Arrival of Fridtjof Nansen
Fridtjof Nansen, the newest ship in Hurtigruten’s fleet, arrived at Cuxhaven’s cruise terminal for the first time earlier this month as part of its two-week cruises from Hamburg along the Norwegian coast towards the North Cape.
Capt. Terje Johnny Willassen was presented with the city plaque by Cuxhaven’s mayor Oliver Ebken in the restored historical buildings of the Hapag-Hallen, which served as the port's terminal for transatlantic travel from 1902. As part of the celebration, passengers experienced traditional sea shanties and were given a guided tour of the listed buildings.
‘Cruising has a long tradition in our city, where rich maritime history is visible everywhere,’ said Norbert Plambeck, chairman of the Cuxhaven Tourism Association (TWG.) ‘A call at our conveniently located port will enrich Northern European cruise itineraries.’
He added, ‘The Cuxhaven Tourism Association is optimistic about Cuxhaven’s future as a cruise ship destination… With our unique history in fishery and as an immigration hub, we are looking towards further development as a clean city.’
Hurtigruten called in Cuxhaven for the first time in October last year, when expedition ship Otto Sverdrup was welcomed with fanfare on its maiden call.
The cruise line’s ships dock at Seebaederbruecke pier.
A well-connected port
The well-connected port at the mouth of the river Elbe can handle calls by much larger vessels and conists of additional piers; the Steubenhoeft pier has a length of 400 mtr.
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