Bergen is a popular port of call on cruise itineraries (Image:Bergen Reiselivslag/Willy Haraldsen)
Bergen will now only host four cruise ship calls and/or 9,000 passengers per day in an effort to reduce crowding at the Norwegian city’s tourist attractions, and thereby improve the cruise visitor experience.
The cap has been implemented by the city’s municipality, Visit Bergen and the Port of Bergen and will come into effect immediately for new bookings. However, existing cruise bookings will be honoured.
“Bergen is Norway’s largest cruise port and has been so for years,” said Sandra Diana Bratland, manager of cruise development at the Port of Bergen. “Tourism is both important and welcome in Bergen, but on a few days every summer the city and its attractions can be crowded. The city’s popularity, its attractive location and the steady growth of visitors has in recent years led to discussions as to how many visitors the city can comfortably accommodate per day. The goal is to maintain Bergen as a sustainable and popular city to live in, to visit and to do business in.”