Stockholm To Break Cruise Record: 400,000 Passengers In 2009

Break out the champagne! Stockholm is celebrating its first cruise ship arrivals of the season, which runs from now until the end of September. More than 300 cruise ship calls will introduce 400,000 passengers to Sweden’s beautiful capital city before the summer ends.

For cruisers, there are also 39 opportunities to begin a cruise from Stockholm this season. Starting your cruise (or ending it) in Sweden’s capital city allows you to take advantage of a pre- or post-cruise stay-over. For added value, tack on a couple of extra days before or after your cruise. You’ll find this beautiful city surprisingly affordable.

In fact, Stockholm is probably the best-value “turnaround” port in Northern Europe (we use the term “turnaround” to indicate that ships begin or end their scheduled cruises here).

Entrance To Hotel StureplanYou can overnight in fine hotels, situated in the city center, for rates that begin at only slightly more than $100 per night, tax and all other fees included. And Stockholm hotels typically offer sumptuous breakfast buffets, free WiFi and in some hotels, the use of bicycles for exploring the city.

One of many choices in the city center is Hotel Stureplan, with exceptionally low rates and a central location. It’s one of my favorite hotels, and I’ve included a few photos below. Rooms are charming, many with chandeliers and all featuring fine Swedish craftsmanship.

And speaking of champagne, at Hotel Stureplan you need not venture far to fill your glass. The hotel boasts the world’s only Bollinger Champagne Bar. Cheers! Or as they say in Stockholm, Skål!

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