1 9 4 FEATURE Cruise Gate Hamburg, Germany Cruise Gate Hamburg will host over 300 ships this year and is also looking forward to hosting the christening ceremony of AIDA Cruises’ AIDAcosma, which is the second LNG ship to arrive in Hamburg. This, alongside eight maiden calls, is keeping the port busy in the upcoming year, a welcome relief after the effects of the pandemic on the cruise industry. Hamburg has shown that with strict safety protocols in place and a mandatory double-testing strategy by cruise lines, business can be opened up safely and sustainably. The many happy faces of guests returning from cruises in the past months speak for itself. Ports of Stockholm, Sweden After the impact of the pandemic, Ports of Stockholm is looking forward towards a record season of cruise ship visits. An impressive 300 calls are already booked for 2022, including 25 maiden visits. Ports of Stockholm is open all year around and, for the first time, cruise vessels are also calling at Stockholm during the winter season. Stockholm is a very popular destination for international cruises and surveys show that nine out of ten passengers are “pleased” or “very pleased” with their visit. Taranto Cruise Port, Italy Taranto Cruise Port, which was established in May 2021 as part of the Global Ports Holding group, was probably one of the few ports in the world that saw increased cruise activity during the pandemic, thanks to intense promotional work. Located in Puglia in southern Italy on the coast of the Ionian Sea, Taranto welcomed 28 calls and 80,000 passengers last year. Both figures are expected to almost double in the 2022 season, which begins on 27 March. Visiting cruise passengers are immediately welcomed by locals, who consider them as a hopeful signal for the future of the port ’s business.