Hamburg is “trend”, even for cruise shipping. According to the latest growth statistics (2016) published by “Cruise Insight”, a cruise industry news magazine, Hamburg is the strongest growing port among the world’s 20 leading home ports. At 39% the cruise port on the River Elbe precedes Genoa (20% and Singapore (16.5%), assuring Hamburg of a spot among the top 20 of the world’s biggest home ports. This underlines the trend that sees more and more cruise lines positioning their vessels on the River Elbe.
"Hamburg’s terminals features berths and infrastructure of all types which is a huge plus when it comes to flexibility and efficiency. Cruise Gate Hamburg (CGH) operates Hamburg’s three cruise terminals - Steinwerder, Altona and HafenCity - which offer suitable berths for day visits or overnight calls as well as the perfect infrastructure for effective turnaround services, including excellent parking facilities,” praises CGH’s Managing Director, Sacha Rougier, the cruise port’s strengths.
“Hamburg has established itself as an all-year-round cruise destination. We are expecting some 800,000 cruise passengers this year,” says Jens Meier, CEO of HPA. “In particular, it’s the outstanding quality of our cruise terminals with their generous parking facilities, covered walkways and fast turnaround services that is appreciated all over the world.”
Together with Hamburg Cruise Net, Hamburg’s cruise network, local action are taken, such as the introduction of a “welcome culture” at the terminals, to highlight the attractiveness of the city and leave guests and cruise lines with a positive impression of Hamburg.
Hamburg continues to play a pioneering role in environmental protection. Various pilot projects are under way to reduce harmful impacts on the environment.
The Port of Hamburg is one of the few ports worldwide that offers cruise lines the option to use alternative, eco-friendly energy-supply systems. Vessels with the required equipment can rely on greener energy-supply sources such as LNG or shore power while at berth at one of the terminals of the Port of Hamburg.