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Bergen prepares to homeport Viking Star

Bergen is preparing itself to homeport Viking Ocean Cruises’ first ship, Viking Star, at Festningskaien on her maiden season next year. From May 15 to 17 operations will take place behind the existing ISPS fences. In addition the ro-ro ramp at Jekteviken has been extended by five metres and two bollards of 200t each and one bollard of 100t have...Read more

Zeeland expects two calls in September

Holland America Line’s Prinsendam is expected to call Vlissingen on September 8 followed by Phoenix Reisen’s Artania on the 25th. Both have called the Dutch port before. Passengers will be welcomed by a song and dance troupe in traditional Zeeland costumes accompanied by a typical Dutch barrel organ (pictured). Several stalls will be set up...Read more

Rotterdam renovation will be ready by year-end

The renovation and expansion of Cruise Terminal Rotterdam built in 1947 is underway with no inconvenience being caused to visiting passengers, according to senior terminal manager Port of Rotterdam Cees Scherpenisse and architect/project manager Cleo Hupkes. The joint project of the port and municipality of Rotterdam includes an indoor luggage...Read more

Le Havre gears up for a busy September

September will be the busiest month of the year at Le Havre with 26 calls on 18 days scheduled. On September 9 and 16 there will be quadruple calls with the largest number of passengers and crew ever expected at the Cruise Terminal: 11,150 (3,050 crew/8,100 passengers) and 11,880 (3,080/8,800) respectively. On September 16 two of the ships will be...Read more

North Cape begins turnarounds in June 2015 when Pullmantur calls

North Cape Turnaround Port has its first ‘live’ booking from Pullmantur on June 6 2015 when Empress will call, to be followed by a second on June 20. In July the port got its first booking for 2016, also from Pullmantur and with the same ship. Securing these homeport calls has come about due to the port ordering the Seawalk XT-version of the...Read more

Lisbon Cruise Terminals is up and running

Lisbon Cruise Terminals, a company established under the Portuguese law by a consortium, begins running the terminal on August 26 for a period of 35 years until 2049. The Port Authority of Lisbon and the consortium - Global Liman Isletmeleri, Grupo Sousa – Investimentos SGPS, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Creuers del Port de Barcelona - signed...Read more

Kristiansand opts for a new pier

A decision has been taken to build a new pier in Kristiansand closer to the city centre. Although undecided as to the exact length of pier 22 (close to Agder quay/pier 21) it is likely to be close to 420m with a depth of 14m. The aim is to have this completed by May of 2017. In the meantime the present 318m-long pier will continue as it is. The...Read more

It’s all new in Narvik next year

All 11 calls to Narvik next year will be from ships that have not visited before. The number is also over three times that of this year’s three calls. The town centre is being rebuilt with the addition of a 3,000m2 War Museum, also a library and tourist information centre. The work is due to be completed at the beginning of 2016. In addition...Read more

Cork caters to future demand

The Port of Cork is carrying out a feasibility study as part of its cruise strategy into building a second dedicated cruise berth in Cobh to cater for the increase in vessels calling to Ireland and to facilitate the berthing alongside of the largest cruiseships. The port authority plans to significantly increase the number of cruiseship visits to...Read more

New member: Hull

Hull can trace its roots back to the middle ages when it was a trading gateway in the export of wool and cloth to the continent. In 2017 it is set to be the UK city of culture. The port, being 2km from the city centre and under an hour’s drive from Humberside Airport and the new Robin Hood International Airport, is well placed for turnaround...Read more