As summery weather settled over much of southern Norway during the weekend, it seemed only natural to see cruiseships sailing into Oslo as well. A total of 81 cruiseships are now expected to call at Oslo this summer, but that’s a sharp declne from recent years.
News bureau NTB reported far fewer cruiseships will be tying up in Oslo. The number of calls this summer is a sharp decline from the 111 ships that called last year, and from the 130 ships that brought around 235,500 into the Norwegian capital in 2014.
The decline has been linked to the economic slowdown, high port pilot fees and berthing charges and Oslo’s geographic location. It takes time to cruise up the Oslo Fjord, while many cruise passengers prefer the stunning scenery of the western fjords and a trip through the Baltic as well. Bergen continues to outpace Oslo in cruise traffic, as a hub for west coast routes.