Event Highlights at a Glance

The light-up of BLUE PORT HAMBURG

© Manuel Lebowsky

Art at the touch of a button: The BLUE PORT HAMBURG light installation began bathing the harbour in blue light a whole week before the start of Hamburg Cruise Days. With every passing day, the artwork extends a little further into the harbour, bringing its magical blue glow to more buildings and landmarks.

WHEN: 4.9.2015

Costa Kreuzfahrten Firework Display

© Costa Kreuzfahrten

A glittering highlight at the close of the first day: Costa Kreuzfahrten will be turning the night sky over the Elbe a beguiling blue with a spectacular firework display to match the Blue Port Hamburg.

WHEN: 11.9.2015,
approx. 10.15 pm

The Grand Hamburg Cruise Days Parade

© Manuel Lebowsky

The one and only, the Grand Hamburg Cruise Days Parade! Gorgeously illuminated cruise liners sail majestically down river past the blue lights of the harbour and as each passes, it receives a greeting and its own burst of fireworks. A small “armada” of boats and barges forms the accompanying convoy. The NDR broadcasts a special show dedicated to the parade.

WHEN: 12.9.2015,
approx. 9.20 pm

The big ship departures on Sunday evening

© Cunard Line / Ivansarfatti.com

On Sunday morning, the MSC Splendida and the Queen Mary 2  - the two heavyweights of the Hamburg Cruise Days - will be sailing into the port of Hamburg. The evening departure of the two ocean-going giants will be the grand finale of the event.

WHEN: 13.9.2015