The cruise season in Stockholm starts on 25th May

The front part of Mein Schiff 1 at Frihamnen Port

Stockholm is still a very attractive cruise destination. The season this year has a cautious start with the arrival of the cruise ship Mein Schiff 1 on 25th May, but no passengers will disembark.

On Tuesday 25th May the first cruise ship of the season arrives at Ports of Stockholm. This is the cruise ship Mein Schiff 1, arranged by travel organisers TUI. The ship will call at the city centre Masthamnen Port at 2 pm in the afternoon and will stay overnight.

The cruise is termed a blue cruise, which means that the passengers remain on the ship for the entire voyage. The cruise began in Germany, and most of the passengers aboard are German. The ship will complete a round trip voyage in the Baltic Sea and will then return to Germany again. There will be weekly repeat sailings of the same cruise with the same ship until midsummer.

“It is really pleasing that we are able to very slowly and carefully start the cruise season. Stockholm is still a very popular cruise destination and port. Ports of Stockholm, which is one of the world’s largest passenger ports, has been hard hit by the pandemic, but it is great to see that Stockholm is still a top choice for both tourists and shipping companies,” says Joakim Larsson (M), Vice Mayor for City Planning.

The cruise shipping companies see that the desire to travel is high, but are acutely aware of the responsibility to start cruise travel up again safely. They have implemented all precautionary measures and have close dialogue with the destinations and the relevant regulatory agencies.

TUI follows the recommendations issued by the WHO (World Health Organization) and CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association - the world’s largest cruise trade association). The company has also implemented its own additional guidelines for how its cruises are carried out. The passengers must complete a health declaration form and provide proof of a negative COVID19 test before they can begin their voyage. The company has also limited the number of passengers aboard to enable social distancing and compliance with other measures.

Read more

How Ports of Stockholm is operating during the COVID-19 pandemic
How Ports of Stockholm functions as a quarantine port
The CLIA guidelines (external link)

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Please contact us

Ingrid Hansson, Public Relations Manager, Ports of Stockholm
+46(0)70-770 27 47,