Traffic is up 20 percent at Copenhagen, and passenger numbers are up a project 16 percent for the 2011 season, according to a statement released today from the port.
Happy Cruises is sending the Gemini to the Baltic this coming summer, with deployment announced just last week, as reported on Cruise Industry News. The Spanish operator has scheduled 12 turnaround calls in Copenhagen.
The total season will see 369 calls from 67 different vessels, with 50 percent of those calls being turnarounds.
According to the Cruise Copenhagen Network, the average income of a cruise passenger in Copenhagen is 68,000 euro. An average party is 2.1 people, and each guest is reported to spend around 41 euro. Average crew spending for the 30 percent of crew that disembark is 54 euro.
Passenger numbers are projected at 770,000 with an additional 200,000 crew members.
“We expect that 25 percent of the passengers are German, 19 percent from North America, 14 percent from the UK and 10 percent each from Italy and Spain,” said Arnt Moller Pedersen, general manager for Copenhagen Malmo Port.
The season is also starting to extend in the Baltic, with the Ocean Countess set to kick things off on April 4 and running through October 14 with a final call from Fred. Olsen. A couple of calls are also scheduled in the water for Christmas cruises.
Ten vessels will make inaugural calls in Copenhagen in 2011, and Norwegian Cruise Line has also moved the Sun from Dover to Copenhagen, adding another 16 turnaround calls.
June 4 stands out on the 2011 schedule with five turnarounds and one transit call, representing 23,000 passengers passing through six terminals.
And plans for the new terminal continue to roll. A new 1,100 meter-long, 70-meter wide quay is expected to be open for the 2013 season.
The new quay will be dedicated to turnaround calls and will be prepped for cold-ironing, according to port officials, who also said the new facilities are costing $90 million.
For 2012, 325 calls are already scheduled.
“Never before have we had so many bookings at so early a stage,” added Pedersen.