Preparations for the reception of cruise ships are ongoing09.04.2020
Port of HaminaKotka is continuing the preparations for the reception of cruise ships next summer. Five cruise ships are expected to visit and they will bring about 8,300 passengers and about 2,500 crew members to the region next summer.
“The COVID-19 virus has caused major changes to the cruise industry during the early part of 2020. We are following the situation with our partners on a daily basis, and if there are any changes to the visits by cruise ships to the Port of HaminaKotka in 2020, we will know about it very soon. It is to be expected that information concerning the ships in July and will be obtained by the end of May,” Project Manager Petra Cranston says.
Marketing to the cruise industry represents longterm efforts. The cruise lines have made their itinerary planning for the summer of 2020 as early as 2018, and now they are working for 2021 and 2022. If the current pandemic does not have longterm effects, it can be expected that in the 2021 season the Port of HaminaKotka will host approx. 40,000 cruise guests and more than 10,000 crew members. According to the Cruise Baltic regional economic survey, the impact of this on the regional economy in the Kotka-Hamina region is estimated to be 6.8 million euros.
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