Photo: Ports of Stockholm
650,000 cruise passengers visited Ports of Stockholm's ports during the 2019 season.
Ports of Stockholm welcomed 281 cruise liners in 2019. That's 13 more cruise calls than in 2018. A record number, 74 cruise liner calls, were what are known as turnarounds, with passengers beginning and/or ending their cruises in Stockholm. These passengers often spend an extra day in Stockholm, which benefits the tourist industry even further.
"Passenger numbers are higher than ever before. The majority of the visitors, around 50 percent, are from Germany and the USA, with the third largest group coming from the UK," explained Stefan Scheja, Cruise and Ferry Manager, Ports of Stockholm.
The 2019 cruise season began in April and lasted six months. The only year more cruise ships called at Ports of Stockholm was 2009, with 293 calls. At the time, however, vessels were smaller and passenger numbers were around 200,000 fewer. This year the AIDA shipping company made the most visits, with their 50 calls.