27.04.2017

AIDAdiva kicks off the 2017 cruise shipping season and celebrates its tenth anniversary

Today the 2017 cruise shipping season starts at Warnemünde cruise port with the port call of the cruise liner AIDAdiva, which tied up at Warnemünde Cruise Center around 7am after arriving from Gothenburg. "Ten years ago almost to the day, on 25 April 2007, AIDAdiva called at Warnemünde for the first time, shortly after her commissioning. Today, on 27th April, AIDAdiva calls at Rostock's seaside resort for the 32nd time before she heads on to Oslo in the evening", says Jens A. Scharner, Managing Director of ROSTOCK PORT GmbH. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary the fire-fighting boat of the Hanseatic City of Rostock will escort the 252 m cruise vessel with water fountains on her way out to sea.

Rostock-based shipping company AIDA Cruises will again send two of its vessels to its Baltic home port of Warnemünde, AIDAdiva and AIDAmar. 40 out of 50 port calls with change of passengers in 2017 have been notified by AIDA Cruises. Also, Costa, MSC, NCL and other shipping companies plan to change some of their passengers here on 61 occasions. Especially German passengers will be embarking and disembarking in Warnemünde.

190 port calls by 36 cruise liners are expected this year. 173 times the vessels will berth in Warnemünde and 17 times at the overseas port. Five vessels will be heading for the mouth of river Warnow for the first time: Viking Sky on 28th April, MSC Magnifica on 13th May, Norwegian Getaway on 17th May, Seven Seas Explorer on 2nd July and Columbus on 26th July.

The 2017 cruise calendar shows three quadruple port calls on 16th June, 26th August and 1st September. More than 100 port calls by cruise liners take place on Fridays (39), Saturdays (43) and Sundays (36).

All told, cruise liners will call at the port on river Warnow on 112 days of the year in 2017. On 12 October 2017 the season will end with the port call of the cruise liner Balmoral of the UK shipping company Fred Olsen Cruise Line.

With more than 800,000 cruise passengers embarking and disembarking, slightly more passengers are expected than last year.

In cooperation with the airport Rostock-Laage and numerous partners  we will continue to increase the passenger turnaround of international guests at Warnemünde cruise port. After around 71,000 Spanish, Italian and French cruise guests who arrived or departed from Rostock-Laage airport last year we expect this number to grow to around 80,000 this season.