Dirk Claus: “We will surpass these cruise business results again this year. The highlights of Kiel’s upcoming cruise season will be the MEIN SCHIFF 2, the AIDAprima and the MSC MERAVIGLIA. To date 179 visits to Kiel by 33 different cruise ships have been registered. Total gross tonnage will increase to over 15 million and the number of passengers could reach 620,000. The most frequent guests this season will be the ships of AIDA/Costa, TUI Cruises and MSC - with AIDA and TUI Cruises calling at the port with 4 different vessels each. The biggest cruise ship this year will be the MSC MERAVIGLIA with 171,600 GT and offering 5,700 passenger beds. New visitors will also be the NIEUW STATENDAM of Holland America Line as well as AIDAprima which will be the first cruise ship to be supplied with eco-friendly LNG during its stay in port. The regular season will start on 31st March with a visit by the VIKING SKY and will end mid-October. In January, however, the latest newbuild of the Meyer Turku shipyard, the MEIN SCHIFF 2, could already be seen in Kiel. It was handed over by the shipyard to the shipping company of TUI Cruises at the Ostseekai Terminal on 22nd January. The numerical peak of Kiel’s cruise season will be on 17th August as there will be – in addition to the ferries to Scandinavia - four ocean cruise vessels in port at the same time: the AIDAprima, the AIDAluna, the VASCO DA GAMA and the MSC MERAVIGLIA. Nearly 30,000 passengers will check in or out within a few hours that day.
With its cruise and ferry terminals called “Ostseekai”, “Norwegenkai” and “Schwedenkai”, Kiel has three modern terminals at its disposal that are located directly in the city centre. Furthermore, vessels can dock at the Cruise Berth No. 1 in Ostuferhafen. However, the PORT OF KIEL is constantly expanding its port facilities: At the Ostseekai, a second terminal building will be taken into operation in the course of this year’s season. Dirk Claus: “Each berth at the Ostseekai will then have its own modern terminal building. So we can offer an optimum service for the passengers and we are adapting our capacities to the growing ship sizes.” The port of Kiel is currently investing 9 million Euros in the new terminal building. The port is a well-known point of origin for cruises to the metropolises on the Baltic Sea and voyages along the Norwegian fjords but it has also made an excellent name for itself as a gateway to Northern Germany. International guests arriving in Kiel with the ferries from Scandinavia or during their cruise itineraries, go on shore excursions throughout Schleswig-Holstein and to Hamburg. Through the daily ferry services, Kiel is connected to the Norwegian capital of Oslo (Color Line) as well as to Gothenburg (Stena Line) and Klaipeda (DFDS).
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