The terminal operating company Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH (CGH) is responsible for the allocation of berths at Hamburg*s three cruise centres. Sacha Rougier, CEO Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH, has recently presented the cruise figures for 2016 cruise season.
160 Cruise Calls in 2016
For the 2016 season, Hamburg expects 160 calls of cruise ships, and thus four more than this year. In total, the Port of Hamburg will welcome 33 different ships, and thus one more than in 2015 (32 vessels). The number of passengers, however, is expected to increase from 2015’s guests to around 661,000 passengers in the coming year, making 2016 a new record year. “The strong growth – up by 26 per cent – is due to the fact that we will see ships with larger capacities calling at Hamburg”, explains Sacha Rougier, CEO Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH. These vessel will include MS AIDAprima that will starts its trips to European capitals on 30 April, and MSC Splendida, positioned in Hamburg since May 2015.
The Most frequent Guest? AIDAprima!
The most frequent guest in 2016 will be AIDAprima- the new flagship of the German shipping company will be called at Hamburg 39 times. “Never before a cruise ship has been visiting the Hanseatic city so offen a year”, says Rougier. In second and third position of the frequency ranking, AIDAprima will be followed by the AIDAsol (24 calls) and MSC Splendida (16 calls). These figures underline the strong position of the two companies AIDA Cruises and MSC Cruises in Hamburg and their strategies to plow the northern European seas with their vessels. The two shipping companies have the strongest presence in the Port of Hamburg, followed by Hapag Lloyd, Cunard and Phoenix on ranks three to five.
Cruise Ship Spotting
The cruise season 2016 will start on January 8 with two calls by Cunard (Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth) and will end on 31 December. Among the 160 calls anticipated in 2016, there will be 27 double calls, six triple calls, a quad and even a quintriple call, the latter two during Hamburg’s port anniversary in May. In addition to the new AIDAprima, Hamburg will also welcome for the first time the MS Ocean Dream (Maritime Holdings Group), Marina (Oceania Cruises) and the Caribbean Princess (Princess Cruises).
Cruise Season 2015
In Hamburg, the cruise feeling prevails throughout the year, with the 2015 season ending on the year’s very last day. On 31 December, MS Aurora will call at the Cruise Center HafenCity and concludes the cruise year. In 2015, 525,000 guests are estimated to have visited Hamburg aboard 156 cruise ships to start or finish a cruise. Highlights of this year’s cruise year include the opening of the third cruise ship terminal in Steinwerder, the commissioning of the Power Barge “Hummel” for supplying vessels with LPG, and Hamburg’s first cruise week with the Cruise Days Hamburg and the industry show Seatrade Europe in September. In autumn, another major event followed with first call of MS Norwegian Escape, operated by the US shipping company Norwegian Cruise Line. The ship will leave Hamburg for a mini-cruise, followed by a voyage to Southampton. Still being under construction at Papenburg’s Meyer Werft to be equipped for 4,200 passengers, MS Norwegian Escape will be the largest cruise ship to have called at the Port of Hamburg so far.
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