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Hansa Destinations temporarily discontinues Rostock-Stockholm route for 2023

Hansa Destinations announced on December 15, 2022 that it will not operate the Rostock-Nynäshamn (Stockholm) and Rostock-Visby routes in 2023.

Hansa Destinations has operated the service between Nynäshamn-Visby-Rostock since August 2021. And has now announced that the ferry service will not continue in 2023. The background to this decision is primarily the high cost of fuel.

Hansa Destinations subsidiary of Gotlandsbolaget

Hansa Destinations is a subsidiary of Gotlandsbolaget (Gotland Company), which also owns the shipping company Destination Gotland and has operated the service between Nynäshamn and Rostock. The service was carried out with the vessel M/S Drotten and the chartered vessels Eliana Marino and Cadena 3.

The aim was to provide freight customers, as well as passengers, with an effective and sustainable solution for transport and travel between the continent and the greater Stockholm area. Shifting transportation from road to sea is a major benefit to the environment and helps reduce the number of trucks to the roads.

Hansa Destinations announces it will discontinue this service in 2023

“We have operated the line for almost 1.5 years and have been evaluating profitability and prospects for some time. With the current cost of fuel and the challenges we’ve had attracting freight volumes, traffic is not profitable and the outlook for 2023 does not to financially. We do not have a solid business foundation. The low freight volume has also meant that the environmental benefit we were aiming for has not been achieved,” says Håkan Johansson, CEO of Gotlandsbolaget.

“We will not operate the service between Nynäshamn and Rostock in 2023, but a new assessment will be made for 2024.” Håkan Johansson continues,

“We to believe in a service between Nynäshamn – Visby – Rostock that shifts the transport of goods from road to sea and also provides a direct connection for passengers between Nynäshamn and Visby to the continent. Significant savings for the environment can be achieved by shifting the transport of goods. With a more normal fuel price and positive interest from the market, we will consider reopening the route for 2024.”

Hansa Destinations has given passengers the opportunity to travel between Nynäshamn, Visby and Rostock. Passenger numbers have exceeded forecasts, but this has not compensated for the limited volume of cargo customers.

The service will be discontinued to the arrival of the Eliana Marino in Rostock on December 18, 2022 and the M/S Drotten in Nynäshamn on January 4, 2023.

Hansa Destinations ferry Eliana Marino - chartered by Moby Cargo

Hansa Destinations ferry Eliana Marino – chartered by Moby Cargo

Alternative ferry routes

Due to the discontinuation of this ferry connection, which is very popular not only among Swedes, you have the possibility to use the following alternative routes:

Direct connections to Sweden

Route Provider Duration & Frequency
Sassnitz – Trelleborg ferry FRS Baltic approx. 2 hours 30 minutes
up to 3 times a day
Ferry Rostock – Trelleborg TT-Line
Stena Line
approx. 6 hours
up to 8 times a day
Ferry Kiel – Gothenburg Stena Line approx. 14 hours 30 minutes
Ferry Travemünde – Trelleborg TT-Line approx. 8 hours
up to 4 times a day
Ferry Travemünde – Malmö Finnlines approx. 8 hours 45 minutes
up to 4 times a day
Ferry Travemünde – Karlshamn TT-Line approx. 16 hours 40 minutes
up to 6 times a week

Alternative routes via Denmark

Route Provider Duration & Frequency
Ferry Rostock – Gedser Scandlines approx. 2 hours
up to 10 times a day
Ferry Puttgarden-Rödby Scandlines approx. 45 minutes
up to 47 times a day

Alternative route via Finland

Route Provider Duration & Frequency
Ferry Travemünde – Helsinki Finnlines approx. 29 hours

Refunds for trips already booked

Hansa Destinations will provide a full fare refund to all affected passengers who already had an existing reservation for January 2023. Regardless of the ticket type (Mini, Flexi or FlexiPlus).
To do so, please contact Hansa Destinations customer service:

Hansa Destinations Customer Service

Please have your reservation number ready when you contact the shipping company.

Phone: +46 (0)771 702 550
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:30.
E-mail: reservations@hansadestinations.com

Directferries bookings

All customers who have booked through Directferries, please contact Directferries directly at for reversal with your booking number (DF….):


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This decision on the part of Hansa Destinations is a great pity. Especially for vacation travelers heading north. We very much hope that Hansa Destinations will resume the routes by 2024 at the latest.

What do you say? Were you planning to travel to Sweden with Hansa Destinations this year? Which alternative route is now your favorite. Write it to us in the comments.

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