590,000 passengers and 189 ship calls made 2014 another record cruise season for Hamburg. Last ship of this year’s parade of dream vessels will be Phoenix Reisen’s MS Artania, calling at Hamburg 21 December. For 2015, the Hamburg Cruise Center (HCC) expects a continued stable demand.
“By the end of the season, we expect passenger volumes to total 590,000 guests. Compared to the previous year, this represents a growth of almost 7 per cent (2013: 552,459)”, said Gerd Drossel, managing director of HCC. In 2014, 189 cruise ships called at the Port of Hamburg, an increase of 6.2 per cent compared to 2013. 180 trips started or ended in Hamburg, 52 calls were en route, nine calls were transits. Figures of turnaround guests that started or ended their voyage in Hamburg climbed by one per cent to 95 per cent (2013: 94 per cent). “Hamburg strengthened as the number one German cruise ports by not only boasts the highest number of turnaround guests in the 2014 season, but also the highest number of total calls”, Drossel said.
Germans are passionate about cruising
In 2014, German cruise guests accounted for 85 per cent of Hamburg’s total passenger volume (2013: 80.1 per cent). Hamburg thus confirmed its position as perfect entry and exit port for the German cruise clientele. In 2014, the fast-growing German source market (2013: 1.7 million) recorded greater gains than the British and American source markets. Also the trend of cruises from/to your own front door is favoring Hamburg growth as a global cruise destination.
Highly appreciated by Italians
International visitors figures of the Hamburg’s cruise industry show that Hamburg is a favourite with many nations, particularly with Italians. With 15,500 guests, they accounted for 2.6 per cent of international guests. 14,000 Italian guests started or ended their travels in Hamburg, 1,500 Italian passengers discovered the city in transit. The enormous increase in the share of Italian passengers is due to the re-positioning of MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises with regular arrivals and departures from Hamburg.
Closely followed by Swiss customers
Swiss guests are ranked third in Hamburg’s cruise statistics. With 2.2 per cent, they accounted for 13,000 arrivals or departures. Two per cent of international customers came from the United Kingdom. Out of 12,000 passengers, 8,000 passed Hamburg in transit, 4,000 started or ended their trip in Hamburg when travelling on Cunard’s ships. 1.7 per cent of international guests each came from Austria, France, and the United States; only 1.2 per cent from Spain.
Hamburg: home of the entire cruise industry
Shipping lines not only appreciate Hamburg as a fascinating destination for their guests, but also benefit from the port’s huge range of services. Thus, they call at Hamburg to add a visit to the shipyard before or after a cruise, or combine a planned dry-dock period with an additional run in the Hanseatic city. The port of Hamburg is Europe’s second largest container port and an important universal port. In Hamburg, they find a maritime companies, suppliers and service providers. Boasting more than 135 years of expertise in the shipbuilding industry, the shipyard of Blohm + Voss enjoys a global reputation for ship conversion and ship repair in the cruise sector.
Thus, a “Favoured Customer Agreement” has recently been signed by the shipyard and the cruise line Carnival Corporation, making Blohm + Voss a “Preferred Supplier” for all MRO services of fCarnival’s fleet in Europe. Blohm + Voss is the only North-European shipyard selected by Carnival Group and contracted with such an agreement.
By the end of 2014, Blohm + Voss will have serviced nine cruise ships (2013: 6 ships) in his docks. Royal Caribbean’s MS Quantum of the Seas is undergoing checks in the dock Elbe 17 In November and December, with MS Black Watch, MS Braemar, MS Aurora, and MS Balmoral to follow. Residence time of cruise ships in blohm + Voss’ docks in 2014 totalled 106 days (2013: 93 days).
Cruise 2015: the demand remains stable
For the coming year, the industry expects a stable demand. Gerd Drossel: “The capacity per ship continues to rise in Northern Europe. Therefore, ever larger ships will be callling at Hamburg and serviced at its cruise terminals. Already confirmed as next year’s arrivals are, for instance, MSC Splendida with 3,247 beds, replacing MSC Magnifica with a passenger capacity of 2,518 guests. MSC Splendida will thus be the largest single cruise ship calling at Hamburg. The highest passenger volumes, however, will still be brought to Hamburg by AIDA Cruises that calls Hamburg its home base.
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