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Bergen puts cap on cruise calls

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Move follows discussions on how many visitors the city can handle
The Port of Bergen says it will limit the number of cruise calls to four ships a day, or 9,000 passengers, due to occasional problems it faced with congestion this summer.
The cap is put into immediate effect for new bookings, but all existing bookings will be honoured. The schedule for next year already shows several days with five ships in port.
“Bergen is Norway’s largest cruise port and has been so for years,” said Sandra Bratland, manager of cruise development at the port in a letter to cruise lines.
“Tourism is both important and welcome in Bergen, but on a few days every summer the city and its attractions can be crowded. The city’s popularity, its attractive location and steady growth of visitors has in recent years led to discussions as to how many visitors the city can comfortably accommodate per day.
“The municipality, in collaboration with Port of Bergen and Visit Bergen, has therefore decided to put a cap on number of cruise calls per day to four ships and/or 9000 passengers. The goal is to maintain Bergen as a sustainable and popular city to live in, to visit and to do business in.”
Bergen is expecting 325 calls and 510,000 passengers during 2017, according to Cruise Norway, up from 490,546 passengers in 2016.
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