From 4-13 September 2015, Hamburg will be celebrating the fascination of cruise once again, with the Hamburg Cruise Days and the industry fair Seatrade Europe bringing together the experts and the general public. For the first time held simultaneously, Seatrade Europe and Hamburg Cruises Days will boost Hamburg’s international image even further. “The whole of the cruise industry will be looking to Hamburg in September 2015. Seatrade Europe is a key meeting point for the future of the cruise industry, and Hamburg Cruise Days gives a direct window onto the fascination of cruising,” says Bernd Aufderheide, Head of Hamburg Messe.
Cruise Destination on the Rise
With nearly 160 calls of cruise ships in 2015, bringing some 525,000 international passengers to Hamburg, the Elbe city is one of Europe’s most attractive destinations for cruises. In total, 22 cruise companies will be sending their vessels to Hamburg, including eight first-time calls in Hamburg, and the biggest cruise ship ever that travelled to Hamburg: MS Norwegian Escape from US shipping company Norwegian Cruise Line with a capacity of 4,248 passengers. Hamburg has been accompanying the booming demand in cruise for years with various professional events and spectacular public events.
Official Inauguration with the Magical Blue Port
Starting from 4 September, the Port of Hamburg will be bathed in blue light. Lighting artist Michael Batz will illuminate dozens of buildings and objects along the waterfront with blue neon lights for the Blue Port experience. Further highlights of the Hamburg Cruise Days will include a grand ship parade and spectacular fireworks at nights. This year, seven luxury liners will mooring between Altona andHafenCity – starting on 11 September with MS Costa neoRomantica and MS Amadea, followed on 12 September by MS Mein Schiff 4, MS Europa and MS AIDAbella. The corso of dream vessels will end on 13 September with MS Queen Mary 2 and MS MSC Splendida. There will be an extensive on-shore programme between the two cruise terminals in HafenCity and Altona, with countless culinary highlights, exciting stage acts and entertainment, shopping, maritime markets and culture of all kind.
250 Exhibitors from 50 Countries
Seatrade Europe Cruise & RiverCruise Convention, the leading European cruise industry show and conference, will take place at the Hamburg Fair site from 9 to 11 September. Seatrade Europe is the most important international convention for the cruise industry outside of the United States. It is the forum for exchange of ideas in a concentrated working atmosphere, for trend setting, and for closing business deals. “This year again, we have pleasure in welcoming well over 250 exhibitors from more than 50 nations, presenting incredible diversity,” says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, which is organising the convention. From ship builders to tour operators, from suppliers of interior furnishings and fittings to entertainment specialists – all the relevant segments of the cruising value chain will be there at
Seatrade Europe 2015.
Numerous Accompanying Events
Next to the Hamburg Cruise Days and Seatrade Europe Cruise & River Cruise Convention, also the
specialist conference fvw CruiseLive will be taking place in September. The big three will be complemented by various other cruise-related events, ranging from the industry meeting of cruise ship owners to the Harbourfront Literature Festival, also celebrated in the Port of Hamburg in autumn. Last but not least, the entire city centre will be decorated along the theme of cruise, and passengers arriving at Hamburg Airport or riding Hamburg’s taxis greeted the grand way typical of cruising.