Maritime and Landside Traffic Challenges of Future Cruise Ship Size Developments – Capacity Limitation of Cruise Destinations by Peak Utilization of Cruise Port Facilities
January 25th, 2018
Initial situation and assignment
ROSTOCK PORT is the port development company of Rostock seaport and is actively involved in the INTERREG project GREEN CRUISE PORT. The aim of GREEN CRUISE PORT is to develop a multidimensional strategic approach for the sustainable and qualitative development of cruise ports in the Baltic Sea and the adjacent North Sea region. The project is intended to serve as a platform for discussion on current and future challenges for the development of sustainable cruise port locations.
The cruise location Warnemünde is experiencing a steady increase in passenger numbers (2017:190 calls with 560,000 passengers). It can be safely assumed that this development will continue in the future, albeit to a lesser extent.
At the same time, the situation in Warnemünde is perceived to be partially cramped. Especially at major events, the quality of stay is impaired by a large number of people and an increased volume of traffic. Against this backdrop, there are calls in the local discussion for a restriction of cruise guests.
This study gives an overview of the situation of so-called "tourism crowding". By this we mean the possible overuse by tourists at certain times and places. In a first step, the situation at other cruise locations will be analysed, the solutions and management approaches implemented there will be identified and statements will be made on their effectiveness.
In a second step, the proposed solutions and strategies will be examined with regard to their applicability in Warnemünde and recommendations and possible courses of action for Warnemünde will be concluded.
ROSTOCK PORT commissioned the CPL/NIT consortium with this study in May 2017 and the results are presented within this report.
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