Gothenburg’s Cruise Ship Calls at All Time High
- Business & Finance
Sweden’s Port of Gothenburg has recorded the highest number of cruise ship visits this season, with 110,000 visitors on board 73 cruise ships calling on Gothenburg from April to October.
The port’s cruise operations generated around SEK 60 million in pure tourist revenue for the city.
Jill Söderwall, Head of Cruise Operations at the Port of Gothenburg, said: “This is an all-time high. Never before have we had so many calls. The peak was in May when we had seven calls and 12,500 guests in just two days. Everyone at the port was working flat out.”
Cruise traffic to Gothenburg has increased from nine calls in 2000 to 73 calls in 2014. Gothenburg is now the second-largest cruise destination in Sweden after Stockholm.
Next year fewer ships are expected, although the number of visitors will be almost the same. To date, 61 ships carrying just over 100,000 visitors, are scheduled to call at Gothenburg during 2015.
The final cruise ship for the season will make her way into Gothenburg on Thursday. The Aida Cara will arrive from Germany carrying 1,200 visitors. She is due to arrive from Oslo at 8 am and will depart for Copenhagen at 8 pm.