Several Baltic countries are open for cruise ships and the annual market review from Cruise Baltic featured positive predictions for season 2022.
However, the circumstances are yet again uncertain because the situation between Russia and Ukraine is escalating.
~2800 cruise ship calls are expected this year and the predictions for 2022 in the new edition of Cruise Baltic Market Review are positive. However, Cruise Baltic admits that it would be difficult to know what to expect in 2022.
During a typical year in the Baltic, the ports handled 2000+ calls, and on good years, the number exceeds 2500. If 2022 meets the expectations of ~2800 calls, it will be the first year closer to normal since the start of the crisis.
Despite the ongoing COVID crisis and the following restrictions, the region of the Baltic Sea welcomed a total of 648 cruise ship calls and ~1 million cruise passengers last year. The options regarding destinations were limited, and the ports in Sweden received ~50% of all cruise calls.
All major cruise shipping companies are currently expecting to keep their itineraries, with the exception of calls in Sankt-Petersburg (Russia).