This year, for safety reasons, the number of passengers on the "MS Europa" has been reduced from the total capacity of nearly 400 people to a mere 60. Traditionally, for more than a decade now, the passengers going ashore from the first ship of the season were welcomed by an orchestra. This year will be no different. The first tourists coming to Gdansk by sea will also be greeted by live music. Every year, thousands of travellers come to the Port of Gdansk on board cruise ships, and the number of calls is constantly growing. In 2018, a record number of over 30,000 tourists from all over Europe arrived at the Port of Gdansk. Between 1995 and 2019, a total of 680 cruise ships entered the port with more than 250,000 passengers on board. These visitors are most often attracted by the following sights in the region: The Royal Route, Artus Court, Neptune's Fountain, St. Mary's Basilica, Oliwa Cathedral with its organ recitals, and the castle in Malbork, located less than 60 km from the centre of Gdansk.After the suspension period, shipowners are starting to resume vacation cruises, although the effects of the crisis will be felt for a long time to come. The situation is still very dynamic and it is difficult to predict if and when it will be possible to bring the ships back to regular routes. At the moment, 5 passenger ships have notified to call at the Port of Gdansk by the end of the year.
- Many Baltic countries have introduced quarantine measures over the year. Therefore, cruise vessels were prevented from entering many ports, including Saint Petersburg, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen. The restrictions from early in the 2020 season and the losses of shipowners in the period may extend the season until late autumn or even the first weeks of winter, says Michał Stupak, shipping market expert at the Port of Gdansk.
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