Hamburg News: Tourism - one of the highlight events: the event Blue Port is shown with Elbphilharmonie during night time.
Elbphilharmonie und Rickmer Rickmers Blue Port © / bcs Media

Cruise Gate Hamburg hits record passenger numbers

Cruise Days, Blueport and port anniversary to boost Hamburg's maritime image in 2017

Cruise Gate Hamburg (CGH) has broken all records in 2016 with a total of 171 port of calls to Hamburg and over 710,000 passengers, a press release said Thursday (December 1). The company is expecting around 200 port of calls with some 800,000 passengers in 2017. Sacha Rougier, Managing Director of Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH, said: “We have hit a staggering passenger record thanks to intense work in the background and close talks with shipping companies in 2016. Our strategy will pay off in 2017 and the following years as well. The recipe for success lies in the close co-operation between urban actors in cruise shipping and the private economy.”

Part of Hamburg’s history

Next year’s highlights include first port of calls to Hamburg by Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Joy, Mein Schiff 6, Independence OTS, MSC Preziosa and Silver Wind. AIDA Cruises, MSC Kreuzfahrten, TUI Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Costa Crociere are likely to have the highest passenger numbers. Michael Otremba, Managing Director of Hamburg Marketing GmbH, said: “What would Hamburg be without cruise ships? They are part of Hamburg’s history and a pulsating urban experience at the same time. The more passengers and ship-spotting fans in our city, the stronger Hamburg’s maritime identity becomes.”

Centre of competence in international cruise shipping

High-profile events such as the Hamburg Cruise Days to be held from September 8-10, 2017 are boosting the popularity of cruise shipping with hundreds of thousands of fans expected. The port anniversary celebration from May 5-7, 2017 is another solid magnet in the events calendar. Otremba pointed out: “The Hamburg Cruise Days bring ships and people together in an emotional way. Coupled with the Elbphilharmonie as a new centre in the port, pictures of the blue-lit port will go all over the world and show exciting contrasts.” Michael Batz, a light artist, has made headlines with Blue Port Hamburg since 2008. The show plunges the harbour into shades of blue and will be held from September 8-10, 2017 against the backdrop of Hamburg’s stunning landmarks.

Linking public and business events

Linking public and business events is crucial to cruise shipping, said Otremba, adding, “The strategic decision to hold the unrivalled public event, Hamburg Cruise Days with the leading Seatrade Europe fair, strengthens Hamburg as a location and establishes our city as a centre of competence in the international cruise ship sector.”

A record number of shipping companies are expected to take part in the sixth Hamburg Cruise Days. A total of 10 cruise ships including AIDAprima (AIDA Cruises), MSC Preziosa (MSC Kreuzfahrten), Europa and Europa 2 (both Hapag-Lloyd Cruises), Mein Schiff 3 (TUI Cruises), Albatros and Amadea (both Phoenix Reisen), Silver Wind (Silversea Cruises), Norwegian Jade (Norwegian Cruise Line) as well as the river cruise vessel Sans Souci (Plantours) are expected to make port of calls in Hamburg from September 8-10, 2017.

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