Copenhagen Malmo Port (abbrev CMP) is a major turnaround cruise port in Northern Europe and among the most popular departure ports for Baltic Sea itineraries. Among those are the round-trips to Norwegian Fjords (along the Norway's western coastline) and to Scandinavia and Russia (visiting ports in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Russia). Cruises leaving out of Copenhagen comprise 45% of the ship calls. Copenhagen is also a signature port of call on Christmas cruises leaving from UK ports.
In April 2017, the Swedish Maritime Administration gave its permission to Copenhagen Malmo Port to receive large-sized cruise vessels in port Malmo. There was a previous constraint on cruise liners visiting Malmo that limited the port calls to ships with LOA length not exceeding 240 m (787 ft). In fall 2016, were carried out extensive simulations in Gothenburg Sweden in order to ascertain whether it's possible port Malmo to handle larger-sized vessels.
- Simulations were conducted over several days with different types of vessels in different weather conditions and wind forces.
- A total of 18 berthings (dockings) were performed. The conclusion was that it is possible ships to manoeuvre in the cruise port at max speed 3 kn (5,6 kph / 3,5 mph) and side winds up to 36 kph (22 mph) without any pilot boat assistance.
- However, there is a wind speed restriction during maiden ship visits - 29 kph (18 mph).
- The newly allowed max LOA length for cruise ships in Malmo port is 300 m (985 ft).
Cruise itineraries to and from Copenhagen Denmark
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Copenhagen:
- Round-trip Baltic cruise itineraries leaving from Copenhagen visit Norway (Norwegian Fjords), Scandinavia and Russia (overnight stay in St Petersburg), Iceland (with Faroe Islands). Most round-trips from Copenhagen are to Norway (7-days in length) operated during summer.
- Transatlantic crossings on repositioning cruises from Copenhagen to USA and Canada-New England are one-way itineraries offered at the end of the season (late August and September). These are westbound ship relocation routes and often include stops in Iceland and Greenland, also in UK (England, Scotland, Ireland) and end in NYC New York.
- Relocation cruises (Baltic to Mediterranean) leaving from Copenhagen are offered mostly by Costa and MSC ships, repositioning to their turnaround ports in Italy (Savona, Genoa, Civitavecchia-Rome, Venice).
- For all current and future (scheduled) cruise itineraries, lines and ships to and from Copenhagen, see at the port's "Schedule" section above (located to the right of the "Map" button).
Copenhagen cruise port news
- (statistics) Copenhagen port's cruise ship traffic has grown from 173 ship calls (2002) to 368 calls (2011). The visiting passengers increased from 175000 (2002) to 820000 (2011).
- (statistics 2012) the cruise port set a record with 376 ship calls (vessels by 38 companies) that brought over 840,000 passengers and 240,000 crew. Of all visiting passengers, 27% were from Germany, 17% from North America (USA and Canada), 13% from UK, 10% from Italy and Spain.
- (statistics 2013) During 2013 season the Malmo Port handled 357 ship calls (71 different cruise liners by 38 companies), over 835000 passengers, 230000 crew.
- (statistics) during peak season, the port receives daily up to 7 cruise liners with over 25000 passengers and 8000 crew.
- (statistics 2016) In late February 2016 Copenhagen Malmo Port announced a 9% increase (from 2015) in visiting cruise passengers (740000 projected, based on ship bookings). Of all ship calls, 47% are round-trips from Copenhagen. The 2016 season had booked 304 ship calls (67 vessels from 35 companies). The single day record was in June - 7 ships with 24000 passengers and 7000 crew. For 2017 the port expects over 850000 visiting passengers.
- (statistics) The port's cruise ship business generates almost 4000 local jobs and contributes over USD 192 million to the city's economy.
- (statistics 2016) Malmo Port reported a total 311 ship calls and around 732,000 cruise passengers.
- (statiscics 2017) based on port's schedule and the number of bookings, season 2017-2018 had projections for over 850,000 cruise passengers.
- For other Copenhagen port related news see at the "News" section above (located to the right of the "Schedule" button).
Highlights: Stroget, Palaces, Tivoli, Little Mermaid
Copenhagen cruise terminal
The largest Copenhagen cruise port terminal is the new Freeport Cruise Terminal. It is located north of the Copenhagen center, in an industrial harbour. It is used by most of the major cruise lines. It offers cafes, food kiosks, restrooms, Internet access and a waiting lounge.
- You will need about an hour walk to the city center; 20 min is the distance by shuttle service or by a taxi. The Copenhagen International Airport is 30 minutes away by cruise line shuttle bus or by taxi.
The second cruise ship terminal is Langelinie. The pier is located two miles away from downtown, close to the Little Mermaid statue.
- The Langelinie is not a typical cruise terminal. The wharf is lined by an information centre and series of stores near the old warehouses of the Copenhagen cruise port terminal. The tourists can buy jewelry, Danish clogs, porcelain, clothes and amber.
- Most of the city highlights are close for a walk. Often the cruise lines have in their program downtown Copenhagen shuttle service. Alternative way is bus number 26.
Copenhagen-Oceankaj (Free Port) cruise terminals
- Copenhagen has 3 cruise ship terminals, which are named "Freeport Terminals" (Port of Malmo), "Langelinie Terminal" and "Nordre Toldbod Terminal".
- The Free Port Cruise Terminal is in an industrial harbor area located north of the city centre. The terminal is used by major cruise line ships and has fast food kiosks, cafes, waiting lounge. The Free Port (Malmo) terminal building is a converted warehouse (sized 2400 m2 / 25800 ft2) that was inaugurated on May 1, 2014.
- The Langelinie Pier (quay berths C190-199, no terminal building) is 3 km / 2 ml away from the city's downtown. The wharf is used by large ships visiting Copenhagen as call of port. The pier has an info centre. Several stores are located nearby and sell traditional Dutch souvenirs, jewelry, clothes.
- The Nordre Toldbod quay's berth is numbered C177. Here dock mainly smaller ships and luxury mega yachts.
- Cruise ships leaving out of Copenhagen (departure port) dock at the old Free Port Terminal (Orientkaj berths C252, C254, and the Levantkaj berth C266) and at the new Oceankaj (berths C331, C332, C333).
In 2015 was opened the new pier at Nordhavn - named Oceankaj (Ocean Quay). The new quay C330 (pier length 1100 m / 3600 ft, width 70 m / 230 ft) can accommodate 3 large-size cruise liners at a time. There are 4 buildings - Terminal 1 (quay C331), Terminal 2 (quay C332), Terminal 3 (quay C333) and Terminal 4 (quay C334). Each building is sized 3300 m2 / 35500 ft2, including 1800 m2 / 19400 ft2 passenger handling area, 1500 m2 / 16150 ft2 luggage handling area, solar-paneled roofs (800 m2 / 8600 ft2 solar panels providing all the power needed for the terminals). Oceankaj terminals also have dedicated waste-water handling facilities (capacity up to 300 m3 per hour per ship). The new pier has connection points at every 60 m / 200 ft. The Copenhagen port's Oceankaj cruise terminals project cost around USD 100 million. The southernmost part of the complex was built on existing land (the remainder required landfill).
Cruise ship terminal directions & parking
- Taxis are available at the Oceankaj Pier. The easiest way to get to the pier is by taxi. For port of call stops at Oceankaj, the shipping lines usually provide bus shuttles to the city centre (stopping in front of St Peter's Church). The shuttle service is the preferable choice since public transportation options at Ocean Quay are limited.
- Bus line 26 has a bus stop in Sundkrogsgade - some 50 m / 70 ft outside the port's entrance. Bus 26 service (to/from the port) is not available on Saturdays and Sundays.
- The Free Port Terminals piers Levantkaj and Orientkaj are at 10-15 min walking distance from the Nordhavn S-Tog (commuter rail) train station. Trains leave from Nordhavn Station every 5 min (going to Central Station). Tickets must be bought at the train station.
- In 2015 was opened a new Bus 25 route between Norreport and Oceankaj. The Bus 25 line runs only when cruise ships are docked in port.
- Bus 27 route (Osterport station to Oceankaj) service is between 6 am to 7 pm (Monday to Friday) and between 8 am to 6 pm on weekends.
- From Central Station, the Copenhagen Airport (CPH, international airport) is accessible via the regular rail network and the city metro (from Kongens Nytorv, a 3-zone ticket is needed). Take the metro to Norreport Station, then transfer to Bus 25 or (if not operational) take the S-Tog (commuter rail) one stop to Osterport. Cross the tracks via the pedestrian overpass to the Bus 27 stop or take the S-Tog to Nordhavn (from the station continue by taxi).
Malmo Port of Copenhagen ("Kobenhavn" in Dutch), along with its cruise terminals also has passenger ferry terminals, container terminal and dry dock facilities for major marine vessel refurbishments and repairs.
- port address - "Containervej 9, PO Box 900, Copenhagen, DK 2150 Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark"
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - DKCPH.
- supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
- deep water berths
- capacity to accommodate up to 10 liners at a time
- up to 3 large ships can berth alongside a quay (length 1100 m / 3600 ft)
- mobile luggage units, conveyor belts, forklifts, guests and luggage screening equipment
- fresh water supply (quay outlets, water barges)
- season runs from May through early October, plus calls in December during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
- Cruise ships usually arrive in Copenhagen in early morning (5, 6:30, 7, 8, 8:30, 9 am) and depart from Copenhagen in late afternoon (4, 5, 5:30, 6 pm) or in the evening (8 or 10 pm with overnight stays in port).
- Port Copenhagen is located at 20 min drive distance away from the city centre. The Copenhagen International Airport is at some 10 km / 6 ml (or 30 min drive distance) away from the cruise port.
Copenhagen tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- The Little Mermaid: one of the most famous attractions, 100-year old sculpture of the Little Mermaid
- Nyhavn: here used to be Hans Christian Andersen home, a perfect place to visit, especially in the evening.
- Stroget: the biggest shopping area right in the Copenhagen’s heart.
- Christiania: Copenhagen Freetown
- Tivoli Gardens: great place for children or for adults who enjoy playing, situated close to the City Hall
- Bakken: or Dyrehavsbakken, the oldest (426 years old) amusement park in the world
- Zoo: meet polar bears, North Atlantic seals and birds at the Copenhagen Zoo.
- The National Museum: explore Modern Danish History, the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, the Viking Age and the Stone Age exhibitions.
- The Round Tower: the oldest observatory in function in Europe, dating since 17th century
- The National Gallery of Denmark: or Statens Museum for Kunst in the biggest art museum in Denmark. Explore gorgeous art collections for the past 700 years.
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek: Carl Jacobsen, a famous brewer, founded it in 1888.
- Rosenborg Castle: built by Christian IV one of the famous cultural treasures in Denmark.
- Visit Carlsberg: situated in Valby, Copenhagen. This is the first first Carlsberg Brewery. Explore the steps for making the famous Carlsberg Beer.
- Botanical Garden: 10 hectares, situated at the city center made in 1874.
- Museums: the National History Museum of Denmark, the National History Museum of Denmark, Amalienborg Museum, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, The Viking Ship Museum
- Tycho Brahe Planetarium: a family educational place with exhibitions and movies.
- National Aquarium Denmark: the biggest aquarium in North Europe
The Copenhagen cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Copenhagen, Denmark.
If you lose the Copenhagen location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Copenhagen cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Copenhagen, Denmark. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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