An unusually long cruise season ended on Friday December 14, the final cruise ship of the year will call at the Port of Gothenburg. The season started on April 4 and ended today with the arrival of 800 passengers on the German cruise ship Albatros.
Gothenburg as a cruise destination has seen a veritable explosion in recent years – during the 2010s the number of passengers has been over 50,000 each year. This makes Gothenburg the third-largest cruise destination in Sweden.
“Gothenburg is a highly popular cruise destination. Visitors like the atmosphere in the city, the range of restaurants, cafes and shopping, and the fact that nearly everything is within walking distance,” said Maria Särnholm, Cruise Manager at Göteborg & Co.
The majority who cruise to Gothenburg are German, British and American. Together, they spend around 60 million kronor in the city during the season.
New America Cruise Terminal popular among visitors
Nearly half of the 43 cruise ships of the year berthed at the historic America Cruise Terminal in the inner harbour area, which was newly reopened this year. It was from here that the large ocean-going liners set sail for New York, starting back in 1915 and continuing well into the 1970s. In April, the much-revered America Cruise Terminal was brought back to life, and it can now once again welcome international cruise visitors to Gothenburg.