Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Copenhagen continues to be one of Europe's most popular cruise destinations

Cunard's Queen Victoria was one of the cruise ships visiting Copenhagen during the 2013 season.

Copenhagen continues to be one of Europe's most popular cruise destinations. At the end of the 2013 season (there are still five Christmas cruise calls in December) the number of calls will be 346 and the number of passengers is going to be just over 800,000:
"Copenhagen has become the natural hub for cruise traffic in northern Europe. We continue to be competitive and are attracting both new and returning guests. The location of the port in the capital is perfect. The airport is close by and Copenhagen is a city that attracts many different types of shipping line and guest – there is something for everyone here," says Arnt Møller Pedersen, COO Cruise and Ferries at CMP.
The biggest month for cruises was June, with 88 calls, followed by 86 in July and 74 in August. The season ends in December with five Christmas cruises. Of the 346 calls, 46% are turnaround calls, i.e. the ships take new passengers on board before departure and then passengers disembark when the cruise is over. Numerous changes of crew also take place in Copenhagen during the season. Copenhagen is therefore a sort of home port for these ships during the summer season in the Baltic Sea.
The rest of the calls are transit calls, which means that the ships visit for the day, allowing the passengers to spend six or seven hours as tourists in Copenhagen. Cruise passengers' and crews' consumption has been estimated as DKK 825 million per annum.*
CMP is making extensive investments to develop cruise traffic. A new cruise quay will allow 500 calls a year from the start of 2014. Three new state-of-the-art terminal buildings are also being built for the turnaround business.
"We are pleased to be able to contribute to the development of the tourist industry by creating the best possible conditions for cruise traffic," says Arnt Møller Pedersen.
Top six nations for cruise passengers in Copenhagen:
1. Germany (25%)
2. USA/Canada (22%)
3. United Kingdom (14%)
4. Italy (7%)
5. Spain (4%)
6. Australia (3%)
2013 was also the first cruise year with turnaround calls for Malmö, with the Spanish cruise operator Pullmantur's ship Empress calling ten times with just over 36,000 passengers.

The flagship of the Windstar Cruises fleet, the Wind Surf
left Copenhagen on August 19.

Next year the port of Copenhagen will have a new cruise-ship quay, which will mainly be used for so called turnaround ships - ships that changer passengers and crew in Copenhagen.


  1. I was listening to a beautiful piece of music played by the violinist Janine Jansen when I stumbled upon your blog.
    The first thing that caught my eye was what is written at the start of your blog, and just that I found inspiring.
    I like to read and write verse, all of them mean something to me, and the one's I write sometime turn out alright according to some of the comments I receive, and others, well they mean something to me good or bad lol.
    I am an ex-seafarer and images and items about the sea always interest me, so I think I will be back to read and view often.

    It's been nearly 25 years since this sailor left his seagoing life.
    However this poem from 10 years ago shows you cannot take the sea out of the sailor ...

    Catch The Wind

    a brisk wind from the nor east
    heeled the sloop over in the green seas
    the canvas was full and very taunt
    the rigging was stretched to give every knot.

    the waves with whitecaps were crested
    the sun was arising looking well rested
    the ominous storm clouds ripping asunder
    the storm front receding and taking its thunder.

    the helmsman stood easily at one with the deck,
    weathered hands resting the wheel kept in check,
    he eyed the horizon the sloop a course steered,
    the compass was steady was never to veer.

    the hull was a pitching and rolling in time
    to the swell of the ocean the rollers in line
    the snap of the rigging the creak of the wood
    the freedom of sailing a voyage so good.


    1. Hi John,

      Thank you for your nice comment!

      I really enjoyed reading your poem. Is there a blog, where one could read more of what you have written?

    2. Hi NNoN,

      Glad you liked the poem and yes there is a blog where you can read more here


      and in video format here


      The Bay of Biscay video requires more work as the image used did not come out the way I expected.

      I do have lots of poems that I still have not posted yet.

      The style of you blog showing weeks is probably something I need to look at for my writings although it will not necessarily be in a weekly format.

      Look forward to seeing more of your posts :)

      Enjoy John