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Tórshavn City gears up for 2019 season of cruise ships visits

The year 2019 will be one of the largest ever for cruise ships visits in the Faroe Islands.

The year 2019 will be one of the largest ever for cruise ships visits in the Faroe Islands.

Faroese news website In.fo writes that this year 60 cruise ships are expected to Tórshavn Harbor, while the town of Klaksvík expects three cruise ships. One cruise ship is expected in Runavík Harbor in 2019.

In 2015, 63 cruise ships visited Tórshavn, but the following years the number of cruise ships visits to the Faroe Islands declined – to 39 in 2016, 48 in 2017 & 46 in 2018.

In.fo implies that several cruise ships have stayed away these last couple of years in protest against the whale hunts that take place in the country.

The first cruise ship comes to the country 18 March, while the last one is expected 27 October.

Meanwhile, the year 2019 will be the largest for cruise ships and cruise ship passenger numbers in Iceland, according to marketing manager of Reykjavik Harbor, Erna Kristjánsdóttir. This increase has been steady in recent years.

This year 184 cruise ships are expected to Reykjavik Harbor with 189.908 passengers. This is a 17 percent increase since last year and a 24% increase in passengers, writes Iceland Monitor.

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