The Port of Hamburg will be visited a total of 33 times by cruise ships in May. While the volume of passengers for all of 2008 stood at 89,000, passenger turnover in May 2012 alone is anticipated to hit the 94,000 mark.
Eight cruise ships (â€˜AIDAbluâ€™, AIDAlunaâ€™, â€˜AIDAmarâ€™, â€˜AIDAsolâ€™, â€˜Deutschlandâ€™, â€˜Le BorÃ©alâ€™, â€˜MSC Liricaâ€™ and â€˜Queen Mary 2â€™), the â€˜Star Flyerâ€™ and the training vessel 'Alexander von Humboldt 2â€™ all made an appearance on the portâ€™s 823rd anniversary (11 to 13 May 2012). In addition, this month will also witness three maiden visits, five double visits, three triple visits, one quadruple and even one quintuple visit.
Around 1.4 million people celebrated the portâ€™s 823rd anniversary. Senator Frank Horch, head of the responsible Ministry for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, summed it up, â€œOver the three days, the port was livelier than it has ever been. More than 300 ships from every area of the maritime community produced a truly unique spectacle for the residents of Hamburg and visitors from all over the worldâ€. The crowning glory and absolute icing on the cake this year was surely the worldâ€™s biggest shipâ€™s christening involving the â€œAIDAmarâ€. Accompanied by three sister ships, the latest ship in the AIDA Cruises fleet was named on Saturday evening in an elaborately staged event at the Port of Hamburg. Hundreds of thousands of spectators followed the exceptional naming ceremony.