Malmö offers freedom for independent travellers with sightseeing in the saddle

Cruise Baltic attendees taste Swedish cuisine on guided taster session at The Food Caravan Cruise Baltic attendees taste Swedish cuisine on guided taster session at The Food Caravan PHOTO: Michelle Winny

Malmö, Sweden’s third largest county and the home of Turning Torso, a neo-futurist residential skyscraper and the tallest building in Scandinavia, is set for a steady cruise season this year.

Pullmantur Cruises’ Zenith has already called, and the line will make a further nine turnarounds. Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral has also visited this year. An increase to 15 calls is expected in 2020.

Malmö has a dedicated cruise quay with berth capacity limited to 240mtr berth due to restrictions at the entrance of the port.

Follow the blue dots

A pathway of blue dots leads passengers from the quay to the town centre, offering flexibility for those who like to explore independently.

By June 1, an electric train will be installed with a capacity to carry 40 to 50 people from the port to the town centre.

Malmö is perhaps best experienced by cycling, and dedicated bike tracks are available in and around the local attractions.

Attendees of the Cruise Baltic familiarisation trip experienced the 360-degree views on the 54th floor of Turning Torso after a bike ride. For a taste of local cuisine they had lunch at The Food Caravan, an indoor food market with a taster session of traditional Swedish, locally produced dishes.

Absolut Home tasting tour

Lunch was followed by a visit to Absolut Home in Åhus, a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery and a tasting of the locally produced and world-renowned Absolut Vodka. An animated account of the history behind the brand followed a cocktail-making session.

Group tours of the distillery and cocktail-making session are available along with a three-course dinner prepared with local seasonal produce.

Posted 14 May 2019

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Michelle Winny

Deputy Editor, Seatrade Cruise News/Seatrade Cruise Review