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Norwegian Jade charts Hamburg turnarounds in 2017

Norwegian Jade will operate 19 cruises from Hamburg (Photo: © Michel Verdure/Norwegian Cruise Line)
Norwegian Cruise Line has scheduled 19 Hamburg turnarounds in 2017, marking the first time a US operator executes a season of full turns in the north German city.

Cruise Gate Hamburg said the business was made possible by the services available with the completion of Cruise Center Steinwerder in summer 2015.

In October the new Norwegian Escape sailed from Hamburg just after its delivery by Meyer Werft.

'We are very proud that we will now regularly cruise from Hamburg for the first time. With the Norwegian Jade, we bring a very popular ship to the Hanseatic city,' said Christian Böll, md Europe, Middle East and Africa for Norwegian Cruise Line.

The cruises will be offered with 'premium all-inclusive' pricing for the German market, and Böll said Norwegian would now set the course for steady growth in that market.

The decision to homeport Norwegian Jade in Hamburg is a 'wonderful acknowledgment of our efforts and proves that we, together with the many other parties involved, have succeeded in putting Hamburg on the international cruise map,' said Sacha Rougier, md of Cruise Gate Hamburg.

Terminal operator Cruise Gate Hamburg was founded as a joint venture between Hamburg Port Authority and the Hamburg Airport. The company is in charge of operations and berth assignment at all of Hamburg's cruise terminals.