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New Cruise Year Record in 2014 with 189 Ships Calling at Hamburg

Port of Hamburg reports a growth of seven per cent in the cruise sector. Dream vessels brought nearly 600,000 passengers to Hamburg.

590,000 passengers and 189 ship calls made 2014 another record cruise season for Hamburg. Last ship of this year’s parade of dream vessels will be Phoenix Reisen’s MS Artania, calling at Hamburg 21 December. For 2015, the Hamburg Cruise Center (HCC) expects a continued stable demand.

More calls

“By the end of the season, we expect passenger volumes to total 590,000 guests. Compared to the previous year, this represents a growth of almost 7 per cent (2013: 552,459)”, said Gerd Drossel, managing director of HCC. In 2014, 189 cruise ships called at the Port of Hamburg, an increase of 6.2 per cent compared to 2013. 180 trips started or ended in Hamburg, 52 calls were en route, nine calls were transits. Figures of turnaround guests that started or ended their voyage in Hamburg climbed by one per cent to 95 per cent (2013: 94 per cent). “Hamburg strengthened as the number one German cruise ports by not only boasts the highest number of turnaround guests in the 2014 season, but also the highest number of total calls”, Drossel said.

Germans are passionate about cruising

In 2014, German cruise guests accounted for 85 per cent of Hamburg’s total passenger volume (2013: 80.1 per cent). Hamburg thus confirmed its position as perfect entry and exit port for the German cruise clientele. In 2014, the fast-growing German source market (2013: 1.7 million) recorded greater gains than the British and American source markets. Also the trend of cruises from/to your own front door is favoring Hamburg growth as a global cruise destination.

Highly appreciated by Italians

International visitors figures of the Hamburg’s cruise industry show that Hamburg is a favourite with many nations, particularly with Italians. With 15,500 guests, they accounted for 2.6 per cent of international guests. 14,000 Italian guests started or ended their travels in Hamburg, 1,500 Italian passengers discovered the city in transit. The enormous increase in the share of Italian passengers is due to the re-positioning of MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises with regular arrivals and departures from Hamburg.

Closely followed by Swiss customers

Swiss guests are ranked third in Hamburg’s cruise statistics. With 2.2 per cent, they accounted for 13,000 arrivals or departures. Two per cent of international customers came from the United Kingdom. Out of 12,000 passengers, 8,000 passed Hamburg in transit, 4,000 started or ended their trip in Hamburg when travelling on Cunard’s ships. 1.7 per cent of international guests each came from Austria, France, and the United States; only 1.2 per cent from Spain.

Hamburg: home of the entire cruise industry

Shipping lines not only appreciate Hamburg as a fascinating destination for their guests, but also benefit from the port’s huge range of services. Thus, they call at Hamburg to add a visit to the shipyard before or after a cruise, or combine a planned dry-dock period with an additional run in the Hanseatic city. The port of Hamburg is Europe’s second largest container port and an important universal port. In Hamburg, they find a maritime companies, suppliers and service providers. Boasting more than 135 years of expertise in the shipbuilding industry, the shipyard of Blohm + Voss enjoys a global reputation for ship conversion and ship repair in the cruise sector.

Shipyards benefit

Thus, a “Favoured Customer Agreement” has recently been signed by the shipyard and the cruise line Carnival Corporation, making Blohm + Voss a “Preferred Supplier” for all MRO services of fCarnival’s fleet in Europe. Blohm + Voss is the only North-European shipyard selected by Carnival Group and contracted with such an agreement.

By the end of 2014, Blohm + Voss will have serviced nine cruise ships (2013: 6 ships) in his docks. Royal Caribbean’s MS Quantum of the Seas is undergoing checks in the dock Elbe 17 In November and December, with MS Black Watch, MS Braemar, MS Aurora, and MS Balmoral to follow. Residence time of cruise ships in blohm + Voss’ docks in 2014 totalled 106 days (2013: 93 days).

Cruise 2015: the demand remains stable

For the coming year, the industry expects a stable demand. Gerd Drossel: “The capacity per ship continues to rise in Northern Europe. Therefore, ever larger ships will be callling at Hamburg and serviced at its cruise terminals. Already confirmed as next year’s arrivals are, for instance, MSC Splendida with 3,247 beds, replacing MSC Magnifica with a passenger capacity of 2,518 guests. MSC Splendida will thus be the largest single cruise ship calling at Hamburg. The highest passenger volumes, however, will still be brought to Hamburg by AIDA Cruises that calls Hamburg its home base.

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Economic Impact of the Cruise Industry

According to a survey by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce based on 2013’s figures, the revenues generated by the booming cruising industry amount to nearly 25 million euro. Taking into account the value creation by cruise passengers and the ships’ crews spending a total of 21 million euro, the sum is even higher. But passengers are not the only ones to leave money behind them in the city – there are also day tourists who travel to Hamburg for ship’s christenings, Cruise Days, and other industry-related events. The value creation resulting from visits to the city by this category of person totalled approximately 32 million euro last year. As the fourth and last area, the study investigates the effects of the cruise industry on other industrial sectors. The value creation of all these associated with the cruise industry is around 192 million euros. All together, the cruise industry thus contributes 270 million euro to the economy of the Hanseatic city.

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