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North Sea island bans cruises – ships have to change routes


Cruising isn't for everyone. This also applies to a North Sea island that has issued a cruise ban. The ships must now change their route.

Cruising isn't for everyone.

This also applies to a North Sea island that has issued a cruise ban.

The ships must now change their route.

Borkum - A cruise, if it is not too expensive, is the perfect holiday for many people. Sailing on a set route across the sea, going ashore from time to time and above all taking advantage of the numerous leisure opportunities on board - many vacationers ideal relaxation and escape from everyday life at the same time.

After all, many beautiful destinations are headed for on cruises.

On an island in the North Sea, however, things are viewed differently.

A cruise ban is rigorously pronounced here.

This has corresponding consequences for holidaymakers and island lovers.

Because several ships now suddenly have to change their route.

But which North Sea island is this actually?

North Sea island issued cruise ban - "World Voyager" may not anchor off Borkum

The cruise ban mentioned at the beginning was actually pronounced by the largest of the East Frisian Islands, namely Borkum.

No visits by cruise ships are permitted here in the entire year 2023.

This affects, among other things, the "World Voyager" from the tour operator

Nicko Cruises

from Stuttgart.

Contrary to the actual planning, the "World Voyager" is not allowed to anchor off Borkum on September 10, 2023.

Instead, the cruise ship has to change its route and will dock in the port of Cuxhaven at the mouth of the Elbe on the five-day short cruise to the

Hamburg Cruise Days

cruise festival .

Borkum will completely ban cruise ship visits in 2023 – but why?

So there is nothing to shake about the cruise ban from Borkum.

Accordingly, alternatives are needed for the guests of the "World Voyager", who have sometimes booked their trip with the cruise ship well in advance.

According to the industry portal

ships and cruises, tour


Nicko Cruises

is still working on a new excursion portal for Cuxhaven.

Why is Borkum banning cruise ship visits in 2023?

The North Sea island of Borkum is not a classic destination for cruises, which are sometimes allowed with dogs.

And yet there are a few routes with smaller expedition ships that anchor off Borkum and bring passengers ashore for exploration.

However, the local authorities have decided not to allow any cruise ship calls in 2023.

The reason for the cruise ban on Borkum: the lack of certification of the port of Borkum with the ISPS code.

This refers to the

International Ship and Port Facility Security Code


Background: “Since June 2004, extensive security measures have been in place for ships and port facilities to avert danger.

Not all requirements can currently be met on Borkum, so cruise ships are not allowed to dock there," writes


Exploring the Wadden Sea, a world heritage site, is recommended as an excursion alternative, which inevitably results from the cruise ban on Borkum.

The concrete excursion program should then be available online around three months before the start of the trip.

This would accordingly be the beginning of June 2023.

After the cruise ban on Borkum: “World Voyager” has to change its route – and leave out the North Sea island

So far, the "World Voyager", like other smaller cruise ships, has called at Borkum several times a year.

The ships then always anchored in front of the island, the guests were brought ashore by tender boat.

But that's exactly what the authorities on the North Sea island no longer want to allow.

The cruise ban would not only


Nicko Cruises , but also other shipping companies – who now have to change their routing.

The itinerary of World Voyager was originally dated September 9-13, 2023.

Via Hamburg to Borkum, it should then go to Haarlingen, Heligoland and finally back to Hamburg.

Due to the cruise ban issued by the Borkum authorities for 2023, this route has to be adjusted.

Now it goes from Hamburg to Cuxhaven, Haarlingen, Helgoland and then back to Hamburg.

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-03-03

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