Norway sets sail on the cruise industry and opens a brand new cruise pier

May 1, 2017

Norway opens a new cruise pier in the Port of Kristiansand, and that with a clear goal of attracting more cruise ships to the Southern part of Norway.

With a location in the heart of the city centre of Kristiansand and between the big cities Oslo and Bergen, the port of Kristiansand has a geographically strong placement for attracting cruise ships to the city. As of today it has become even more interesting for cruise ships to put ‘Norway’ on the schedule. The port of Kristiansand in the Southern part of Norway has namely undergone some of a ‘make-over’ and has expanded its offers to the industry with a very modern and up-to-date cruise pier that is inaugurated today.

“We have worked hard on securing a modern pier for cruise ships and our hope is to hereby being able to increase the number of port calls and to take a position in the market of cruise destinations. We believe that Norway and the city of Kristiansand has something to offer and it is therefore obvious for cruises to add Norway as another country when visiting the area of the Baltic Sea,” Asst. Port Director of Port of Kristiansand, Thomas Granfeldt jr, says.

Some of the new additions to the Port of Kristiansand are free wifi access to both cruise passengers and crew and an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of the greywater from the ships. Via a hose system it is possible to connect to the treatment plant of the city and pump the water away which will then be purified.

“With the new cruise pier in Kristiansand the area of the Baltic Sea is even more attractive for cruises to visit and with an already increasing interest for Kristiansand with an expectation of more than four times as many visitors as for only 8 years ago, I do believe that this will position Norway and the city of Kristiansand as a cruise destination worth visiting,” Director of Cruise Baltic, Claus Bødker, says.

About the new cruise pier in Kristiansand:

  • The pier is 10-150 m long with a depth on 12 m draft.
  • Pullert jump at 250 MT and 150 MT on dock.
  • Possible to receive ships up to 400m LOA.

Cruise Baltic is a network of cruise destinations in the Baltic Sea offering easy access to 10 countries on a string with an ‘ocean of adventures’. The network - founded in 2004 with 12 destinations - has now grown in 2017 to 29 destinations.

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For further information please contact Director of Cruise Baltic, Claus Bødker, at e-mail and telephone +45 61 20 96 74 or Asst. Port Director of Port of Kristiansand Thomas Granfeldt jr at e-mail and telephone +47 46 41 10 00.

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