This year’s KREUZFAHRTWELT HAMBURG gets underway in Hamburg’s fairgrounds from February 7-11 and will feature at least 15 shipyards, a press release said in December. Providers including AIDA, A-Rosa, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, MSC Kreuzfahrten and TUI Cruises will showcase new ships and routes as well as on-board highlights and provide information about excursions on land. More than 40 exhibitors including providers of river and sea cruises and travel agencies will present world tours aboard luxury ships right up to discovery trips on expedition ships.
Holidays on houseboats and dream journeys
Experts say the number of cruise fans continues to rise and point to the huge potential of target groups who have never set foot on a gangway. Diverse offers will target these landlubbers. A new leisure world at the fair will present all kinds of products for houseboat and sailing trips and chartering yachts in Germany and Europe. A recreated ship’s deck will be the centrepiece of the “Leisure World for Cruise Ship Travellers”.
Sustainable cruise travel
Helge Grammerstorf, National Director of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Germany, said: “The cruise ship sector will focus more on sustainable growth in the coming years and in the double sense. On the one hand, passenger numbers are developing nicely amid rising growth. Yet, environmental protection is gaining importance. No new ship leaves a shipyard without extensive environmental protection equipment. Our declared aim is to make the next generation of ships 'greener’ than the preceding generation.”