The harbor beats its cruise record compared to last year and it seems that the trend continues. In 2019, Port of Roenne A/S estimates an increase in the number of cruise passengers about 50 percent. This is because the port will be able to accommodate far larger cruise vessels as a result of the current port expansion.
Once more, Port of Roenne A/S – at the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea - hits record. According to Niels Lundberg, Cruise Manager, the company currently has more cruise lines on visit than 2017:
“At this point we have just passed call number 30. It is four more than last year at the same time and the season is not over yet, "says Niels Lundberg, pointing out that the company has cruisecalls until the month of October.
More guests in the horizon
For the last four years he has been working to capture the international cruise market's attention and he has traveled around the world in order to meet shipping-companies and others.
“Last year we had 26 calls and about 12.500 guests. But this year we expect 43 calls and approximately 20.000 guests - which is a pretty nice move," he points out and drew attention to the estimate for 2019, where a passenger increase of about 50 percent is expected:
“On the 1st of June 2019, our new 300 meter multipurpose quay is ready to receive larger cruise vessels up to 350 meters. This means that we estimate with 46 calls and approximately 30.000 guests. Estimated figures indicate that we expect approximately the same number of calls, but significantly larger ships, which can be seen in the number of guests. Therefore, we are also working closely with Destination Bornholm (Touristcenter) and are active in the Cruise Bornholm Network because we would like to be well equipped when the larger groups of guests arrive," says Niels Lundberg
According to Thomas Bendtsen, CEO of Port of Roenne A/S, the great results indicate that the business strategy that has been laid from an early stage seems to be the right one:
“It is, of course, a pleasure to see that the strategic initiatives, our organizational turnaround, the reality of our port expansion and a great deal of effort from the management and organization side have now begun to show. We have always seen a great potential in the cruise market and now we see a gradual progress. On behalf of the organization I’m very proud and we look forward to welcome more guests in the near future, "he says.