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Hamburg chalks up 1.2m pax, making it Germany’s top cruise port

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L-R: Jens Meier (Chairman of the Management Board of the Hamburg Port Authority), Iris Scheel (md Cruise Gate Hamburg), Dr Melanie Leonhard (Hamburg Minister [Senatorin] for Economy and Innovation), Simone Maraschi (md Cruise Gate Hamburg)
A record 1,204,089 passengers started their cruise in Hamburg last year, compared to 785,000 passengers in 2022, securing the Hanseatic city’s top spot among German cruise ports.

Fifty-one cruise ships called 278 times at the Port of Hamburg, of which eight were maiden calls. A further 62 calls were made by river cruise ships.

Melanie Leonhard, Hamburg minister (senatorin) for economy and innovation, commenting on the results said, ‘The arrival and departure of a cruise ship in the Port of Hamburg is always an impressive moment. Last year, more than 1.2 million passengers experienced this. The cruise industry thus makes a significant contribution to value creation and employment in and around our port.’

In 2025, the new HafenCity terminal in the city centre starts operations.

Shore power

Talking about sustainability, Leonhard noted, ‘We are massively expanding our shore-side power supply and will in future provide onshore energy supply at all cruise terminals.’

Simone Maraschi, managing director of Cruise Gate Hamburg, commented, ‘we are delighted to see the industry back on course after the pandemic. The stronger market benefits the entire north German region.’

Seatrade Cruise Award

Maraschi reminded in September 2023 Hamburg won ‘Destination of the Year’ award at the Seatrade Cruise Awards. ‘Not only does the cruise sector play an important role in tourism in Hamburg, it is also a key pillar of the Hanseatic city’s economy. The fact that it creates gross value added of €420m annually as well as 4,490 full-time jobs makes it a crucial economic factor in Hamburg.'

For 2024, there are 270 planned ocean cruise calls through to the end of December plus 60 river cruise calls. There are 10 maiden visits this year: Cunard’s Queen Anne, Costa Favolosa, Disney Dream, Ocean Albatros, Seabourn Quest, Villa Vie Odyssey, Sirena, Azamara Onward, Mein Schiff 7 and Sky Princess.

Hamburg will celebrate the port’s birthday from May 9-12.