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Full steam ahead: Hamburg Cruise Days and Blue Port Hamburg take over the port in September

From 8-10 September 2023, when the Hamburg Cruise Days moors in the port, the city again becomes a stage for the glittering world of cruises. The world’s most beautiful cruise festival is back after the pandemic and a boutique edition last year – with stunning ships and a lavish, engaging programme along the waterfront, including Blue Port Hamburg and spectacular event highlights like the Grand Parade on Saturday evening. AIDA Cruises is again the event’s Premium Partner.

The first Hamburg Cruise Days after the pandemic come to a highly successful end

The Hamburg Cruise Days pur ended with sunshine on Sunday – and despite the different conditions, once again proved that the event truly is the world’s most spellbinding cruise festival: with 135,000 cruise fans, an inspiring shore programme, five impressive cruise ships, two breath-taking evening shows on the Elbe River – and captivating images and messages that went out around the world from Hamburg.

A celebration of cruises and a spectacular highlight

A longing for ocean travel and the fascination of cruises: no other event showcases this captivating combination quite like the Hamburg Cruise Days. On the second day of the event, thousands of visitors along the riverside in Hamburg’s port enjoyed an inspiring shore programme as well as a spectacular evening display of two cruise ships accompanied by lights, drones and music on the Elbe River.

The start of the Hamburg Cruise Days pur 2022

Finally, the long wait is over: after the pandemic put a halt to the event for several years, the 8th Hamburg Cruise Days was officially opened on Friday afternoon. The thrilling event, which this year is intentionally being held as a smaller boutique version – hence the “pur” suffix – attracted thousands of cruise fans to the harbour. In a suitably spectacular style, the event kicked off with a double bill of legends: the light-up of the Blue Port Hamburg illuminations and the visit of the Queen Mary 2.

The Hamburg Cruise Days pur 2022 and Blue Port Hamburg invite you to experience the Port of Hamburg

The Hamburg Cruise Days are the most spectacular cruise festival in the world. So, it is hardly surprising that tens of thousands of maritime enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Hamburg’s port area every two years to experience in person this thrilling and moving event staged over land and water. After a forced break due to the pandemic, a “special edition” of the internationally acclaimed maritime event will now take place between 19 and 21 August 2022, making it the eighth time it has been held at the Port of Hamburg. On board once more – Michael Batz, with his Blue Port Hamburg light installation, and AIDA Cruises, the event’s premium partner.

The Hamburg Cruise Days and Blue Port Hamburg return to the Port of Hamburg in August

There hasn’t been a large urban event at the Port of Hamburg since 2019. Now the wait is over: the port will once again become a stage this summer, when the Hamburg Cruise Days and Blue Port Hamburg invite visitors to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of cruises. An atmospheric programme on land and at sea awaits guests from 19 to 21 August 2022.

Hamburg is betting on Sustainable Growth in Cruise Shipping

2018 proved to be another highly satisfying cruise season for Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH (CGH). The operator of Hamburg’s three terminals expects cruise travel in the city to continue to grow sharply. In 2018, CGH recorded 220 calls and probably over 915,000 passengers (2017: 198 calls, 813,000 passengers). The figures exceed the 880,000 passengers originally projected for this season. From 2015 to 2018, the growth rate jumped by 76%.

The Hamburg Cruise Days 2017: happy visitors, high added value for the city

Around 500,000 visitors came to the waterfront in Hamburg to celebrate the Hamburg Cruise Days. What was even more fantastic was just how satisfied they were with the event, as the results of a visitor survey reveal. The survey was commissioned by the Hamburg Convention Bureau in order to assess the relevance of the Hamburg Cruise Days for Hamburg.

The Hamburg Cruise Days 2017: FAQs – the key questions and facts at a glance

When does the event start? Which ships are coming? When is the Grand Hamburg Cruise Days Parade? Which ships will be taking part? When does the firework display start? Which Theme Islands are there? When does Blue Port start? Where can I book escort cruises? One event – many questions! Read on for all you need to know about the Hamburg Cruise Days

A superlative maritime event: The Hamburg Cruise Days 2017

Welcome to the biggest and most beautiful cruise festival in the world: the sixth Hamburg Cruise Days, which take place from 8 – 10 September 2017, will again be attracting hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world to the port of Hamburg. A grand total of 11 cruise ships will be calling in on Hamburg during the event – a new record. And the fantastic entertainment won’t just be taking place on water: visitors on land are also invited to immerse themselves in the vibrant programme.

Highlight of the 2017 cruise season: The Hamburg Cruise Days

The countdown has begun on the Hamburg Cruise Days website, and all over the world cruise enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the start of another inspiring event: from 8 – 10 September 2017 the popular maritime event will be taking place for the sixth time, again attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators to the quaysides in Hamburg.