More popular than ever – cruise passengers love Stockholm
The number of cruise passengers travelling via Ports of Stockholm is continually rising, and has set a new record again this year. During the cruise season 268 vessels called at Ports of Stockholm, with a maiden cruise call this year at the Port of Kapellskär.
The 2018 cruise season will end on 18 October with the arrival of the AidaMar at Stadsgården. A total of 619 000 cruise passengers visited Ports of Stockholm during the season.
“Stockholm is an extremely popular destination and passenger numbers are greater than ever before. The majority of visitors are American and German, and the third largest group comes from the UK,” explains Stefan Scheja, Cruise and Ferry Manager at Ports of Stockholm.
Over the course of the international cruise season, which runs from April until October, 268 cruise ships have called at Ports of Stockholm. Of these, 67 cruise ship calls were what is known as turnarounds, with passengers 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.
During the season an independent international survey has been carried out at several cruise ports. The results of this survey will be presented in detail later in the autumn and will include information such as how much the visitors spend.
“Cruise passengers are very important to the Stockholm region and generate a huge amount of revenue through restaurant visits, overnight hotel stays, shopping, museum visits and much more,” says Stefan Hansson, Chair of the Board at Port of Stockholm.
In September the Port of Kapellskär saw its first ever cruise ship call. One of the world’s largest cruise liners, the MSC Meraviglia, visited Kapellskär and 3500 guests travelled to Stockholm and Norrtälje by bus.