News from Bremerhaven

SEPTEMBER 07, 2015

Columbus Cruise Center at the Seatrade Europe Cruise & River Cruise Convention
From September 9 to September 11, together with the German cruise ports Hamburg, Luebeck, Kiel and Rostock/Warnemuende, Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven (CCCB) and Wismar (CCCW) will be represented at the exhibition stand “Destination Germany”. The Columbus Cruise Center has an extensive program:
On Wednesday evening, Bremerhaven and Wismar are host for more than 150 guests from various countries. In cooperation with the international marketing organisation “Cruise Europe”, in which both ports are members of, Columbus Cruise Center invite the guests to “Cruise Europe – Columbus Cruise Center Night”. In the course of a festive ceremony with live-music, the “German Cruise Awards 2016” will also be awarded on this evening. The mayor of Wismar, Thomas Beyer, will deliver a special Baltic Sea greeting.
On Thursday, German ports await numerous invited guests from national and international cruise company and tour operators during a “Welcome Reception” at their booth .
On the last day of the exhibition, a delegation of cruise line representatives will go on a sightseeing tour to the hanseatic city Wismar togehter with colleagues from CCCW.

4 Cruise Ships simultaneously in Bremerhaven
On Thursday September 10, Bremerhaven awaits all Phoenix Reisen cruise ships (MS Amadea, MS Albatros and MS Artania) as well as MS Berlin from FTI Cruises.
In the early morning MS Amadea, MS Albatros and MS Artania will consecutively berth at the cruise terminal, whilst MS Berlin will exceptionally dock at the Seebaederkaje. At the terminal, guests will be welcomed by stilt walkers and maritime music. For MS Berlin, at the Seebaederkaje, a musical farewell is planned. CCCB and Bremerhaven await approximately 6000 passengers and numerous daily visitors on this day. This means around 12,000 luggages will be delivered to and from board. The quay will also be full: around 450 tons of provisions need to be loaded on the three Phoenix cruise ships, and further 50 tons to Seebaederkaje for MS Berlin. Veit Huerdler, the managing director of CCCB, said: “We are glad that we were able to convince FTI Cruises to dock at the Seebaederkaje, hence being able to offer the citizens and visitors of the maritime city a cruise ship in the middle of the city once again.”

Preparations for the final outfitting of Meyer Werft’s new build “MS Norwegian Escape” are well advanced
For some years now, CCCB has been presenting itself with the newest and biggest cruise ships: for the second time this year, another new build cruise ship from Meyer Werft will have its final outfitting in Bremerhaven - where the delivery of the ship from the shipyard to the cruise ship company also will take place: “With ‘MS Norwegian Escape’, there will be once again another ship of the superlatives in Bremerhaven to be admired”, said Veit Huerdler. “We are very proud that we herewith are able to provide a big contribution to the regional economy. Smaller and medium-sized companies benefit from it at the moment two times a year. With more than 2.000 crews from Norwegian Cruise Lines as well as employees and suppliers from Meyer Werft staying in Bremerhaven for several weeks taxi companies, the municipal bus company, retailers and the gastronomy industry would become winners. “I would be very glad if many local citizens would accompany us during the ceremonious farewell of the ship which presumably takes place on October 22nd 2015.” said Veit Huerdler.