When it comes to cruise locations, Hamburg is the world's number one destination for maritime entertainment and cruise events. Over the past few days, the north German port city once again confirmed its position when seven cruise liners transformed the River Elbe into one big stage for the cruise world – at last weekend’s HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY festival. And only three days earlier, the cruise liner MSC Preziosa had called at the port of Hamburg for the very first time. And yet this was just the start of a spectacular cruise summer season, with many first-time arrivals, the spectacular ship launching ceremony of Mein Schiff 6 at the Elbphilharmonie as well as the Hamburg Cruise Days – the world's largest cruise event coming up in September.
Just like in previous years, last weekend, the banks of the Elbe served as the setting for a one-of-a-kind party. The port festival attracted more than one million visitors – making it the largest port festival in the world. The maritime party was transformed into a fully-fledged cruise event by the arrival of seven international cruise ships.
In the matter of four days, the MS Amadea, the MS Astor, the MSC Preziosa as well as four AIDA ships – AIDAprima, AIDAvita, AIDAluna and AIDAsol – arrived at the Hamburg terminals, providing both passengers and guests to Hamburg with an unparalleled cruise experience.
This year’s “birthday guests” included the new MSC Preziosa, which celebrated its first-time arrival at Hamburg’s port only two days prior to the HAFENBURGSTAG HAMBURG port festival. The MSC shipping company is now positioning its latest fleet member in Hamburg. From here it will start its voyages to the most beautiful destinations in Northern and Western Europe between May and November.
The arrival of the MSC Preziosa, however, was just the beginning of a series of first-time arrival events this summer – which once again demonstrates that Hamburg is one of the most popular cruise ports in Europe. More and more large-scale cruise ships will be entering the port of Hamburg for the very first time, among them the Norwegian Jade (2,466 passengers) arriving on 4 June and the Independence of the Sea (3,634 passengers) arriving on 12 July. The Silver Wind of Silversea Cruises, which will be calling at Hamburg‘s port on 10 September, is adding to the list of large-scale luxury vessels to arrive in Hamburg.
(More information: www.hamburg-tourismus.de)