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Our history

In 2004, Cruise Baltic was established as a network consisting of only 12 member ports and destinations. Today, we count 32 and a lot has happened since! Curious to learn more about us? Read more below.


Cruise Baltic welcomes Riga, Latvia as new partner of the network, adding to a total of 32 partners.
Cruise Baltic has a new Director from March 2023. The network's new Director is Klaus Bondam.
Lübeck-Travemünde leaves the network and Scandic is no longer a strategic partner.

Cruise Baltic continues its sustainable efforts and hosts the conference Sustainable Cruising in Copenhagen where 19 cruise line brands sign a Memorandum of Understanding committing to the use of onshore power supply where available in the region by January 2024 at the latest.
Cruise Baltic welcomes a new partner to the network, Lysekil in Sweden. Kemi in Finland leaves the network. Total number of partners is now 32.

Claus Bødker retired in August 2022 after 8 years as the Director for Cruise Baltic.

Cruise Baltic hosts the conference "Shore power for dummies" in Malmö to discuss the support for OPS in the region and the challenges and possibilities involved.
Cruise Baltic launches the Itinerary Planner together with Cruise Norway. A tool to ease itinerary planning in the Baltic Sea region and the Norwegian coast.
Cruise Baltic welcomes Hamina, Finland and Sassnitz, Germany as new partners of the network, adding to a total of 32 partners. 

Cruise Baltic becomes a completely paper-free cruise network.
Cruise Baltic launches the first Cruise Baltic Sustainability Report which contains sustainable initiatives carried out by the partners during the year. A follow-up on the Cruise Baltic Sustainability Manifesto from 2019.
Cruise Baltic launches a new strategy for 2020-22. The strategy has an increased focus on sustainability and innovation.

Cruise Baltic launches innovative Port Development Overview.
Cruise Baltic welcomes a new partner to the network, Nyborg in Denmark, adding to a total of 30 partners.
Cruise Baltic hosts The Baltic Sustainable Cruise Conference where 29 partner destinations from 8 countries signed an ambitious Cruise Baltic Sustainability Manifesto. 
Awarded Destination of the Year by Seatrade Cruise Award.

Cruise Baltic rolled out a new brand including a new improved website.

New strategy launched for 2017-19, which largely focuses on sustainability and innovation in the Baltic region.
Cruise Baltic welcomes a new partner to the network, Kalundborg in Denmark, adding to a total of 29 partners.

Emirates joins Cruise Baltic as strategic partner.
Cruise Baltic initiates an "industry first" by launching an online Guest Experience Standards tool.

The eLearning platform is launched in order to support travel agents worldwide on their Baltic cruise sales.

Cruise Baltic welcomes a new partner to the network, Skagen in Denmark, adding to a total of 28 partners.
Cruise Baltic becomes CLIA Global Executive Partner.

Cruise Baltic welcomes two new partners to the network, Aalborg in Denmark and Arendal in Norway, adding to a total of 27 partners.

The Baltic Sea Region reaches the 4 million passenger mark.

The Cruise Baltic Crown Award scheme is introduced; first recipient is Niguel Lingard, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines.

The Baltic Sea Award presented by Baltic Development Forum/The Danish Industry Foundation.

Recognition as Destination of the Year by Seatrade Insider.

Member of the world’s largest cruise association, Cruise Lines International Association and associate member of European Cruise Council.
The Baltic Sea Region reaches the 3 million passenger mark.

Cruise Baltic continues without EU finance, now with 25 destinations.
Joins the UK cruise trade associations PSA and ACE.
Scandic joins as new strategic hotel partner.
Awarded Destination of the Year by Seatrade Insider.
HBH marketing prize from Copenhagen Business School.

Cruise Baltic is created, with 12 destinations – partly financed by the EU.
Scandinavian Airlines joins as strategic partner.