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 significant 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 2016-Q3 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 maneuver 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 Port Malmo is 300 m (985 ft).
In early-October 2019, CMP and the cruiseferry company DFDS Seaways signed a deal to construct a shoreside power facility. By this project (completes in 2020-Q1), two DFDS ships (Crown Seaways and Pearl Seaways) are now able to receive dockside power (electricity from the city's power grid) when berthed. Both ferries are deployed on the Norway-Denmark route Oslo-Copenhagen.
Cruise itineraries to and from Copenhagen Denmark
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Copenhagen:
- Roundtrip 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).
Copenhagen cruise port
Port's cruise shipping business generates around 4000 local jobs and contributes USD 192+ million to city's economy.
- (statistics) Port's cruise shipping traffic grew from 173 ship calls (2002) to 368 (2011). The visiting passengers increased from 175000 (2002) to 820000 (2011).
- (statistics 2012) the port set a record with 376 cruise ship calls (vessels by 38 companies) that brought 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 (over 2015) in visiting cruise tourists (740,000 projected, based on berth bookings). Of all ship calls, 47% were roundtrips. Season 2016 had booked 304 ship calls (67 vessels from 35 companies). The single-day record was in June - 7 ships with 24,000 passengers and 7,000 crew. After finishing season 2016, Malmo Port reported total 311 ship calls with ~732,000 cruisers.
- In 2017, the port handled 325 cruise ship calls and 850,000+ passengers. For the summer here was homeported one of NCL's largest vessels - Norwegian Getaway. The ship replaced here the smaller Norwegian Star and carries nearly 1000 more passengers (3957, max capacity 4819). The new deployment resulted in ~36,000 more cruise passenger movements for the port. Ship disembarkation is between 7-11 am, and the afternoon embarkation starts in 12-noon till 5 pm (departure). In that time period, the cruise port handles ~12,000 suitcases, 15 large trucks deliver provisions for the cruise vessel, 40 tour buses serve the passengers, together with around 800 taxis, plus public transportation (bus, train, metro). According to Copenhagen Malmo Port's CEO, the increased NCL cruise passenger number generated additional revenue of around EUR 7,3 million (USD 8,7 million).
- In 2017, the cruise port reported a record year with handled 325 ship calls (by 72 different vessels and 36 companies) and 849,000 passengers. Of all the 325 visits (16% increase over 2016), 153 were turnaround (roundtrips). Of all the 72 ships, 55 were large-sized liners.
- (statistics 2018) the port handled 346 ship calls and ~850,000 cruise passengers.
For season 2019, the port had scheduled 352 ship calls (including 165 turnarounds) with estimated 750,000+ cruisers and economic impact ~EUR 200 million. On May 20th were handled 6 liners with ~24,000 passengers (plus 8000 crew). Malmo Port's largest cruise vessel so far is MSC Meraviglia (capacity 4488 passengers plus 1536 crew). In 2019, the liner visited Copenhagen 22 times.
Copenhagen cruise terminal
The largest Copenhagen passenger terminal is Freeport Cruise Terminal, located north of downtown, in an industrial harbour. It is used by most major cruise lines and offers cafes, food kiosks, restrooms, Wi-Fi Internet, waiting lounge. Travel time from the cruise port to downtown Copenhagen is 1 hour (walk) and 20 min (shuttle bus or taxi). Copenhagen International Airport is 30 min from the terminal (shuttle bus or taxi).
The second cruise ship terminal is Langelinie. The pier is located 3 kn (2 mi) from downtown, close to the Little Mermaid statue.
The Langelinie is not a typical cruise terminal. The wharf has information centre and stores (near old warehouses). The shops sell jewelry, Danish clogs, porcelain, clothes, amber. Most city highlights are close for a walk. Often, cruise lines offer shuttle bus service to downtown Copenhagen. Alternative way is bus line 26.
Copenhagen-Oceankaj (Free Port) cruise terminals
Port Copenhagen has 3 cruise ship terminals - Freeport Terminals (Malmo Port), Langelinie Terminal, and Nordre Toldbod Terminal.
- Free Port Cruise Terminal is in an industrial harbor area located north of downtown. It is used by major cruise line ships and has fast food kiosks, cafes, waiting lounge. Free Port Malmo terminal building is a converted warehouse (sized 2400 m2 / 25800 ft2) and was inaugurated on May 1, 2014.
- Langelinie Pier (quay berths C190-199, no terminal building) is 3 km / 2 mi away from 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 Danish souvenirs, jewellery, clothes.
- At Nordre Toldbod quay's berth (C177) dock mainly smaller ships and luxury megayachts.
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 - Oceankaj (Ocean Quay). The new quay (berth C330) has pier length 1100 m (3600 ft), width 70 m (230 ft) and can accommodate 3 large liners simultaneously.
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).
(NEW) Oceankaj Cruise Terminal
A new cruise terminal (at Oceankaj) is currently under construction, with initially scheduled completion in April 2022. However, due to the 2019 Coronavirus pandemic, the project was postponed.
The new terminal has daily passenger capacity 5000, quay length 370 m (1214 ft) and water depth 12 m (39 ft). The 2-story terminal building is sized 10000 m2 (107640 ft2) and connects with the docked cruise liners via 2x gangways (mobile passenger bridges).
Cruise ship terminal directions and parking
- Taxis are available at the Oceankaj Pier. The easiest way to get to the pier is by taxi. For call port 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).
Copenhagen Malmo Port ("Kobenhavn" in Danish), along with its cruise terminals also has passenger ferry terminals, container terminal and drydock facilities for major marine vessel refurbishments and shiprepairs.
- 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
- freshwater supply (quay outlets, water barges)
- the season runs from late March through late October, plus off-season with calls in December (during the Christmas and New Year holidays).
Cruise ships usually arrive in Copenhagen in the early morning (5, 6:30, 7, 8, 8:30, 9 AM) and depart from Copenhagen in the 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 mi (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
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