Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Stockholm Europe's Best Cruise Destination 2013

STOCKHOLM SETS SAIL AS EUROPE’S BEST CRUISE DESTINATION FOR 2013


Yes, Stockholm is stunning, but that’s not the only reason it was named Europe’s Best Cruise Destination last month at the prestigious Cruise International Awards for 2013. Besides, 24,000 cruise lovers can’t be wrong.
            That’s how many people cast their votes for Stockholm as the number one cruise port in Europe -- 24,000 readers of Cruise International edged out Barcelona, the Norwegian fjords, Venice and St Petersburg. Cruise International is a U.K.-based independent cruise magazine dedicated to helping consumers choose the best cruising has to offer.
            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.” Stockholm is leading the way as a cruise destination, but is hardly an overnight success.
            Quas said, “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.
            Among the Network’s  most prominent members are the Stockholm Visitors Board, Ports of Stockholm and an extensive local representatives of the cruise and hospitality industries such as Stockholm Arlanda International Airport, port agents, ground operators, local transportation companies, hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops.
            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.
            But it’s not all nuts and bolts and numbers. In the end, cruise passengers choose Stockholm for all it has to offer as Scandinavia’s premier travel destination, whether it be food, museums, design, shopping, or music. Thanks to its compact size, the city is a perfect cruise destination for daytrippers.
            Quas, notes, “Stockholm hotels and attractions are generally thought of as ‘high class,’ and the city itself gets very high customer satisfaction ratings on shore excursions.” Ever the dynamic city, Stockholm continues to entice passengers with new attractions and events each year.


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Abba Museum
The platform-booted and sparkly Swedish band that took the pop world by storm between 1970 and 1983, likely Sweden’s biggest export, gave us the hits like “Dancing Queen,” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You” among many others is now immortalized in a state-of-the-art museum where visitors can view the band's stage clothes, artifacts, concert footage, interviews, and more in a contemporary, interactive setting. Visitors can sing and dance with ABBA holograms, don a digital costume projected on to them in a special booth and record a song. Photos and videos of the experience can be shared on Facebook and other social media. The museum opened May 7, 2013. www.abbathemuseum.com


Spritmuseum
Sweden’s history with alcoholic beverages comes to life at Spritmuseum, the museum of spirits, located on the popular island park of Djurgården in central Stockholm. In addition to immersive exhibitions, the museum features a tasting room, restaurant, and bar. Cruise passengers will also want to visit the Absolut Art Collection, showcasing works by modern greats, including Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, all housed within Spritmuseum. Opened daily 10 am-5 pm; Tuesday 10 am-8 pm through May; daily from 10 am to 6 pm and Tuesday 10 am to 8 pm from June-August. www.spritmuseum.se


Fotografiska
Fotografiska is a new museum showcasing the best work in international contemporary photography. The museum, located in a beautiful historic building on the docks of Stadsgården in Stockholm, is perfectly suited to cruise passengers, with a convenient waterfront location and extended operating hours (Sunday - Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Thursday - Saturday 9:00 am - 11: 00 pm).
http://en.fotografiska.eu


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