The 19th of July was a historic day for the Port of Trelleborg when the first cruise ship entered the port. M / S Artania arrived at ferry berth 10 at 07.30 this morning.
Municipality of Trelleborg, Port of Trelleborg and the local business community have worked on a wide front to best accommodate the passengers, a total of 1200 German tourists, when the cruise ship visits the city for the first time. The passengers were welcomed with music of the city’s orchestra. Thereafter, a lively city was waiting with various activities to visit, excursions by bus to Smygehuk or “Trelleborgen” and also shopping with special offers.
– There will also be German-speaking guides in the city and the stores have been asked to, if possible, receive euro as payments. We want the passengers to feel welcome in Trelleborg, says Ditte Fagerlund, CEO of Visit Trelleborg.
Early in the morning, the London bus departed from Stortorget to the viewpoint west of Port of Trelleborg where lots of citizens could watch when the ship slipped into the port.
This is the first time that a cruise ship enter Port of Trelleborg. It is the longer newly built ferry berth and the breakwaters that enabled Port of Trelleborg to receive M / S Artania.
– We have received inquiries earlier, but the port was too small before we expanded the breakwaters and the port basin for ships longer than 200 meters. After we reached an agreement with M / S Artania other shipping lines have also been interested, but nothing is decided yet, says Tommy Halén, CEO of the Port of Trelleborg.
The cruise ship is 231 meters long. It started from Kiel in Germany, and is currently on a ten-day long trip in the Baltic Sea. The last stop before M / S Artania arrived to Trelleborg was Bornholm and after 12 hours at ferry berth 10 in the Port of Trelleborg, the crew will return at 8 pm on July 19 to Kiel, where the trip ends.
For more information and any questions about the visit of the cruise ship to Trelleborg, please contact Ditte Fagerlund, CEO, Visit Trelleborg., firstname.lastname@example.org or +46 410 733194.