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Hamburg has long been the starting point and ending point of transatlantic journeys between Germany and the United States. 2014 will be no different. On March 8, the voyage season will start with the arrival of the first cruise ships in Hamburg Harbor. The honor of being the first ship in the harbor goes to AIDAsol, which will be anchored in the harbor four times alone in the month of March. By the end of the season, 190 ships will have made their way through Hamburg Harbor, sometimes with five or six of them resting side by side at the same time. August is the peak month for cruise ships in Hamburg. Over 40 ships will arrive during this month, bringing over 125,000 passengers to the city. Although August is the peak month, December will see the arrival of four cruise ships during the Christmas period, making February the only month in which no ships are anchored in the Hamburg Harbor.
Throughout the cruise season, ships from a variety of cruise lines will weigh anchor in Hamburg, including Cunard, Hapag-Lloyd, AIDA Cruises, and MSC Cruises. Perhaps the most exciting arrivals in Hamburg will be the Queen Mary 2 (9 times this season) and the Queen Elizabeth (3 times).
Did you know that Hamburg is home to the largest harbor festival in the world? If you want to celebrate this year's festival, consider going to the harbor anniversary festival between May 9 and 11. Twelve cruise liners will be anchored in the harbor for this special event.
Besides being the busiest cruise time, August 1-3, 2014, will offer something special. Light artist Michael Batz will install his signature blue accent lights that will bathe the harbor in watery blue light. During the Hamburg Cruise Days, a parade of luxury liners will start from the landing pier, an experience not to be missed by those captivated by cruise culture.
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