CGH-Cruise Gate Hamburg (Germany) welcomed a record 280 cruise ship calls in 2022, surpassing pre-COVID levels which hit a high of 210 visits in 2019.
In total, 49 cruise ships from 20 different lines visited the Port of Hamburg. Highlights of the season included 1 christening, 10 maiden calls, and 41 cruise calls by river ships. The port also hosted ~750,000 passengers.
Simone Maraschi, managing director of CGH said they were very happy about the high demand for cruises departing from Hamburg.
“For us it is proof that the enormous efforts and the adaptability demonstrated by the entire industry during the Covid-19 pandemic are truly appreciated.”
CGH expects to beat the record again over the next year, with 283 calls already booked, along with an additional 37 from riverboats. The port will host 8 maiden calls, including 2 from new brands - Explora Journeys’ Explora I and Albatros Expeditions’ Ocean Albatros.
Hamburg is making progress toward achieving its sustainability goals. In 2022, 30 ships were connected to onshore electricity supplied by the power station at Altona cruise terminal. 4 vessels carried out integration tests, while 12 will undergo this process next year. Once tests are complete, cruise ships can be fully certified to use the shore power station while docked at the port. The port plans to electrify all of its permanent terminals by 2040.
According to Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, ports played a crucial role in decarbonization and keeping the air clean.
“Shoreside electricity enables us to significantly reduce ships’ emissions while they are docking at the Port of Hamburg. We are looking forward to being one of Europe’s first ports to offer both cruise ships and container vessels shore-based power at the berth in 2025.”