Posts Tagged ‘Cruise Europe’

A Coruña Increased Marketing Brings Increased Calls

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

September was a very busy month in A Coruña. The Spanish port received 31 calls out of a total of 120 this year. Estimated passenger numbers for the year are 170,000. This compares with 94 calls and 126,735 passengers in 2016 which is an impressive increase and comes partly as the result of an increased commitment by the port authority to attract cruise business. (more…)

New Members at Cruise Europe: Leknes, Norway, and Galway, Ireland

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Kirwans Lane - Galway, Ireland (Courtesy Travel Guide Ireland -

Kirwans Lane – Galway, Ireland (Courtesy Travel Guide Ireland –

Leknes calls itself ‘the gateway to the most beautiful islands in the world’, the Lofoten, an Arctic island group that has been a cruise destination since 1889. Galway, situated on the west coast of Ireland, is primarily a tender port. (more…)

Oslo, With Two New Key Appointments, Renews Focus On Cruise

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Ingvar Mathisen has been appointed port director at the Port of Oslo

Ingvar Mathisen has been appointed port director at the Port of Oslo

Ingvar Mathisen has been appointed port director at the Port of Oslo. The board of directors was very clear it wanted the focus to be on the core business, ie port development and increasing cargo and passenger throughput. Mathisen previously held the same position at the Port of Bodo, where he remained for 12 years. (more…)

Belfast Celebrates End Of The Most Successful Cruise Season On Record

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Belfast Harbour has just brought to a close its busiest ever cruise season with an unprecedented 94 calls. (more…)

Cruise Europe Takes On The Atlantic Alliance Mantle

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Cruise Europe (CE) and the Atlantic Alliance (AA) made a joint announcement during Seatrade Europe in Hamburg in September, following a decision that the member ports will be better served under one umbrella. (more…)

New Member at Cruise Europe: Harstad, Norway

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Harstad in Norway has three cruise quays: town centre Larsneset (215m in length with a draught of 7.5m), town centre Seljestad (270m/7m) and Stangnes (120m/11m) which is 5km from the town centre. (more…)

Kalundborg, Denmark, Invests In Turnaround Infrastructure

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The Port of Kalundborg has entered into partnership with Blue Water Shipping and PWL Port Services to introduce the Danish port as the new gateway to the Baltics, catering to large cruiseships with easy access to Copenhagen Airport as well as the city itself. The partners will be responsible for the terminal operation as well as acquisition. (more…)

Three New Members at Cruise Europe: Holyhead, Larne and Seaport Scheveningen

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Port of Holyhead – Located on the Isle of Anglesey, the Port of Holyhead is the gateway to North Wales and Snowdonia. A warm welcome can be found right at the quayside on every cruise call, explained Jane Owen, cruise executive Visit Wales. Coach parking is available at the quayside and a free shuttle bus for passenger and crew runs from the port to the town centre and shopping area. (more…)

Isle Of Man Clocks Up 50,000

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

The 50,000th cruise passenger to visit the Island’s shores since 2005 was welcomed on Monday June 12 with the arrival of Hebridean Sky which is on charter to Australian tour operator, Captain’s Choice. (more…)

New Associate Member at Cruise Europe: Excursions Ireland

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Excursions Ireland has over 30 years’ experience in incoming travel to Ireland. The company provides a wide variety of services including shore excursions, pre/post tours, and turnaround services.

Cruise Europe New Members: Fredericia, Cruise Telemark ports Brevik and Kragero, Foyle Port in Londonderry

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

This year and next see eight transit calls to Fredericia (Denmark) although passenger numbers differ with 11,400 expected this year and 7,200 next, according to Line Tange, cruise manager Cruise Fredericia. (more…)

Trondheim Builds On Turnaround Successes

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Trondheim is developing as a turnaround port with the return of Pullmantur next year. Last year the company’s Monarch made successful turnarounds using the new check-in Venue of Clarion Hotel & Congress. (more…)

Invergordon’s Busy Season Began On April 12 With A Call From AIDAvita and welcomed over 6,600 cruise passengers the May 9th

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Invergordon/The Port of Cromarty Firth marked the beginning of the 2017 cruise season as the first ship of the year, the AIDAvita, docked on April 12 to a traditional Highland welcome. (more…)

Isle Of Man Is Proactive In Its Approach To Securing More Calls

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

In 2016 the Isle of Man became the world’s first entire country to be designated with UNESCO’s biosphere status. (more…)

Cork Showcases Its Historical Ties With The Us Whilst Highlighting The Cruise Contribution

Monday, June 5th, 2017

May 4 is a significant date in Cork’s history, it being 100 years since the arrival of the US fleet during the First World War. On that day Commander Joseph Taussig of USS Wadsworth led six destroyers of the US Atlantic Fleet into Cork Harbour.

Gothenburg’s Cruise Business Is Expected To Reach €4.3m This Year

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The arrival of 193m AIDAcara at Frihamnen on April 13 marked the beginning of the cruise season in Gothenburg. One of the high points of the season will be a call by Norwegian Getaway. (more…)

Malmö Prepares To Receive Larger Ships

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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.

Liverpool Celebrates Record-breaking Year

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Queen Mary 2 moored in LiverpoolLast year was quite a season for the UK port with highlights including the inaugural Disney Magic visit, celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Cunard Building which saw Queen Elizabeth sail in to the city and the first Royal christening of a Mersey ship for 50 years. (more…)

Cruise Europe new member: Ventspils, Latvia

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Ventspils is gearing up to put itself on the cruise map. On July 24 Saga Sapphire will be the first cruiseship to call the Latvian city. Next year the hope is that Serenissima will call, explained Artis Senkevics, head of commercial division Noord Natie Ventspils Terminals Ltd. (more…)

Visby Expects 40 Calls In 2018

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Artist's impression of the new pier (Courtesy Region Gotland)Over 40 ships are already scheduled to put into Visby/Gotland in 2018 carrying 60,000 passengers following the opening of the new cruise quay. (more…)

Cruise Europe new Members: Portland Port, Harlingen and Caen-Ouistreham

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Portland Port  (Courtesy Portland Harbour Authority, UK)Portland Port lies in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, a Unesco world heritage site in the south west of England, UK. Harlingen is one of the oldest seaports in The Netherlands dating back to 1300. Caen-Ouistreham on the Manche Atlantique in France provides an opportunity for calls to the town centre of Caen as well as the sea resort of Ouistreham Riva-Bella. (more…)

Warrenpoint, Ulster, Moves Into Another Gear

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Warrenpoint Port is entering its third year of cruise but with new energy and focus, having recently taken on Catriona Dowling in the role of harbour master for the port. (more…)

St Petersburg Adds Dolphins As Visa Initiative Progresses

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Passenger Port St Petersburg ‘Marine Facade’ is increasing docking possibilities at berths 6 and 7. In total three mooring dolphins will be constructed which will make it possible for the simultaneous berthing of two 333m-long vessels. (more…)

New Cruise Europe Member: Visby

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Artist's impression of the new pier (Courtesy Region Gotland)Region Gotland (RG) is joining forces with Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) to develop cruise-based tourism in the Baltic Sea and on the island of Gotland by building a cruise berth in Visby. (more…)

Southampton Wins Port Of The Year at the Seatrade Cruise Awards

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The Queen Elizabeth in Southampton (Courtesy Kevin Griffin)ABP Southampton was named Port of the Year at the Seatrade Cruise Awards in Tenerife on September 22. (more…)

Dover, Disney And A Three-ship Day

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Disney Magic alongside in DoverOn July 25 Dover Cruise Port bade farewell to Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic for the final call of the 2016 season. (more…)

How Scottish Ports Won Over Disney

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Captain Iain Dunderdale with Disney Magic (Copyright Port of Invergordon)This year Disney Cruise Line (DCL) carried out their inaugural Round Britain and Ireland cruise. (more…)

Hamburg Heads Up Green Cruise Port

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Hamburg panorama with Elbphilharmonie and Queen Mary 2 (Photo / Jörg Modrow)The 2016 cruise season in Hamburg will be the busiest on record with 700,000 passengers scheduled to visit the city, representing a growth of 35%.

Iceland: Akureyri Calls On The Increase As Pier Extension Is Completed

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Work to extend the pier at Oddeyrarbryggja is complete. The pier now measures 240m in length and has been fitted with new 200t storm bollards. Recent dredging means the depth alongside now ranges from 9.5m to 11m. Vessels of up to 350m in length can now be accommodated alongside. (more…)

Cherbourg Clocks Up More Maiden Calls

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Cherbourg began the season on April 18 and by the end of July had welcomed 16 calls and 33,126 passengers and 14,202 crew members. The majority of passengers were British (14,093) followed by Americans (7,607) and Germans (3,278). (more…)

Gothenburg, Sweden, Works At Reversing The Trend

Monday, September 5th, 2016

April 26 marked the arrival of the first cruiseship of Gothenburg’s season. A total of 34 calls on 18 ships are expected this year, carrying 60,000 passengers. This is fewer than has become normal but is attributable in part to competition from Denmark. (more…)

Norwegian Rail (Norges Stats Baner/NSB) has joined Cruise Europe as an associate member

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Its most famous cruise excursions are the Rauma (from Andalsnes) and Flam Railways where passengers can alight almost directly from the quayside and travel in comfort on spectacular train journeys.