After several seasons of growth in cruise traffic to Northern Norway and Svalbard, 2015 was also a season of growth.
A total of 420,700 cruise passengers arrived at the 12 cruise ports in the north, which represents an increase of 2 per cent from the previous year. If you consider traffic over several years, the increase is a full 45 per cent in the past six years. “Although the number of calls dropped slightly this year, the number of passengers has increased and this is very pleasing,” says the Managing Director of Cruise North Norway & Svalbard (CNNS), Erik Joachimsen.
This year’s cruise season featured several exciting developments. Spanish Pullmantur made the largest turnaround operations ever performed in Lakselv and Narvik, generating significant flow-on effects for the business communities in these areas. Another event was Italian cruise line Costa’s sailings with Costa neoRomantica, which called seven times at the ports of Bodø, Leknes, Sortland and Narvik. This is the first time a large cruise line has completed a compact cruise to relatively small ports.
“It’s very satisfying to see that the cruise traffic to the smallest ports is increasing the most, also taking into account that the total value creation in the entire region is increasing due to more cruise passengers calling at the various destinations,” concludes Erik Joachimsen.