Promotional feature: Hamburg’s unique maritime culture celebrated at Hamburg Cruise Days 2019 – the world’s largest cruise festival

As one of Europe’s most prominent cruise ports, Hamburg attracts cruise-lovers from around the world, and is proud of its strong maritime culture and deep seafaring roots. Hamburg is also home to the world’s largest cruise festival and from the 13 to 15 September, the city will welcome over half-a-million cruise aficionados as they join the festivities of Hamburg Cruise Days 2019, the seventh and largest iteration of the Hanseatic city’s celebration of the cruise.

The festival will take part both on and off shore, with spectators able to enjoy a diverse programme including firework displays, harbour illuminations, culinary experiences, ship presentations, live music, harbour cruises and the largest parade of cruise liners to date with 12 participating ships.

Hamburg Cruise Days 2019

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Hamburg Cruise Days 2019 will see the city’s vibrant waterfront transformed, with the world of cruise travel brought onto dry land. There will be dedicated themed areas for maritime markets, live music and dance, culinary specialities, recreation and sports, as well as activities and games for all.

A fun spectacle for the uninitiated or an exciting exhibition for those who love liners, the three-day event will see a record 12 liners involved, five of which will star in the Grand Parade complete with a lavish firework display. The parade will be led by AIDAperla (AIDA Cruises), followed by EUROPA (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises), MSC Preziosa (MSC Cruises), Mein Schiff 4 (TUI Cruises) and World Explorer (Nicko Cruises).

Other participating ships in the event include the AIDAsol, AIDAvita (AIDA Cruises), Amadea (Phoenix Reisen), Costa Mediterranea (Costa Cruises), EUROPA 2 (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises), and the river cruisers Frederic Chopin (Nicko Cruises) and Sans Souci (Plantours).

Cruising and tourism in Hamburg

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Alongside experiencing an overall growth in tourism, Hamburg enjoyed a record cruise season in 2018 with 220 port calls and 915,000 passengers. Between 2015 and 2018, Hamburg’s cruise business grew by 76 per cent and the city expects further growth in this market.

The cruise sector is one of the fastest growing in the global leisure travel market, according to Statista, and with the demographic of this market evolving and seeing more millennials taking cruises, Cruise Days makes for an engaging and insightful introduction to the industry in one of Europe’s liveliest and best-loved cities.

About Hamburg

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A thriving metropolis on the banks of the Elbe River in northern Germany, Hamburg’s welcoming and progressive culture has made it one of Europe’s most popular city break destinations. With a thriving urban shore, the world famous Reeperbahn and over 100 festivals held annually, Hamburg is no stranger to hosting big events and Hamburg Cruise Days 2019 is set to be one of the biggest.

For more information on Hamburg Cruise Days 2019, visit hamburgcruisedays.de/en.