Hamburg Cruise Center (HCC) will open its new mega ship berth in Altona this summer. It will be able to accommodate vessels up to 300 meters in length (984.2 feet).

The first ship to use the new berth on the Elbe River is expected to dock in late August. Arriving passengers will be only minutes away by bus and taxi from Hamburg’s famous sites, said the Center;s Managing Director Gerd Drossel.

And in April 2010, a new, modern terminal with an integrated automated gateway will open at the site in time for another cruise season. The terminal will replace the former ferry line facility, aid.

Beginning next year, HCC expects the new Altona terminal and berth to service numerous ships annually, as Hamburg continues to attract more ships and passengers in its role as the fastest-growing port in Northern Europe, according to Drossel.

The city of Hamburg has invested approximately 30 million euros in the Altona megaship complex, including development of the berth; alignment of terminal infrastructures; and construction of the surrounding area, access road, parking spaces, and public areas. The Altona operation is downriver from the HafenCity Cruise Center.