Bergen is Norway’s busiest cruise destination. But like many other “hot tourist spots,” the citizens are in an uproar over the hordes that are taking over the ambiance of their village.
The port is asking for permission to reduce the number of cruise ships to three per day or a maximum of 8,000 cruise passengers.
Small neighborhoods are being overrun by gawkers. 14 story ships look like Godzilla rolling into port. Note Vince, Italy: the same view is there. With the constant flow of tourists, locals have no privacy.
Don’t the businesses love the new customers? Well, actually, people pay a lot of money to just get on the ship and say they are “just looking.” Maybe, they will spring for a $10 TShirt or a ‘fridge magnet for $2.00. Cruise passengers tend to touch but not buy anything but Chinese made souvenirs. They eat free onboard so they smuggle food off and don’t eat at local restaurants.
Pollution is beginning to be visible. Bergen wants cruise ships to use electricity or hydrogen by 2026. The government is now defining the regulations.
All this while Norway wants visitor growth to rise 2.5%per year from 2018 until 2028,
Oslo is the place that folks want to see. But even that city’s cruise growth has not risen much. High berthing costs are not attractive to the ship lines. Frankly, Norwegian ports on the West Coast are cheaper and easier for European cruises to get to.
The people want the arriving masses cut back. One party proposed a total ban on cruise ships in Oslo.
Of course, the other side says that cruise traffic is as an “asset.”
Tune in next week for another entrancing story from SpeakOnCruises.
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