A new record was set during this year’s cruise season when the six millionth cruise passenger visited Copenhagen and CMP. The city is currently Northern Europe’s largest and most popular cruise destination. During 2013 CMP will receive 344 arrivals in Copenhagen.
In a relatively short period of time, Copenhagen has become Northern Europe’s largest and most popular cruise destination – and one of the most praised! Both the number of ships and the number of passengers has multiplied, at the same time as Copenhagen and CMP have received numerous awards for the cruise operation, for example, ”Europe’s Leading Cruise Port” on five occasions between 2008 and 2012.
”This year we will have a total of 344 arrivals in Copenhagen and ten in Malmö. This entails 840,000 passengers from 150 countries and 240,000 crew. The number of passengers has increased from 173,000 to 840,000 in just over ten years. The largest number of passengers come from Germany, followed by the USA and Canada, England, Spain and Italy”, says Arnt Møller Pedersen COO Cruise and Ferries
There was another reason to draw attention to the business this year in that during the height of the summer the six millionth passenger took a cruise to Copenhagen and CMP. And Arnt Møller Pedersen points out that there are further reasons to explain the fact that cruises have been doing well for a number of years in succession.
”The port’s excellent capacity, which enables twelve ships to be received simultaneously in Malmö and Copenhagen, along with its proximity to the city centre and two international airports, has played a major role in its success”, says Arnt Møller Pedersen.
Moreover, CMP has been continuously developing the cruise operation by gradually improving infrastructure, service and information. It means that passengers and crews feel welcome and are keen to return to Copenhagen. In order to ensure future growth in the cruise traffic, a large new quay is under construction, to be put into operation in 2014. At the same time, three new cruise pavilions have been completed, each of which comprises 3,300 square metres. Three ships can be received simultaneously at the new quays. In total the expansion will mean that CMP can welcome up to 500 arrivals per year.