Pierside in Helsinki, Finland

The Port of Helsinki is welcoming the Norwegian Getaway for her inagural calls to Finland this summer, and hopes to build on the momentum.

“The Getaway is the big newcomer. We have a season with 272 calls and 440,000 passengers and next year is looking similar,” said Eeva Hietanen, a spokesperson for the port.

For ships daring to venture in to Finland in the winter, port fees are negotiable and the port is offering a winter discount of 20 percent on waste water discharges.

Helsinki sees Baltic cruise traffic growing as a new quay is under construction on the Hernesaari side of the cruise facility, where there are already berths for two big ships.