Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is expecting six calls in December and with the last call of this year scheduled for December 20 and the first call in 2010 booked for January 3, the last and first calls of the season have never been so close together.
In 2010, Amsterdam will host 92 cruise calls, the same as in 2009. The number of passengers will be higher due to an increase of the number of turnaround calls and larger ships. Eleven ships will be calling for the first time: MSC Magnifica and Opera, AIDABlu, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, Seabourn Sojourn, Le Boreal, Minerva, Maasdam, Ocean Princess and Saga Pearl II.
Acknowledging the importance of the cruise market, the city of Amsterdam has reserved an area in the western part of the harbour to build a dedicated turnaround cruise terminal.