According to the new Cruise Baltic Market Analysis, the Baltic Sea cruise industry is still rising. A record number of cruise tourists to the area and an increase in the amount of calls are noted in the analysis. A record number of cruise passengers in 2019 was disclosed in the recently published Cruise Baltic Market Review in 2020. A total of 5909,784 tourists visited the Baltic Sea ports in 2019, up 9.1% from 2018 and 16.9% from 2017. In addition, despite the fact that cruise ships are growing, the region has seen the number of calling growth.
It also shows that the seasons for shoulder use, described as peak seasons, have risen 10.5% between January and May and between September and December. However, overnight stays rose from 730 in 2018 to 777 in 2019, an increase of 6.4%. The statistics are very optimistic since the rise in shoulder seasons helps to spread the season. The rise in overnight stays means that visitors are allowed to spend more time on the shore at each destination, for example.
Small Ports Have the Biggest Growth
In 2019, particularly in the small ports, the number of cruise passengers visiting ports in the Baltics has increased. Smaller ports are the segments with the largest growth, with a 37.8% rise in 2019. In general, they seem to be growing more now compared to mostly growing ports. This is positive in terms of development, because in the Baltic Sea more cities-not just big destinations-will help the cruise industry in turn.
In 2019, Copenhagen remains with 940,000 passengers the largest cruise shipping port, which is up 8.2% from 2018. Kiel, St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Tallinn were also the best visited cruise ports besides Copenhagen.
The World’s Most Sustainable Destination for Cruises
The positive results in 2019 mean that the number of guests and calls continues to rise for 2020, while the sustainability expectations remain high. The Baltic Cruise is a network of 30 ports situated in 8 different Baltic Sea countries. In 2019, the Cruise Baltic Network added a new partner, Nyborg.
To order to achieve a complete overview of the whole area, three more ports (St. Petersburg, Kiel and Riga) were included in the study. The goal of the report is to provide an updated view of the growth of the Baltic Sea region’s cruise industry, including guest statistics, calls and tournament results. This information is based on data collection between the Baltic Sea ports in January 2020. The findings are given in the study. The study shows the current trends up to 2019 and the predicted estimates for 2020.
- The total number of cruise guests increased by 9.1%
- The total number of calls increased by 3.0%
The total number of turnarounds decreased by 2.2% in 2020;
- The total number of cruise guests will increase by 7.7%
- The total number of calls will increase by 8.4%
- The total number of turnarounds will decrease by 1.9%
Cruise Baltic expects the number of guests to hit almost 6.4 million by 2020 by more than 450,000 in 2019.