Sweden’s Port of Ystad has become the 32nd member of Cruise Baltic, a business-to-business network designed to promote cruise ports and destinations in the Baltic Sea region.
The port, which is located in southern Sweden, has quays capable of accommodating cruise ships with a maximum length of 250 metres and a depth of 8.4 metres. Ystad handled three cruise calls in 2023 and is set to host four in 2024.
“We are pleased to become a part of an international cruise network, where we can learn more about the industry, exchange valuable experiences with each other, and ultimately develop Ystad as a cruise destination,” said Björn Boström, CEO of the Port of Ystad.
Cruise guests can walk from the cruise quay to the centre of Ystad, which is home to a medieval monastery, restaurants, boutiques and many other attractions. They are also able to travel further afield to beaches, luxury spa Ystad Saltsjöbad, and the Österlen region, where they can explore small farm shops, apple orchards, castles, manor houses, a historical megalith named Ales Stenar, and more.
The Port of Ystad is also one of Sweden’s largest ferry ports, offering easy access to Bornholm, Poland and other destinations in Central Europe. The train station is also located next to the cruise terminal, which enables cruise guests to travel to Malmö and take onward travel to Copenhagen, Denmark.
“We are delighted to welcome Ystad to our strong network,” said Klaus Bondam, director of Cruise Baltic. “More destinations mean more diversity, which is an essential part of making cruise lines interested in visiting the region. Cruise Baltic represents nine different countries, languages and cultures, and we offer a unique product on the global cruise market. With Ystad onboard, it is even better.”