Published on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Iceland Port of Call Significantly Increases
The Reykjavík Harbour Authority expects 167 cruise ships to visit Iceland, with 147,000 passengers in 2018. The number of ships visiting Iceland has doubled in the last 10 years and the number is expected to increase as 178 port of calls have been scheduled for 2019.
Only ten years ago, the country saw 83 cruise ships with 59,308 passengers visiting the small volcanic island. Germans and Americans make up the largest tourist groups booking cruises to Iceland.
Cruise ships can be a contentious topic in Iceland, primarily due to the pollution from the vessels and the harm they can do to the environment. Cruise ships require shore power or diesel fuel to operate their generators while in port. Ports in Iceland don’t offer shore power due to the costs to outfit the port with the necessary electric. As a result, ships must run their generates while docked in Iceland.
Even in the summer, the window for ships to port in Iceland is limited. Most ships visit the county in June to August. There is a few ships that venture to the country in May.
Even in July, temperatures can be cool with highs around 57F and lows around 48F. Visiting Northern Europe is not like visiting the Caribbean in the summertime.
Cruise Ships And Iceland Voyages
The following cruise ships will be visiting Iceland in 2018:
- Celebrity Eclipse
- Celebrity Silhouette
- Costa Mediterranea
- Queen Elizabeth
- Queen Victoria
- ms Koningsdam
- ms Prinsendam
- ms Rotterdam
- ms Zuiderdam
- MSC Meraviglia
- MSC Orchestra
- Norwegian Jade
- Oceania Nautica
- Pacific Princess
- Seven Seas Navigator
- Serenade Of The Seas
- Seabourn Quest
- Silver Wind