Cruise shipping  Rostock-Warnemünde

Rostock-Warnemünde very attractive for cruise passengers

There are several factors that contribute to Rostock-Warnemünde's appeal to cruise passengers:

While the ship is in port in Warnemünde, many passengers choose to explore the beauty of our state, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, stroll through the vibrant seaside resort town of Warnemünde, visit the venerable Hanseatic City of Rostock or even take a day trip to the German capital city, Berlin.

Cruise shipping in our port is not only a national and international trademark for Rostock and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it also adds considerable value to our regional economy. The infrastructure projects now under way, such as the construction of another passenger terminal and of a shore-based electricity supply facility for ships moored at berths P7 and P8 as well as the conversion of the railway station in Warnemünde, which will add a ground-level access for pedestrians between the cruise terminal and the station, will all contribute to improving traffic flows and enhancing the attractiveness of the cruise port of Rostock-Warnemünde.

High customer satisfaction with the port of Rostock-Warnemünde among cruise passengers and crew members

Based on a study conducted by the Kiel Institute for Tourism and Recreational Research in Northern Europe, for which not only passengers and crew members, but also various trade sources were interviewed, the turnover realised from cruise shipping in Rostock-Warnemünde and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern amounted to Euro 45.9 million in 2018.

The cruise port of Rostock-Warnemünde notched up 206 port calls by passenger vessels in 2018 and 196 last year. If one extrapolates that number, the result is Euro 43.3 million in earnings for Rostock and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the year 2019.The survey showed the following spending behaviour of passengers who spent time in Rostock-Warnemünde:

Passengers who go on shore excursions and/or transit passengers spend about 43 Euro per head, passengers embarking or disembarking here spend about 58 Euro and the crew members on shore leave spend about 55 Euro. Some of the passengers embarking or disembarking here spend money on accommodation and parking fees in addition. All told, cruise passengers and crews spend just under Euro 29 million in the city and the region each season. The indirect cost of ship operation for things like stores, fuel, pilots, brokers and port charges, among others, add up to around Euro 17 million per year.

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The port of Rostock-Warnemünde scored a high level of customer satisfaction both among passengers embarking or disembarking and among transit passengers. On a scale of one to five (from very satisfied to very dissatisfied) both groups of passengers rated the port at an average mark of 1.7. Compared to earlier surveys the passengers embarking or disembarking rated the port slightly higher and the…


Baltic Sea ports establish network for cruise tourism

In 2005 under the brand name "Cruise Baltic", 18 ports from 10 different countries have joined together in a marketing initiative intended to stimulate cruise tourism in the Baltic Sea. The union of Baltic Sea ports aims to boost the number of cruise passengers in the individual ports by 2007.

Copenhagen and Stockholm are among the most frequented cruise ports on the Baltic Sea and were the initiators of the project. Other members are: Helsingør, Denmark; Kalmar, Malmö, Helsingborg, Visby and Karlskrona, Sweden; Turku and Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Riga and Liepaja, Latvia; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Gdynia, Poland; and as the only non-Baltic Sea port, Oslo, Norway.

The project is to run over a time frame of three years and is funded by the EU through INTERREG.



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Herr Christian Hardt
Head of Communications & Cruise Shipping

Frau Lena Boekhoff
Mitarbeiterin Kreuzschifffahrt