Hamburg's 2018 cruise season is drawing to a close. Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH, the operating company of the three Hamburg Cruise Terminals, is extremely satisfied with the course of the season. The number of attempts could be increased by 11,1% to 220. With 915.000 passengers, this was 12,5% more than in 2017.
Originally only 880.000 passengers were expected for the current year. Why the passenger numbers were exceeded so clearly is not explained in more detail. Overall, the management of the Cruise Terminal is very satisfied. The growth is currently “well above normal European market development”. This is probably used to describe the fact that the Hanseatic city has long sold below value in terms of its cruise activities. After all, the growth rate between 2015 and 2018 is 76 percent.
Cruise Terminal Überseebrücke with Sea Cloud ll
Emphasis is placed on ecologically sustainable growth as a "green port". At the Steinwerder Terminal, it is already possible to supply ships with low-pollutant liquefied natural gas (LNG). There has been a shore power connection at the Altona pier since 2016; so far the only shore power system in Europe. But shore power is significantly more expensive than electricity generated on board. Hamburgg counteracts this problem with a reduction in mooring fees. Shore power will also be available in HafenCity when work on the terminal there is completed in 2022. The operating company calls for a 2017-ton reduction in CO2 emissions in the Port of Hamburg for 200. In the current year, the pollutant emissions of the cruise ships should be reduced by 458 tons.
Cruise Terminal Steinwerder
The port reports seven first calls and two ship christenings for 2019. Four new expedition ships are among the first calls. The baptized are the Hanseatic nature of Hapag Lloyd Cruises and the MSC Grandiosa. Lead in passenger numbers AIDA Cruises and MSC Cruises. Follow on the squares TUI Cruises, Cunard line and Costa Cruises.
Special events in 2019 are the traditional port birthday (May 10 to 12, 2019) and the seventh Hamburg Cruise Days (September 13 to 15, 2019). Twelve cruise ships have registered for the Cruise Days alone, including two river cruise ships.