Two famous ships will ring in this year’s cruise ship season when they dock in the Port of Hamburg on Friday. Just a week after ringing in the New Year, the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, owned by the British-American Cunard Line, will arrive in the Altona and HafenCity terminals. A total of 160 visits from 33 different ships have been announced for this year, including 27 double port calls as part of the port anniversary from May 5-8, 2016, one quadruple port call and one quintuple port call.
One million cruise ship passengers
Although only four more ships’ visits than 2015 with 160 port visits have been announced for 2016, the number of expected cruise ship guests is far higher. In 2015, around 525,000 passengers arrived in the port of Hamburg while 640,000 are expected this year. “The strong growth of 26 per cent plus is due to the fact that we are expecting more port calls by ships with larger capacities than hitherto”, said Sacha Rougier, Manager of Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH, the operator of Hamburg’s three cruise ship terminals, on hamburg.de. In the daily Hamburger Abendblatt, she revealed that 1 million cruise ship passengers are due to visit the Hanseatic city in 2018, adding: “In 2017, we will cross the 700,000 passenger mark in the terminals.”
Hamburg’s economy is definitely profiting from the development of cruise shipping. Today, over 1,500 jobs are dependent on the sector and contribute to around EUR270 million in added value per year.
Four new arrivals
AIDAprima, the new flagship of AIDA Cruises will be the most frequent visitor with 39 port calls in Hamburg this year. The cruise ship will make its first arrival in the Port of Hamburg in April. Other frequent visitors include AIDAsol with 24 port calls and the MSC Splendida with 16. Apart from the AIDAprima, three more cruise ships will arrive in the port of Hamburg for the first time. The Caribbean Princess (Princess Cruises), Ocean Dream (Maritime Holdings Group) are expected in May and the Marina (Oceania Cruises) is expected in June 2016.
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