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’. Today, annual added value derived from the cruise industry has reached around 270 million euros. In 2019 Hamburg cruise terminals handled 210 cruise ships and 815,000 passengers.
The numbers for 2020 were significantly lower due to the corona pandemic.
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.