Both the Port of Bergen and the business community will lose a lot of money when cruise ships cannot dock to the quayside in May and June, and now more people fear that most of the season will be cancelled.
Cruise ships and ferries dock to ports along the coast of Norway throughout the summer, but this year everything will be different. Bergen is one of the cities that will notice this the most.
– We expect that much of this year’s season will be affected and work to deal with a loss of revenues to the Bergen harbour of the order of NOK 30-50 million, says Harbour Director Johnny Breivik, who so far has received cancellations until the end of May and for parts of June.
Several companies have reported that the entire 2020 season is uncertain, according to Bergens Tidende.
Norske Havner is working to illustrate this situation and to highlight compensation solutions.
Last year, about 600,000 cruise passengers from 325 cruise arrivals arrived in Bergen, and this year a 10 percent increase was expected, with 353 cruise ships and a total of 700,000 passengers. On average, each passenger spends more than NOK 1,200, according to an analysis by Menon Economics on behalf of Maritime Bergen, Bergen Business Council and Bergen Tourist Council.
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