The first cruise ship of the season arrived on 29 April. This year 274 international cruise ships are expected to call, bringing around 470,000 passengers to Ports of Stockholm.
”Cruise passengers spend an average of SEK 1200 per person during their visit to Stockholm. In total they contribute around MSEK 5,000 to Stockholm's economy each year, in the form of restaurant visits, overnight says in hotel, excursions and shopping,” says Stockholm's Commissioner of Finance, Sten Nordin.
Both the cruise passengers and the cruise shipping companies rate Stockholm as one of the most popular destinations in the world. Last year Stockholm was awarded the prize for best destination in Europe, winning more votes than the Norwegian fjords, Saint Petersburg, Barcelona and Venice, when the cruise passengers themselves got to choose. The prize was awarded by the cruise magazine Cruise International.
”The investments in recent years in modern cruise terminals, quay refurbishments and the good collaboration with Stockholm Cruise Network have made Stockholm more and more attractive to the international cruise industry,” says Helena Bonnier, Chair of the Board at Ports of Stockholm.
Ports of Stockholm is one of the few ports in the world able to accept black and grey water offloaded by vessels in port, and during the winter months several of the water management facilities have been significantly improved.
All of the anticipated cruise ship calls can be found in the vessel call list or by downloading the free CruiseSthlm app for Iphone and Android telephones from Appstore or Google Play.
International cruise traffic at Ports of Stockholm
2014 (expected numbers)
Stockholm Cruise Network is a partner-based collaborative project that includes the Stockholm Visitors Board, Ports of Stockholm, Swedavia and some 30 other partners, comprising tour operators, port agents, hotels, attractions and transport representatives. The aim of the network is to work jointly to promote and develop Stockholm as a cruise destination.
Link to photo of cruise ship on Flickr (external link)