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

When are the Hamburg Cruise Days 2017 taking place?

From 8 to 10 September 2017

When do the events at Hamburg Cruise Days take place?

On Friday 8 September: 14:00 – 23:00  Hafencity, Holzhafen, 14:00 – 24:00  all other sites
On Saturday 9 September 11:00 – 24:00
On Sunday 10 September    11:00 – 20:00

Which ships are coming, where will they be berthed and when are they leaving?

Eleven cruise ships are expected to attend the Hamburg Cruise Days, of which six will be taking part in the Grand Parade (indicated with a P).

Silver Wind by Silversea Cruises: Thurs 07.09, 20:30 through Sun 10.9, 18:00
Amadea by Phönix Reisen: Fri 08.09, 12:00 – 23:59
Albatros by Phönix Reisen: Fri 08.09, 12:00– 18:00
MS Sans Souci by Plantours Kreuzfahrten: Fri 08.09, 12:00 through Sat 09.09, 18:00
Europa 2 by Hapag Lloyd Cruises: Fri 08.09, 22:00 through Sat 09.09, 21:30 P
Mein Schiff 3 by TUI Cruises: Sat 09.09, 5:30– 19:00 P
Europa by Hapag Lloyd: Sat 09.09, 07:00– 23:59 P
MS Katharina von Bora by nicko cruises Flussreisen GmbH: Sat 09.09, 07:00– 23:59
AIDAprima by AIDA Cruises: Sat 09.09, 08:00 – 18:00 P
Norwegian Jade by Norwegian Cruise Line: Sat 09.09, 08:00– 16:00 P
MSC Preziosa by MSC Cruises: Sat 09.09, 23.59 – Sun 10.09 18:00 P

Details of the ships can be found on and on our App

When does the Grand Hamburg Cruise Days Parade take place?

Saturday, 9 September at 21:15

Click here for more information about the Grand Hamburg Cruise Days Parade >>

 (PLEASE NOTE: The starting time for the Grand Parade is correct, even though the arrival and departure times of individual ships may seem to indicate otherwise. The time differences are due to the fact that these giant liners need time and space to get into position.)


Which cruise ships will be sailing in the Grand Parade?

These six liners are taking place and will be sailing down the Elbe from HafenCity in this order:
AIDAprima, Norwegian Jade, Europa 2, Mein Schiff 3, Europa, MSC Preziosa

For more details….


When are the firework displays?

The Silversea Cruises Fireworks take place on Friday, 8 September at 22:15. The cruise ship Silver Wind will be moored at Überseebrücke and the fireworks will be launched from the south bank of the river.
On Saturday at the Grand Parade
each ship will be welcomed individually with fireworks.

Is there a highlight on Sunday, 10 September?

At 16:00, the river cruiser MS Katharina von Bora will be offering a harbour cruise.

When does Blue Port start?

Blue Port Hamburg starts on 1 September 2017 with the Light-up event. It finishes with the Hamburg Cruise Days on Sunday 10 September 2017. For more information about Blue Port Hamburg,  click  here >>

Where can I book escort cruises?

A list of escort cruises can be found on our website.

Information for travel agencies / coach trip organisers:

There is a coach drop-off and parking point for passengers here:

Heiligengeistfeld car park, entrance A, access from Budapester Straße.

Road closures:         

As a rule, roads will be closed from 30 minutes before the event starts until 30 minutes after the end of the event (see event times). For details of the individual road closures, click here>>

How to get to the event on public transport:

U-Bahn trains: Landungsbrücken, Baumwall (both U3), Meßberg (U1), Überseequartier (U4)

S-Bahn trains: Königstraße, for Cruise Center Altona and Holzhafen (S1, S3), Landungsbrücken (S1, S2, S3) and Stadthausbrücke (S1 and S3)

Bus: 111 (Altona – HafenCity), 6 (from St. Pauli U-Bahn station)

A tip for when you’re leaving: As many visitors are expected to come to the event of Saturday evening, we recommend using the train stations Stadthausbrücke (S1 and S3), Meßberg (U1) and Überseequartier (U4) to get to central station, and bus no. 6 (from St. Pauli U-Bahn station)

There are no parking spaces for cars at the event

How many Theme Islands are there and where are they located?

There are 15 Theme Islands that focus on different aspects of cruising:

Art & Culture (Holzhafen), Dinner in the Sky by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (Fischmarkt ), Heimathafen & Show Stage presented by alsterradio (Uferpromenade between Strand-Pauli and Fischauktionshalle), Fernweh by MSC Kreuzfahrten + Market of Opportunities (St. Pauli Landungsbrücken), Costa Cruises (Neue Flutschutzmauer, at the Rundbunker), Promenade Deck & Norwegian Cruise Line (Hafentor and Neue Flutschutzmauer),  Mein Schiff World (Neue Flutschutzmauer, Baumwall U-Bahn station), AIDA Holiday World (Kehrwiederspitze),
Elbphilharmonie Open Air Concert Cinema with SAP (Platz der Deutschen Einheit, HafenCity – from 27.08 – 10.09.2017, concert live streams during the Cruise Days, Platz der Deutschen Einheit, HafenCity ), Tüdel un Tampen (Traditionsschiffhafen),  Rioja Gourmet Terrace (Magellan-Terrassen HafenCity), Holsten Ankerplatz (Marco-Polo-Terrassen, HafenCity), Health & Fitness (Marco-Polo-Terrassen, HafenCity),  Globetrotter Cruise Show (Unilever-Haus), Hamburg Cruise Village & Cruise + Career (Unileverhaus HafenCity)

For more information about the Theme Islands, click  here …

Here is the full programme for the Hamburg Cruise Days on Friday, 8.9.2017

 Here is the full programme for the Hamburg Cruise Days on Saturday, 9.9.2017

Here is the full programme for the Hamburg Cruise Days on Sunday, 10.9.2017