This is an attempt to manage over tourism and enhance the visitor experience, said Lars Bech, cruise manager from tourism organization Visit Aalborg.
In the last five years Aalborg, Denmark’s only inland cruise port, has grown from receiving under 1,000 in 2014 to 40,000 cruise guests a year in 2018. The number is expected to increase, as the northern Denmark city grows. This year 34 calls are booked, and 45 calls are expected in 2020.
‘Aalborg cruise visitor attractions include scenic sailing in the Danish fjords, docking directly at The Royal Cruise Berth in the heart of the city, and lastly, the best hospitality in the Baltics’, noted Bech.
Although Port of Aalborg can host several ships in port at the same time, Aalborg cruise partners, Port of Aalborg and Visit Aalborg, have jointly made the decision.
‘We want to give all our guests the best possible experience every time they visit Aalborg, and by implementing this concept, we can focus on improving on each single cruise line and ship instead of spreading our focus, said cruise manager at Port of Aalborg, Michael Rosenkilde Lind.
Aalborg’s former commercial waterfront has undergone significant regeneration, and is at the heart of the city, where cruise ships berth giving guests access to the city’s main attractions.
PRF environmental requirements
From 2018, cruise vessels calling in Aalborg were first permitted to discharge both black and grey water through a connection at the pier and directly into the public sewage system.
The facilities are in line with the IMO/HELCOM regulations for cruise vessels in the Baltic and apply to new vessels from this year and to all existing vessels from 2021.