The 2017 cruise season at Ports of Stockholm has set a new record, with total passenger numbers reaching 600 000, an increase of 22 percent on the previous year.
Over the course of the international cruise ship season, which runs from May until October, 263 cruise ships have called at Ports of Stockholm. Of these a record number, 73 cruise ship calls, were turnarounds, with passengers beginning or ending their cruises in Stockholm. Passengers then often spend an extra day and night on land, and, in total, the passengers spend more than SEK 0.5 billion ($62 million) on sightseeing, hotels, restaurant visits and shopping in Stockholm.
This year a new cruise ship quay-berth was completed at the Värtahamen port to enable more cruise ships to call. The installation in 2016 of the Seawalk, a 260 meter-long (850-foot-long) retractable floating pier at the Port of Nynäshamn has resulted in increased flexibility and improved service. During the 2017 cruise season 22 cruise ships called at the Port of Nynäshamn, and almost all of these used the Seawalk.
The 2017 cruise season concludes on October 13 with the arrival of the Norwegian Getaway at the Port of Nynäshamn.
Ferry services operate all-year-round in the Baltic Sea, with routes to Finland, Poland, the Baltic States and Russia. Each year approximately 11 million passengers travel using these ferry routes.