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Spotlight on Copenhagen

The Port of Copenhagen is the largest in the Baltic serving almost 850,000 cruise passengers annually from 150 nations out of four cruise terminals.  Denmark’s capital city opened a new pier in 2014 for international sailing cruise ships.  Ocean Quay’s long pier in the northern port known as Nordhavn is beneficial for today’s larger ships and allows for three vessels at one time.  The Langelinie Quay, located closer to Copenhagen’s center and established in 1894, is still used for cruise ships.  Also located near the city’s center is Nordre Toldbod while Freeport is close to Ocean Quay.  The largest ship which sails from Copenhagen is Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas.

As the gateway to the Baltic Sea, Copenhagen is a popular embarkation port for voyages to Baltic and Scandinavian countries.  Langelinie Quay is beside the Langelinie Park, which is a popular location for passengers to relax, during their stay and the trendy outside promenade is also frequented often by locals, “Copenhageners.”  While Langelinie Quay is closer to the heart of the city, the new Ocean Quay offers modern passenger terminal facilities and luggage services.  International voyages will sail out of one of the two cruise port terminals – Langelinie or Ocean Quay at Nordhaven.

Known as the happiest city in the world, Copenhagen has a cool vibe surrounded by historic charisma.  Denmark’s capital has continually topped the World Happiness Report by the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York.  The city is filled with 17th– and 18th-century buildings, beautiful parks and gardens, such as Tivoli Gardens, promenades along canals, churches — the Frederikskirken known for its Norwegian marble and the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Chruch with its 17th-century Muscovite-inspired architecture with its three onion domes, the Den Frie Museum of Contemporary Art along with historic winding streets perfect for walking and ever-popular with cyclists. 

Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Church

Vacationers tend to visit during the summer with the warmer weather and longer days.  The Little Mermaid statue, visited by hundreds of tourists daily, is in honor of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairly-tale; the bronze sculpture sits on a rock waterside on the Langelinie promenade.  Nearby Kastellet, the Citadel of Copenhagen, is a military construction and one of four bastions which encircle Old Copenhagen.  Access to visitors and locals is limited to the public park feature pleasant grounds, a moat and windmill, while the perfectly-maintained fortification is still used by the Danish Defense Sevice.

The Little Murmaid

Denmark is home to the “smorrebrod;” the popular Danish fare is an open-faced sandwich with fresh lettuce which offers toppings such as hard-boiled eggs, smoked salmon, sliced radishes, crisp bacon, or shrimp onto buttered dark, sourdough rye bread.  The sandwich dates back to the 19th-century and the beginning of Industrialism when farmers and factory workers would have as a midday lunch; within the last decade, restruarants have brought back the sandwich as a luncheon trend in Copenhagen.  Along with smorrebrod, “polse,” another Dane-favorite, is a bright red hot dog served boiled or fried on a bun with mustard.  Polse-stands are prevalent throughout the world’s happiest city.    

Copenhagen is a beer haven with Denmark’s Carlsberg being the most popular of choice.  Along with Carlsberg and local microbrews, Denmark is known for “snaps.”  Snaps is a Danish tradition for a thousand year of drinking a small glass of aquavit served well chilled.  Aquavit, translated in Latin as “Water of Life,” is a strong flavored spirit dating back to the 15th century in Scandinavia.

The Citadel of Copenhagen


Cruise lines sailing out of the three cruise ports of Copenhagen include Azamara Club Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Princess Cruise Line, Seaborn, Silversea Cruises, Viking and Royal Caribbean International with ZuiderdamZuiderdam, scheduled for refurbishment later this year, is our feature ship in this month’s newsletter.  The cruise port terminals are accessible for those with mobility issues as is most of the city with the exception of the cobblestone streets in a few areas of Old Copenhagen.

Special Needs Group is pleased to provide service to those cruising out of Copenhagen.  In addition, SNG can also provide Hotel pick-up and delivery at the start or close of a cruise when the guest is staying in Copenhagen. Transportation from the Copenhagen International Airport may be taken via train and bus or taxi to one of the three cruise port terminals which can vary between twenty to forty-five minutes depending on the port of embarkation/debarkation.  For more Copenhagen vacation information, please visit us at


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