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Every two years Hamburg celebrates its second largest maritime event besides the port birthday: the Hamburg Cruise Days. For one weekend, the Elbe promenade is transformed into the cruise hot spot of Europe.

There now finally is a concrete date and thus reason to look forward to the next Hamburg Cruise Days: From August 19 to 21, 2022, cruisers' hearts will beat faster again in Hamburg!

The event in the Port of Hamburg offers dream ships from all over the world a unique stage. During the Blue Port, the whole harbour of Hamburg is illuminated with magical blue light.

The most atmospheric public event of the European cruise scene

Whether you're a self-confessed cruise fan or a dreamboat newcomer, there's something for everyone at the Hamburg Cruise Days. The Hafenkante is finally transformed for an entire weekend into a wonderful maritime promenade with culinary highlights and rousing entertainment from around the world. In 2019, 500,000 enthusiastic visitors did not miss it. And then, of course, there are the real stars of the event: the ships! 

Demand is high

So when Hamburg becomes the center of the international cruise industry these days, it certainly also sends a clear signal in the direction of the tourism industry and guests: it's full steam ahead again! Innovation and environmental protection are major and important topics, for which the event is also intended to provide impetus and serve as a platform for dialog. Michael Otremba, Managing Director of Hamburg Tourist Board, emphasizes the importance of the event for the industry: "The demand from many cruise enthusiasts and from the travel industry for the Hamburg Cruise Days is high. This underscores the existing longing for Hamburg and the special atmosphere in the port at Hamburg Cruise Days." 

Combining Hamburg Cruise Days pur with a short vacation

For all non-Hamburgers, the event can be perfectly combined with a short trip or day trip to our beautiful Hanseatic city. So why not enjoy this very special atmosphere in the city and plan your next big trip on board at the same time? For more information on the upcoming event, visit the official Cruise Days pur Website.

Read all about Hamburg as a cruise location here.

Highlights 2022


Pure goose bumps on Friday evenings: the light artwork Blue Port Hamburg spectacularly sets the scene in Hamburg until 28 August and this year connects the harbour and the city centre - an atmospheric event that bathes buildings and landmarks in magical, royal blue. Just in time for the already legendary light-up - this time on 19 August at 9:15 pm - the Queen of the Seas will do the honours: the Queen Mary 2!

PAS DE DEUX ON BLUE by Michael Batz

Against the backdrop of the Blue Port Hamburg, an evening rendezvous of two imposing cruise ships will take place on 20 August from 10.35 pm. In an artistic staging with light, drones and music, AIDAprima and MSC Magnifica will be staged in multimedia between the Elbphilharmonie and the Landungsbrücken: Pure atmosphere, an impressive pas de deux of two imposing cruise giants, translated into images of dancing lightness.


BOOK NOW Maritime Activities on the Elbe River

After a long pause, the Hamburg Port transforms into a stage again. Join in and dive into the fascinating world of cruises and cruising for the Hamburg Cruise Days pur. Enjoy the passing swimming hotels along the Elbe river and get inspired by the versatile programme on water and land.

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Hotelpackage: Just Discover Hamburg Hotel accommodation at a great price

  • overnight stay in a hotel, with breakfast
  • free cancellation up to 7 days before arrival
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth 28,90 € 
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Buzzing City by the Water Discoverer Experience

  • overnight stay in a hotel, with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour on a red double-decker
  • 1-hour harbour tour on the Elbe
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  • overnight stay in a Hotel, with breakfast taking into account the hygiene regulations
  • Relaxed on foot: guided tour Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth 28,90€
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