European Cruise Service Expands Fleet with Acquisition of AB Carl E. Ekman and Gotland Excursion


European Cruise Service announced the acquisition of AB Carl E Ekman, a port agency, and Gotland Excursion, a tour company, from a subsidiary of Destination Gotland, according to a press release.

Both companies are headquartered in Visby, Sweden.

This acquisition broadens the company’s services to include port agency services, ship-related services, and shore excursions.

“We believe this will be very good for both businesses. This is European Cruise Service’s core business, and they intend to invest in Gotland and Visby, which is positive for Gotland and the Gotland tourism industry, but of course also for the employees of Gotland Excursion and Carl E Ekman,” said Marcus Risberg, CEO of Destination Gotland, the previous owner.

“European Cruise Service operates both as a ship agent and tour operator, and the acquisition of Gotland Excursion and AB Carl E Ekman is a unique opportunity to jointly strengthen and develop our work in the Baltic Sea,” said Andreas Storl, CEO of European Cruise Service.

“The focus is to offer our current and future customers continued excellent service with very strong local roots in Visby and Gotland. As Carl E Ekman, Gotland Excursion and European Cruise Service have worked together for a long time, the companies’ staff already know each other well. Our aim is to offer sustainable and interesting experiences that highlight the special features of Gotland and the Baltic Sea. European Cruise Service offers visiting cruise lines and shipping companies our excellent services as a full-service company and reliable partner on Gotland.”

European Cruise Service took ownership of the companies at the beginning of July. AB Carl E Ekman and Gotland Excursion will continue to operate independently under the new ownership of ECS.

Photo: Gotland, Sweden


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