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Kalundborg invests in turnaround infrastructure

The Port of Kalundborg has entered into partnership with Blue Water Shipping and PWL Port Services to introduce the Danish port as the new gateway to the Baltics, catering to large cruiseships with easy access to Copenhagen Airport as well as the city itself. The partners will be responsible for the terminal operation as well as acquisition. The...Read more

New member: Harstad

Harstad in Norway has three cruise quays: town centre Larsneset (215m in length with a draught of 7.5m), town centre Seljestad (270m/7m) and Stangnes (120m/11m) which is 5km from the town centre. The main quay at Larsneset, a 100m-walk from the town centre, will undergo a major development project in 2018-19. It will be extended to about 300m and...Read more

New member: Holyhead

Located on the Isle of Anglesey, the Port of Holyhead is the gateway to North Wales and Snowdonia. A warm welcome can be found right at the quayside on every cruise call, explained Jane Owen, cruise executive Visit Wales. Coach parking is available at the quayside and a free shuttle bus for passenger and crew runs from the port to the town centre...Read more

New member: Larne

Larne is a small and friendly harbour situated at the beginning of the Causeway Coastal Route and 20 miles from Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast. Historically a ferry port, it is looking to diversify. This year Hebridean Princess called and will return next year. Harbour master Anthony Van Damme comments: “What they like at Larne, is the clean...Read more

New member: Seaport Scheveningen

Seaport Scheveningen is the harbour of The Hague and can accommodate cruiseships up to 160m in length with a maximum draught of 7.5m, explains Jan-Willem Westenbrink, business developer Port of Scheveningen. The port has direct and unrestricted access to the North Sea. Scheveningen is a seaside resort just 5km from the city centre. There are two...Read more

TUI Discovery moves to Southampton

Thomson Cruises has announced that TUI Discovery, which joined the fleet in summer 2016, will move to Southampton, UK, in September 2018. Richard Sofer, managing director Thomson Cruises, says: “We’re excited to have TUI Discovery based in Southampton next September. As one of the country’s busiest and most successful ports Southampton seemed like...Read more

Wismar welcomes first-timers as its profile increases

On May 11, Columbus Cruise Center Wismar launched its 2017 cruise season. The first visitor to the Hanseatic city in Germany was Phoenix Reisen's Deutschland with about 500 passengers on board. She will make a second call in September. Thomson Cruises' Celebration will also be calling twice at the port of Wismar this season. An overall total of 8,...Read more

AIDAprima’s weekly call to Rotterdam brings millionth passenger

During AIDAprima’s call on July 27 Cruise Port Rotterdam, The Netherlands, welcomed its millionth passenger with a gift and a plaque (pictured with Mai Elmar). During the last week in April, Rotterdam welcomed AIDAprima followed by Caribbean Princess and Rotterdam which was revisiting its homeport. The following week saw AIDAprima and MSC Preziosa...Read more

Disney Magic calls Liverpool

On July 14, Disney Magic made its third call to Liverpool, UK. To mark the occasion, a free, family-friendly celebration took place on Princes Parade from 1530. Giant deckchairs, huge flowers and oversized suitcases and photo frames transformed Princes Parade into a Magic Garden. Two Disney films, The Lion King and Finding Nemo, were shown in the...Read more

Crystal Cruises returns to Dover

After an absence of two years, Crystal Symphony (pictured) called Dover, UK, on August 10 bringing about 1,000 passengers to the UK town. Three further calls in August followed with additional calls already booked for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Prior to the event Edie Rodriguez, ceo and president Crystal Cruises said: “We are thrilled that our beautiful...Read more

Pacific Princess opened Dundee’s busiest season yet

Capital Cruising welcomed Pacific Princess (pictured) at the start of Dundee’s busiest cruise season on record. The newly-refurbished cruiseship called with 670 passengers onboard as part of an 18-day ‘Fire and Ice Explorer’ Cruise sailing around the UK before going to Iceland. Dundee is seeing strong growth in this sector with calls increasing...Read more

Tallinn, Stockholm and Hamburg focus on being 'green'

The largest ports of the Baltic Sea gathered in Tallinn in May during the Green Cruise Port (GCP) seminar, Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and Smart Solutions to share their approach to sustainable, innovative and environmentally-meaningful solutions. GCP is a project in the EU Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. Port authorities from...Read more

New member: Cruise Fredericia

This year and next see eight transit calls to Fredericia although passenger numbers differ with 11,400 expected this year and 7,200 next, according to Line Tange, cruise manager Cruise Fredericia. Newcomers to the port are Holland America Line with Prinsendam, Silversea Cruises with Silver Cloud, TUI with Thomson Celebration. Celebrity Cruises...Read more

New member: Cruise Telemark/Kragero and Brevik

Cruise Telemark ports Brevik and Kragero are just one hour pilot distance from Skagerak, midway between Oslo and Kristiansand. This year six calls are booked in Kragero, five being from Noble Caledonia (Serenissima and Island Sky) and one from Phoenix Reisen (Deutschland). Between 2012 and 2015, there were six calls split evenly between Kragero...Read more

New member: Foyle Port, Londonderry

Derry/Londonderry is a 17th century walled city located in north west Ireland. Last year there were nine calls and 3,727 passengers visiting. This year there are eight booked bringing 4,697 on vessels including those from Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Saga and Noble Caledonia. An on-pier welcome greets every ship and the aim is to make every...Read more

New associate member: Excursions Ireland

Excursions Ireland has over 30 years’ experience in incoming travel to Ireland. The company provides a wide variety of services including shore excursions, pre/post tours, and turnaround services. Imaginative and enriching Irish programmes have been offered to hundreds of thousands of visitors over the years. Niamh McCarthy, managing director...Read more

MSC Cruises christens Meraviglia in Le Havre which celebrates 500 years

Le Havre’s port was established in 1517 by King Francis 1. Five hundred years on, MSC Cruises chose the French port as the first homeport and christening venue for its newbuilding, MSC Meraviglia. The company is an old-established partner of Le Havre. Since 1994 MSC Armonia, Lirica, Magnifica, Musica, Opera, Sinfonia, Splendida and Rhapsody have...Read more

Portland welcomes first Carnival UK ship

On June 14 2017, 710-passenger Adonia docked at Portland Port having sailed from Miami under the Fathom brand. During her stay, she was returned to her original P&O Cruises branding before setting sail for Southampton to start its first P&O Cruise since 2016. Tom Driscoll, onboard product delivery director Carnival UK, commented “As Adonia...Read more

Cork and Miami-Dade sign county agreement

The Port of Cork welcomed the Mayor of Miami Dade, Carlos A Gimenez, along with his delegation from Miami-Dade on a courtesy visit, to sign a sister county agreement four years after the Port of Cork signed a sister port agreement with PortMiami. The port’s commercial manager, Captain Michael McCarthy, commented: “The benefit of our sister port...Read more

Gothenburg upgrades its website for the Chinese

In 2012, the Port of Gothenburg launched a Chinese-language website, the first Swedish port to do so. Now the website has been upgraded with a more user-friendly model, which fit in both web browsers and mobile screens. The biggest change is that the website is responsive, or mobile-friendly, which means that the appearance is adapted to screen...Read more

Isle of Man clocks up 50,000

The 50,000th cruise passenger to visit the Island’s shores since 2005 was welcomed on Monday June 12 with the arrival of Hebridean Sky which is on charter to Australian tour operator, Captain’s Choice. Passenger Nancy Denison of the US (pictured) was presented with champagne and a commemorative certificate designed and produced by Isle of Man Post...Read more

Liverpool’s cruise terminal launched its 10th year with a record-breaking start

Liverpool’s 2017 cruise season saw 10 vessels berth on the Mersey in the first 11 days beginning June 5, including the biggest turnaround ship to ever visit Liverpool. Almost 20,000 passengers and crew were welcomed at the terminal in this unprecedented two-week opening, generating a £1.5m (€1.7m) boost to Liverpool’s tourism economy. To celebrate...Read more

Terminal manager appointed in Visby

Copenhagen Malmo Port has employed Henrik Ahlqvist as terminal manager (pictured right) for the new cruise terminal which opens in April 2018 in Visby. “Recruiting Henrik is a real stroke of luck as he has long and wide-ranging experience of the cruise business, including from Stockholm. On top of that, Henrik comes from Gotland, which is another...Read more

Olden receives double maiden call

On June 7, MSC Magnifica and Norwegian Jade both made inaugural calls to Olden (pictured). Carrying 3,605 and 2,000 passengers it was quite a day for this picturesque Norwegian port. It became an extremely busy day with no less than 41 buses going on excursions, in addition to other organised activities like hiking, RIB boats and kayaking. The...Read more

Cork showcases its historical ties with the US whilst highlighting the cruise contribution

May 4 is a significant date in Cork’s history, it being 100 years since the arrival of the US fleet during the First World War. On that day Commander Joseph Taussig of USS Wadsworth led six destroyers of the US Atlantic Fleet into Cork Harbour. Between 1917 and 1919, about 6,000 US naval personnel were stationed in Cork Harbour and Bantry Bay,...Read more

Hamburg showcases its maritime prowess

In early May, Hamburg once again confirmed its position when seven cruiseships - Amadea, Astor, MSC Preziosa, AIDAprima, AIDAvita, AIDAluna and AIDAsol - transformed the River Elbe into one big stage for the four-day Hamburg Port Anniversary festival celebrating 828 years. More than one million turned out to join in the party. AIDAprima was...Read more

Gothenburg’s cruise business is expected to reach €4.3m this year

The arrival of 193m AIDAcara at Frihamnen on April 13 marked the beginning of the cruise season in Gothenburg. One of the high points of the season will be a call by Norwegian Getaway. In passenger terms, with 4,000, she will be the largest cruiseship to call so far. Mein Schiff 6, which was christened in Hamburg in May, is another first. A total...Read more

Isle of Man is proactive in its approach to securing more calls

In 2016 the Isle of Man became the world’s first entire country to be designated with UNESCO’s biosphere status. In 2016 there were 16 calls to the island with 28 scheduled this year, the highest number of calls since promotion began and a 75% increase on the prior year. Passenger numbers rose by over 115% to 11,500 passengers and crew numbers by...Read more

Amsterdam expands river cruise facilities

Amsterdam has two new landing points for river cruiseships. The cruise landing point at Westerdoksdijk has been in use since April 2017. The landing point has space for two 135m-long river vessels docking alongside each other. “It’s an ideal location. From here, cruise passengers can easily walk into town, whilst it’s also a very quiet spot on the...Read more

Trondheim builds on turnaround successes

Trondheim is developing as a turnaround port with the return of Pullmantur next year. Last year the company’s Monarch made successful turnarounds using the new check-in Venue of Clarion Hotel & Congress. The hotel will be used again in 2018 together with the Pirsenter. “Due to the renovation of the land strip at Vaernes there are no turnovers...Read more

Invergordon’s busy season began on April 12 with a call from AIDAvita

Invergordon/The Port of Cromarty Firth marked the beginning of the 2017 cruise season as the first ship of the year, the AIDAvita, docked on April 12 to a traditional Highland welcome. The AIDAvita, which was carrying about 1,400 passengers, was on a cruise around Norway and the UK. She departed from Hamburg on an itinerary with calls to Newcastle...Read more

Astoria kicks off a record 2017 season for Rouen

Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) Astoria was the first arrival of the year in Rouen on March 27. She begins a record season of 27 calls. Rouen has been successful not only at increasing the numbers of cruiseship visits, but also extending its cruise season, which last year culminated in a special New Year voyage of Brittany Ferries’ flagship...Read more

Tallinn announces finalists for Old City Harbour’s design

In early May, Port of Tallinn announced three finalists - Alver Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects and Kavakava and Alejandro Zaera-Polo Maider Llagune Architecture bureau - whose works were chosen to participate in the second stage of Old City Harbour’s long-term development vision’s design contest. 
 The port’s ceo, Valdo Kalm, said that it was...Read more

Celebrity first to sign up to Akureyri tree-planting programme

On May 13 Akureyri was the first port to kick off the 2017 Iceland cruise season. Celebrity Eclipse was the first to call during the company’s President’s Cruise with Celebrity Cruises’ Lisa Lutoff-Perlo on board. She was the first passenger to make a donation to the port’s tree-planting programme (pictured). The programme is designed to offset...Read more

Bremerhaven welcomes first-timers as it enhances facilities

Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven (CCCB) is looking forward to welcoming a number of familiar faces as well as a few new friends this year. Faithful customers of many years such as Phoenix Reisen will be making a total of 37 calls at the terminal, including visits by all four of its ocean-going vessels, followed by TUI Cruises and Costa Cruises...Read more

Cruise Europe Conference took place in Bremerhaven

From April 24 to 27, CCCB hosted the annual Cruise Europe conference. Representatives of several cruiselines and more than 120 north European ports met in the double destination Bremen/Bremerhaven to discuss the latest developments of the cruise industry. In the course of the conference and social events, there were many opportunities to network...Read more

Liverpool appoints Ramboll

Liverpool City Council has appointed engineering consultancy Ramboll to develop a new permanent Cruise Terminal Facility on the River Mersey. The multi-disciplinary design team, who have been appointed after a European-wide tendering process, includes architects Stride Treglown, cost managers Gardiner & Theobald, global planning and property...Read more

New facilities in Lerwick auger well for future growth

Lerwick Harbour is providing additional facilities for the cruise industry which is expected to deliver another two record seasons at the Shetland port, continuing a trend which saw record traffic in 2015 and 2016. The £16.5m (€18.9) multipurpose jetty at Holmsgarth North, completed in late 2016, is set to be used by a cruiseship for the first...Read more

Le Havre enhances infrastructure

Concerned about the quality of its infrastructure and in order to respond to rapid market changes, the Port of Le Havre has started a maintenance programme on the Pointe de Floride, a strategic link in the development of tourism in Le Havre. This programme integrates the modernisation of the quays Pierre Callet and Roger Meunier. A schedule has...Read more

Kristiansand opens new pier

The new cruise pier in Kristiansand was officially opened on May 31 2017. The first ship to arrive at the pier was Costa Favolosa (pictured). The new cruise pier allows the Port of Kristiansand to welcome Oasis-class ships. For more information: more

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