Onwards and upwards: the success story of the Hamburg Cruise Days continues Planning for Hamburg Cruise Days 2015 in full swing

Following the huge success of the Hamburg Cruise Days 2014, the planning for next year’s Cruise Days is now in full swing. As many as eight luxury liners have signed up for next year’s event, which is due to take place from 11 to 13 September 2015. For the first time in the history of the Hamburg Cruise Days, the event will be preceded by the Seatrade Europe convention. By jointly hosting these two major events, Hamburg is creating the world’s first and only cruise week. What is more, the BLUE PORT HAMBURG light installation will bathe Hamburg’s port in magical blue light – from 7 to 13 September 2015. 

In August 2014, some 600,000 visitors joined the Hamburg Cruise Days in the heart of Hamburg’s port. Guests to the event were captivated by the giant cruise ships on the water, and hugely entertained by the diverse programme of events along the banks of the River Elbe. This is ample reason for the organisers to retain their successful event concept and to further optimise the concept for the upcoming Hamburg Cruise Days, taking place from 11 to 13 September 2015. At next year’s event, the area between the Cruise Center HafenCity and the Cruise Center Altona will once again be turned into a unique cruise-themed world of experience.

The real stars of the event are of course the queens of the ocean. The following eight cruise liners will be taking part in the Hamburg Cruise Days 2015:

  • Costa neoRomantica (Costa Crocière)
  • Amadea (Phoenix Reisen)
  • AIDAbella (AIDA Cruises)
  • Mein Schiff 4 (TUI Cruises)
  • MS DEUTSCHLAND (Peter Deilmann Cruises)
  • MS EUROPA (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
  • MSC Splendida (MSC Cruises)
  • Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line)

The first of the participating ships, the Costa neoRomantica and the Amamdea, will be arriving on Friday, 11 September. Saturday will see the arrival of Mein Schiff 4, the MS EUROPA, the MS DEUTSCHLAND, and the AIDAbella, all of which will also take part in the Hamburg Cruise Days Parade on Saturday night. The last ships to be welcomed to Hamburg will be the Queen Mary 2 and the MSC Splendida, which are due to drop anchor in the port on Sunday.

Event organiser Uwe Bergmann of uba gmbh explains: “The record attendance at this year’s event confirms that visitors responded enthusiastically to our programme on land. This is why we will hold on to this concept and optimise it further for the benefit of future guests and the city. Event organiser Katja Derow of red roses communications GmbH adds: “The Hamburg Cruise Days 2015 will be even more colourful and more diverse – an event that will shine far beyond Hamburg’s city boundaries.”

The Hamburg Cruise Days were first held in 2008 and have turned into a biennial crowd-pulling event ever since. In 2015, the regular schedule (i.e. every other year in even-numbered years) will be interrupted to accommodate for the newly created “cruise week” from 7 to 13 September 2015. The cruise week will comprise the Seatrade Europe, the cruise industry’s second-largest trade, the fvw CruiseLive convention, the travel sales event for the cruise industry, and the Hamburg Cruise Days. From 2015, the Hamburg Cruise Days and the Seatrade Europe will be held in parallel biennially – the dates for 2017 are 6 to 10 September.

Thorsten Kausch, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau, explains: “The Hamburg Cruise Days and BLUE PORT HAMBURG have become an integral part of Hamburg’s calendar of events. With this new, unique cruise week, we are once again strengthening Hamburg as a cruise location. We look forward to using these synergies to boost Hamburg’s profile and promote the world of cruise lining even further.”

As part of the BLUE PORT HAMBURG project designed by light artist Michael Batz, the port of Hamburg and some of the city’s most striking monuments will once again be bathed in magical blue light for a full week, from 7 to 13 September 2015. The lighting-up ceremony will take place on Monday before the actual start of the Hamburg Cruise Days. “The BLUE PORT HAMBURG project has been developed greatly in 2014. It is of course our aim to continue this success story – which is an ambitious goal and a real challenge,” states light artist Michael Batz.