No large cruise ships this year
At the start of this year, there were scheduled to be 198 cruise ship visits to Reykjavík in 2021, with 217,000 passengers. The pandemic has carried on longer than hoped in many parts of the world and it is now believed 99 ships will visit with 71,000 passengers. According to the Faxaflóahafnir website, none of the 99 are considered large cruise ships (those carrying over 2,000 passengers).
Most of the visits will be so-called expedition cruises with around 200 passengers. In most cases, the passengers will fly to Iceland and board the ship in Reykjavík, following all anti-contagion rules in place.
Faxaflóahafnir (Associated Icelandic Ports) specifically notes that the first natural-gas-powered cruise ship will visit Iceland this year, and that Akranes will host six cruise ships this year, which is more than ever.
Bookings for next year are very strong, with 2022 set to be a record year for the number of cruise ships and cruise passengers.