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Hamburg benefits from cruise development

After a record year in 2023, Hamburg expects another good cruise balance this year, albeit with slightly fewer calls


With 1.2 million passengers embarking on cruises from Hamburg last year, up from 785,000 in 2022, the Hanseatic city solidified its position as Germany’s leading cruise port, the Hamburg Port Authority announced.

A total of 51 ships made 278 calls at the Port of Hamburg, including eight first calls and 62 by river cruise ships. Senator for Economic Affairs Melanie Leonhard highlighted the economic impact: “The cruise industry significantly contributes to value creation and employment around our port.” From 2025, one of the most modern cruise terminals will be in HafenCity, enhancing shore-side power supply at all cruise terminals.

Simone Maraschi, Managing Director of Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH, noted the industry’s return to pre-corona growth, benefiting the entire northern German region. In September 2023, Hamburg was named “Destination of the Year” at the Seatrade Cruise Awards.

The cruise industry is a crucial part of Hamburg’s economy, with an annual gross value added of €420m and 4,490 full-time jobs. Expansion work on the HafenCity cruise terminal continues, with the new Cruise Center offering two berths and shore power supply by 2025.

For 2024, 270 calls are planned, including 60 by river cruise ships, with increasing popularity of winter voyages and Christmas market visits. Ten first calls are expected, including Cunard’s “Queen Anne”, Costa Crociere’s “Costa Favolosa”, and Disney Cruise Line’s “Disney Dream”. Other first calls include “Ocean Albatros”, “Seabourn Quest”, “Villa Vie Odyssey”, “Sirena”, “Azamara Onward”, “Mein Schiff 7”, and “Sky Princess”.

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