In the summer of 2015 the Swedish Ship Götheborg headed out on a three-and-a-half-month long tour, European Tour 2015. The tour lasted from early June to late September and included the completely unique tour Vänern Tour 2015. The ship visited a total of fourteen cities in five countries and had over 200 000 visitors on board.
On the 4th of June, the Swedish Ship Götheborg casted off from the home port of Gothenburg and headed for the first stopover of European Tour 2015, the Swedish National Day celebrations in Oslo.
In August, the ship was the main attraction at the major maritime festivals SAIL Amsterdam and SAIL Bremerhaven. In Amsterdam, the Swedish Ship Götheborg had the honour to inaugurate the whole event with a traditional salute. During the festival, the ship had over 7000 visitors on board per day, which broke the old visitors record from China.
During the ship’s stay in Amsterdam the Dutch national TV channel NPO 1 carried out live broadcasts on board during the evenings.
The Swedish Ship Götheborg participated in the Volvo Ocean Race event in Gothenburg in June 2015. The ship took part in the opening ceremony, was belayed in the event area during the whole week and was the starting ship with cannon salute for the final race of Volvo Ocean Race 2015, In Port Race.
Götheborg became ambassador for Non-Violence Project Foundation during the tour, an international organization whose goal is to inspire, motivate and engage young people to understand how to resolve conflicts without violence. A ceremony was held in conjunction with the ship’s arrival to Varberg, where Carl Fredrik Reuterswärds Non-Violence sculpture was presented to the ship by his wife, Tonie Lewenhaupt.
Saturday, September 12th the Swedish Ship Götheborg arrived at her home port of Gothenburg after a very successful tour. The interest in the ship was huge in the ports she visited and over 200 000 people visited the ship during the tour.