by Ulf Jahnke
Increasing cruise tourism highly significant for Schleswig-Holstein
PORT OF KIEL is exhibitor at the ITB Schleswig-Holstein booth for the first time
(Kiel, 8th March 2017) Cruises are among the fastest growing market segments in international tourism. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director at PORT OF KIEL: "Cruises have become such a high priority for tourism in Schleswig-Holstein that PORT OF KIEL is exhibiting at the ITB for the first time." Schleswig-Holstein and the State Capital City of Kiel profit from the rising trend towards sea tourism with Kiel having become one of the most popular turnaround ports in northern Europe. In addition, Kiel is the starting point for international cruise guests going on their day trips in Schleswig-Holstein. This year again, more than 2 million passengers are expected in Kiel. At the ITB, the leading travel trade show in Berlin, the port of Kiel meets ship owners’ representatives and presents its range of services and innovations. These include, among other things, the expanded Port Parking service and the acceptance facility for grey water currently under construction.
The port of Kiel is a partner for all cruise lines operating on the German market. The most frequent guests
of this year's season are the ships of AIDA, TUI Cruises and MSC. The cruise season 2017 is opened by
"AIDAcara" on 9th April and offers numerous highlights. This is the first time that Kiel will be homeport for a cruise ship with more than 4,000 passengers. The "MSC Fantasia", which is 333 m long and measures 138,000 GT, will start 21 cruises from the Kiel Fjord as from 29th April. Dirk Claus: “The experience of entering or sailing out of the Kiel Fjord on one of the cruise ships: this is happiness. The panorama of the Fjord is surely one of Kiel’s locational advantages.” This year, the cruise line AIDA offers 48 cruises with four different ships from Kiel, while TUI Cruises heads off northbound along the Norwegian Fjords and to the metropolises of the Baltic Sea 26 times. The highlight of the season is the maiden voyage of the latest newbuilding of TUI Cruises, the "Mein Schiff 6", from 3rd to 14th June from/to Kiel.
During Kiel Week (17th to 25th June), fifteen cruise ships visit the port, including many international guests. Among the British shipping companies there are the Cunard Line with their "Queen Elizabeth", P & O with their "Arcadia" and Fred. Olsen Cruises with their "Black Watch" who call at the largest maritime festival and sailing event of the north. Dirk Claus: "Not only during the Kiel Week, Kiel has a lot to offer to its visitors and is an ideal starting point for trips all over Schleswig-Holstein and beyond." The land excursions range from guided tours along the Kiel Fjord to visiting the UNESCO World Heritage of the Wadden Sea and the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, to very versatile trips to the metropolis of Hamburg. Panorama trips lead to the seaside resort Laboe or to Holstein Switzerland. With regard to stop-over calls, the US-American Holland-America-Line is currently the most important customer of the port of Kiel.
In Kiel, the ships berth right in the heart of the city. With the terminals Ostseekai, Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai, the PORT OF KIEL has three modern and powerful facilities located directly in the city centre. In addition, another berth for large cruise ships is available in the Ostuferhafen. Shipping companies and passengers benefit from the favourable geographical location of Kiel for Baltic and North Sea trips, the good accessibility of the port by road and rail and the comprehensive hotel options offered by the State Capital of Schleswig-Holstein. This year, the PORT OF KIEL expects 138 calls by 28 different ships with a total tonnage of approx. 9.7 million GT. In addition, there are the daily ferry connections of the shipping companies Color Line, DFDS and Stena Line to Oslo (Norway), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Klaipeda (Lithuania).
Visit the PORT OF KIEL from 8th to 12th March at the ITB booth of Schleswig-Holstein (105) in hall 6.2a.
This press release, the cruise sailing list as well as images for download: