More cruise pax, less ships in northern Norway

Bigger ships are sailing to northern Norway and Svalbard
There has been an increase in cruise passengers in the remotest parts of Norway in 2015, the destination network Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard reports – yet ship calls are down.
“We had 380 calls at our 12 different ports this year, compared to 425 last year,” said Erik Joachimsen, the network’s managing director, “but with bigger ships, we received 420,000 passengers this year, up from 412,000 last year.”
Ships averaged 1,106 passengers each in 2015. This is a substantial growth from 823 each in 2010, when the region saw a total of 289,000 passengers.
“For 2016, it seems like we are not going to have any increase in passengers but will maintain approximately 420,000. But as we expect fewer calls, the average size of the ships will continue to increase.”
Popular now are, for example, turnaround cruises in Lakselv and Narvik by Pullmantur. The 1,600-passenger Empress calls at ports in northern Norway as well as Murmansk in Russia. Costa neoRomantica sailed to northern Norway this year from Amsterdam. Similar cruises are planned in 2016.
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