Set to open in April 2020, the terminal will help the city cope with the rising tide of cruise passengers.
Copenhagen is continuing to see cruise ship calls rise each year, increasing from 325 calls in 2017, to 346 in 2018, and an expected 355 calls bringing a combined 900,000 visitors in 2019.
To help the city cope better with this seasonal influx of cruise tourists, a new cruise terminal with capacity for up to 5,000 guests will be opened by 2020, Arnt Moller Pedersen, COO for cruise and ferries at Copenhagen Malmö Port, tells Cruise Industry News.
“We are building a new cruise terminal in Copenhagen with capacity for 5,000 guests and with a quay length of 370 metres and a water depth of 12 metres,” he said, adding that it will be ready by April 2020.
The terminal building will have two floors and total 10,000 square metres in size with two gangway bridges.
Overall in 2018, more than 1.1 million cruise passengers are expected to visit Danish ports this year, with an economic impact of €200 million.
This year’s season kicked off in Copenhagen in late March with the arrival of Astoria, and will continue until the end of October when AIDAmar calls at Halloween – making the season a month longer than in 2017, with nine new ships.
There will also be a record high of nine off-season Christmas and New Year calls.
Biggest to call so far has been the 4,000-pax Norwegian Breakaway in June, while May 20 saw the port handle six ships, 24,000 cruise passengers and 8,000 crew in a single day.
Beyond Copenhagen, Aarhus will attract 100,000 cruise passengers for the first time, business will double for the port of Skagen, and a new cruise quay opened in time for the season in Visby.