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Vigo handles Oasis and triple calls without a glitch

September and October have been extraordinary months for Vigo with calls reaching 19 and 15 respectively, passenger numbers 40,000 and 42,500 and crew numbers 15,700 and 17,000. On September 10 and 11 there were consecutive triple calls with the port handling 16,500 visitors from Costa Pacifica, Celebrity Constellation, Wind Surf, MSC Opera, MSC...Read more

Copenhagen introduces problem-free check in

Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) has introduced a system whereby passengers can check in for a flight before disembarking the Danish capital. The system will be extended to more shipping lines and more ships in the 2015 season. ”We are the frontrunners with this system, and it is a win-win situation, both for us and the passengers,” said Arnt Moller...Read more

Bilbao inaugurates third berth in record time

Bilbao’s third berth went into operation at the end of May. At 355m in length, 12m draught and covering 25,300m2 it represents a E16.5m investment for the Port Authority of Bilbao. Plans are now underway for a terminal at the quay along the lines of the facility that came into service in February 2006. This has two berths, a land area of 6,750m2...Read more

Oasis departs Rotterdam shortly after market hall painting completed

After a two weeks’ maintenance programme at Keppel Verolme, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas departed Rotterdam cruise for Fort Lauderdale on October 14. Two weeks earlier the Rotterdam Market Hall opened its doors to show off the biggest artwork in the world. Entitled Horn of Plenty, the gigantic, brightly colored painting...Read more

Cruise tourism sets a new record in Gothenburg

From April to October 73 cruiseships visited Gothenburg carrying 110,000 visitors and generating about SEK60m (E6.5m) in tourist revenue for the city. Jill Soderwall, head of cruise operations Port of Gothenburg, said: "This is an all-time high. Never before have we had so many calls. The peak was in May when we had seven calls and 12,500 guests...Read more

Musical fireworks end Wismar’s groundbreaking season

On October 11 the Columbus Cruise Center Wismar (CCCW) and official partner, the Hanse Sektkellerei Wismar, played host to a musical fireworks display to mark the departure of the season's final cruise vessel. Together with the City of Wismar, CCCW can look back on a total of 11 calls between June and September. Michael Kremp, managing director...Read more

Hardangerfjord’s waterfalls get a makeover

Four waterfalls mark the entrances to the Hardanger area - Voringfoss, Skjervsfoss, Latefoss and Steinsdalsfoss - and all feature on shore excursions. These four are now subject to work by the National Scenic Roads of Norway. Steinsdalsfoss was completed this summer whereby the 300,000 annual visitors can now walk under and behind it. Work on...Read more

Lyngdal given the thumbs up by HLC

The first call of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (HLC) to Rosfjorden/Lyngdal and southern Norway on July 26 was a “real success”. Europa’s captain said that “the welcome with all the boats and yachts was something real special” according to Elisabeth Rothwangl, port operations manager HLC in a note to European Cruise Service. He also said that: “Europa was...Read more

Le Havre develops river cruise business

Le Havre has gone from zero calls in 2012 and 2013 to 55 river cruise calls this year and numbers are still climbing, according to Valerie Conan, marketing manager Le Havre Tourism Office. The season began on February 13 and concludes on October 27 and included 17 calls from Swiss Sapphire (pictured) and 21 from River Venture. The French port...Read more

Milford Haven receives positive feedback

Ocean Princess (pictured) is becoming a regular visitor to Milford Haven following positive feedback. The Welsh port received the highest Princess Cruises’ passenger satisfaction rate (88%) in the UK in 2013 which resulted in further calls booked for this year and next. Also in 2014 were two inaugural calls on the same day in September when...Read more