Revival of historic cruise terminal in Gothenburg

17:06 - 10 Apr 2018 / Press

Over a hundred years ago, the first Swedish American line vessel set sail from Gothenburg. It was from here that the large ocean-going steamers departed for New York between 1915 and the mid-1970s. The historic Stigbergskajen is now being brought back to life, with ultramodern facilities and a name reminiscent of a bygone era – the America Cruise Terminal.

Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg CEO and Camilla Nyman, Göteborg & Co CEO.

Gothenburg is set to acquire a new, centrally located cruise terminal at Stigbergskajen in Masthugget. The terminal was officially opened on April 10, and three days later the first cruise ship of the season will arrive – the 193-metre AIDAcara.

The 1,200 passengers will experience the newly revived terminal bearing the historic name America Cruise Terminal, replacing the former cruise terminal at Frihamnen. The Frihamnen Terminal was closed in 2017 to make way for the construction of what will be a completely new city district.

“This is not something we are too upset about. On the contrary. Stigbergskajen is in many ways a better location, and at the same time we have had the opportunity to build a modern facility with everything that a cruise terminal might need in 2018. Both the terminal and the surrounding area are steeped in history, and we are extremely pleased to be able to link back to the heyday of the America Cruise Terminal,” said Jill Söderwall, Vice President, Cruise Operations, at Gothenburg Port Authority.

The America Cruise Terminal will welcome 20 cruise ships in 2018.

In the years to follow, the building was used mainly as offices – among others by the Gothenburg Port Authority. Part of Amerikaskjulet has now been converted back into a cruise terminal, complete with a tourist information office, souvenir shop and other facilities. On arrival, the cruise passengers can either take their time and receive information from guides and use the free WiFi, or they can make their way directly from the centrally located terminal to experience and enjoy everything the city has to offer.

Central, sought-after location
The maximum length and height for visiting vessels at the new terminal is 225 metres and 45 metres respectively. As a result, the largest vessels, 23 out of a total of 43 that are due to visit during 2018, will continue to berth in the outer port area.

“The larger vessels are used to berthing in outer port areas in much the same way as they do here in Gothenburg. However, the slightly smaller cruise ships, often those that focus on a more exclusive client base, ideally prefer more centrally located berths. This is something that we can offer with the America Cruise Terminal,” said Jill Söderwall.

In total, more than 60,000 cruise passengers will arrive in Gothenburg during 2018. It is estimated that they will purchase goods and services in various parts of the city to a value of around 30 million kronor.

Fact file: America Terminal and the Cruise season 2018
Maximum vessel length: 225 m
Maximum vessel height: 45 m
Construction time: 8 months
Cost: More than 14 million kronor
Total number of calls: 43
Number of passengers: 60,000
… who will spend 30 million kronor in the city.
First call: AIDAcara, April 13
Final call: Albatros, December 14
Largest vessel: Norwegian Breakaway, 326 metres long and carrying 4,000 passengers

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