Hamburg’s growing popularity as a cruise destination is not least due to spectacular events, such as the Hamburg Cruise Days and the Blue Port Hamburg, a combined event that draws large crowds.
The high-profile maritime event, which next takes place from 8 to 10 September 2017, lures hundreds of thousands of cruise enthusiasts to the port and together with the Harbour’s Birthday (5-7 May 2017) has become one of the major events in the Hanseatic city’s event calendar.
Their importance is reflected in the commitment of cruise liner companies, which has been increasing for years. Next year’s sixth Hamburg Cruise Days are expected to see record participation levels. No fewer than 10 cruise ships will call at the Hanseatic city over the Hamburg Cruise Days weekend: the Aida Prima, MSC Preziosa, Europa and Europa 2, Mein Schiff 3, Albatros and Amadea, Silver Wind, Norwegian Jade, and the river cruise ship Sans Souci .
Their parade will be one of the largest – if not the largest – parade of ships in the world. On the eve of the event’s Saturday 6 cruise ships, accompanied by 24 smaller boats and a brilliant display of fireworks, will sail down the River Elbe. Other highlights on the water will be a fireworks display on Friday night and “Cruise Night” with many of the passenger boats offering themed boat rides on the River Elbe.
Michael Batz lighting artist will once again transform the port and Hamburg’s most beautiful sights into a sea of blue at night by illuminating over one hundred objects in the port
Of particular importance for the cruise industry is the combination of public event and business event : Therefore it has been decided to the Hamburg Cruise Days, a spectator’s event, simultaneously with international industry events such as Seatrade Europe.