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Passengers of sea cruises in Germany 1998-2019

Sea cruise passenger numbers have increased year after year in Germany, signifying a long-term positive trend in a competitive industry. In 2019, over 2.58 million passengers had gone on a sea cruise, compared to 1.69 million six years earlier.

Sea and river cruises

Cruises can take place either on rivers or at sea. On average, Germans went on sea cruises for 9.1 days (average duration from 2007 to 2019). Meanwhile, by comparison, river cruises lasted 7 days during the same time span. River cruise passenger numbers fluctuated in recent years, but began to pick up again, amounting to over 541 thousand in 2019.

Cruise ports in Germany

Germany has several cities which are home to busy cruise ports from which ships and liners leave for various routes around the world. Of these, most recently Rostock/ Warnemünde was in the lead, based on passenger numbers, followed by Hamburg and then Kiel. Having said that, the number of German holidaymakers who prefer cruise vacations as leisure travel has been slowly increasing overall.

Number of sea cruise passengers in Germany from 1998 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

1998 to 2019

Supplementary notes


The figures from 1998 to 2007 are taken from the print edition of Focus, issue 14, of 30.03.2009, page 138.
Figures have been rounded.

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