The Port of Kristiansand in southern Norway is booming in its new role of cruise destination. It has logged a 400% increase in cruise calls since 2009, with calls rising from just 15 in that year to 20 in 2010, 37 last year and 54 scheduled for 2012 – including the first winter call for a cruise ship in Kristiansand. And for 2013, 64 calls have already been booked, a figure that is likely to rise further.
Thomas Granfeldt Jr., general manager, Port of Kristiansand: “We are happy that the cruise lines have discovered the archipelago around Kristiansand and are finding the calls profitable. We have a wide range of excursions. We hope more cruise lines will add us to their itineraries, as a natural port between Oslo and Bergen.”
Cruise Industry News
[pictured: Fountain in Kristiansand by the artist Kjell Nupen]