Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2022

7 4 ASSOCI ATION HIGHL IGHTS For centuries, Scandinavians have been striving to achieve hygge, a feeling of warmth, cosiness, conviviality and contentment derived from enjoying simple pleasures and spending time with loved ones. Over the past few years, this concept has spread worldwide, enticing people to visit countries like Denmark to discover for themselves why Scandinavians routinely top the charts as some of the happiest people in the world. While hygge can be found throughout the year in Denmark, autumn and winter are the prime time to experience it, with Danes using open fires, candles, festive lights, blankets and gløgg (mulled wine) to brighten the darker days. And that is one of the many reasons CruiseCopenhagen, a business-to-business network of cruise ports, destinations, attractions, hotels and suppliers, is encouraging cruise operators to visit the Danish capital of Copenhagen during the off-peak season. Visiting Copenhagen during this season enables cruise guests to take advantage of the fact that there are fewer tourists in the city, giving them the opportunity to explore popular attractions, shopping areas, and food and beverage venues without the crowds. In addition, they can participate in wide range of shore excursions and tours that are only available in the autumn and winter months. For example, cruise tourists can take a bus trip to North Zealand to see picturesque coastal views and autumnal foliage, as well as to explore Denmark’s history in places such as Kronborg Castle (the setting for William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet) and Frederiksborg Castle. Other attractions, like Christiansborg Palace and Amalienborg Palace, are also more magical during these months. Elsewhere, Tivoli Gardens, the thirdoldest operating amusement park in the world, hosts a Halloween exhibition from mid-October to the beginning of November. This is followed by an annual Christmas experience from the end of November to the start of January. Other unique experiences exclusively available to cruise guests during the festive season include pre-arranged trips to Christmas markets on the outskirts of Copenhagen, visits to the homes A year-round destination CruiseCopenhagen is encouraging cruise lines to schedule calls during the off-peak season to achieve its environmental goals and improve the onshore experience for guests and locals Tivoli Gardens and a rich culinary scene are two good reasons to visit Copenhagen Photo: Chris Tonnesen Photo: Anders Bøgild