As the world continues to grapple with the unprecedented challenges of the past year, Finnish cruise company Viking Line has managed to end 2022 on a hopeful note. Despite facing obstacles such as the global pandemic and the Russian war in Ukraine, which caused volatile fuel prices, Viking Line saw a 114% increase in passengers, totaling almost 5 million for the year.
A major factor in the company’s success was the introduction of the eco-friendly Viking Glory vessel, which quickly gained popularity and reached the 1 million passenger milestone in less than a year.
Growth on Key Routes
The Turku-Åland-Stockholm route saw the largest increase in passenger numbers, with 116.3% growth and a market share of 64%. On the Helsinki-Åland-Stockholm route, the Gabriella vessel operated throughout the year and saw a total of 515,445 passengers, while the Viking Cinderella, which traveled between Stockholm and Mariehamn, had 517,354 passengers. The Rosella vessel, which traveled between Mariehamn and Kapellskär, saw 464,375 passengers. Finally, the Viking XPRS, which traveled between Helsinki and Tallinn, had 1,266,642 passengers.
In total, Viking Line carried 117,777 freight units and 630,651 passenger cars in 2022.
Looking Ahead to 2023
As 2023 approaches, Viking Line is preparing for new environmental standards and other challenges. However, CEO Jan Hanses remains confident in the company’s ability to adapt and succeed. Despite the difficulties of the past year, Viking Line is grateful for the support of its passengers and looks forward to welcoming even more travelers aboard in the coming year.