Photo: Port of Helsinki
This year's international cruise season's start remains uncertain in Helsinki, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Visits for the entire early summer, a total of over 100 calls, have been canceled.
In order to prevent the spread of the virus, Finland's borders remain closed until at least May 13th, 2020, and various travel restrictions are set to continue well into the late summer season.
This year's cruise season was meant to begin in early April, but it is to be expected that it will be considerably less active than usual in case of both ship visits and number of passengers travelling. First international cruise ships probably won't be arriving in Helsinki before July, 2020.
Sari Nevanlinna, VP Passenger Services, Port of Helsinki, described the situation as 'very unfortunate' for the city and the whole region's tourism industry. Nevalinna said, "Some companies providing services to cruise ship visitors focus their operations particularly on the summer season, due to which these cancelled cruise ship visits will have a major negative impact on the income of many entrepreneurs. The number of international tourists visiting Helsinki will likewise be significantly reduced."
Recovery in late summer remains dependent on potential dismantling of international travel restrictions, which as of now is still uncertain.