Stockholm is a major Baltic Sea cruise port and Sweden's capital city. The city covers a total area of approx 190 km2 (73 ml2) and has population around 935,000 (metro around 2,3 million). Port Stockholm is located on the meeting point of Salt Bay and Lake Malaren (country's 3rd-largest freshwater lake - after Vanern and Vattern). The city (established in 1252) is spread across 14 islands and also on mainland Sweden (at the mouth of Lake Malaren).
Stockholm is Sweden's political, economic and cultural centre. The region alone accounts for over 1/3 of the country's GDP, and is one of Europe's top 10 regions by GDP per capita. In Stockholm are some of the top-ranked European universities, such as Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institute, Royal Institute of Technology. The city is also famous for hosting the annual Nobel Prize award ceremonies. One of its most prized museums - Vasa Museum (on Djurgarden Island) is Scandinavia's most visited museum. Stockholm metro (inaugurated in 1950) is famous for its stations' decorations and has been named "world's longest art gallery". The national football arena of Sweden is in the town of Solna (north of the city). The national indoor arena (Ericsson Globe) is in the city's southern part.
Here are the seat of Sweden's government, most Gov agencies, country's Parliament, also the official residencies of Sweden's Prime Minister and monarch (Stockholm Palace is his official residence). Drottningholm Palace (UNESCO Site) in the outskirts serves as a private residence of the Swedish Royal House of Bernadotte. The best-known tourist attractions are in Galma Stan (Old Town).
As cruise port, Stockholm in 2019 reported its record season with handled 281 ship calls (out of 287 booked), 74 turnarounds (roundtrips) and handled ~650,000 cruise tourists. To each visiting cruise vessel is dedicated a pier coordinator responsible for all dockside logistics.
Ports of Stockholm authority also manages Port Kapellskar, Port Vartahamnen and the new Port Norvik (scheduled for completion in May 2020). The new cargo port has capacity to handle the largest vessels (RoRo and boxships).
Port's cruising season is in the summer (late-April through early-October). As call port, it is included in most Baltic Sea (Scandinavia and Russia) itineraries. Stockholm is served by regularly scheduled ferries to Turku and Helsinki in Finland (commonly called "Finlandsfarjan"), also to Tallinn (Estonia),Riga (Latvia ) and to St Petersburg (Russia).
- Stockholm islands are served by ferry ships run by Waxholms Ångfartygs AB (aka Waxholmsbolaget) - shipping company owned by Stockholm County Council. Waxholms Ångfartygs owns all 25 vessels and is mostly tax-funded. Its services cover the entire maritime region from Arholma island (northeast) to Oja Island (south). Ferry services are year-round and used by approx 11 million passengers annually.
- In February 2019, Tallink Grupp (TALLINK-SILJA LINE) started using shoreside power to provide electricity for two cruiseferries (Silja Serenade and Silja Symphony) operating the route Helsinki-Stockholm. Tallink’s other Stockholm-homeported RoPax vessels were also scheduled to be fitted with the equipment for shore power connections and gradually rolled out in 2020 and 2021.
In 2016, the cruise port had 230 ship visits (including 57 turnarounds) and handled ~490 000 passengers. Many passengers spend overnight (extra day and night) in the city, which benefits the local tourism industry even further. Statistics showed that cruise tourists spend around USD 58 million on city tours, hotels, restaurants and shopping.
In 2017, the port handled 263 cruise ship calls (including 73 turnarounds) and ~600,000 cruise tourists (22% increase over 2016). The season started on April 30. During season 2017, in Stockholm were homeported 73 vessels (for roundtrip cruise departures/turnaround operations). On homeported liners, passengers often spend an extra day/night in the city, which further benefits local tourism industry. Cruise passenger spending in Stockholm is estimated at around EUR 62 million. Maiden port calls were done by Norwegian Getaway (port's largest ship so far), MSC Fantasia and Saga Sapphire. 2017 was also reported as a record year for port's freight shipping volumes (both RoRo ships and container ships) - total 9,6 million tons of cargo (7% increase over 2016's 9,01 million tons). The flow of TEUs (containers) between Sweden and different continents, primarily Asia, is also increasing. The number of TEUs handled by Port Stockholm increased 11% (over 2016) up to 60,000 TEUs.
In season 2018 the port handled with 268 cruise ship calls (including 67 turnarounds) and ~623,000 passengers (out of Sweden's total 1,07 million), plus a maiden call at Port Kapellskar. For comparison, statistical data shows for 2014 - 264 calls (42 turnarounds, 467,000 pax) and for 2015 - 247 calls (53 turnarounds, 530,000 pax). Ferry passengers were 11+ million (out of Sweden's total ~16 million). Also increased RoRo (ferry freight) and TEU-container volumes - respectively, 7,2 million tons (+7%) and 57400 TEUs. 2018 was also a record year as port revenue - SEK 866 million (USD 95 million / EUR 83 million), the majority (30%) being from leased properties (approx 200,000 m2 and 350 tenants).
According to a GP Wild-conducted survey, for 2018 port's annual economic contribution for the Stockholm region was EUR 176 million, with 1100 supported jobs. The seaport was visited by 623,000 cruise passengers (plus 240,000 crew) who collectively spent EUR 57 million ashore (on food, tours, hotels, shopping, etc). In addition, the cruise companies spent EUR 25 million in-port (on harbor-pilotage-fairway dues). The survey showed that most cruise tourists were from Germany, UK and USA. On average, day passengers spent EUR 72 pp, turnaround/roundtrip passengers - EUR 256 pp, crew - EUR 48 pp.
Port Stockholm provides to vessels all standard terminal facilities and services, among which is wastewater pumping (sewage water from onboard showers, WCs, galley). Sewage offloading is included in port fees and such facilities are available at all berths.
During 2019-Q1, port's container volumes increased by ~1/4 (over 2018-Q1) by handling more and larger boxships. Since May 2020, Stockholm Norvik Port replaced the current CTF (Frihamnen's container terminal). The new terminal is managed by Hutchison Ports (Hong Kong-based global container terminal company, as of 2020 managing 52 seaports in 27 countries). The new terminal also has a RoRo (rolling cargo) section managed by Ports of Stockholm.
- In April 2020, at Stockholm Norvik Port was installed and became operational two new (China-made) Super-Post-Panamax container cranes (gantry cranes). This allows here to be handled Baltic Sea's largest vessels. Each crane has height 81 m (266 ft) and lifting capacity 65 tons.
- The first boxship (2012-built SCA Tunadal) docked at the new Stockholm Norvik Port on May 27, 2020.
For season 2020 (April 17 through October 19), the cruise port had scheduled 288 ship calls (booked berthings), including 13x for first-time visiting vessels. Maiden port calls were booked for Sky Princess and Island Princess, Le Bellot and Le Jacques Cartier (Ponant), Marella Discovery, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Jade (NCL), Mein Schiff (TUI), Veendam (Holand America), MSC Splendida, Azamara Pursuit, World Voyager (Mystic Cruises), Evrima (Ritz-Carlton). Note: The 3 linked ships are newbuilds launched in 2020.
Stockholm cruise terminal
Stockholm cruise port has 5 quays. They are close to Galma Stan or the Old Town.
Skeppsbron and Förtöjning Pa Strommen are the closest to Galma Stan. Stadsgarden is located south of Galma Stan and Frihamnen and Värtahamnen – are located north of the landmark, in the commercial area of the port.
- Skeppsbron quay is close to the Royal Palace and serves small cruise ships.
- Förtöjning På Strömmen serves Holland America Line and Cunard Line.
- Stadsgården serves bigger cruise ships. It has a smal terminal building and it is near Fotografika.
- Frihamnen quay is the most popular Stockholm cruise port terminal. The building is new, designed in bright colors. Stockholm cruise port terminal at Frihamnen offers cafe, WI-FI, eateries and tourist information. In front there are taxis available and bus stop. If you want to use a bus from Stockholm cruise port terminal, take #76 to visit popular city sights.
- Värtahamnen serves Azamara Club Cruises and it is five miles north from Galma Stan.
- Parking at the cruise port is not available.
In 2016, Port Stockholm improved Port Nynashamn's cruise terminal, where a new Seawalk was built and the pier was extended (length 260 m / 853 ft) to serve smalle-sized cruise ships instead only smaller shuttle and tour boats.
Stockholm tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Gamla Stan: Stockholm was founded here in 1252. Galma Stan and Riddarholmen island, located in adjacent, are a living museum with cafes, restaurants, bars, attractions, shops and amazing sights. The streets are narrow and coblestoned. The buildings are in different gold shades. If you go there in the winter you will get a “story book” feeling. You can visit attractions like the Nobel Museum, the Stockholm Cathedral and the Royal Palace with its Royal Armory.
- Royal Palace: His Majesty the king of Sweden official residence.
- Royal national city park: take a walk in the forest surrounding the city. You can meet hares, deer, moose and foxes. There are rare bird species, insects and beautiful butterflies. Don’t miss the Ekoparken.
- Stromma boat sightseeing: take voyage under the Stockholm’s bridges. It will take you from an hour to two hours and a half to take a different look of the city. You can combine boat tour with an open bus tour.
- National Museum of Sweden: on display are collections of arts, paintings, sculpures, graphics, drawings and handicrafts. You will find works of Rubens, Rembrandt, Renoir, Degas, Goya and local artist like Bruno Liljefors, Hanna Pauli, Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn.
- Stockholm city hall: the designer of the romanticism style building is Ragnar Östberg. It was inaugurated in 1923 on Midsummer Eve.
- Fotografiska: contemporary photography place, one of the world’s largest. Annually there are about 4 large and 20 small exhibitions.
Port Stockholm 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 Stockholm, Sweden. 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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