To mark the 829th Birthday of Port Hamburg, AIDA Cruises, which is the main sponsor, staged a huge birthday fireworks display Saturday night, May 12. The AIDAperla cruise ship was the centerpiece of the spectacle of light.
Right on time for the start of the fireworks at 9:45 p.m., AIDAperla got into position in front of Harbor Piers. The 15-minute spectacle transformed the night sky above Elbe River into a sea of color. Shortly afterwards the ship sailed out of the port to the North Sea, heading for Le Havre.