we took advantage of the "curtesy" bus from the ship side to the centre of Hamburg. we have always considered the cost of ships excursion`s prohibitive,so always tend to do "our own thing" walking around Hamburg was not a problem and after a couple of hours,took to the special bus,back to the ship.found Hamburg clean and worth the visit
This port was the height of our cruise. directly outside the dock gates was a city bus [hop on/hop off] and the cost 25Euros, the whole journey takes appros 90 mins,and you are able to dow what we did,take the first trip in the morning,then hop on again after dinner,and hop off,as we did, at the Viking ship museum. worth the entry fee and from there about a mile walk to the KON TIKI museum. This is an absolute must for anyone who can remember 1947,during which time Thor Hyadahl and four other warriors,took to sailing the Pacific on a BALSA wood raft,taking 101 days...THOR`s contemporaries discounted all his views that it was possible.and he undertook this to prove his point. Truly an amazing experience to me as I spent all that time listening to the radio and looking at Photo`s taken by passing ships etc of this raft. worth every cent of our entrance fee [11 Euros] Not to be missed.
Used the same method of expedition as the first port of call, and had time for a drink in one of the many pavement venus found in the city. we even took to shopping in one of the big supermarkets, weather both times was good and fine. What makes this port so special is that BOTH our outward paths were celebrated with a Giant Firework Display by the City authorities and truly well appreciated by all the Cruisers on board the QM2 as we departed from the berth.