The winter season is Tromsø's business cruise season with 19 calls booked for 2019.
Participants visited the town’s three piers: Quay 24 which can accommodate the largest cruise ships. It offers ample parking facilities for tour coaches and is within easy access to the city centre.
The quay has a newly built terminal dedicated to Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen cruise calls.
Attendees also visited Quay 25 which is 150mtr with a depth of 11.8mtr and can accommodate further cruise ships.
Quay 8, located in Prostnestet Port, can accommodate cruise ships up to a maximum 170mtr and is within walking distance to the city centre and a short distance from the Arctic Cathedral, one of the city’s highlight attractions.
The city can handle up to five cruise calls simultaneously.
Efforts are being made to encourage more cruise turnarounds.
A Taste of the Arctic
Other shore excursion highlights included a Taste of the Arctic vibe with local beer and cheese tasting, followed by a concert performed by local musicians at the Arctic Cathedral. Attendees visited a working dog home for huskies involved in sledge racing.
Tromsø has many cultural attractions that can offers visitors a taste of authentic Norway. Visit Tromsø is working with tour operators and directly with cruise lines to offer products which are perhaps more difficult to provide on a larger scale, said Chris Hudson, managing director, Visit Tromsø.
Attendees continued to Alta by plane for a port inspection and attraction highlights. This included a RIB ride tour and a visit to the Northern Lights Cathedral and Borealis Alta, an immersive northern lights experience.
For a taste of the cultural history of the Sami people, attendees visited Paeskatum, located 15 minutes from the city centre for views of the Alta fjord and for a Sami concert.