old inner harbours received its first call in 2014 (National Geographic Explorer) and is now gearing up for more. Last year there were two calls: newcomer to the port 126-passenger National Geographic Orion and 122-passenger...Read more

New member: Caen-Ouistreham

Caen-Ouistreham on the Manche Atlantique in France provides an opportunity for calls to the town centre of Caen as well as the sea resort of Ouistreham Riva-Bella. Lindblad Expeditions, Silversea Cruises and Ponant are regular visitors but talks are taking place with companies such as Saga, Hapag-Lloyd and Noble Caledonia. Smaller ships can sail...Read more

Aberdeen expands into Nigg Bay

Aberdeen Harbour is expanding its facilities into Nigg Bay which is south of the existing harbour. Preferred bidder Dragados UK has already started preparation for construction which is scheduled for completion in 2020. Planning consent for the £350m project, in the form of marine licenses and a harbour revision order by the Scottish government,...Read more

Hundested calls receive a Viking welcome

The sun shone on the three calls made to Hundested in 2016. The newcomer to Cruise Europe made sure the passengers received a special welcome with the ships - Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar on two calls and Saga Pearl II on a maiden visit - being met by a large Viking ship to guide them to the quay. On arrival fighting and jeering Vikings...Read more

Visby expects more than 60 calls in 2018

Over 60 ships are already scheduled to put into Visby/Gotland in 2018 carrying 60,000 passengers following the opening of the new cruise quay. Region Gotland and Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) have been working hard to market the island for its maiden season and it has produced excellent results. “It is great that CMP, with our long experience of...Read more

Warrenpoint moves into another gear

Warrenpoint Port is entering its third year of cruise but with new energy and focus, having recently taken on Catriona Dowling in the role of harbour master for the port. Employing Dowling, who was a navigation officer on board the QE2 and also spent several years working onboard P&O Cruises' and Princess Cruises' vessels, means that the port...Read more

Dublin secures its first large-ship turnaround calls

Dublin Port Co (DPC) may have begun courting Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd a couple of years ago but it was not until Miguel Reyna visited Dublin, during the Cruise Europe Conference in May, and saw the facilities for himself that the idea of Celebrity Cruises homeporting snowballed into a reality. Airlift and situation played a part in the decision...Read more

Malmo gets the go-ahead for larger ships to call

Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) has been given the go-ahead by the Swedish Maritime Administration to receive cruiseships over 240m in length in Malmo. CMP has had extensive simulations carried out to ascertain whether it was possible to receive larger ships and thus more passengers to Malmo. The tests were conducted during the autumn with very...Read more

Bilbao Cruise Terminal construction on track for spring opening

Interior works on the Bilbao Cruise Terminal have begun following the completion of the structure in November. Located at the second cruise vessel pier, it is the third Port of Bilbao berth in Getxo and is due to give a further boost towards increasing tourist traffic arriving in Biscay by sea. The successful bidder for the works, a temporary...Read more