The Port of Helsinki has revealed that this year will see record numbers of passengers and vessels arriving in the city, which follows a general trend of increasing numbers around the Baltic Sea.
Based on advance reservations received by the Port of Helsinki, 302 vessel calls and 540,000 passengers are expected in the Finnish capital this season.
Most will arrive via Hernesaari, as the port’s two existing cruise quays will be joined by a new quay in the port’s western harbour that will serve large cruise ships, according to a press release from the Port of Helsinki.
The cruise season began on April 27 with the arrival at Katajanokka of Astor of Global Cruise Lines, which accommodates roughly 650 passengers.
Helsinki’s popularity as a cruise destination has continued to grow steadily. A total of 140,000 cruise ship passengers visited Helsinki in 2000, whereas in 2018 the previous year’s record was broken by the arrival of a total of almost 520,000 passengers.
This summer is also set to see many popular cruise days, during which the shops and attractions of Helsinki will be filled with travellers.
The busiest cruise day of the summer is scheduled to be August 5, when as many as six cruise ships accommodating a total of over 11,600 passengers are scheduled to arrive in Helsinki.
All around the Baltic
In 2018, more cruise guests than ever before went ashore at a Baltic Sea port, according to a report by Cruise Baltic released earlier this year. It also revealed a record number of calls into Baltic Sea ports.
With 868,000 cruise guests last year compared to 2017, Port of Copenhagen was the busiest cruise port in the Baltic Sea region.
In second, third, fourth and fifth place of the most visited ports in the Baltic Sea, the report lists Rostock, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm, respectively.