Record number of cruise passengers spend 63 million euro in Stockholm
The cruise season begins on 30 April with the arrival of the vessel the National Geografic Orion at Skeppsbron. The number of cruise passengers this year is expected to reach a record high of 650 000 passengers. This equates to an increase of 30 percent in comparison to the previous year.
“This year the cruise passengers will spend a total of around 63 million euro and cruise passengers play a major role for both the tourist industry and the entire Stockholm region,” says Thomas Andersson, Visit Stockholm CEO.
During the cruise season it is anticipated that 270 vessels will call at Ports of Stockholm, of which a record number of 75 vessels will be what are known as turnarounds, vessels that begin and/or end their cruise in Stockholm. Passengers then often spend an extra day and night on land, which benefits the tourist industry even further.
“Stockholm is very popular and counts as one of the “Big five” together with Helsinki, Tallinn, Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen,” says Henrik Ahlqvist, Cruise Marketing Manager at Ports of Stockholm.
New to Stockholm this year are the cruise liners the Norwegian Getaway (which is also the largest vessel this year), the MSC Fantasia and a New Year cruise where the Saga Sapphire has chosen to call at Stockholm.
All of the anticipated cruise ship calls are included in the vessel call list on the Ports of Stockholm website, as well as in the CruiseSthlm app that can be downloaded free of charge.