“Shore leave” along the waterfront – an overview of the Theme Islands

Join us on some shore leave! The four-kilometre long event area at the Hamburg Cruise Days extends along the waterfront of the River Elbe from the Cruise Center in the HafenCity to the Cruise Center Altona. The map shows you where you can find the fifteen Theme Islands at the Hamburg Cruise Days this year. Come on by and experience the wonderful world of cruising on dry land!

The events will take place here from Friday to Sunday at the following times:

2PM–11PM HafenCity and Holzhafen 
2PM–12PM Baumwall to Fischmarkt



1 Art & Culture

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Modern architecture and a relaxed ambiance by the River Elbe provide the backdrop for the Art & Culture Theme Island. On all three days visitors will be able to watch live wood art here and have the opportunity to buy high quality design and crafts. There is also a strong emphasis on joining in: live music and a dancefloor are a tempting invitation to shake a leg. With swing on Friday, Latin on Saturday and tango on Sunday, there is an attractive programme for all dance tastes. The host is the B&L Group, one of Germany’s most renowned project developers of office and shopping property. Catering is provided by Support & Catering from Norderstedt.

2 Dinner in the Sky by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

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On Saturday guests are invited to reach for the stars: Dinner in the Sky is the name of one of the new attractions at the Hamburg Cruise Days 2015 – a restaurant 50 metres above the ground, hosted by Hapag Lloyd Cruises on Saturday. At a dizzying height, guests can enjoy an exclusive dinner created by Michelin starred chef Karlheinz Hauser and EUROPA kitchen chef Thorsten Gillert including a breathtaking view across the port. A culinary highlight!

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3 Kreuzfahrt & Karriere

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Uferpromenade (between StrandPauli and Fischauktionshalle)

On Friday and Saturday during the event numerous partners and institutions will be presenting their apprenticeship and training programmes in the cruise sector. Anyone interested in the career aspect of cruises is invited to find out more about the various career paths and jobs in the cruise industry. Exhibitors include the Berliner Tor Business School, the EBC College, the Hamburg Hotel College and HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration; the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences will even be bringing a ship management simulator and a technical ship simulator. The new Theme Island is presented by Cruise Net Hamburg.

4 NDR-Showbühne & Heimathafen

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Uferpromenade (between StrandPauli and Fischauktionshalle)

The Heimathafen (home port) is located right next to the AIDA Activity Deck. From a great choice of food and drink to numerous stalls selling attractive products, this part of the event features everything that is typical of Hamburg. The Hamburg Cruise Days Show Stage is also located here. Every day during the event there will be a great show programme with acts, live music and plenty of entertainment.



5 AIDA Activity-Deck

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(between StrandPauli and Fischauktionshalle

The premium partner of the Hamburg Cruise Days, AIDA Cruises, will be hosting an Activity-Deck here for young and old. While youngsters get to whizz around the mobile ice rink, older visitors can test their balance on the rope course or unwind in the Zen Garden.

6 Fernweh by MSC Kreuzfahrten

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St. Pauli Landungsbrücken

If, as you stroll along the promenade, soaking up the maritime atmosphere, you suddenly succumb to a longing for far-away places, then Landungsbrücken is the perfect place to head to. At the Theme Island “Fernweh by MSC Cruises” countries from all around the world will be presenting typical products and food, while info booths provide useful facts and details of travel options. MSC Cruises will be offering another literal highlight on the “Mediterranean MSC Cruises Terrace”: a captive balloon that provides a spectacular vista high above the Landungsbrücken and over the event promenade, Hamburg’s harbour and the Blue Port.

7 Shopping

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Flood barrier

An inviting string of stalls by the waterside and along the lofty heights of the new flood protection wall beckon shoppers to browse, wander and linger. A wide choice of top-class food and beverage stalls caters to all tastes.

8 Costa Cruises

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The italian way of discovering the world.
Flutschutzmauer (Opposite the Rundbunker)

A relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle – on the banks of the River Elbe. Costa Cruises invites visitors to discover the unrivalled Italian approach to cruising – a wonderful mixture of hospitality and passion, pleasure and complete relaxation.

9 The “Mein Schiff” World

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Neue Flutschutzmauer (opposite the U-Bahn station Baumwall)

Thanks to the TUI Mein Schiff cruise liner world of experience, there is much more to be seen along Hamburg’s redesigned flood wall than the harbour and the River Elbe. Donning a pair of cyber spectacles, inquisitive visitors can make a virtual tour of Mein Schiff 3 and explore the ship close-up. And that’s not all, TUI Cruises issues an open invitation to find out more about the shipping line itself and also the latest addition to its fleet, Mein Schiff 4, which will also be taking part in the grand Hamburg Cruise Days parade.

10 AIDA Holiday World

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AIDA ist mehr als Urlaub, AIDA ist ein Lebensgefühl – und die wohl entspannteste Art, die Welt zu entdecken. Als Premiumpartner der Hamburg Cruise Days präsentiert AIDA auf der Kehrwiederspitze eine Urlaubswelt mit schönstem Blick auf die Elbe. Ein Höhepunkt: der Nachbau einer Kabine des künftigen Flaggschiffs AIDAprima. Die „AIDA Beachlounge“ lädt zum Entspannen und Wohlfühlen ein und präsentiert weitere Highlights aus der Welt von AIDA.

11 Tüdel un Tampen/Market

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Maritime items, heritage treasures and traditional crafts: all this and much more will be on sale at the “Tüdel un Tampen“ maritime market on the pontoons at the Traditionsschiffhafen. With the wooden masts swaying to the beat of the waves and the seagulls squawking, this is the ideal place to browse old treasures or enjoy a cool beer by the side of the River Elbe.

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12 Rioja Gourmet Terraces

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Magellan-Terrassen, HafenCity

Visitors can look forward to sampling the sensuous pleasures of the Spanish lifestyle at the Magellan-Terrassen, which this year will again be transformed into the “Rioja Gourmet Terrace”, hosted by one of the world’s most important wine-growing regions, the DOCa Rioja. With a choice of more than 60 fine wines at the bar and a delectable range of original Spanish tapas created by the inspired “Rolling Taste” chefs, guests can relax in the lounge under the “Magic Sky” and enjoy the sounds of Latino soul, rhythmic flamenco and urban jazz on the Rioja Stage.

Video: Rioja at the Hamburg Cruise Days

13 Spa & Sports

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Marco-Polo-Terrassen, HafenCity

Sports, relaxation, healthy food and pampering are clustered together at the Marco-Polo-Terrassen. Visitors are invited to try out open-air fitness activities in walk-in yoga and zumba classes, or test their strength in a weight-lifting competition. The Theme Island is supervised by expert instructors from MeridianSpa.


Golf on the water? Only at the Hamburg Cruise Days! At the Marco-Polo-Terrassen the Golf Lounge will be inviting visitors to sample the joys of the game in the city’s most unusual setting by teeing off from the roof of a container far across the Elbe River.


14 Globetrotter Cruise Show

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Unilever House

This is the prime hotspot for everyone who wants to make their cruise dreams come true. At the Globetrotter Cruise Show visitors are invited to immerse themselves in a world of river cruises, sailing cruises, expeditions, family and luxury cruises. The inspiring programme includes stimulating presentations, talks and special offers. Globetrotter’s cruise experts and staff from some of the world’s biggest cruise operators will be providing information and fascinating facts.

One of the special highlights is the AIDA 360° Experience: with the aid of the brand new AIDA smart glasses, visitors will be able to explore the AIDAprima and AIDAblu ships in a virtual tour.

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Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10AM – 6PM.

15 Cruise Village

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Großer Grasbrook, HafenCity

The Hamburg Cruise Village in the HafenCity is the beating heart of the event. This special location sums up the appeal of the event: almost within touching distance of the giant cruise ships, visitors can savour maritime-style refreshments and sit back and enjoy a colourful entertainment programme with music and performances. The special highlight this year is the Theatre Square which is the venue for charming and amusing cabaret performances.

Cabaret & Stage

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All along the waterfront

Take part and join in? Or simply relax and enjoy the many big and small cultural events? With numerous stages and a wealth of walk-in and side acts along the waterfront, the choice is yours entirely! There will be concerts, aerial acrobatic shows and mobile performances. The key locations are the Tanzboden in the Holzhafen, the big NDR Show Stage at the Uferpromenade, the Rioja Gourmet Terrace and the open stage in the Cruise Village.