Hamburg is a booming cruise destinations, with 186 cruise calls scheduled for the 2014 season. As such, the number of passengers is due to increase to over 600,000 (+ 8 percent). 2015 will see Hamburg take its next major step forward as a cruise destination, with the scheduled completion of the third cruise terminal and the positioning of the “AIDAprima”, which is planned to begin and end its cruises in Hamburg every seven days over 52 weeks of the year.
This large events will even further stimulate the growth and showcase Hamburg’s assets as cruise port: the baptism of TUI Cruises MS Mein Schiff 3, Cunard’s jubilee “Ten Years of Queen Mary 2 in Hamburg“ and the “Hamburg Cruise Days” with 43 arrivals of dream vessels.
Baptism of Mein Schiff 3
In June, TUI Cruises baptised Mein Schiff 3 in Hamburg. As godmother, the shipping line contracted Germany’s number one pop star, Helene Fischer. After the official naming ceremony for invited guests at HafenCity’s cruise centre, TUI Cruises invited the general public to an open-air live party at the Hamburg fish market.
Ten Years of Queen Mary 2
The queen of the seven seas will call at Hamburg nine times this year, with a very special visit taking place on 19 July. Ten years ago to the day, MS Queen Mary 2 arrived at the Port of Hamburg for the very first time, where the vessel was welcomed hundreds of thousands of excite locals and guest. The arrival of Queen Mary 2 marked the beginning of the cruise boom in Hamburg.
Hamburg Cruise Days 2014
The Hamburg Cruise Days will see the arrival of six cruise vessels, calling at Hamburg 1-3 August 2014. There will be boat parades, entertainment on land, travel fairs, music, and fireworks. Light artist Michael Batz will transform the harbour basins into a Blue Port with magical illuminations.
Investments into cruise infrastructure
HafenCity Hamburg is constantly growing and becoming more and more urban. In addition, the port promenade currently undergoes a 100 million euro facelift. On the southern side of the port, a third musical theatre is being being built along with a third cruise terminal. The investment into the cruise infrastructure are made to strengthen Hamburg’s position in Northern Europe.“The high demand for Hamburg by cruise lovers has significantly contributed to the new maritime image of the city perceived by people. The North thus possesses an authentic reason for travel with international appeal,” said Dietrich von Albedyll, Managing Director of the Hamburg Tourismus Board.