Spring has arrived and the season will see more and more cruise ships dock in Hamburg. A total of 29 ship arrivals and around 120,000 passengers are expected in May alone. Six cruise ships are expected for the 828th Port Anniversary Celebrations from May 5-7, 2017. High-profile events such as the 6th Hamburg Cruise Days from September 8-10, 2017 are boosting the popularity of cruise shipping with hundreds of thousands of fans expected. A record ten cruise ships are expected during the Cruise Days, which will be rounded off with the leading Seatrade Europe fair and other specialised events. Organisers are particularly pleased by the first participation of Norway’s NCL and Luxuslinie Silversea Cruises, based in Monaco. Katja Derow, a spokeswoman for the organisers redroses communications GmbH, said: “It shows us that the event is gaining importance in Germany and internationally and among both shipping companies and visitors.”
Parade of big ships
Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to watch the parade of ships with a record six big ships and 24 accompanying vessels on the evening of September 9. “A total of 1,575 metres of ships, 502,946 gross registered tons and 17,140 people will be taking to the water to marvel at the Hanseatic city. The parade will become an unforgettable catwalk,” said a delighted Uwe Bergmann, a spokesman for the organisers uba gmbh. The Blue Port Hamburg light show by Michael Batz will plunge the harbour into shades of blue against the backdrop of stunning landmarks, the Elbe Bridges, Övelgönne as well as buildings, terminals, vehicles, quays, cranes, pontoons and ships.
Cruise Days to make headlines for Hamburg
A total of 570,000 visitors from Hamburg and all over the world attended the 2015 Hamburg Cruise Days. Some 60 per cent of guests arrived from elsewhere. Around 68 per cent of those guests overnighted in the Hanseatic city. The seven cruise ships in that year meant a global media reach with some 3 billion contacts. The event is of remarkable economic value for Hamburg and has a significant brand name impact. A survey conducted in 2015 showed that 75 per cent of of visitors to the Hamburg Cruise Days in that year wish to return in 2017.
New cruise ship terminal in HafenCity
Hamburg is also growing as a cruise ship location. Groundbreaking work for a new cruise ship terminal in HafenCity to be completed by 2021 was laid on April 4, 2017 on a site in the south of the Überseequartier. The cruise ship terminal will be around 260,000 square metres in size and include a shopping mall and residential buildings. Three eye-catching glass office buildings will soar into the sky alongside the terminal. Sacha Rougier, Managing Director of Cruise Gate Hamburg and operator of Hamburg’s three cruise ship terminals, pointed out: “A cruise ship terminal that has integrated an urban shopping mall, hotel and entertainment complex is very modern. The new terminal will offer shipping companies more opportunities and boost cruise shipping in Hamburg.”