Cruise Port Hamburg on the move

JUNE 17, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line is sending its newest ship “Escape” to Hamburg. TUI Cruises just christened its newest ship “Mein Schiff 3” in Hamburg and last Friday, the Azamara Journey visited the port for the first time.

The latest news for the cruise port Hamburg is spectacular: The new vessel “Norwegian Escape” will visit Hamburg on 23 October 2015 during its debut celebrations.

In October 2015 Norwegian Cruise Line will be celebrating a premiere in Hamburg: Its new vessel Norwegian Escape, visiting the city on 23 October 2015, will be the largest cruise ship to date to be welcomed in Hamburg. The new vessel will be making its public debut in the city – first during a 2-night cruise for the travel industry and, following this, a 2-night cruise for end consumers taking the ship from Hamburg to Southampton. The Freestyle Cruising resort, with a capacity for 4,200 passengers, is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg and will be the largest member of the line’s fleet when launched in autumn 2015.

“The European market has played an important role for Norwegian Cruise Line for years now, with Germany in particular one of our key source markets. Our choice of Hamburg as the venue for the Continental European premiere celebrations for a new vessel for the first time clearly illustrates our commitment to the German market, demonstrating the potential we see here for Norwegian Cruise Line in the coming years,” says Jürgen Stille, Director Business Development Continental Europe at Norwegian Cruise Line. “We await the maiden call of our spectacular new vessel in Hamburg with great excitement.”

“We look forward to welcoming Norwegian Cruise Line to Hamburg when the Norwegian Escape calls in autumn 2015 and will depart from here to her first cruise. Norwegian’s prize-winning Freestyle Cruising concept and the international mix of guests on board are of continuously increasing interest for the booming German market. The presentation of the new vessel on the River Elbe, the cruise industry’s red carpet, is the perfect choice of venue,” says Gerd Drossel, Managing Director of Hamburg Cruise Center.

Hamburg has just once more proven itself being the stage for cruise events. June 12, Germany’s most successful recording artist, Helene Fischer, officially christened the “Mein Schiff 3” in Hamburg’s HafenCity district. The glamorous naming ceremony, held under the motto “Diamond meets pearl”, took place on the pier of the Hamburg Cruise Center and was attended by some 1,700 invited guests from politics, business and society as well as numerous spectators.

The highlight of the afternoon’s naming ceremony was the special appearance by Helene Fischer. The singer floated up to the ship on a giant, pearl-like balloon to smash the obligatory bottle of champagne on the ship’s bows for the actual christening ceremony, to the enthusiastic applause of the crowd. In the evening, the exclusive concert from Helene Fischer was visited by over ten thousand fans and was joined by the ship alongside the river Elbe.

Last Friday, June 13, the “Azamara Journey”, called the Port of Hamburg for the first time and was traditionally welcomed by water fountains and a singing Hanseatic choir at the terminal. On this occasion, the symbolic presentation of the Hamburg admiralty plaque to the captain of the ship Johannes Tysse was undertaken by harbour captain Jörg Pollmann and the ship’s agent Simone Maraschi from Sartori & Berger.