The day everybody has been waiting for has finally come. Yesterday the first sod was turned at the construction site located in the southern section of HafenCity’s Überseequartier [overseas quarter]. The new cruise terminal will be built on an area the size of some 260,000 square metres. It will be integrated into a shopping mall surrounded by office and residential buildings and is expected to be completed in 2021.
“Integrating a cruise terminal into a shopping, hotel and entertainment complex is a highly modern approach. The shipping companies will be pleased with the additional options the new terminal offers, and Hamburg as a cruise port will definitely benefit,” says Sacha Rougier, Managing Director of Cruise Gate Hamburg that operates Hamburg’s three cruise terminals.
“The new [HafenCity] quarter will be an invitation to Hamburg’s citizens, tourists and cruise passengers to take a stroll, linger and look around,” said Olaf Scholz, Hamburg’s First Mayor, at the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday held by Unibail-Rodamco, the French commercial property company that will build the complex. The three striking office towers with glass façades that will rise up to the sky right next to the terminal will certainly be a sight to behold for those who arrive at HafenCity aboard a cruise ship.