Seven cruise ships, more than 500,000 visitors, hot days and blue nights: the Hamburg Cruise Days 2012 come to a close

Hamburg, we all joined you in waving at ships – and it was wonderful! The evening departure of the MS/ASTOR and the Queen Mary 2 on Sunday, 19 August 2012, brought the Hamburg Cruise Days to an end. “The event was a great success”, said the delighted organizers, Uwe Bergmann of the event agency uba gmbh and Katja Derow of the communications agency red roses communications. “We reached even more visitors than in the previous years and succeeded in firmly establishing the Hamburg Cruise Days as a unique event in Hamburg. We are particularly pleased that our idea of the Shore Leave programme on land was received with such great enthusiasm, and it motivates and inspires us to expand this theme at the next event.” 
For the third time, the Port of Hamburg became a hot spot for all cruise enthusiasts: a total of seven cruise liners called in on the city between 17 and 19 August. In radiant sunshine and with temperatures of up to 32° Celsius, more than 500,000 visitors celebrated in the event area along Hamburg’s waterfront. At 11 Theme Islands, spread out along the waterside from the HafenCity to Altona, visitors enjoyed a varied music and show programme, culinary treats, sports, children’s activities and shopping. The highlight every evening was the Blue Port by Michael Batz, which illuminated the port in a magical blue light. The Hamburg Cruise Days Parade was a visitor magnet on Saturday evening: 250,000 spectators watched as five cruise liners and countless escort boats sailed downriver, accompanied by a firework display. The parade was broadcast live by NDR in a special programme. Thorsten Kausch, managing director of Hamburg Tourismus GmbH, was thrilled by the success of the event: “The end of the Hamburg Cruise Days today brings a wonderful week for Hamburg to a close. After the highly emotional welcome ceremony for Germany’s Olympic team, the Hamburg Cruise Days with the Blue Port was an inspiring event which provided so many impressive images. It was a truly radiant event thanks to the Blue Port, two firework displays, the wonderful weather and – last, but certainly not least – the radiant faces of the people of Hamburg and our guests.”