Lübeck Cruise is expecting 22 arriving cruise ships in 2018, an increase of 50 per cent over 2017 with 14 arrivals, a press release said Thursday (January 18, 2018). The number of passengers is likely to increase by 17,000 – around 30 per cent over 2017. Christian Martin Lukas, Managing Director of Lübeck and Travemünde Marketing GmbH, said: “The membership of the Cruise Baltic, the network of the most important cruise ship ports in the Baltic Sea region, and now in its second year, is playing a strong role in strengthening Travemünde’s position as a cruise ship destination.”
Three first arrivals in Lübeck
The new season’s highlights include the arrival of the MS Queen Elizabeth on August 7. The ship is 294 metres in length and is operated by Cunard Line. She will be making her second arrival in Hamburg since 2011 and will dock at Travemünde’s Skandinavienkai. The MS Azura (P&O Cruises), the MS Le Laperouse (Ponant’s new ship) and the MS Serenissima (Atlant Agent) will be arriving in Lübeck for the first time. The “Le Laperouse”, expected on August 30, 2018, is a new ship, which also has a porthole under the water level – a so-called Blue Eye.
“Alexander von Humboldt II” also expected
Travemünde will also welcome the popular Alexander von Humboldt II sailing ship from June 16-17, 2018 at the Ostpreussenkai. Passengers on the MS Princess (Dutch Cruise Line) will change at the Burgtorkai and as well as those on the MS Europa (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises) at Ostpreussenkai. Sebastian Juergens, CEO of Lübeck Cruise, noted: “Our strategy of concentrating on smaller cruise ships will work this year. The renewed arrival of the ‘Elizabeth’ is naturally one of the climaxes.” Lars Schoening, Managing Director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Lübeck, added: “The positive developments in cruise ship tourism are bringing added value to many economic sectors in the region. However, greater efforts are needed to provide modern infrastructure.”
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