Trondheim helps to get the cruise word out to the community
“In Norway the environment issue spiked last summer and we wanted to do something to prevent both spreading wrong facts and be in the frontline when handing out information, so together with TUI Cruises and later Carnival Corporation we arranged those tours,” explained Maria Kuhnl, cruise cordinator Trondheim Havn.
“It was especially important to us since we started working on a joint cruise strategy together with the municipality, the tourism boards, the merchants representatives and the port of course. This strategy is supposed to depict what the city’s goals are with cruise tourism until 2030. In December the strategy will be presented to the city council.
“We had very informative tours on both vessels, inspecting a scrubber on Mein Schiff 1 and shorepower connection on AIDAsol. We were able to ask all our questions and the politicians were also surprised by the efforts made as well as facts presented. We felt that this cooperation between port and cruise lines/vessels was very helpful in enlightening the locals.”
Trondheim is now looking forward to 2020 with 99 expected calls (198,000 passengers) and 104 days with cruise ships in town. One of the calls is to our new destination of Froya which is part of Trondheim Port Authority). Eight are from turnarounds.
“This year we have been struck by 10 cancellations due to the delay in the launch of newbuilds (Scenic Eclipse, Roald Amundsen, World Explorer) and weather. Therefore we are looking back at 82 calls instead of 92, with 146,269 passengers,” said Kuhnl. this year the season started in February and finished in October, next year it begins in February and finishes in December.