Frederik Erdmann

Frederik Erdmann

German Correspondent


Frederik Erdmann is Seatrade's German cruise correspondent since 2002. Following secondary school graduation he joined the port agency network, Sartori & Berger, on a vocational training program. After subsequent studies of Business Administration, Frederik Erdmann held various positions at Sartori & Berger until 2010. After a period of working with the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce, he was appointed Designated Person Safety/Security, Environment and Quality of the coastal ferry operator, Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei. As a maritime trade press correspondent and visiting lecturer of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Frederik Erdmann concentrates on ferry and cruise ship management, port development as well as safety and security in passenger shipping. He is also a member of the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce's Tourism Committee.

The number of Germans taking river cruises grew at a higher rate than that of those choosing ocean cruises during 2018.

The number of Germans taking an ocean cruise totaled 2.26m in 2018, up from 2.19m in 2017, according to CLIA Germany.

 

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises cancceled the April 12 christening festivities in Hamburg for its first expedition ship newbuild, Hanseatic Nature.

Spectrum of the Seas is scheduled to leave Meyer Werft's covered building dock II Monday to make room for the first section of Norwegian Encore.

Having boosted 2018 profit by 60% and turnover by 6%, river cruise operator A-ROSA Flusschiff is expanding to a new river this year and is planning a new vessel.

Scylla AG, one of Europe's leading river cruise operators, is getting new leadership as the current managing director, Manuela van Zelst, is leaving to embark on a new career.

Carolin Niemczyk, vocalist in the German electropop duo Glasperlenspiel, christened Mein Schiff 2 Saturday night. The event—attended by some 2,800 passengers on board—was like a premiere for the port of Lisbon, according to TUI Cruises, since this is the first cruise ship christened in the Portuguese capital.

TUI Cruises took delivery of its latest newbuild, Mein Schiff 2, from Meyer Turku during festivities at Kiel's Ostseekai cruise terminal Tuesday morning. A number of German members of parliament were on hand.

Longtime river cruise specialist Scylla AG is branching out into ocean cruising with the purchase of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Bremen in 2021. The sale price was not disclosed.

Rostock-based A-Rosa Flussschiff has launched a multimillion-euro lifecycle program for its fleet trading mainly on the Rhône and Danube rivers. In other news, the line is expanding to the UK with a branch office to be set up there early this year.

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