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Iceland to see record number of cruise ships

Rising numbers of ships and passengers shows no signs of slowing down, while Cruise Iceland is up for a major award.

This coming year will be the biggest for Iceland in terms of cruise ship visits and cruise passenger numbers, Iceland Monitor reports.

The increase has been steady in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down, according to Erna Kristjánsdóttir, director of marketing at Reykjavik Harbour.

This year, 184 cruise ships are expected to call at Reykjavik Harbour carrying a combined 189,908 passengers. This represents a 17% increase in ship numbers from last year and a 24% rise in passenger numbers.

A historic moment in this record-breaking year will occur in July when the largest cruise ship ever to dock in Iceland arrives.

The luxury transatlantic ocean liner Queen Mary 2, flagship of the UK-US cruise line Cunard Line, part of Carnival Corporation, measures around 345 metres in length.

Destination of the year?
Meanwhile, Cruise Iceland has been nominated as destination of the year 2019 in an international cruise awards ceremony.

The Wave Awards, organised by the magazine World of Cruising and now in their fourth year, will take place in London on March 7. Cruise Iceland is up against Croatia, Jamaica, Greece and St Petersburg for the award.

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