Almost half a million cruise passengers spend half a billion in Stockholm
In October the cruise season concluded when the cruise ship AidaMar arrived in Stockholm. In total it was yet another good cruise season, with Stockholm retaining its popularity as a destination.
An entire 230 cruise ships carrying 490 000 passengers called at Ports of Stockholm during the April – October cruise season. The number of turnarounds reached a record high with 57 vessels beginning and/or ending their cruises in Stockholm. Passengers then often spend an extra day and night on land, which benefits the tourist industry even further.
“Cruise passengers in total spend more than half a billion SEK on sightseeing, hotels, restaurants and shopping in Stockholm and are therefore an important part of the entire tourist revenue,” explains Johan Castwall, Ports of Stockholm Managing Director.
“This year we have improved the service for passengers at the Port of Nynäshamn with our new Seawalk, an extendible pier that is used instead of smaller transport shuttle boats,” says Henrik Ahlqvist, Cruise Marketing Manager at Ports of Stockholm.
This most recent and exciting Ports of Stockholm pier construction was inaugurated at the Port of Nynäshamn in time for the start this year’s cruise season. The Seawalk is a practically unique solution and is a 260 metre-long pier that can be extended out in a similar way to a measuring ruler to reach the vessel. The pier was used for 16 vessel calls and was very popular, among other things because passengers and baggage can be more easily embarked and disembarked.
Stockholm is a popular destination and next year already has 273 cruise ship bookings, of which 74 are turnaround vessels.