The Business Deck – a new platform for an industry-wide dialogue

The Business Deck, a new, high-carat expert workshop format, sees the Hamburg Cruise Days setting its own focus and sparking new ideas for the future of the cruise industry. The Business Deck will take place for the first time on 13 September 2019. The event’s academic partners are the renowned ISM – International School of Management and EBC University Hamburg. The key topic, which will be explored in the next few years, is “The Future of Cruises”; in 2019, the Business Deck will focus on destination development and management. “


The wonderful world of cruises – on dry land: welcome to the Hamburg Cruise Days Theme Islands. The riverside programme from Holzhafen to HafenCity features great entertainment and food, events and performances, maritime life and an inspiring ambiance.

SHIPS 2019

Three Cruise Centers await the stars of the Hamburg Cruise Days 2019. For details of which ship docks where and when, read on.

Event Times

We’ve got a fantastic programme lined up for you again in 2019! Details to follow, but here are the times for the events on Friday through Sunday.

Light-up Blue Port Hamburg

Let there be light! As always, a good week before the Hamburg Cruise Days kick off the official light-up event for Blue Port Hamburg takes place. Don’t forget to bring your mobile phone – and add to the ocean of blue!

The spectacular cruise ship sailings

Watching the ships, waving at them and enjoying the unique atmosphere along Hamburg’s riverside is almost as good as taking an actual cruise. Here you’ll find a list of the ship arrivals for the Hamburg Cruise Days in 2019.

Hamburg Cruise Days Parade

It’s one of the most thrilling moments of the Hamburg Cruise Days: festively illuminated cruise ships sail majestically down the Elbe, through the port bathed in a magical blue light. This spectacle is accompanied by a fleet of escort boats, a firework display and loud oohs and aahhs from spectators along the riverside.

Preview Event

What’s the next port of call? Well, for the Hamburg Cruise Days it’s 2019: from 13 through 15 September some of the world’s most stunning cruise ships will be calling in on the city.