This year’s port anniversary will see more than 300 vessels including cruise ships, naval units, rescue and emergency vehicles, tall ships, luxury yachts and all kinds of museum ships arrive in Hamburg from May 5-8 for the celebrations. Most vessels will dock in HafenCity and in the museum harbour Oevelgönne. Visitors can expect a colourful, varied, maritime programme and free live music on many stages set against the beautiful port backdrop. And this year’s festivities will last a day longer owing to the Ascension Day holiday on May 5th. Frank Horch, Senator for Economics in Hamburg, expects 1 million visitors to arrive weather permitting.
Tall ships from Portugal
For many visitors, the windjammer are the real stars of the world’s biggest port festival. Several majestic tall ships will undertake long voyages to dock in Hamburg. Apart from the three-mast Alexander von Humboldt II and two three-mast, full rigged ships, Dar Mlodziezy from Poland, and Russia’s Mir, the Russian four-mast, Bark Kruzenshtern with its distinctive black and white prow, is also expected in Hamburg after a three-year intermission. Portugal’s four-mast gaff schooner rigged lugger, Santa Maria Manuela, will attend the festivities in Hamburg for the first time.
Premiere in HafenCity
Nine cruise ships including elegant luxury liners such as the Europa, AIDAaura and AIDAprima, the 300 metre flagship of AIDA Cruises, are likely to create a holiday mood during the four-day festivities. The biggest ocean liner is the MSC Splendida at around 333 metres in length.
The HafenCity Championships 2016 will be held for the first time and various sailing activities and regattas with Optimist dinghies will be offered under the patronage of the Hamburger Segler-Verband e. V. in Grasbrookhafen. Dragon boat regattas with traditional wooden boats from Taiwan will also take place there.
Apart from the finish parade on May 5 beginning at 4 pm and the outlet parade on May 8 from 4 pm, the world’s biggest port festival has an attractive and diverse programme with around 200 events for families. The highlights include the unique tugboat ballet, exciting competitions such as the Volvo Ocean Race and the big AIDA fireworks on Saturday night. Visitors can enjoy amusement rides, culinary delights, maritime markets and cultural exhibitions all along the attractive promenade between Baumwall and Landungsbrücken, HafenCity, at the Fischmarkt Hamburg and in the museum harbour Oevelgönne. Meanwhile over in Speicherstadt, many museums will have special offers and events for visitors.