The main focus of international cruise ship traffic has, since 2000, moved from South Harbour to Hernesaari, due to the growing size of the ships. Currently, up to 90% of international cruise ship passengers come to Helsinki through the quays in Hernesaari.
Use of Melkki Quay in West Harbour for the cruise ship traffic has ended and it has been replaced with a new quay built at Hernesaari. The new LHD quay is an extension to the previous quays in the area and be mostly intended for use by large cruise ships.
Passenger and crew services can be managed more effectively if the cruise ship quays are located in close proximity to each other. Good tram connections will allow passengers to get to the city centre more easily.