Roenne on Bornholm Island is growing increasingly popular with cruise lines (Image: Port of Roenne)
The Port of Roenne on the Danish island of Bornholm expects to welcome 50% more cruise passengers in 2019, following a 52% rise in visitor numbers in 2018.
Cruise numbers have increased significantly since 2015 when the port welcomed 18 calls and around 8,000 guests to hit 26 calls and 12,500 guests in 2017, and 42 calls and 19,000 people in 2018.
“We have just announced our expected call list for 2019 and we estimate a total of 46 cruise vessels and approximately 30,000 guests,” said Niels Lundberg, cruise manager at Port of Roenne. “Estimated figures indicate that we expect the same number of calls as this year, but significantly larger vessels. Therefore, we expect an increased number of guests.”
The port is also expanding its infrastructure to include a new 300-metre multipurpose quay, which will open on 1 June 2019 and allow the harbour to handle a greater number of larger cruise ships.
“We are building a new port that provides better manoeuvrability for the large vessels and increases the water depth to 11 metres, and building a 1,160-metre-long breakwater, in order to provide a good service to our customers,” said Thomas Bendtsen, CEO at Port of Roenne. “The cruise sector is a growing market, and I am therefore pleased to see that growth now also seems to have an effect on Bornholm, our port and all the unique attractions the island has to offer.”
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