2015-04-28 07:00Press release

Record number of cruise passengers expected in Stockholm

The 2015 cruise season begins on Thursday 30 April with the arrival of the cruise liner the Costa Pacifica. During the season it is expected that 500 000 cruise passengers will visit Stockholm.

The season opens on 30 April when the Costa Pacifica calls at Stadsgården. It is anticipated that 254 cruise liners will call at Ports of Stockholm before the season closes on 21 October with the departure of the Marco Polo. New this year is that the Disney Magic will call at Stockholm on three occasions and that the Viking Ocean Cruises shipping company will make its maiden voyage to Stockholm with the vessel the Viking Star.

The work of developing Stockholm as an international cruise destination is carried out within the framework of the Stockholm Cruise Network, which is run by the Stockholm Visitors Board, Ports of Stockholm and others.

“There will be more cruise passengers this year than ever before. It is estimated that these 500 000 visitors will contribute SEK 0.5 billion to tourist revenue in the Stockholm region,” says Johan Castvall, Managing Director at the Ports of Stockholm.

One of the initiatives within the framework of the Stockholm Cruise Network is to encourage more vessels to begin and end their cruises in Stockholm, otherwise known as turnaround calls.

“This year the number of turnaround calls will increase from 42 last season to 51 this season. These passengers are especially important as they stay in the region for several days,” says Thomas Andersson, CEO Stockholm Visitors Board CEO.

One of the turnaround cruise liners, the Costa Luminosa, will make 16 Stockholm calls during the 2015 cruise season.

Cruise passengers, who primarily come from the USA, England, Germany and Italy, spend a total of around SEK 0.5 billion on hotel stays, restaurant visits, sightseeing and shopping. The number of vessels staying in port overnight at Ports of Stockholm has increased, which is positive as the passengers then spend more money in the Stockholm region.

Facts about international cruise traffic at Ports of Stockholm

NumberYear 2012Year 2013Year 2014Year 2015 (expected number)
Cruise ships275278264254
of which are turnarounds50474251
Passengers469 000478 000467 000500 000

Environmental facts

  • Ports of Stockholm is one of the few ports in the world that has the facilities to accept black and grey water from vessels, or in other words the waste water from toilets, showers and galley kitchens. Waste water handling facilities are available at all of our quay-berths in Stockholm and offloading of waste water is included in the port fee (harbour dues). Last year around 70 percent of the vessels offloaded their waste water during their call at Ports of Stockholm. The cruise liners however do not always offload waste water to the shore. Many have their own water purification facilities aboard the vessel. 
  • The port fee also includes the offloading of domestic waste, and those vessels that sort their waste at source are offered a reduced tariff.
  • The Sulphur Directive that came into force at the beginning of 2015 means that the vessel emission cannot contain more than 0.1 percent sulphur.
  • All of the anticipated cruise calls can be found in the vessel list on the Ports of Stockholm website or via the CruiseSthlm app for Iphone and Android smartphones that can be downloaded free of charge from Appstore or Google Play.

    Please contact us

    Ingrid Hansson, Public Relations Manager, Ports of Stockholm, +46(0)70-770 27 47, ingrid.hansson@stockholmshamnar.se

    Ann-Charlotte Jönsson, PR Manager Stockholm Business Region, +46 8 508 28 507,


    Claudia Quas, Project Manager, Stockholm Cruise Network, part of the Stockholm Visitors Board, +46(0)8-508 28 536, claudia.quas@stockholm.se

    Stockholm Cruise Network is a partner-based collaborative project that includes the Stockholm Visitors Board, Ports of Stockholm, Swedavia and some 30 other partners, comprising tour operators, port agents, hotels, attractions and transport representatives. The aim of the network is to work jointly to promote and develop Stockholm as a cruise destination.

    Ports of Stockholm promotes shipping and ensures the supply of goods to the region by providing quay-berths and services for ferries, cruise ships and cargo vessels. Ports of Stockholm has ports located in Stockholm, Kapellskär and Nynäshamn The Group has approximately 140 employees and had a turnover of SEK 713 million in 2014. portsofstockholm.com

    Stockholm Business Region, with its subsidiaries Stockholm Business Region Development and Stockholm Visitors Board,  is the official investment and tourism promotion agency for the Stockholm region.  Stockholm is one of Europe’s most dynamic sustainable regions. Stockholm Business Region is fully owned by the City of Stockholm. Our common brand is Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia.


    About Visit Stockholm

    Visit Stockholm is the official tourism promotion agency of Stockholm. We work with the international marketing and development of Stockholm as a travel destination under the brand Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia. Visit Stockholm is a subsidiary of Stockholm Business Region, owned by the city of Stockholm. www.visitstockholm.com www.investstockholm.com www.stockholmbusinessregion.com


    Caroline Strand
    Caroline Strand
    Birgitta Palmér
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    Director Sales & Operations
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    Project Manager
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