‘We are very pleased...to finally welcome a cruise ship with passengers and crew at our terminals again,’ said Simone Maraschi, MD, Cruise Gate Hamburg.
‘Last summer showed that safe cruises are possible even in times of a pandemic,’ Maraschi added. ‘For this year's restart, we have additionally overviewed, adapted and improved the operational and hygiene concepts that were developed with the cruise lines last year, and which have proven successful.’
‘Optimistic’ about Hamburg’s 2021 ocean and river cruise season
‘As of today we cannot make any reliable statements as the cruise lines are still in the process of adjusting their itineraries,’ he said, ‘furthermore the development of the season depends on external factors, such as the opening of the Scandinavian and North Sea countries.
‘We are optimistic, however, especially because of the positive experience gained after the restart last year in Hamburg.’
81 calls to and from Hamburg port were made in 2020; it was one of the first ports to resume cruising after the pandemic shutdown the industry in March last year.
AIDA Cruises is set to sail from Hamburg from July 2021.