Port of Hamburg: Germany's leading cruise port

Port of Hamburg: Germany's leading cruise port


April 23, 2024 – With a record number of 1.204.089 passengers, Hamburg consolidated its top position among German cruise ports in 2023. Last year, the number of passengers handled was 50 percent lower than in 2023.

A total of 51 different cruise ships visited the terminals of the Port of Hamburg 278 times. The Hamburg Senator for Economics and Innovation, Dr. Melanie Leonhard, comments on the strong result as follows: “The cruise industry therefore contributes significantly to the added value and employment around our port. I am therefore pleased that from 2025 we will have one of the most modern cruise terminals in HafenCity and thus in the heart of our city. As one of the most popular cruise destinations in Europe and as a pioneer in sustainability issues, we also want to further advance the topic of shore power. We are therefore currently massively expanding our shore power offering and will enable shore-based energy supply at all cruise terminals in the future.”

Hamburg Steinwerder cruise terminal

Hamburg Steinwerder cruise terminal


The managing director of Cruise Gate Hamburg, Simone Maraschi, concludes: “The record high number of cruise passengers departing from German ports reflects the growing interest of German holidaymakers in sea travel. We are pleased that the industry is back on its pre-Corona growth path.”

The cruise industry is an important pillar of Hamburg's economy. The annual gross added value is 420 million euros. The industry also secures 4.490 full-time jobs. It is therefore a significant economic factor for the location Hamburg.

In the current year, the port administration expects 270 calls by ocean-going ships and 60 calls by river cruise ships. Ten first calls are expected this year, including Cunard's brand new ones Queen Anne and the Disney Dream.

Construction work on the cruise terminal close to the city in HafenCity is progressing. From next year, the new Cruise Center will represent an attractive expansion of Hamburg's range of berths. The terminal has two berths for ocean-going ships as well as the option of shore power supply during the berth.