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New member: Pasaia

Pasaia provides a safe and attractive refuge for cruiseships stopping over in the Bay of Biscay. Located at the heart of the bay, 15 km from the French border and 5 km from San Sebastian, the Spanish port is a natural harbour in an area of great beauty and a haven for cruiseships visiting the Cantabrian Sea. The port is situated at 1° 56’ 032 W (...Read more

Vigo reinvents itself as a port of call

Vigo is following the Blue Growth initiative from the European Commission to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors, not least when it comes to its cruise business. Enrique Cesar Lopez Veiga, president Port Authority of Vigo, told Cruise Europe: “I think we are now pioneering a little bit. We are taking a global approach to...Read more

Trondheim commits 100% to the industry

With calls increasing to 89 in 2018 from 57 this year, and passengers rising to 170,000 on 93,000, Trondheim Port Authority (TPA) has decided to employ Maria Kuhnl as cruise coordinator in a 100% position from January. The position, which has been split 50% Port Authority and 50% Visit Trondheim to date, will be merged. In 2017 TPA enlarged the...Read more

Olden, what’s in a name?

Olden-Nordfjord is changing its name to OldenLoen. With cruise calls growing and 10,000 passengers arriving in the same area, steps are being taken to avoid congestion. On a two-ship day, for example, the plan is now for one to be moored in Olden and the other to be at anchor in Loen. This year Seabourn opted for tendering Seabourn Quest in Loen...Read more

Le Havre celebrates 500 years whilst planning ahead

This year has been one of celebration for Le Havre which took no time in making sure it made the most of such a significant anniversary. Knowing how important it is for itinerary planners to be informed well ahead of time, Valerie Conan, director cruise department Le Havre Tourism Board, explained: “We first started promoting this two years in...Read more

Cork’s history makes it a Disney, and winning, destination

Earlier this year Disney Cruise Line announced Cork on its list of first-time visits in 2018. Following successful port visits and further dialogue, DCL has confirmed not one but two calls from Disney Magic next year. Cork has recently announced it has 100 calls booked next year, a 30% increase on this year’s 68. About 140,000 passengers and crew...Read more

Liverpool submits cruise facility planning application

In November Liverpool City Council submitted a planning application for a £50m (€56.7m) Cruise Terminal Facility on the River Mersey. The plan is to create a permanent facility which would enable the city to welcome the world’s biggest cruiseships. The application includes the controlled removal of Princes Jetty and the construction of a new...Read more

Hamburg announces record growth

Cruise Gate Hamburg (CGH) ended the 2017 season with 197 ships carrying 810,000 passengers. This is a 10%-plus increase in passenger numbers compared with 2016 (170 calls and 722,000 passengers). “Over the past years the cruise industry has become an important economic factor for the city,” says Sacha Rougier, managing director of CGH.“From 2018...Read more

Bordeaux cleans up

Bordeaux, together with supplier Suez, have launched an innovative way to collect garbage from the ships. Using barge, garbage is collected directly from the river side of the ship. The garbage containers are then shipped a few hundred meters further upstream, where the waste processing plant is. No more garbage trucks on the quays in the city...Read more

Cherbourg awaits new boarding bridge

Cherbourg is looking forward to 35 calls and 60,000 passengers in 2018. In the first quarter the Cherbourg Cruise Terminal will be fitted with a new boarding bridge. On July 28 Disney Magic returns to the French port. Cherbourg’s Gare Maritime Transatlantique is a protected architectural passenger terminal, meaning that any modifications must...Read more

Caen-Ouistreham offers personalised service

The Caen-Ouistreham cruise club includes the port authority, Greater Caen, tourist offices and chamber of commerce. These stakeholders are working together to improve the services offered to cruiseships. Jerome Chauvet, cruise club advisor Caen-Ouistreham Normandy Cruise, commented: “We are different. We are a small port with personalised services...Read more

Lerwick plans will reduce weather disruption

Lerwick Harbour is on course for record cruise traffic next year, with advance bookings at 87 ships, which includes 11 maiden calls, scheduled to arrive between March and October. The latest forecast was revealed on the final day of the season, September 27, when Norwegian Jade arrived on her fourth call of the year en route from Southampton to...Read more

Belfast celebrates end of the most successful cruise season on record

Belfast Harbour has just brought to a close its busiest ever cruise season with an unprecedented 94 calls. The number of ships calling at Belfast has grown significantly in recent years with official figures show that in 2010, 35 ships called on Belfast with 54,790 passengers, rising to 84 ships bringing 143,491passengers in 2016, a growth of 140...Read more

New EPI focuses on emissions from ships while at berth in Norway

On October the largest cruise ports in Norway agreed upon a model for a future Environmental Port Index (EPI), demonstrating a combined and strong focus on the environment. “Our goal is to use economic incentives for ships with the lowest environmental footprint in our ports,” comments Even Husby, head of environment Port of Bergen. While many...Read more

Oslo, with two new key appointments, renews focus on cruise

Ingvar Mathisen has been appointed port director at the Port of Oslo. The board of directors was very clear it wanted the focus to be on the core business, ie port development and increasing cargo and passenger throughput. Mathisen previously held the same position at the Port of Bodo, where he remained for 12 years. Mathisen commented: “For...Read more

Cruise Europe takes part in Seatrade Europe panel discussion

Michael McCarthy, chairman Cruise Europe, took part in the top executive headline panel (pictured) at Seatrade Europe in September. A wide-ranging number of issues was covered including whether the order book is sufficient to cater to the growing market; the industry’s need to ‘shout more’ about what it does environmentally; the development of...Read more

New member: Leknes

Lofoten is an Arctic island group that has been a cruise destination since 1889. The annual average for calls to these Norwegian islands is about 100 with expansion now beginning into the winter season. The five main islands are linked by road and can be visited in a day. Passengers are also able to disembark at one port and join at another...Read more

New member: Galway

Galway, situated on the west coast of Ireland, is primarily a tender port. When P&O Cruises’ Oriana called recently, shore tendering was provided by a local domestic ferry. Captain Brian Sheridan, harbour master Port of Galway, commented: “This proved a great success and is to be implemented for all ships at Galway greater than 50,000gt and...Read more

Copenhagen cruise terminal gets the go-ahead

The Board of Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) has given the go-ahead to build a new cruise terminal in Copenhagen. It will be located beyond the current Oceankaj in Ydre Nordhavn. “A new terminal [Terminal 4], designed for more than 5,000 passengers, will enable us to receive more and bigger ships in future. With this development, we are making sure...Read more

Santander just goes on improving

Having strongly developed the waterfront to the east of the city of Santander, work is now being concentrated on bringing the west up to the same standard. Jaime Gonzalez Lopez, president Port of Santander, told CE in September: “The last step was the opening and beginning of the Centro Botin [on June 28] including the integration of the Pereda...Read more

London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury keeps on investing

London International Cruise Terminal Tilbury continues to invest quite heavily in its facilities with £1.5m (€1.68m) being spent on refurbishing the old baggage hall. In addition the roof of the terminal is being renewed at a cost of £1m. The second part of the landing stage was completed at the end of September at a cost of £2.5m which provides...Read more

A Coruna increased marketing brings increased calls

September was a very busy month in A Coruna. The Spanish port received 31 calls out of a total of 120 this year. Estimated passenger numbers for the year are 170,000. This compares with 94 calls and 126,735 passengers in 2016 which is an impressive increase and comes partly as the result of an increased commitment by the port authority to attract...Read more

It’s all change at Invergordon

The Port of Cromarty Firth, also known as Invergordon, has appointed Allison McGuire as cruise manager. Now relocated from London to Inverness, she brings with her two decades of experience in the industry, having worked for Saga in the UK and Oceania Cruises in Florida. About 52% more cruise passengers visited in 2017, generating £14m (€15.67m)...Read more

Visitor attractions in Hardangerfjord move to a new level

Passengers visiting Hardangerfjord next year will be able to visit the Norwegian Nature Centre which has been upgraded by Sarner International. Established in 1995 as the Hardangervidda Natursenter Eidfjord, it is re-opening in April 2018 with new installations and design based on the scientific expertise of Norwegian specialists. The complete...Read more

Bremerhaven season ends on a high note

This year's highlight at Columbus Cruise Centre Bremerhaven was the arrival of four vessels on September 7: Amadea, Albatros, Artania and Costa Magica were all berthed at the Columbus Quay at the same time. On this one day CCCB welcomed a total of almost 8,000 passengers to Bremerhaven. About 2,800 of these were transit passengers from Costa...Read more

Cruise Europe takes on the Atlantic Alliance mantle

Cruise Europe (CE) and the Atlantic Alliance (AA) made a joint announcement during Seatrade Europe in Hamburg in September, following a decision that the member ports will be better served under one umbrella. Atlantic Europe is the new name being given to the Cruise Europe region which encompasses 30 ports, including the 14 from AA, which extends...Read more

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