Cruise Baltic published its annual "Cruise Baltic Market Review" which shows disappointing stats for 2020 due to the Coronavirus/COVID crisis.
The published 2021 edition of "Cruise Baltic Market Review" reveals that 2020 was a challenge as the industry experienced an extraordinary setback, and the Baltic Sea region was no exception. What was expected to be a record year with 6+ million passengers in the Baltic Sea turned out to be the opposite. The cruise network now looks forward to the industry returning to more normal conditions this year and to a restart of cruises.
Due to the pandemic, the number of passengers visiting Baltic cruise ports in 2020 decreased -99% (over 2019). The number of port calls decreased -96% (to 109 total). The turnarounds/roundtrips decreased -98% - from 481 to just 11.
Image: Port of Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Despite country lockdowns and border restrictions, the Baltic ports managed to handle some ship calls, and 13 seaports total had cruise ship visits in 2020.
Cruise Baltic remains optimistic and expects passenger numbers to increase with 3,380936 million tourists in 2021 - compared to 2020.
Cruise Baltic is a network of 31 cruise ports in 8 Baltic countries. The latest partner that joined the network is Hamina (Finland's Kymenlaakso region).