Kristiansand is a major port city in Norway, located on the country's southern coast). By population (around 90,000, metro over 155,000), the city is ranked Norway's 5th largest - following Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim. Port Kristiansand is very often mistaken with Kristiansund (a Hurtigruten ferry port located on Norway's western coast).
Two Norwegian passenger shipping companies - FJORD LINE and COLOR LINE - offer direct connections from Kristiansand to Denmark (Hirtshals). FJORD LINE schedules 3 daily crossings (travel time 2 hours 15 min), while COLOR LINE schedules 14 weekly crossings (3 hours 15 min).
Kristiansand faces Skagerrak Strait, at the entrance to Baltic Sea. This 17th-century town features wide streets, lively fishing harbour, market, boat / yacht marinas, restaurants and shops, traditional wooden houses. It was named after Christian IV of Denmark (1577-1648), who founded it in 1641. Until 1877, the town's name was written "Christianssand" and "Christiansand".
The city is connected with 4 main roads - E18 (from the capital Oslo), E39 (from Stavanger), National Road 9 (from Evje) and National Road 41 (from Telemark). National Road 41 also connects with the international Kristiansand Airport (located approx 16 km / 10 ml by road). The large Varodd Bridge (part of E18) stretches over Topdalsfjorden (fjord's length is 12 km / 7,5 ml).
Tourism is important for the local economy, the summer season being the most popular. Among the city's best tourist attractions are its Zoo and Amusement Park (Norway's largest zoo, visited by over 900,000 people annually). Other popular destinations are Kristiansand Cathedral (Norway's 3rd largest church), Markens Street (downtown's main street), Bystranda (sand beach in Kvadraturen), Hamresanden (city's longest beach, between Hanesand the airport), Hamresanden Camping (family camp site), Somstranda (nudist beach). In the summer, once per week here is hosted a free musical concert. Outside the city is located Norway's largest mall - Sorlandssenteret.
The list of largest local businesses includes:
- Christianssands Bryggeri (1859-founded brewery producing beer and soft drinks - all made with spring water)
- Sorlandschips (Norwegian crisps brand, one of the country's most popular potato chip brands)
- Dampbageriet (1862-founded large bakery chain with 4 stores in the city)
- Hennig-Olsen Iskremfabrikk (Norwegian ice-cream company)
- Kristiansand Dyrepark (zoo selling most giraffe in Europe)
- Sorlandsparken (industrial shopping park outside the city, covering an area of approx 0,67 km2 (0,26 ml)
- Sparebanken Sor (1824-founded savings bank, one of the first opened in Norway)
- shipbuilding companies - Kristiansands Mekaniske Verksted, P. Hpivolds Mekaniske Verksted.
In 2014, the cruise port handled 76 ship calls. In 2017 were handled 51 ship calls. In 2018, Regal Princess (Princess Cruises) became the first-ever ship to receive shoreside power connection. During booking, vessels fitted with shorepower connectivity receive berth priority. For season 2019, the port had scheduled 56 cruise ship calls (berth bookings) with ~100,000 passengers.
Kristiansand cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Kristiansand dock at a dedicated pier. The facility is located within easy walking distance from downtown, and also near a premium yacht marina complex with shops and restaurants. There is a scenic road train (trucking vehicle) that transports cruise ship tourists from the terminal and around the city.
In May 2017 was officially opened a new pier (second) that allows handling even world's biggesr passenger ships of Royal Caribbean's Oasis-Class (LOA length 362 m, 228000 GT tons). Aslo in 2017, the port started offering free WiFi to cruise ship tourists (passengers and crew) and black water discharging for the vessels.
The 1660-built circular fortress with 15 ft / 4,5 m thick walls is a short walk along the waterfront promenade, passing through a nature park. Further on, passing the sand beach, Otra River Park has a nature trail alongside the river bank.
Port Kristiansand 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 Kristiansand, Norway. 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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