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            july 20, 2019

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Hernesaari cruise harbour is ready for a busy season


The popularity of Helsinki as a destination for international cruise ships has grown steadily. A total of 140,000 cruise ship passengers visited Helsinki in 2000, whereas last year the previous record was broken, with a total of almost 520,000 passengers. The upcoming cruise season is also expected to be busy. Based on advance reservations received by the Port of Helsinki, 302 vessel calls and 540,000 passengers are expected in the city. Most of them will arrive in the city via Hernesaari, as the Port of Helsinki’s two existing cruise quays will be joined by a new LHD quay that will serve large cruise ships.
The cruise season was kicked off on 27 April with the arrival at Katajanokka of the classically beautiful Astor of Global Cruise Lines, which accommodates roughly 650 passengers.
This summer will see many popular cruise days, on which the shops and attractions in Helsinki will be filled with travellers, and the region’s services and events will welcome new, curious visitors. The busiest cruise day of the summer may very well be 5 August, when as many as six cruise ships accommodating a total of over 11,600 passengers will arrive in Helsinki.
A total of eight cruise ships will be making their maiden call to Helsinki this cruise season: Nieuw Statendam, Viking Jupiter, Norwegian Pearl, AIDA Prima, Explorer of the Seas, Celebrity Reflection, Le Dumont-D'urville, World Explorer.
The Port of Helsinki will open its new LHD cruise quay on May Day Eve 2019. Located at the southern end of Hernesaari, the new quay will serve large international cruise ships in particular. During the upcoming season, cruise ship traffic will no longer be received at Jätkäsaari, and the reception of cruise tourists will instead be focused in the South Harbour, Katajanokka and increasingly in Hernesaari, where cruise passenger and crew services will be concentrated.

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