The drop is related to post-September 11 redeployments by ships carrying mostly American passengers. However, officials stressed the figure is not as low as originally feared, and they predict a rebound to pre-September 11 levels in2003.
Meanwhile, the Danish capital is promoting itself as a safe and secure destination by releasing two recent surveys. The William M. Mercer international research organisation's latest Quality of Living Report, published in December, ranked Copenhagen among the world's safest cities with an 8 out of 10 score. And when Danish research institute GfK Danmark asked 2,700 attendees at various congresses to rate the city in terms of safety, Copenhagen scored 4.4 out of 5. Both reports also ranked Copenhagen high in the areas of infrastructure, airport, restaurants, theatres, sports facilities, friendliness and residents' multilingual abilities.
Copenhagen's first cruise call of 2002 was February 14, but the season officially gets underway on April 16 and runs until September 15. One highlight will be the two-day visit of The World of ResidenSea on July 25-26.