Visby is a port town in Gotland County, located on Gotland Island (Sweden) with total area approx 13 km2 (5 ml2) and population around 25,000. Port Visby is managed by Malmo Port (Copenhagen Denmark).
Visby is a Hanseatic city and an UNESCO site (ranked Scandinavia's best-preserved medieval city). Among its major historical remains are the 3,4 km (2 ml) long town wall (encircling the town's center) and a number of church ruins.
- Today a flourishing holiday resort, Visby became famous as 'the town of roses and ruins'. It is a living relic of medieval heyday when the Hanseatic port vied in fame and riches with the great capitals in mainland Europe. Today its ruined churches and narrow cobbled streets reside behind the 13th century city wall, a monument to lost glory.
- Sights of interest include the ruins of Saint Nicolai Monastery; Fornsalen Museum, which exhibits Viking silver; and Visby's medieval cathedral. Visby is a popular destination for Scandinavians during the summer months and receives thousands of tourists per year. It is by far the most populated outside mainland Sweden. The University of Gotland (Uppsala university–Campus Gotland) is situated in Visby, and since July 1, 2013 is a department of Uppsala University.
- Oland and Gotland are part of the Baltic islands which lie off Sweden's south-east coast. Today Gotland is a blend of new and old with its cultural heritage and natural beauty. Hoards of coins and other treasures indicate Visby's importance in maritime trade as far as the Bronze Age.
- Visby is linked to mainland Sweden by air and sea. Ferries arrive from both Nynashamn (near Stockholm) and Oskarshamn (Smaland), with crossing time about 3 hours. All ferries are subsidized by the Swedish government and run by Destination Gotland. The company's largest ships are named MS Visby and MS Gotland. Since 2016, there are also regularly scheduled ferries to Vastervik (during summer only) run by Gotlandsbaten (independent passenger shipping company).
- In 2017, the port handled 59 ship calls (about 40,000 passengers).
- The new / expanded Cruise Quay (terminal) was officially inaugurated on April 29, 2018 (during the call of AIDAdiva). The first ship docked here on April 16 (CMV Astoria).
- In 2018, Port Visby had scheduled 90 cruise ship calls with estimated around 90,000 passengers.
- By year 2023, the cruise port expects annual capacity of 130 ship calls and around 150,000 passengers.
Visby cruise terminal
Port Visby is accessible 24 hours. Its Inner Harbor has capacity to handle cruise liners with LOA length 200 m (656 ft) and max draft 7,5 m (25 ft). There is no restrictions for vessels in the port's anchorage area, from where cruise ship passengers are transported / ferried via tender boats.
Pilotage is available and compulsory for docking vessels with LOA length over 90 m / 295 ft), with a 5 hours notice being required.
At the cruise berths are provided fresh water supply (capacity 40m3 per hour), garbage collection (at fee), sludge, grey water and sewage collection (at fee). The port's main cruise ship docking facilities are:
- "Berth 4" (length 200 m / 656 ft) that serves vessels with max length 160 m (525 ft) and max draft: 6,5 m (21 ft).
- "Berth 7" (aka "Cruise Quay", length 200 m) is the port's main dock that serves vessels with max length 200 m (656 ft) and max draft 7,5 m (25 ft). Berth 7 also has a shore-based RoRo ramp (serving rolling cargo) with width of 32 m (105 ft).
- Berth 7 has a movable gangway (passenger bridge) with max length 68 m (223 ft) and max height 7 m (23 ft). There is also a covered line serving embarking / disembarking cruise passengers between the docked vessel and the passenger terminal building.
New cruise pier
On April 29, 2018, Port Visby opened a larger cruise ship pier (shown on the above photo). The facility is located in the harbour's southern area (close to "Berth 7").
- The new berth allows handling of larger liners and has capacity of 2 vessels docking simultaneously (1 on each side of the pier). Each ship is restricted to LOA length 360 m (1180 ft) and max draft 11 m (36 ft). With mooring abutments, the dock extends up to 600 m (1970 ft) out into the sea.
- The terminal building (sized 300 m2) is adjacent to the quay and has a dedicated parking (capacity 20 tour buses).
- Construction works on the new quay started in February 2016. The project was a joint venture between Gotland (building the facility) and CMP (Copenhagen-Malmo Port, managing the works).
- The upgraded facility now allows docked vessels to empty their wastewater into an underground basin, from where the sludge is pumped to sewage treatment plant.
Port Visby 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 Visby, Gotland Island, 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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|27 April, 2019|
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The Visby cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden.
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