“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 temporary 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

© Thomas Panzau


Modern architecture and a relaxed ambiance by the River Elbe provide the backdrop for the Art & Culture Theme Island. On all three days visitors are invited to admire driftwood sculptures, browse and buy high quality design and crafts at the DESIGNgift market. The city’s Open Monument event (9 and 10 September) takes place on the same weekend as the Hamburg Cruise Days, and the Hamburg Harbour Museum will be offering activities and collecting donations for the conservation of the Kampnagel cranes at the Holzhafen. 

This year, the MASH Steakhouse will be serving culinary delicacies and there will be live music and a poetry slam. A special highlight is Hamburg’s popular Silent Disco, where visitors put on headphones, choose between two music channels and enjoy the music and the view – either dancing or sitting down. 

2 Dinner in the Sky by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises


On Friday and Saturday guests are invited to reach for the stars: Hapag Lloyd Cruises presents the Captain’s Dinner in the Sky, a restaurant 50 metres above the ground which offers a spectacular view over the harbour. Guests can enjoy an exclusive set dinner created by star-winning chef Karlheinz Hauser. A true culinary highlight!

Information and tickets you can get here www.hl-cruises.de/hamburg-cruise-days-2017

3 Heimathafen & Showbühne

Uferpromenade (between StrandPauli and Fischauktionshalle)

From a great choice of food and drink to numerous stalls selling attractive products, this part of the event features a choice of Hamburg’s local hero products, and also includes the AIDA Photo Spot and the Hamburg Cruise Days Show Stage, presented by alsterradio. The Satisfaction Show presented by AIDA Entertainment – a spectacular extravaganza which can otherwise only be experienced on board an AIDA cruise ship – will be an unmissable highlight. 




4 Fernweh by MSC Kreuzfahrten

© MSC Cruises

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. At the Market of Opportunities info booths will provide details of excursions, destinations and river cruises by nicko cruises.


MSC Cruises will be offering another literal highlight on the “Mediterranean MSC Cruises Terrace”: a captive balloon that provides a spectacular vista high from above the Landungsbrücken over the event promenade, Hamburg’s harbour and Blue Port.

5 Costa. The italian way of discovering the world.

Flutschutzmauer (opposite the Rundbunker)

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

6 Promenade-Deck & Norwegian Cruise Line

Hafentor & Neue Flutschutzmauer

The information stand of the Hamburg Cruise Days is located at the Hafentor, where staff are on hand to answer questions about the event and the programme. Hamburg Cruise Days merchandising will be on sale and visitors can pick up their free copy of the event magazine, hamburg cruise mag. 

There will also be a smaller version of the AIDA holiday world here: the AIDA Selection Spot, where visitors can discover the AIDA Selection class and its slow cruising concept and get a tantalising taste of a 117-day AIDA world cruise on the AIDAaura. 

Along the Neue Flutschutzmauer a number of shipping lines – Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, TUI Cruises and the AIDA Mystery Spot – will be presenting their fleet and routes, making this the perfect place for cruise inspiration.

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 cater to all tastes. 

7 The “Mein Schiff” World

© TUI Cruises

Neue Flutschutzmauer (opposite the U-Bahn station Baumwall)

The “Mein Schiff” World along the renovated flood protection wall provides a glimpse of much more than just the port and the river. Visitors are invited to take a virtual tour of the “Mein Schiff “ fleet by TUI Cruises and explore the world of the cruise operator and its enticing range of services.

One lucky visitor will win a “Mein Schiff” cruise. And afterwards? The elegant steps are the perfect spot to sit, relax and watch the bustle in the port. 


8 AIDA Holiday World

© Thomas Panzau


AIDA, the premium partner of the Hamburg Cruise Days, is presenting its bespoke world of vacations at the Kehrwiederspitze against the beautiful backdrop of the Elbe River. One of the highlights is a wonderfully illuminated three-storey pavilion including an AIDA show cabin with a veranda, and exclusive spa with a sauna and a fabulous panorama.

Visitors are treated to live entertainment, a relaxed beach lounge, personal vacation advice and, for the first time, a culinary taster of the newest addition to the fleet, the AIDAnova, which celebrates its premiere in autumn 2018. In addition to the AIDA Holiday World, there are three other AIDA discovery spots along the harbour promenade: AIDA Mystery Spot, AIDA Selection Spot & AIDA Photo Spot.

9 Elbphilharmonie Open Air concert cinema with SAP

© Maxim Schulz

Platz der Deutschen Einheit, HafenCity

Welcome to one of the best concert halls in the world and Hamburg’s iconic new landmark – the Elbphilharmonie. Visitors to the Hamburg Cruise Days will be able to enjoy a concert here without needing a ticket. At the Platz der Deutschen Einheit on all three event days, concerts will be streamed live from the concert hall to a gigantic LED screen on the Cube, including the children’s concert “Reise in eine neue Welt” (journey to a new world) and Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Read here more informations about the programme.

Times: Friday from 2 pm until 10 pm, Saturday from 11 am until 10 pm and Sunday from 11 am until 8 pm.  

10 Tüdel un Tampen

© Thomas Panzau


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.

Opening hours: Friday from 2 pm until 11 pm, Saturday from 11 am until 11 pm and Sunday from 11 am until 8 pm. For more information: www.tuedel-un-tampen.de

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11 Rioja Gourmet Terraces

© Thomas Panzau

Magellan-Terrassen, HafenCity

This year, the Magellan-Terrassen will again be transformed into the Rioja Gourmet Terrace, bringing a Spanish fiesta to the Hamburg Cruise Days.

Hosted by one of the world’s most important wine-growing regions, the DOCa Rioja, it will feature the city’s biggest open-air wine bar, serving more than 50 fine wines 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. 

Video: Rioja at the Hamburg Cruise Days

12 Holsten Anchorage

Marco-Polen-Terrassen, HafenCity

Hamburg’s Holsten Brewery has produced beer at the heart of Hamburg since 1879 and is now delighted to welcome visitors to its Nordic beer garden on the waterfront with a view of the river and the Elbphilharmonie.

A cosy, maritime atmosphere, typical north-German food and a refreshing glass of draft Holsten beer – the perfect ingredients for a relaxing break.

13 Health & Fitness

© Nina Drewes

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 sports classes; booths will be providing information about sports, health, beauty and wellness options. The Theme Island is supervised by expert instructors from MeridianSpa.


14 Globetrotter Cruise Show

Unilever-Haus, HafenCity

This is the prime hotspot for everyone who wants to make their cruise dream 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.

Opening hours: Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm, Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm.

15 Cruise Village & Cruise + Career

© Ben Wadewitz

Großer Grasbrook, HafenCity

The Hamburg Cruise Village in the HafenCity is the heart of the event. This special location is almost within touching distance of the giant cruise ships, and visitors can enjoy maritime-style refreshments, music and performances here. The special highlight this year is the Theatre Square, the venue for foot-tapping maritime music and spectacular acrobatics.

At Cruise & Career, the Berliner Tor Business School, the University of Wismar/Wings, the Hamburg Business Development Corporation, HBT tradeschool and Flensburg University of Applied Sciences will be presenting their courses with a focus on cruises. 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. This Theme Island is presented by Hamburg Cruise Net.