Port News and Views:
* August 2014 saw the port of Fredericia – eastern side of the Jutland Peninsula – host their first call ever when the 2,076 passenger Legend of the Seas visited. The dedicated cruise berth is 350metres long and with a water depth of 12 metres is suitable for the largest vessels to call.
In 2015 this new Danish cruise destination – with its attractions, including: the nearby home of Hans Christian Andersen in Odense; the original Legoland Park; and UNESCO-site, the Royal Jelling Museum, reopening this Summer – will be hosting five calls, welcoming ships Celebrity Silhouette (3 calls), Serenade of the Seas and Saga Sapphire.
* setting a new record: Aalborg, Northern Denmark, is showing impressive figures for 2015, increasing from one call in 2014, with less than 800 people, to 15 calls and more or less 14,000 passengers.
Of the 15 calls, 5 are return visits: Braamer (2), Marco Polo, Prinsendam and Saga Sapphire; 10 new calls by: Viking Star (6), Le Boreal, Magellan (2) and Nautica.
Living up to the expectations of cruise passengers to the Baltic Sea region, Aalborg offers: fjord-sailing before arriving in port; docking in the heart of the city centre; the friendliest of welcomes; a variety of shore-side attractions; and high levels of hospitality ashore.
Looking ahead to 2016:
* Hundested – the new cruise port in North Copenhagen, East Denmark - will receive its first ever calls in 2016, featured on itineraries by two British-based cruise lines, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines; and Saga Cruises.
Formerly an old fishing harbour and busy ferry port, the destination is now focused on tourism, offering visitors cultural experiences and entertainment, with galleries, the Viking Ship Museum, Hamlet’s castle Kronborg, a glass design centre, eateries, a brewery and nature attractions along the Danish Riviera.
* Copenhagen is expecting 760,000 cruise passengers, which will be higher than the figures for 2014 and 2015. In 2016 turnarounds in Copenhagen will also increase to 136, again higher than the two previous years.