Shipping and cruises in Hamburg

If you like cruises, you'll love Hamburg!

Be there live and up close when the most beautiful cruise ships arrive at Hamburg's cruise terminals. You will find all the dates and information you need on  cruises, the passing visits of cruise liners, as well as practical tips for those on a cruise and those interested in starting a here!

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Cruise Destinations from Hamburg

The gateway to the world - one name given to the port city of Hamburg. Our map shows you all the destinations that cruise ships leave for from Hamburg.

Cruise Destinations from Hamburg
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Cruise Liners & Shipping Companies

To make sure you don't miss a ship in Hamburg harbour, you'll find all the shipping companies and cruise ships.

Cruise Liners & Shipping Companies
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Ship Arrivals

Every year dream ships call at the port of Hamburg. This year as well, many ocean liners will be our guest and can be admired in all their splendour.

Ship Arrivals
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Interactive Ship Finder

With the ship finder you can see what's going on in the harbour and on the Elbe - even from the comfort of your own home.

Interactive Ship Finder
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Ship Sightseeing in Hamburg

Get a taste of some cruise flair - maybe you'll go on a big cruise the next time you visit Hamburg!

Ship Sightseeing in Hamburg

AT A GLANCE The most important information for cruise guests

Experience cruises live in Hamburg!

The Hanseatic City of Hamburg has always been the gateway to the world. Here, where Albert Ballin invented cruise liners at the end of the 19th century, is where the most beautiful and popular cruise ships in the world regularly arrive and depart from. The ocean liners moor directly in the heart of the city near the Elbphilharmonie and take guests to the Norwegian fjords, the British Isles, the Baltic Sea, the Arctic, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Iceland, around Western Europe or directly to New York.

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Hamburg. Unique. Diverse.

When are you coming?

831th HARBOUR BIRTHDAY HAMBURG

Discover the largest harbour festival in the world now! All dates of the programme, detailed information and background information, tips & recommendations around the 831th HARBOUR BIRTHDAY HAMBURG 2020.

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Hamburg Cruise Days

Every two years Hamburg celebrates its second largest maritime event after the harbour birthday: the Hamburg Cruise Days.

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BOOK NOW 2019 is the year of the Harbour Birthday and Cruise Days.

Limited Contingent
Hamburg Cruise Days on the Fairplay VIII
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Hamburg Cruise Days on the Fairplay VIII Cruise spectacle

  • overnight stay in a hotel, with breakfast
  • 4-hour boat trip
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
Hamburg Cruise Days on the Fairplay VIII
To offer
From 265.00
Limited Contingent
Hamburg Cruise Days on the Commodore
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Hamburg Cruise Days on the Commodore Cruise spectacle

  • overnight stay in a hotel, with breakfast
  • 3-hour boat trip
  • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
    Hamburg Cruise Days on the Commodore
    To offer
    From 317.00
    Bahnhit
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    Train special Our Bestseller

    • overnight stay in hotel, with breakfast
    • Return journey by ICE (1st or 2nd class coaches, as booked)
    • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
    Train special
    To offer
    From 185.00

    Watching ships. At the entrance and exit of the Elbe.

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    Arriving in Hamburg on the Elbe

    Experience the Elbe from its delta to Hamburg and the port of Hamburg!

    Arriving in Hamburg on the Elbe
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    Where to watch ships

    In Hamburg, the best and most well-known ocean liners in the world regularly enter and leave the harbour, which makes Hamburg a popular place for ship-spotters - 12 months out of the year.

    Where to watch ships
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    Leaving Hamburg on the Elbe

    Experience the Elbe from Hamburg to its delta into the North Sea!

    Leaving Hamburg on the Elbe

    BOOK NOW Discover the Hamburg Harbour

    Harbour Tour Abicht
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    Harbour Round Trip Abicht Abicht (1 hr)

    • Cosy harbour tour
    • Starting at the Landungsbrücken
    • Following the vibrant quayside
    • Possibly cultural Speicherstadt
    Harbour Round Trip Abicht Abicht (1 hr)
    To offer
    From 14.00
    Harbour Tour Abicht
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    A magical mix of wanderlust, adventure and freedom. The harbour tour takes in the Landungsbrücken jetties, originally built for steam ships, and passes veteran vessels such as the 'Rickmer Rickmers' before motoring through the warehouse district to the modern port in use today. Subject to tides/water level. Witness the activity of this hard-working port at close quarters – some 140 million tonnes of goods are transshipped here each year – and see the human, industrious, creative and cultural sides of the vibrant Hamburg quayside.

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    Evening Lights Tour Abicht
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    Lichterfahrt Abicht (1 Stunde)

    • One of a kind night-ride
    • Illuminated facades
    • Sea of ​​lights of the Hamburg harbour
    • Maritime barge or  salon ship
    Lichterfahrt Abicht (1 Stunde)
    To offer
    From 13.00
    Evening Lights Tour Abicht
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    Hamburg at night - one-hour ride on our maritime barges or comfortable salon ships through the special evening atmosphere of the harbor basin. At appropriate Tide, the ride leads through the canals and canals of the historic Speicherstadt, with its magically illuminated bridges and office buildings. The illuminated facades of the historic warehouse district, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015, as well as the nocturnal sea of lights in one of the largest ports in the world, form the ever-changing backdrop of the Evening Lights Tour.

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    Maritime Circle Line - Hop-on Hop-off

    • Sightseeing from the water
    • 10 stops along Hamburg's attractions
    • Elbphilharmonie, Ballinstadt, etc..
    • Pay once and drive all day
    Maritime Circle Line - Hop-on Hop-off
    To offer
    From 18.00
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    © Eckhard Biermann

    With the Maritime Circle Line you cruise past Speicherstadt and HafenCity, all cruise terminals, container ships, repair yards, container handling but also HafenMuseum and BallinStadt. The special feature is that you only pay once, make stopovers as often as you like, visit the attractions on land on your own and continue your harbor tour of Hamburg at one of the 10 stations according to your individual excursion plan. Even a sightseeing without shore leave is possible.

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    Romantic Must-Do

    Lichterfahrt
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    Gregor's Evening Light Cruises

    • Boat-ride after sunset
    • Sea of ​​lights at the edge of the harbour
    • Wonderful illuminated Speicherstadt
    Gregor's Evening Light Cruises
    To offer
    From 20.00
    Lichterfahrt
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    With “Gregor’s Lichterfahrt & Abendtörn” the boat rental and shipping company GREGORS provides a unique opportunity to discover Hamburg from the water side. Gregor’s 90-minute tour of lights and evening cruises take place after sunset and guide through the port and Speicherstadt. As soon as the container terminals are shrouded in countless lights and Hamburg’s Speicherstadt is romantically illuminated, this scenery of Hamburg impresses in a unique way.

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    Blankenese
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    Big harbour and Elbe cruise to Blankenese

    • Relaxed boat trip
    • FRS Hanse Ferry
    • See all highlights from the water
    • Shore leave in Blankenese

    Big harbour and Elbe cruise to Blankenese
    To offer
    From 18.00
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    Enjoy a relaxed boat trip through the Port of Hamburg and the Elbe along the FRS HanseFerry. From the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken you will pass the fish market, the modern office buildings of the Docklands, the cruise terminal Altona and the museum harbor Övelgönne with historic ships as far as Blankenese. Now you have plenty of time to explore the beautiful and prosperous Elbe suburb before taking the boat back to St. Pauli Landungsbrücken.

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    Bahnhit
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    Train special Our Bestseller

    • overnight stay in hotel, with breakfast
    • Return journey by ICE (1st or 2nd class coaches, as booked)
    • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
    Train special
    To offer
    From 185.00
    Buzzing City by the Water
    © Andreas Vallbracht

    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
    Buzzing City by the Water
    To offer
    From 128.00
    including UNESCO World Heritage Site
    Maritime Cultural Heritage
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    Maritime Cultural Heritage Culture Travel

    • overnight stay in a Hotel, with breakfast
    • guided tour Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
    • Hamburg CARD (3 Days) – ticket worth € 26,50
    Maritime Cultural Heritage
    To offer
    From 131.00

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    The whole world's port. Maritime Hamburg

    Desire for the water, harbour flair and large boats? Then you're in the right place so close to the Elbe. No matter whether you take off on your own or want to experience such highlights as the Harbour Birthday or Cruise Days, we tell you when and where you can enjoy Hamburg's maritime flair pure.

    Maritime Hamburg
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    URBAN.SHORE The City on the Water

    Life on the water makes Hamburg really special. Discover the city on the water and enjoy its maritime diversity.

    The City on the Water
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    "Moin" & Welcome Hamburg Ahoi

    Welcome to the Hansa City - or as we say, "MOIN!" - Discover our favourite restaurants & cafés and find out about many events and insider tips for your visit to the city on the Elbe.

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