The first highlight of Hamburg’s upcoming cruise season was commanded by a woman: on 7 April 2018 the AIDAsol arrived in Hamburg under the navigation of Germany’s very first female cruise ship captain.
AIDAperla celebrates her premiere in March 2018. The Hanseatic City of Hamburg will be the start and end port for her seven-day Western Europe cruises to Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.
Cruise Gate Hamburg (CGH) ended the 2017 cruise season with yet another record result. 197 ships carrying 810,000 passengers visited Hamburg. This is an increase in passenger numbers of over ten per cent compared with the previous year (2016: 170 calls and 722,000 passengers).
The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and his associates met with the management team of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) along with high-level representatives of the world’s leading cruise lines on Thursday in Hamburg, to discuss the current state of the tourism industry within Dubrovnik.
MedCruise was dynamically present at the 2017 edition of Seatrade Europe Cruise & River Cruise Convention, held 6-8 September 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. The Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports was present at the event with its own stand, actively promoting cruise activities in the Med and beyond.
On September 6, Karl J. Pojer , Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, was named Seatrade European Cruise Personality of the Year. The accolade was announced at the Seatrade Cruise Awards 2017 ceremony held in Hamburg, Germany on the occasion of Seatrade Europe 2017.
Following a slightly rainy start to the event on Friday, the weather picked up on the second day of the Hamburg Cruise Days 2017 – attracting the usual number of visitors to the Port of Hamburg and making the Cruise Days again to the cruise industry’s largest public event worldwide.
On September 5, 2017, AIDA Cruises received the “German Cruise Line Award” three times at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, the leading exhibition for the cruise industry. AIDA won in the categories Environmental Commitment and Favorite Ship. The award presented by the port association Atlantic Alliance also went to AIDA Cruises for its year-round operation of AIDAprima in the Atlantic west-coast region.
The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) hosted its fourth Port and Destination Summit on 5th September. Over 260 international partners of CLIA Executive Partner Program, including 50 cruise line executives gathered at the Hamburg Messe and Congress GmbH Hamburg, one day before the Seatrade Europe Cruise & River Convention official opening. (cruisebusiness.com)
For the very first time at Seatrade Cruise Europe, all the French Med Ports are exhibiting together on the same stand (608) with a surface area of 72m 2 . A new logo has been launched to help identify the French Med Ports : their strategic goal is to help promote together the navigation area of south of France and increase the cruise call activity in each of the French Med ports. (cruisebusiness.com)
The Blue Port Hamburg installation designed by the light artist Michael Batz has been attracting international attention since 2008. Blue light once again transforms the Hanseatic city’s night-time port into a magically glowing stage.
One of the guests at the Hamburg Cruise Days on Saturday, September 9, 2017, will be an AIDA ship, in the shape of AIDAprima. The 300-meter-long and 37-meter-wide cruise ship will lead the grand Cruise Days Parade on Saturday evening (starting around 9:15 p.m.) and she will also be part of the spectacular Blue Port light show.