Hamburg is heading for record numbers in 2016 with 171 arriving ships and 710,000 passengers highlighting its importance as a cruise ship destination, Hamburg Tourismus GmbH said in a press release Saturday (December 10th). Stefan Vogt from Karlsruhe became the 700,000th cruise ship guest and won a prize of a weekend in Hamburg. Vogt and his family were boarding the AIDAprima at the Steinwerder Cruise Terminal when Sacha Rougier, Managing Director of Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH, Matthias Rieger, Managing Director of Hamburg Cruise Center e.V. and Harald Bernberger, General Manager of AIDAprima, congratulated them.
Weekly trips to London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam
The delighted winning passenger, Vogt, said: “This our fifth trip with AIDA and it’s a one-off. A surprise trip to Hamburg is a great start to our holiday.” Rieger, Managing Director of Hamburg Cruise Center e.V., noted: “A welcoming culture and quality stay are important issues for Hamburg. We want our passengers to feel at home here and to come again.”
AIDAprima has been a regular guest in Hamburg this year. Since April, the new AIDA Cruises flagship has been bringing passengers to London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and has made Hamburg a year-round destination for cruise ship passengers.
Launch of Norwegian Jade
“Hamburg is expecting a record 200 ship arrivals with around 800,000 passengers in 2017- an increase of more than 12 per cent over 2016. That shows the popularity of Hamburg as a cruise ship destination among shipping companies and passengers,” said Rougier. Next year’s highlights include big events like the port anniversary celebrations and the Hamburg Cruise Days as well as the launch of huge liners like Norwegian Jade, Mein Schiff 6, Independence of the Seas, MSC Preziosa and Silver Wind.