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New member: Southampton

Southampton is a sheltered deepwater port able to accommodate the largest cruiseships in the fleet within easy reach of London. The port describes itself as “hassle-free, stress free and a breeze to visit” and has received many accolades from regular users. The port has four terminals, QEII, Ocean, City Cruise and Mayflower, all of which have...Read more

New cruise ship quay opens in Tallinn

On May 17 a E9.34m cruiseship quay allowing larger vessels to be docked was opened in Tallinn. Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess, at 330m in length the largest cruise vessel to have visited Estonia to date, was the first to call with the traditional plaque exchange taking place between harbour master Ulo Kikas and ship’s captain Dino Sagani. The 3,...Read more

ESPO passenger committee launches code of practice

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has decided to work on the development of a code of practice for both cruise and ferry ports. The aim is to gather practical experience from all these ports and pro-actively set out recommendations for them as regards policy applied and services available. At the same time, this exercise is an active...Read more

New associate member: ADELTE

Designer and manufacturer of seaport passenger boarding bridges (SPBBs) for cruise and ferry terminals ADELTE (ADvance ELevation TEchnologies, formerly TEAM) has joined Cruise Europe as an associate member. “ADELTE is really glad to join Cruise Europe as an associate member. It is a great platform to exchange directly with port authorities,...Read more

Olden creates a win-win situation

On June 25 Azamara Journey is booked to call Olden. When Cunard Line called Port of Nordfjord wanting to bring Queen Victoria on the same day, the company was keen to find a solution rather than passengers having to take tenders ashore. Azamara Club Cruises agreed for its ship to leave the pier at 0930 for a couple of hours during which time...Read more

Bilbao expects 25% increase in passengers as new quay is opened

In 2013, 44 cruise vessels called Bilbao bringing 57,000 passengers to the Basque Country. These passengers came from the United Kingdom (33%), Spain (20%), the USA (19%), and Germany (5%). MSC Cruises, Iberocruceros and Pullmantur renewed their confidence in Bilbao as a hub port. In addition Celebrity Cruises is making seven overnight calls on...Read more

Oslo Pass app is a world first as Kon-Tiki centenary celebrated

VisitOslo has launched the Oslo Pass app which can be downloaded free of charge and which allows the purchase of a 24-, 48- or 72-hour pass. It was developed in cooperation with the museums, attractions and public transport company Ruter. The Oslo Pass app requires internet access every morning in order to download the day's QR-code and animation...Read more

Queen Victoria makes first call to Edinburgh’s new anchorage

On May 25 Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria was the first ship to call at the new anchorage point in the Forth near Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh. The vessel was successfully anchored in deep water off Newhaven in the morning and over 1,500 international passengers travelled the short distance in tenders to the harbour which is close to Edinburgh’s city...Read more

Holy Loch Port steps forward with Minerva call

On May 27 Swan Hellenic’s Minerva was welcomed to Holy Loch Port for the first time. Passengers on the Celtic Coast cruise were greeted by two pipers and knights in shining armour as they arrived by tender from the sheltered anchorage. To their delight they were invited to make musical requests for their return at the end of the day. The local...Read more

Stornoway has a three-ship day

On May 27, Stornoway hosted three calls with Le Boreal, Marco Polo and Funchal calling. This year 40 calls are booked with 12,000 passengers expected, quite a leap from the 9,500 visiting in 2010. Stornoway’s chief executive Jane Maciver commented: “Increasing the number of cruise visits to the islands is something that benefits the whole island...Read more