Record number of cruise tourists in Norway


Nearly three million cruise tourists visited Norway and makes Norway Europe’s fourth biggest cruise destination.

Crystal Serenity at Geiranger Fjord - Norway

Last season 2,187 cruise ships found their way to Cruise Norway’s 41 membership ports with 2,982,594 day visitors. This is an increase of 6% compared to 2012 and 18% for number of visits.

Next year will be more cruise tourists in Norway, and in the next ten years we expect 50% growth, says Cruise Norway managing director Georg Angell-Hansen.

– It seems that we get more of the cruise market because we’re in a quiet corner of the world. In addition, cruise lines make more money on this destination than anywhere else in the world, says Angell-Hansen.

Oslo and Northern Norway show the sharpest increases in cruise traffic. Bergen is still Norway’s largest cruise port and is expected to reach 212 arrivals this year – also a new record.

Only the US have more cruise ports than Norway – which has 35 along the coast, says Angell-Hansen. He thinks Norway in the long run could operate as many as 50 cruise ports.