Journeys to the Land of Fantasy

Fascinating landscapes with a wild, otherworldly beauty – and places are the embodiment of the fantasy world of cult series Game of Thrones. These destinations offer extreme adventures and sing their very own songs of fire and ice.

Bella Italia reloaded

If you travel, you get to see new countries, experience new cultures, people and beliefs. And if you travel on the Costa Smeralda, this experience starts the minute you step on board. Costa Crociere’s new LNG flagship is Italy – largely thanks to Adam D. Tihany, one of the world’s most renowned architects.

A film about life on the bridge: “Kapitäne”

Many people dream of being a captain. The documentary “Kapitäne” takes a moving and compelling look at the reality of being in charge on the bridge and presents five strong personalities.  

“Hamburg means a lot to us”

With the christening of MSC Grandiosa in November and the unveiling of the exciting routes for next year, MSC is increasingly focusing on Hamburg. Christian Hein, who has been Managing Director of MSC Cruises Germany since April, reveals why the city is important for him and the company.

Every straw counts: Plastic and the oceans

On beaches, in rivers and seas, the Artic ice and 11 kilometres under the surface of the ocean: plastic is everywhere – and it’s our fault. Now, the cruise industry is launching targeted projects to take action against plastic waste.

The head chef recommends: passion and a smile

David Zischank’s career picked up speed when he came to AIDA. In 2010, Zischank joined the team on board as a cook. He gradually rose through the ranks, going from Junior Sous Chef to Sous Chef to his present position as Executive Chef of AIDAdiva, a position that puts him in charge of all restaurants on board. He shares his personal highlights, goals and useful tips for applicants.


Seeing the world with fresh eyes: the WORLD EXPLORER

Many roads lead to art – and one of them starts on the sea. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises organises special themed cruises and displays unique artworks on board, providing access to thought-provoking culture and inspiring nature.

Seeing the world with fresh eyes: the WORLD EXPLORER

The new WORLD EXPLORER by nicko cruises is setting off to discover the world: a small expedition ship that explorers and cruise fans will love equally. We take a look around on board and meet the people who have already lost their hearts to the ship – the crew.

Have we forgotten how to relax?

When was the last time you really and truly switched off? A survey conducted by TUI Cruises returned some alarming results: only 8% of us regularly achieve that necessary state of relaxation that allows us to recuperate. So here are some suggestions for taking time off and treating all your senses to some essential TLC on board.

Travel like Leif the Lucky

Following in the footsteps of great explorers adds an exciting twist to a cruise. We look back at the daring heroes of the oceans – and invite you to recreate their journeys, but with all mod cons!

Ship naming ceremonies – “… and good luck to all who sail on her!“

A naming ceremony is believed to bring good fortune to the new vessel. Once the bottle of bubbly smashes against the hull, the crew and all aboard can count on Neptune’s blessings. But there’s more to a ship’s christening than good wishes and the auspicious sacrifice of some wine.

Storytellers at sea

Author on board! Writers have always enjoyed travelling (for many different reasons) – we present some cruising authors and invite you to join us on a short literary cruise!

Safety first

Carnival Corporation, the world’s biggest cruise company, monitors its fleet around the clock from a number of locations, including Hamburg. We visited the Fleet Operations Center in HafenCity.

Bollywood on Board

Adel Sajan, a billionaire’s son, and Sana Kahn, a beauty queen, tied the knot in a lavish Indian wedding on board a cruise ship along with 1200 guests. What sounds like a Bollywood script actually took place on the Costa Fascinosa.

Nobody gets past us

Every time a cruise ship arrives at the port of Hamburg, the harbour pilots take over and guide it safely to the pier. hamburg cruise mag joined them on the bridge of Mein Schiff 1.

Data ahoy!

Digital communication and digital processes
are playing an increasingly important role on board: we take a glimpse behind the scenes.

Sailing into greener waters

Despite all the gloomy prophecies, current industry developments show that environmental protection and cruises are not mutually exclusive. We took a look at what cruise lines are doing to boost sustainability.

The discovery of slowness

River cruise operators can only dream of emulating the boom their ocean cruising cousins are enjoying. But river travel is fast gaining in popularity, for a number of very good reasons….

An approach that benefits everyone

Stefan Kredel, a Bavarian and a man
who loves to travel the world, is chief scout for Silversea Cruises. How does one become a cruise scout? What does a scout do? And how do you to give encounters with other countries and cultures a deeper, more sustainable meaning?

Ships with a past

Think that cruise ships glide uneventfully through life? Think again! Some cruise ships have histories to rival any ripping yarn. We present three legends that are definitely not tall tales.

There’s no business like show business

It takes months of meticulous rehearsals at the AIDA Entertainment studios to prepare the spectacular shows on board the AIDA ships. hamburg cruise mag was invited backstage.