Expedition cruise guests can explore destinations like Rønne, the largest town on the Danish island of Bornholm
Expedition cruising was booming at the start of 2020 and, despite the current pause in operations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the sector is set to continue growing significantly over the years to come. Global order books show that at least 43 expedition vessels will have debuted between 2018 and 2023, but the number is expected to rise further.
Collectively, these 43 vessels will have a capacity for a total of approximately 9,200 cruise guests, which equates to an average capacity of 214 guests each. This suggests that the ships will be small, which will enable them to dock at the smallest cruise ports and take guests to destinations that cannot be reached by larger vessels. In addition, many of the new expedition vessels have ice-class hulls, making it possible to cruise in the coldest environments. Consequently, they are ideally suited for cruising into Denmark’s ports. Denmark is a small country, but its coastline is 8,750 kilometres long and it has more than 1,400 islands, which means that no matter where cruise guests visit, they are never more than 52 kilometres from the sea. Plus, the country boasts multiple fjords, many of which have an attractive small port at the end. In fact, Denmark’s local cruise network, CruiseCopenhagen, can offer 12 potential cruise ports across the country – ranging from the rocky beaches at Bornholm to the sandy beaches in Skagen at the top of Continental Europe.
CruiseCopenhagen aims to make Denmark a year-round cruise destination by capitalising on the fact that several of its ports can guarantee the chance for expedition operators to be the only ones with a ship in port on any given day during the winter months. This means no congestion, no waiting lines for guests and easy access to the cities and other attractions.
Although it is a small country, Denmark has a lot to offer for any budding adventurers on an expedition cruise.
This article was first published in the 2020 issue of Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.
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