Hamburg cruise days just keep on growing
On the Saturday night, the Hamburg Cruise Days parade took place when five cruiseships, accompanied by 20 escort ships and a large fireworks display, made their way down the River Elbe.
On the Friday, Costa Mediterranea was part of a light and laser show, accompanied by pyrotechnic effects and enhanced by spherical sounds.
The ship parade was illuminated within the context of the Blue Port Hamburg light installation which takes place over several days. Between the Elbbrucken bridges and the beaches of Oevelgonne, more than one hundred objects in the port were illuminated by light artist Michael Batz.
At the same time Hamburg’s waterfront was transformed into themed islands that enabled onshore visitors to explore the world of cruise travel: maritime markets, cultural highlights, live music and dance, culinary specialties, recreation and sports.
On September 13 the organisers launched a new format: the Business Deck workshop, an industry forum aimed at providing fresh impetus for the future of cruises. The underlying goal was to develop solutions for topical issues irrespective of national borders. This year the focus was on destination development and management, with the following core question discussed: What can the cruise industry do to be a valued long-term partner of holiday destinations?
This year Hamburg is expecting 210 calls at its three cruise terminals. These include seven first-time calls. Among the 2019 highlights are the ship launching ceremony of MSC Grandiosa on November 9 as well as the first call and private christening ceremony of Hanseatic Inspiration on October 11.