Baltic ports to see year round cruise ship calls

2023-12-14T22:03:37+00:00 December 14th, 2023|Ports|

A record number of cruise calls and guests is expected from November through January in Visby and Copenhagen.

Copenhagen’s port (CMP) expects around 50,000 pax and 18 cruise calls at Copenhagen and Visby during the typical off-season months of November 2023 through January 2024.

For Copenhagen, this is a unique chance for visitors to experience the Danish capital in new ways and for those going to the medieval Unesco world heritage city of Visby, to experience the Swedish island of Gotland during Winter.

In addition, for local businesses and cultural institutions, it is an opportunity to experience visitors in what is normally a slower season for tourism.

More and more cruise lines are choosing to call Visby and Copenhagen during late autumn and winter – either as one-off cruises – or as ‘Aidanova’ of Aida Cruises’ winter deployment in the Nordic region, calling at Copenhagen seven times, and Hapag Lloyd’s ‘Hanseatic Nature’s’ winter deployment with five calls at Copenhagen and Visby.

These numbers highlight the great interest and commitment from the German market to the region, CMP said

Furthermore, a high number of cruise ships are calling at the ports around the festive turn of the year 2023/2024: this December, CMP expects seven Christmas calls in Copenhagen, two in Visby and in addition, two cruise ships are expected to spend New Year’s Eve in Copenhagen.

“CMP is working with all destination stakeholders, cruise lines, CruiseCopenhagen, Cruise Baltic, and other ports in the region to create products and offers that reflect the different times of the year.

“Our goal is to continue to expand the season into the autumn, winter, and spring months to complement the already successful summer season and create an “all year around” season. This is a work in progress, but we see great interest from cruise lines which gives us the motivation to continue our work,” said Luis De Carvalho, Commercial Cruise Director, Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) (pictured).

CMP forecast that about 389 cruise calls and 940.000 pax will have visited Malmö, Visby and Copenhagen in 2023.

Looking ahead, in 2024, CMP expects to receive cruise ships in Copenhagen during all 12 months of the year for the first time.

CMP has the aspiration to become one of the world’s most sustainable ports and is well under way to become CO2 neutral in its own operations by 2025, it claimed.

Between 2020 and 2022, CMP has reduced CO2 emissions in own operations (GHG Scope 1+2) by 57%. This is equivalent to a reduction of 1,231 tonnes CO2e. (In addition, from 2025, CMP expects to be able to provide shore power to cruise ships docking in Copenhagen.)