Hamburg News: Tourism - one of the highlight events: the event Blue Port is shown with Elbphilharmonie during night time.
Hamburg Cruise Days, Parade © HMG/Manuel Lebowsky, bcs media

Hamburg Cruise Days 2014: 600,000 visitors celebrated the cruise event of the year

Bigger and better: In 2014, the fourth Hamburg Cruise Days turned Europe´s second biggest port into a maritime stage unique worldwide. 600,000 visitors were thrilled.

Could there be a better place for luxury liners to set anchor than Hamburg? The bustling Port of Hamburg is the “cruise hotspot” in Northern Europe, with 190 cruise liners calling this here. From 1-3 August 2014, the Hanseatic City celebrated the Hamburg Cruise Days for the fourth time.

At this year’s parade, four cruise liners turned the Elbe river into a glittering stage, floating majestically downstream from HafenCity Hamburg and passed, guided by the museum-freighter Cap San Diego and surrounded by hundreds boats and barks, the entire length of Hamburg’s waterfront.

Majestic parade, magic blue light

The whole scenery was staged in a sparkling-blue created by the light artist Michael Batz who dipped more than 120 objects, buildings and ships in magic blue light. Among these were striking features of Hamburg’s skyline such as the Köhlbrand Bridge, the St Michel’s church and the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s landmark concert hall. The Elbe river became a giant maritime blue catwalk – in the colour of seafarers.

Cruise feeling also on land

The whole weekend, Hamburg’s harbour front was transformed into a world of new experiences, creating a cruise holiday ambience on land with maritime markets, cultural, musical and culinary highlights, as well as opportunities for relaxation or activity. With altogether 600,000 guests at three days, the Hamburg Cruise Days were one of Europe’s tmost outstanding maritime events this year.

New concept for 2015

In 2015, Hamburg Cruise Days will team up with Seatrade Europe, the continent’s pre-eminent trade show for the cruise industry. This cooperation will form a one-of-a-kind cruise week from September 9 to 13, bringing tourists, service providers and industry representatives to Hamburg every two years. The aim is to develop Hamburg as one of the world’s most important cruise destination.

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