Tourist record at the North Cape
Nordkapp (North Cape) is the northernmost point of Europe and one of the main cruises areas in Norway. In 2011 it received a record number of tourists. According to the publication Norway Post, the famous Cape was visited by more than 236 thousand people in total last year.
Significant part of tourists was delivered to the Cape by the most famous cruise company of the country Hurtigruten. It became famous worldwide for cruises to the Norwegian fjords. In 2011 almost 57 thousand of tourists wished to visit the North Cape using company’s services. For Hurtigruten it is also a record for the whole history of the company. For example, in 2010, which also became one of the most successful in company’s history, Hurtigruten delivered 46.509 passengers to the Cape.
Most tourists visited the Cape in winter and during the New Year holidays. It is worth noting that last year aurora borealis, which is thought to be the brightest over the past half century, added additional popularity to the Cape.
The possibility to see the northern lights and panoramas of the Norwegian north from end of the world, as the North Cape is often called, which is one of the main tourist attractions during the cruises to the Norwegian fjords. For many tours the North Cape is the end point of travel, after which the ships return to port of departure. The famous cape is located only 2,100 km from the North Pole, which certainly adds exotic to the trip. Thus, from May until mid-July here reigns the polar summer and the sun never goes down below the horizon even at night.
As for Hurtigruten, the company plans to secure its success in the upcoming seasons. So, on April 19, 2012 was published a new guide to all company's cruise products for all seasons - spring (Arctic Awakening), summer (Voyages of the Midnight Sun), autumn (Colours of red, yellow and orange) and winter (Search of the Northern Lights).
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.