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