Port Warnemunde-Rostock is the largest cruise homeport in Germany (serving roundtrip itineraries). It is located on the estuary of Warnow River (northeastern Germany). Warnemude cruise port is operated by Rostock Port Development Company. Warnemunde is a seaside resort in Rostock district (Mecklenburg state, Germany). Rostock has population around 200,000.
Berlin is 2 hours from Port Warnemunde by train. The closest large city is Schwerin. Among the largest Baltic Sea cruise ports, Warnemunde-Rostock is ranked 6th - following Copenhagen, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Stockholm and Helsinki.
Being a major shipping traffic hub, the seaport has a wealth of navigational aids, the oldest of which is Warnemunde Lighthouse (built 1897, still operational). During summer months, the tower (height 37 m / 121 ft) offers to its visitors an impressive view of Baltic Sea and Rostock City's northern districts. Other famous landmark in Warnemunde is Teepott Leuchtturm. The tower was opened in 1926, rebuilt after WW2 (1939-1945). After the extensive renovation in 2002, the complex now houses restaurants and conference facilities. Warnemunde's large, sandy beaches stretch out over a length of 3 km (2 ml).
Warnemunde-Rostock cruise port
The port's schedule includes ships visiting on Baltic Sea, North Sea and Norwegian Fjords itineraries. Cruising season is May through October.
- In 2017, the port handled 36 different cruise ships (24 different companies), had booked 190 ship calls and handled around 800,000 passengers plus 155,000 crew. Of all passengers, 195,000 booked a roundtrip itinerary. The season started on April 27 (AIDAdiva) and ended on October 12 (MS Balmoral). First-time visiting ships were CMV Columbus (ex Pacific Pearl), MSC Magnifica, NCL Norwegian Getaway, Regent Seven Seas Explorer, MV Viking Sky.
- During summer 2017, AIDA Cruises homeported in Rostock AIDAdiva and ADIAmar. The port's schedule also showed three 4-ship days and fourteen 3-ship days. The 2017 cruising season's last visiting ship was Fred Olsen's MS Balmoral (October 12).
- In 2017, of all ship visits, 173 times vessels were berthed in Warnemunde and 17 at the overseas port. Cruise liners called at the Warnow River port on 113 days of the year.
- The majority of cruise tourists in 2017 were from Germany (120,000), followed by USA (71,000), Spain (38,000), UK (33,000), Canada (23,000), Italy (22,000), Australia (13,000), other countries (126,000).
- In 2017, cruise ship tourists (passengers and crew) spent in the region (Warnemunde, Rostock, the surroundings) around EUR 20 million. The ashore spending was mainly on shopping, hotels, restaurants, public transportation, taxis, car parking. Local, supporting cruise lines businesses that hugely benefit from the ports include coach and tour operators, railways, travel agents, vessel supply and disposal companies, shipping agents, port operators, assisting pilots.
- In 2018, the cruise port had scheduled 207 ship calls (45 different liners), of which 180 booked at Warnemunde and 25 booked at the seaport. Maiden port calls in 2018 made Brilliance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), Britannia (P&O UK), Marella Discovery (Marella / Thomson), MSC Orchestra (MSC), Norwegian Breakaway (NCL), Sapphire Princess (Princess), Seven Seas Navigator (RSSC), Viking Sun (Viking Ocean) and Zenith (Pullmantur).
- In 2018, port's passenger shipping traffic increased by 9% (over 2017) to 700,000, including 300,000 transiting. Of all scheduled for visiting ships, 39 were large-sized liners (with LOA length over 300 m), the season's biggest being Norwegian Breakaway (145,700 GT tons).
- In 2018, AIDA homeported in Rostock two liners - AIDAdiva and AIDAmar, for a total of 43 roundtrips.
- On September 19, 2018, Rostock Port Authority announced that by 2020 will be available shore-power connection capabilities in both seaports (Rostock and Warnemunde), providing berthed cruise vessels with shoreside electrical power. Shoreside power (aka cold ironing, shore-to-ship power) allows docked ships to turn off their engines and use electricity supplied by city's power network.
In mid-October 2018, Rostock LNG GmbH (joint venture gas company of the Belgian Fluxys and the Russian Novatek OAO) signed a land lease deal with Port Rostock for an LNG storage terminal. Rostock LNG GmbH (Fluxys 51%, Novatek 49%) will build and operate the new LNG terminal by serving LNG carriers and providing gas distribution and bunkering services. Gas carriers will be loaded at Novatek's facility in Port Vysotsk (near St Petersburg).
Warnemunde-Rostock cruise terminal
Warnemunde cruise port terminal building is made of steel and glass. It is two -storey and spreads over 3,191 m2. The terminal's capacity per day is 2,500 passengers.
- The ground level is occupied by a hall, federal Police customs room and multifunction area.
- The technical rooms are on the first floor, as a flood protection. The gallery floor of the Warnemunde cruise port is for furnished waiting area. It cover 350 square meters and has 250 seats.
- The construction costs were estimated to Euro 5,5 million.
- The cruise terminal building has seven entrances and exits. They are located each on the seaside and on the landside.
- The terminal has the best railway connection among all German ports. The station is close to the terminal and this is one of its advantages.
- The German Autobahn is 4 km away through the Warnow tunnel. The distance to Berlin is 2 hours, 30 minutes to the closest airport and the center of Rostock is 20 minutes away. The quay is right at the heart of Warnemunde.
- There is no long-term parking area - only short-term parking is available. The passengers can rent a car, a bicycle or a boat at the local tourism agency. Money can be exchanged at ReiseBank.
Warnemunde-Rostock tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Alter Strom
- Harbor Warnemundeor
- Warnemunde Beach
- Warnemunde Cruise Center
- Lighthouse Warnemunde
- Robben Research Station High Dune Park
- Flammen Lighthous
- Old Town Warnemunde
- Esperanza Sculpture
- Church Warnemunde
- Beach of Diedrichshagen Mecklenburg-Western
- Marine Science Center Warnemuende
- St. Marien Church: dates from 1472 and it has a famous astronomical clock
- The Town Hall: amazing building in baroque style
- Rostock University: dates from 1419. Visit also the University Square.
- Kröpeliner Tor & Steintor: the gates of the town
- St. Petri Church
- Boulevard Kröpeliner Strasse: buy souvenirs or just have a coffee and take a look at the people
- Monastery of the Holy Cross: visit also the museum.
- Museum in the former STASI prison
- Ulrich Deprie Chocolate Manufactory
- The Zoo of Rostock
Port Warnemunde-Rostock cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Warnemunde-Rostock, Germany. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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