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Norway eyeing a bumper 2019 and year-round calls for the first time

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Stavanger is putting its welcoming flags out for cruise year-round
Norway is anticipating yet another bumper year for cruise ships and passengers. Cruise Norway’s 40 plus ports are expecting to receive 2,365 calls in total and 3.9m day visitors along the full length of the coastline.

These numbers represent a 10.7% year-on-year rise in calls and a 14% hike in passengers, In 2018, 2,135 calls and 3.4m day cruise visitors to Norway were recorded.

Bergen in top spot

Bergen remains the top cruise port welcoming 336 ships and 597,217 cruise guests last year. Ship visits will be similar in 2019 and passengers projected to increase 4% to 620,893.

Bergen is set to handle 34 turnarounds this year, one of four Norwegian ports, along with Trondheim (7), Oslo (5) and Tromso (5).

Stavanger year-round calls

Second most popular cruise destination, Stavanger is expecting 242 calls and 506,825 passengers in 2019, a year in which it becomes a year-round cruise destination with ship visits every month. The season started on January 15 with a call by Viking Sky and finishes on December 6 with P&O Cruises’ Arcadia. Stavanger has calls booked in every month of 2020 too.

Geiranger with 226 calls and 390,000 passengers, followed by Alesund with 181 calls and 361,141 visitors, and Flam, with 272,786 passengers due to arrive on 165 ships are predicted as the next three busiest ports this year.

Oslo expecting 16% hike in guests

Norway’s capital is undergoing a renaissance as a cruise destination working towards a return to its peak of 2011 when 312,000 passengers visited the city. In 2019, Oslo is expecting a 16% jump in passengers to 218,000 arriving on 127 ships, up from 98 in 2018.

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