Stockholm, Sweden has been named Europe’s best cruise destination for 2013, topping favorites like Barcelona, the Norwegian fjords, Venice and St Petersburg. 24, 000 readers of Cruise International Magazine voted in this prestigious Cruise International Award.
Stockholm is in the sophisticated, eco-friendly, progressive Kingdom of Sweden. Its compact size makes it ideal for a day visit. Among the highlights are a royal palace, shopping, island ferries, waterfront promenades, medieval building in its Old Town, and unique places like Skansen, the world’s first open air museum, the Vasa Museum, with the only 17th century ship, and a new ABBA Museum.
Claudia Quas, Project Manager for the Stockholm Cruise Network said, “It makes me pleased and proud to work for such an amazing destination and with such dedicated and professional partners...The Stockholm Cruise Network was founded in 2001 and we have continuously worked with our partners in order to make sure that we offer the best possible cruise experience for visiting passengers.”
Stockholm can accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships to its port. $8.7 million of improvements are currently being planned for its cruise piers in 2013 alone.
In 2012 Stockholm ports reported their busiest season ever, hosting a record-breaking 467,000 passengers. A total of 274 ships visited the two main ports of Stockholm during the summer season. This year, Quas expects numbers to be even higher, predicting 284 ships and half a million passengers will visit Stockholm.