This year Stavanger is due to beat all previous records
This year 243 calls from 69 different cruiseships will bring close to 500,000 passengers to the city and surrounding region. Last year there were 187 calls and 333,000 passengers.
Statistics show that 80% of passengers to Stavanger are Europeans, half of which come from North Europe. Practically all cruises start and end in ports close to the North Sea.
In spite of the huge increase, Stavanger is not suffering from congestion or over-tourism. All four berths are only occupied on a handful of days in the year. There are still 200 days without any cruise calls at all.
The outlook for 2020 is also encouraging, being slightly up on 2019.
The first call of this year was on January 15. Viking Sky was en route from Tilbury to Alta on her first cruise in a series of six winter cruises, ‘Hunting for the Northern Lights’. Most of the 930 passengers signed up for local excursions in Stavanger, including RIB trips to the fjords and even curling.