RECORD YEAR FOR THE CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2017
In 2016, the number of cruise ships has more than doubled compared to the year before, and 2017 is going to be the best cruise year in the history of Aarhus. We will do our utmost to make sure that cruise guests have the best possible experience when visiting Aarhus.
Aarhus to be European Capital of Culture 2017
With a program of events for people of all ages and from all walks of life, Denmark’s second biggest city is sure to live up to the European Capital of Culture initiative’s reputation for excellence. The program includes an outdoor performance of Red Serpent (“Røde Orm”) presented on and around Moesgaard’s grass-covered roof, and an international art project stretching more than 4km from Aarhus city centre to the beach.
NEW VISITOR CENTER BY 2017
Hammershus is the largest medieval fortification in Northern Europe, situated approximately 30 minutes from the cruise pier in Rønne, the capital of Bornholm.
Hammershus Fortress features a 750-metre-long (2,460 ft) perimeter wall and a grand tower called the "mantel" tower.
In 2017, a spectacular new visitor center will open with a stunning view of Hammershus Fortress and the beautiful landscape and sea. The visitor center will include a walkable roof-disc that will fit the surrounding landscape naturally, and it will be a great place to relax in the sun for guests visiting the 13th century fortress. Along with all the other great sights in Bornholm, Hammershus is sure to amaze you.
SHAKESPEARE ANNIVERSARY AT KRONBORG
Situated in Elsinore, Kronborg Castle received world noteriety from William Shakespeare’s 1603 drama about the Danish prince, Hamlet.
Since then, the castle has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This year will be remarkable as Kronborg Castle will open its doors to a renaissance banquet April 23rd 2016, exactly 400 years since the death of Shakespeare. Music, dance, and fencing will create the perfect atmosphere to experience the culinary renaissance buffet. Be quick – there is only 300 exclusive invitations available.
From June 1st to August 29th 2016 there are experiences for the whole family at Kronborg Castle with “Hamlet Live”. Meet Hamlet, Ofelia, Polonius, and all the other characters from the world famous drama, in the magnificent halls, windswept bastions and underground tunnels.
NEW TOURIST ATTRACTION OPENING IN 2017
Fredericia is a Scandinavian cruise destination, with 350 meter quay and 12 meter of water depth, situated in the middle of Denmark.
In 2017, we expand our list of attractive tourist attractions with the new LEGO® House, which is designed by the world famous architect, Bjarke Ingels (BIG). The impressive buildingis designed to look like huge LEGO® bricks and will be placed next to the famous amusement park LEGOLAND in Billund, Denmark. LEGO® House is a museum and experience center, where guests can explore the history of LEGO®, products and exciting activities for all ages. The new LEGO® House is very close to Fredericia and can be reached within a 45 minutes drive.
LARGE INVESTMENTS IN THE PORT OF SKAGEN
Facing the approaching regulations for dumping of waste in the Baltic Sea (Marpol annex IV) implemented from 2019 and 2021, Port of Skagen will establish stationery PRF for sewage – Blackwater and Greywater. The new facility will be operational from June 2016.
The facility will have 6 shore connections at Cruise Quay 9 and 2 shore connections at Pier 10 with direct discharge to the municipal sewage system via a 600-cbm tank. In order to comply with the demands from the cruise lines the capacity of the PRF for wastewater will be 300-cbm/hour. “We are looking forward to improve our services as we believe that these new services will be of great importance to the cruise lines”, says CEO Port of Skagen Willy B. Hansen.
RECORD NUMBER OF CRUISE LINES DISCOVER DENMARK'S HIDDEN GEM
Port of Aalborg continues to break their 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. One of the main reasons for this increased popularity of Aalborg is the beautiful approach through rural idyll along the Limfjord, the friendly hosting, and the fact that the ships dock in the downtown area. The cruise guests go ashore right in the middle of shopping, culture life, architecture, and restaurants. They are greeted by local guides and a classic, Danish hotdog stand that serves free, grilled hotdogs – with everything on it! This special welcome has proven to be a wonderful way of giving our guest a little something extra to remember.