The number of cruise calls to Kristiansand is expected to double in two years, from today’s around 50 a year to around 100 calls in 2021.
This year, just over 50 cruise calls to Kristiansand are expected, at about the same level as the previous years. So far, 103 calls have been registered in 2021, writes Fædrelandsvennen.
Port Director Halvard Aglen in Kristiansand believes one of the reasons that more ships will visit Kristiansand is that other cities are tightening up.
Pollution and overtourism have, among other things, led to Bergen putting a roof on three ships and 8,000 passengers daily. Around 330 ships are expected to dock in Bergen in 2019, the newspaper writes.
Other reasons Aglen points out are the offer of shore power, growth in the cruise industry and that Agder is an attractive destination.
Kristiansand’s new mayor Jan Oddvar Skisland (Ap) says the doubling of cruise traffic to Kristiansand is surprisingly large. He says the increase makes it even more relevant to look at the consequences of having so many calls in the city.
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