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.
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.
Renowned for its heavy metal cruises, TUI Cruises is branching out with a carnival-themed sailing in the Mediterranean and a 'schlager' pop music cruise in the Baltic.
Following two delays, AIDAnova—world's first LNG-propelled cruise ship—was delivered to AIDA Cruises by Meyer Werft Wednesday morning.
Two days after the official close of its 2018 cruise season, Germany's Port of Kiel received an unexpected extra call as Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Braemar docked at the Ostseekai terminal early Tuesday.
Meyer Werft and AIDA Cruises confirmed the delivery of AIDAnova is delayed. As a result five 'sneak preview' cruises between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2 have been canceled, however the new ship is still scheduled to depart for its maiden voyage from Hamburg to the Canary Islands on Dec. 2.
Terminal operator Cruise Gate Hamburg expects to close the 2018 cruise season significantly above budget with more than 915,000 passengers projected on 220 calls, higher than the projected 880,000 and way up from the 813,000 last year.
Sea trials for the world's first LNG-powered cruise ship, AIDAnova, are planned for the end of this week, following the successful LNG bunkering at Eemshaven on Oct. 18.
TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, the German branch and trade name of South Quay Travel & Leisure Limited/CMV Holdings London Ltd, plans to christen its new ship Vasco da Gama in festivities at Bremerhaven on June 9.