About Cruise Europe

Cruise Europe is a business to business network of cruise ports and destinations in Northern & Atlantic Europe. We started in 1991 with 27 members as the first cruise industry network in Europe, and have now grown to an average of 140 members in over 20 countries. On behalf of our members we provide the broader cruise industry with a professional and reliable partnership adding value for the cruise lines and their guests.

Our vision:
To deliver to the Cruise Companies a World Class Cruise Destination on behalf of our Members

Our mission statement:
Continue to promote and develop a thriving and “must see” North and Atlantic European destination while working constructively with the Cruise Lines on behalf of our Cruise Europe members.

Council Members

Captain Michael McCarthy

Funtion in CE Council: Chair

Port: Retired from the Port of Cork

Email: mmccarthy@mmccportmarine.com

Phone : +353 862556278

Andrea Kamjunke

Function in CE Council: Chair of Atlantic Europe region

Port: Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven GmbH,
Columbus Cruise Center Wismar GmbH

Function in Port: Commercial Director

Phone: +49. 471. 902625-13 & Fon: +49. 3841. 452-402
Fax: +49. 471. 902625-14 & Fax: +49. 3841. 452-2470
Mobile: +49. 175. 5266232
Email: a.kamjunke@cruiseport.de | www.cruiseport.de

Helena Gomes Fernandes

Function in CE Council: Vice Chair of Atlantic Europe region

Port: Port of Leixões (Porto)
Function in Port: Commercial and Marketing Manager

Email: helena.fernandes@apdl.pt 
Phone: +351 96 200 10 51

Henrik Ahlqvist

Function in CE Council: Chairman Baltic Region

Port: Copenhagen Malmö Port, Malmö and Visby

Function in Port: Head of Cruise

Phone: +46 70 601 40 85

Email: henrik.ahlqvist@cmport.com


Sirle Arro

Function in CE Council: Representative of Baltic Region

Port: Port of Tallinn
Function in Port: Head of Marketing and Communication

E-Mail: s.arro@ts.ee
Phone: +372 5130979


Grethe Parker

Function in CE Council: Chair of NIF Region

Port: Port of Narvik

Function in Port: Sales & Marketing Manager and Cruise Coordinator

Email: post@cruisenarvik.no
Phone: +47 99005842

Annfinn Hjelm

Function in CE Council: Elected for the Norway-Iceland-Faroe region

Port: Port of Tórshavn
Function in Port: Cruise representative

Email: annfinnh@torshavn.fo
Phone: +298 784402

Rebekah Keeler

Funtion in CE Council: Chair of UK & Ireland Region

Port: Port of Southampton

Function in Port: Head of cruise

Email/Phone: rkeeler@abports.co.uk

Phone: +44 7968225916

Kate O’Hara

Function in CE Council: Deputy Chair of the UK region of Cruise Europe Elected Council member

Port: Port of Tyne
Function in Port: Commercial Director

E-Mail: Kate.ohara@portoftyne.co.uk
Phone: 07810871719

Ingvar M. Mathisen

Function in CE Council: Co-opted

Port: Port of Oslo

Function in Port: Port Director / CEO

Email: imm@oslohavn

Phone: +47 997 40050

Monic van der Heyden

Function in CE Council: Chair River Cruise Europe (co-opted)

Port: Port of Amsterdam
Function in Port: Commercial Manager Cruise

Email: Monic.van.der.heyden@portofamsterdam.com
Phone: +31 651240931


The idea for an organisation specifically designed to promote cruising in Northern Europe was first floated Anne Dunderdale in the Fontainebleau Hotel at Miami Beach during the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention and Exhibition in March 1990.  She was accompanying her husband Iain who was there with Gordon Ireland from Scottish Tourism to promote Invergordon, a port in Cromarty Firth, as a cruise destination and their kilts were to become a well-known feature of subsequent Seatrade Miami events. Their stand was next to that of the Chantiers de L’Atlantique which was then engaged in building new cruise ships for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and when the karaoke machine on an opposite stand became too annoying, they asked the French yard to turn up the sound on it promotional video showing the launch of one of the ships in order to drown out the offending racket! Also in Miami at that time were representatives from the ports of Bordeaux and Stavanger.

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