Oslo to rebound as cruise destination

A number of factors are bringing cruise ships back
The Port of Oslo expects more than a hundred cruise-ship calls in 2017, up from 81 and approximately 155,000 passengers this year.
The 102 calls anticipated for next year is less than the current record, 170 calls in 2011, but bigger ships means that next year’s passenger total is expected to equal 2011’s 312,000. The average passenger load is around 1,900 per ship.
Anette Brække, head of cruise at the Oslo Port Authority, says this year’s dip was due to SECA, a sulphur emission control area, as well as cruise lines being hesitant to commit to the longer sail to Oslo when fuel costs were high. With fuel costs now low, more ships are returning.
Cruise companies Celebrity and Sea Cloud will turnaround in Oslo in 2017. Norwegian Cruise Line has already returned this autumn after three years away. But the most frequent callers next year will be AIDA with 22 visits and TUI Cruises with eight.
Oslo can accommodate five cruise ships at a time, on four different piers. The main pier is Søndre Akershuskai, just below Akershus Castle, which will be able to discharge ships’ waste water into the city’s sewage system for the first time in 2017.
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