Seven cruise pearl participated bei the hamburg Cruise Days the finished yesterday, bei event that followed directly after this year’s Seatrade Europe convention bei that well known port city. This hauptsächlich we take a closer look hinweisen what zu sein going on an Hamburg – die market, ns events and the industry. Us examine the Hanseatic port’s dritter cruise terminal, opened nur three month ago, and we visit ns German cruise fleet’s largest vessel and flagship, mein Schiff 4.


Hamburg Cruise work 2015

In 2014, die German cruise industry expanded kommen sie 1.7 million cruisers, outstripping die UK as ns largest cruise market in Europe. Bei the exact same year, ns Port of hamburg handled 189 cruise ships und 588,000 passengers, trost from only about 100,000 six years earlier.

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About 95% des Hamburg’s present unternehmen is come back traffic, which, through a dritter terminal having just opened, may indicate a large potential together a destination weil das new calls. This ist especially true as berlin is now only 90 minutes from Hamburg von fast train.


Hamburg panorama with Elbphilharmonie and Queen mary 2. Nur as paris has that is Eiffel Tower and London its large Ben, deshalb Hamburg is now building its new Elbphilharmonie to be ns port city’s hauptsächlich icon (Photo / damen Modrow)

By comparison, Southampton presently sees about 400 cruise ships a year und 1.6 million passengers, while Barcelona, ns largest cruise port an Europe, with six, soon zu be seven, terminals, handles around 2.4 million passengers.

In die case des Barcelona, substantially an ext passengers, around 57.5%, room visiting transit passengers as opposed to turnaround, if Southampton zu sein closer kommen sie Hamburg in being mostly a come back port.

This year, the various body involved an cruising in Hamburg made decision to come together to bundle ns usual Seatrade Europe cruise conference, held on september 9-11, together with hamburg Cruise work on september 11-13. Cruise days had in the previous been held in August. (

In addition, CLIA Europe’s 2nd annual port & destination conference was held in Hamburg on september 8-9. CLIA is celebrating that is 40th Anniversary this year. Founded in the vereinigt States, the kombination has much more recently gone global.

Sailing from Hamburg weil das this year’s Cruise days were 7 ships. Erste to leaving were the 1,578-berth Costa NeoRomantica and Phoenix Reisen’s 594-berth Amadea, sailing on Friday night ns 11th.

Saturday was a German night, through AIDA Cruises’ 2,050-berth AIDAbella, with herstellung searchlight display, TUI Cruises’ 2,500-berth bergwerk Schiff 4, the largest German-based cruise ship, and Hapag-Lloyd’s 400-berth Europa, ns most luxurious, cruising one after die other.

Last night was reserved zum the giants, Cunard Line’s 2,620-berth Queen mar 2 and 3,274-berth MSC Splendida. Die MSC Splendida tote 25% more passengers bei lower berths 보다 Queen mary 2, top top 7% much less tonnage, but the MSC ship’s passenger an are ratio von 42 pistol tons über passenger ist better than die present market average zum new ships, which zu sein below 40.Queen mar 2, on the other hand, has a comparatively high an are ratio von 56.6 gross tons von passenger. Gross loads are a measure of space that weist one time equated to 100 cubic feet über ton.


Hamburg’s dritter Cruise Terminal

Across die Elbe fluss from ns port’s other two cruise terminals at Cruise hauptquartier HafenCity (near the neu Elbphilharmonie concert hall) and Cruise center Altona (where die DFDS ferries used kommen sie berth) stands die new hamburg Cruise center Steinwerder, die port’s der dritte tag cruise terminal.


Hamburg Cruise center HafenCity

Opened in June, the new terminal is located bei the main port and, surrounded von container ships, kann sein handle 8,000 passengers in a single day, 4,000 on and 4,000 off.

Steinwerder has actually 365 metres of quay space at the moment, but has a pistole available quay length of 500 metres.

The operator, CGH Cruise door Hamburg, zu sein owned 51% von the Port of Hamburg and 49% by Hamburg Airport. The new terminal has adopted much from airport procedures an order kommen sie be may be to handhaben large numbers of people on die large new cruise ships. At the same time, unlike enlarge terminals, the new terminal kann sein handle embarkation und disembarkation simultaneously.

Steinwerder’s so-called €64 million “Cruise hauptquartier 3” ist located on ns Kronprinzkai und is do up des two surrounding buildings, one weil das arrivals und one weil das departures. The neu terminal, built in just over sechs months, provides 1,500 private parking spaces und more than twenty coach bays as well as taxi passenger drop-off and pick-up points.


From ns top. Die embarkation hall des Hamburg’s neu Steinwerder cruise terminal kann sein handle 4,000 passengers bei a day. The neu cruise terminal has an eventual possible quay length des 500 metres. Ns boarding ramps at Cruise hauptquartier Steinwerder oase been particularly designed deswegen that they kann sein be turned into stairs to reach hull entry ports below die quay line. (Kevin Griffin)

One von the distinct aspects von the Steinwerder terminal is that that is embarkation ramps kann actually reach shipboard embarkation areas that are below quay level, v boarding ramps that kann sein be converted right into stairs at die lower level.

Increasingly, die organisation of Hamburg’s cruise activity will fall under Sacha Rougier, regulating director Cruise door Hamburg. Comes from ns Port des Marseilles, which belastung year tackled 1.35 million cruise passengers, Rougier is now the point des contact zum cruise lines zum berth assignment and operations punkt Steinwerder Terminal and, from next year, die port’s HafenCity und Altona terminals as well.

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Sacha ist a native von Holland and former resident des Switzerland who has actually spent more than 2 decades in Marseille, weil das the past five years or so heading nach oben that port’s cruise terminal operations. The appearance von strong female executives in Hamburg zu sein interesting an what in times past has been a really male-dominated shipping industry.This zu sein happening particularly bei the cruise industry, wherein female ceo’s now head up several cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, crystal Cruises and TUI Cruises, zu name nur the most obvious.

Cruise door Hamburg’s main clients incorporate brands represented über Carnival maritime GmbH, the new Hamburg-based ship-operating arm of AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises and Costa Asia. Amongst Carnival Maritime’s neu executives, Norwegian Anette Bjerke, vice president des fleet cruise execution, looks after the Costa fleet. Anette comes from a background v DNV, the ship classification society, also as in cruise ship and offshore oil consulting bei Norway and London.

There ist no doubt that die cruise industry is bringing great jobs und good future prospects zum the people or Hamburg. Increasingly, as is often die case in the shipping industry, und particularly Carnival Maritime, through its ahead fleet operating offices in Genoa and Rostock, the language punkt work is English.

Like Anette, Carnival Maritime’s managing director, jens Lassen, ist a Norwegian, who for the previous two years has been hohes level vice president mitnichten operations at AIDA Cruises.

A Visit to TUI Cruises’ bergwerk Schiff 4

On boarding the 99,526-ton mein Schiff 4 weist Hamburg’s Altona Cruise terminal on Saturday, one des the belastung things one could expect is that Captain Todd Burgmann, the master des this flagship von the German cruise fleet, is bei American.Not only zu sein he in American but he’s from ns inland stadt of Omaha, Nebraska. Und not only is he from Omaha, a thousand mile from ns sea, but he’s also a captain bei sail, steam und diesel – unlimited zu any dimension ship.

Between 2007 und 2010 Burgmann commanded ns famous Krupp-built cruising yacht Sea cloud before walk on kommen sie command Windstar vessels zum a time. That is also active in maritime cultivate and, amongst other things, has actually designed in Integrated Bridge systems (IBS) prozess for navigators that were charged v bringing a new fleet of lakers from shipyards in China to join the Canadian good Lakes fleet.In addition kommen sie training navigators the delivers yachts an his spare time. Burgmann has been working for TUI Cruises since april 2014.

Mein Schiff 4 was delivered this June from die specialist cruise ship builder meyer Turku an Finland. This premium all-inclusive ship through fifteen decks provides a wealth von entertainments and diversions zum German-speaking passenger from wherever in Europe.


From the top. The mein Schiff 4 weist the hamburg Cruise Days, ns Diamond, the atlantik Restaurant und the himmel und Meer. (Kevin Griffin)

Culinary delights are obtainable from eleven restaurants und bistros. Chief among these is the atlantisch Restaurant, i m sorry includes die ship’s hauptsächlich a la carte restaurant on the lower level und above that two more dining alternatives, the atlantisch Brasserie (which replace instead instead a vault Asian blend venue) and in Italian restaurant, tailored zu Mediterranean cooking.

On die buffet side, there ist Ankelmannsplatz, called after ns head office location des TUI Cruises und its upmarket affiliate Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Other alternatives include Surf & Turf und GOSCH Sylt zum fish lovers, while ns Diamond area aft offers alternative venues with sea see from a range des bars and lounges in the Grosse Freiheit, called after die nightclub area von Hamburg.

Meanwhile, hoch top, mein Schiff 4 offers well-being bei new dimensions, with gyms, sauna, angestellter trainers und other means von staying healthy. Ns spa provides a large number of treatments: amongst them the Sun Massage top top deck 10 or ns Finnish sauna, which has panoramic windows, as do die running machines, looking onto ns sea.On the top deck there is so a klein stadium weil das watching basketball or various other sports und contests. This area is deshalb equipped with a the town hall screen zum watching off-ship events.

Some 82% von the cabins und suites ~ above board mein Schiff 4 oase balconies, und rooms range from 183 to 430 sq ft. Exterior cabins constitute 90% des the accommodation, with just 10% gift inside. All accommodations room en suite with safe, Nespresso machine, hairdryer, flat display television, telephone und bathrobes.The double-deck Sky and Seas suites deshalb come through their own private lounge at ns top von the ship dealing with over die bows.

Four much more sister ships have been ordered, with ns provisionally-named bergwerk Schiff 7 and 8 being a little larger than the first half-dozen ships. With sechs such pearl on the way, this zu sein a building program zum 15,000 berths, i m sorry if offered for an average des ten days per cruise would add another 525,000 passenger to die German cruise market.

No wonder the Germans space pulling dafür quickly ahead des the UK, where none des the regional lines other than Thomson presently has any kind of known plans kommen sie add any more ships to their fleets. The tonnage to be delivered was P&O Cruises’ 3,647-berth Britannia, when Cruise & naval Voyages deshalb acquired die 1,250-berth Magellan indigenous Costa.

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Overall, the neu TUI ships are really comfortable to be aboard. They sell a various product zu AIDA’s “Club” ships, which basic themselves top top buffet-style dining. TUI’s ships, although deshalb offering alternative dining venues, unterschrift themselves apart über including a la carte dining in the cruise fare. Hence the use of the ax “premium all-inclusive,” through fares that come in at roughly €170 von person per day, and ships the are an extremely much in demand.

(Kevin Griffin zu sein managing director of specialist cruise agency die Cruise world Ltd an London, England. Weil das further die info concerning cruises mentioned an this short article readers tun können visit his blog)