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Hamburg launches cruise season with two top class events

Over 1 million visitors at Port Anniversary fest - "Mein Schiff 6" to be launched at Elbphilharmonie in June

Hamburg’s 828th Port Anniversary celebrations ended at the weekend with a total of seven luxury vessels in the harbour and after an impressive show. This year’s “birthday guests” included the new MSC Preziosa, which celebrated its first arrival in Hamburg just two days earlier and marked the start of a spectacular summer in cruise shipping. The upcoming events include the ship launching ceremony of “Mein Schiff 6” at the Elbphilharmonie as well as the Hamburg Cruise Days – the world’s largest cruise event in September.

“Mein Schiff 6” to be launched at Elbphilharmonie

For many years, Hamburg has been promoting itself as a cruise location and maritime destination with spectacular ship-launching ceremonies. TUI Cruises plans to launch the company’s most recent vessel, the Mein Schiff 6, on June 1, 2017 at the Elbphilharmonie. The patroness of this ceremony will be Latvian artist Iveta Apkalna, head organist at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall. She performs as a soloist in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and at renowned music festivals.

Over 1 million vistors at anniversary celebrations

The 828th Port Anniversary fest is the world’s largest and attracted over 1 million visitors this year. Seven international cruise ships arrived for the event. In just four days, the MS Amadea, the MS Astor, the MSC Preziosa as well as four AIDA ships – AIDAprima, AIDAvita, AIDAluna and AIDAsol – arrived at terminals in Hamburg. The AIDAprima celebrated its first anniversary after its launch in Hamburg last year. Since then, it has departed Hamburg on 52 trips around western Europe. The Rostock-based shipping company is one of the most prominent players in Hamburg this year, with a total of 81 arrivals by six cruise liners.

First arrival of MSC fleet in Hamburg

More and more large-scale cruise ships will be entering the port of Hamburg for the first time this summer including the Norwegian Jade (2,466 passengers) on June 4, 2017, the Independence of the Sea (3,634 passengers) on July 12, 2017 and the Silver Wind of Silversea Cruises on September 10, 2017. All of this year’s arrivals and more information about cruise shipping can be found on

Record attendance at Hamburg Cruise Days 2017

The most spectacular cruise event will kick off with the 6th Hamburg Cruise Days from September 8-10, 2017 and will transform the port into a big stage for the cruise industry and fans. A record ten cruise liners are scheduled to take part this year. Participating ships include the AIDAprima (AIDA Cruises), the MSC Preziosa (MSC Cruises), the Europa and the Europa 2 (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises), the Mein Schiff 3 (TUI Cruises), the MS Albatros and the MS Amadea (Phoenix Reisen), the Silver Wind (Silversea Cruises), as well as the Norwegian Jade (Norwegian Cruise Line) and the Sans Souci (Plantours) – which will be the first appearance of a river cruise ship at the event. The port will be illuminated as part of the “Blue Port Hamburg” ight installation on September 1, 2017 and creating a unique atmosphere during the weekend.

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