The Port of Hamburg is a leading centre for cruise shipping. Here passenger vessels were already being despatched on winter pleasure cruises by Albert Ballin, HAPAG’s Director-General, back in the late19th century. Then in 1899 Ballin awarded the first contract for a purpose-built cruise ship to Hamburg shipyard Blohm & Voss. The “Prinzessin Victoria Luise” was the world’s first officially classified ‘cruise ship’.
The year 2022 was the season with the highest number of calls, with 280 calls and over 750,000 passengers. For 2023, 284 calls and another 37 river cruise ship calls are planned.
The Elbe as cruise magnet
Hamburg is one of the most popular cruise destinations in Europe, as illustrated by constantly growing passenger numbers on the Elbe. Hamburgians adore the great liners, while shipowners are thrilled by the unique atmosphere, maritime events and media attention. No other port offers just this combination. Since 2017, Elbe Philharmonic Hall has loomed as an additional highlight. Superb service from Hamburg’s port and services sector and a unique infrastructure are further attractions. Irrespective of whether what’s needed is an efficient turnaround day in the new Steinwerder Terminal or an overnight stay in HafenCity – Hamburg always has the right solution.