Cruise traffic in Copenhagen continued to break records in 2018. 865,000 passengers and 343 arrivals were the figures when summarising the season – a season in which the glorious weather gave the visitors an especially fine experience.
With 1.1 million cruise guests in 2018, the cruise lines have caught Copenhagen and Denmark in the binoculars. The success puts the Danish ports on the world map and the CruiseCopenhagen network is now honoured for the efforts with the trade organization Horesta’s Tourism Award, the MARIA Award.
The ‘CruiseCopenhagen Ambassador Award’is given annually to a personality within the cruise industry who has played an active role to promote Denmark as a cruise destination. This year’s winner Martin Lister, Head of Itinerary Planning and Destination Experience for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, has been planning and developing itineraries for over a decade, including cruise itineraries which exclusively visit Danish ports.
A guest satisfaction survey conducted by CruiseCopenhagen and Stromma showed that no less than 97,1 percent of the cruise guests were satisfied or very satisfied with their stay in Copenhagen. Part of the reason is to be found in the unique partnerships between tourism operators at the destination.
International cruise guests are flocking to Denmark like never before, which is why 2018 will be a record-breaking year for the Danish cruise destinations. More than 1,1 million cruise passengers are expected to visit the Danish ports this year, and as a result the turnaround will reach more than 200 million Euros.
The cruise season was a successful one for Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP. Copenhagen welcomed 850,000 passengers, setting a new record. CMP is now investing in continued growth. A new terminal is being built in Copenhagen, and as from April 2018 Visby will form part of CMP’s cruise operations.
The Board of Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP, has given the go-ahead to build a new cruise terminal in Copenhagen. The terminal will be located beyond the current Oceankaj in Ydre Nordhavn and will be able to handle more than 5,000 passengers per call.
At the German speaking cruise line company, Phoenix Reisen, Baltic cruises are very popular because of the combination they offer of both city and nature experiences. And with the gegraphic closeness to German homeports, Denmark is especially an obvious destination for the German cruise guests, Director of Cruising at Phoenix Reisen, Michael Schulze, thinks.
Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) has been given the go-ahead by the Swedish Maritime Administration to receive larger cruiseships in Malmö. The decision represents a major boost for cruise tourism. Over 10,000 passengers are already booked for the 2018 cruise season.
The cruise ship business had a really good year at Copenhagen Malmö Port, with the total number of calls reaching 311, with 732,000 passengers. The cruise trend is on an upward curve and ships are getting bigger and bigger, paving the way for even more passengers in future.