Viking hits passenger record

Around 6,610,146 passengers sailed with the ferry line in 2014
Viking hits passenger record

By Rebecca Gibson |

Viking Line handled a record 6,610,146 passengers in 2014, marking an increase of 76,496 people than 2013.

Passenger increases were recorded on several routes, while the line also celebrated passing the 200 million-passenger mark on 10 December. Viking Line also maintained its market-leading position on the route between the Finnish ports of Turku and Åland Islands, and Stockholm in Sweden.

“A total of more than 6.6 million voyages took place on our vessels during the year, which is encouraging,” said Jan Hanses, president and CEO of Viking Line. “We can be proud of having set an all-time passenger record.”

Viking Line’s largest passenger growth was recorded on the route between Helsinki in Finland and Tallinn in Estonia. Both Mariella and Gabriella offered additional departures during the summer, leading to 2,025,583 passengers using the route, an increase of 9%. Viking Line will add extra sailings to the route this summer in an effort to replicate last year’s success.

Mariella and Gabriella also provided a service on the Helsinki – Mariehamn (Åland Islands) – Stockholm route, where numbers grew slightly from 1,068,537 guests in 2013 to 1,063,027 passengers in 2014.

Meanwhile, guest volumes on Viking Cinderella, which provides cruises from Stockholm to Mariehamn, rose from 840,089 to 859,001.

More departures on Rosella’s route between Mariehamn and Kapellskär in Sweden led to a 7% increase in passenger numbers.

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