Cruise industry seems to have embraced Port of Helsinki as a major destination. This summer is expected to break 2017 record for cruise ship calls at the capital of Finland.
The summer is shaping up to become the busiest ever for Helsinki’s cruise business, according to city-owned Helsinki Marketing, that focuses on international travelers.
The new season opened on Tuesday, April 24, as ms Hanseatic docked at the South Harbour. Summer’s busiest day is due to be July 2, when 6 large ships are expected to moor in Helsinki, bringing about 10,000 passengers.
In 2017, Helsinki approached half-million cruise passengers mark, with 266 vessel bringing nearly 478,000 cruisers.
While passengers don’t usually stay overnight, they spend an average of EUR 64 during each day visit. In 2017 they spent about EUR 32 million in Helsinki.
If all the scheduled calls take place, that will be 13% more ships than last year, which was a record year.