Denmark: First cruise ship at Kalundborg New West port
On April 22, Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Magellan was the first to call at the New West Port in Kalundborg. Construction was completed just two weeks prior to her arrival.
New West Port, which has an area of total 330,000m2, a 500m-long quay and a water depth of 15m, is part of the city’s new port area.
Magellan’s call was handled in cooperation with the Port of Kalundborg, SDK Cruise as the ship’s agent and BDP Cruise as the tour operator.
“The new terminal is a welcome addition and we are positive that Kalundborg will attract many more cruise calls in the future,” said Henning Schou, director SDK Cruise.
To mark the occasion, an ‘open port’ event was organised on the quayside for the locals together with the passengers and crew. This included vintage cars and motorcycles, tents with refreshments and small shops, live music and entertainment.
“Kalundborg has an ideal location, both as a transit port and homeport and, from today, no cruiseship will be too big for our port,” commented Michael Larsen, sales manager Port of Kalundborg.
The port is located about 100km from Copenhagen Airport which is just over an hour’s drive away. The T-route, which is the deepwater entrance to the Baltic, is just next to Kalundborg, making it a sustainable choice especially for the larger cruiseships.
“The port is very comfortable for large size vessels, and there is plenty of water depth. The services are excellent, both from sea and shoreside,” commented Captain Michail Margaritis, master of Magellan.
About 65% of passengers typically choose to go on a shore excursion to one of the many local attractions in the area but many go on a day trip to Copenhagen, whilst others spend the day in the well-preserved medieval town. Complimentary shuttle buses are provided to the centre of town, and free admission is offered to the museum and the concert at the Church of our Lady.