* with record passenger numbers expected for Copenhagen in 2017 *
In the nationality breakdown of those passengers visiting Copenhagen in 2015 on a cruise, Germany, US and UK remain in the top 3, with a share of the total in 2015 at 27.1%, 21.5% and 14.0% respectively.
For 2016, turnarounds in Copenhagen will increase to 139, again higher than the two previous years; and in 2017 Copenhagen is expecting a record 850,000 cruise passengers, which will represent the highest
number of cruise guests ever.
Looking Ahead - Destination & Port News and Views:
* Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, with 14 part-turnarounds in 2016 is expecting 80,000
passengers, more than double compared to 29,000 in 2015. In 2017 Aarhus is to be ‘European Capital of Culture’ and will hold a series of indoor and outdoor events for people of all ages and walks of life.
* Port of Aalborg continues to break its own record of cruise ships calling into port – and there are many reasons why “Happy Hotdog Port of Aalborg” has become so popular. In just three years, the number of cruise ships calling into port has more than doubled. In 2016, 21 cruise ships will visit Aalborg, and in 2017, no less than 32 cruise ships will dock in this northern city, which is Denmark’s fourth largest.
* Port of Skagen has published results from a GP Wild and BREA survey, which asked 471 passengers to answer questions about their visit to Skagen in June and July 2015. Of these visitors, 70% were from the UK, 20% from the US and 10% from other countries, mainly Australia and Canada. Approximately 91% were satisfied, stating that the port and destination met, or exceeded expectations; and some of the highest scores were given to the tour guides, historic sites, museums and the friendliness of residents.
* The island of Bornholm will see a spectacular, new visitor centre opening in 2017, with stunning views of Hammershus, Fortress, the largest medieval fortification in Northern Europe, situated approximately 30 minutes from the cruise pier in Rønne, the main town on the island.
* In celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Elsinore will host a range of experiences suitable for the whole family between 1 – 29 August 2016.