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About Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany's foremost port and one of its most handsome cities, might also be one of Europe's most underrated destinations. Many Americans -- and even Europeans -- have yet to discover its charms, not least of which is its beauty, thanks to its location on the banks of the Elbe River. Germany's second-largest city also has lovely buildings with traditional architecture, premier museums and a long history with the powerful Hanseatic League. It's a sophisticated destination that is walkable and bikeable.

Founded in 800 by Charlemagne, Hamburg initially took off as a trading center, given its proximity to the rest of Northern Europe and its location on the Elbe, which links the North Sea to inland Europe. While Hamburg was largely destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II, much of it was rebuilt in the traditional style, resulting in a powerful sense of continuity with the past. Few intrusive modern structures upset the skyline, so the churches and the beautiful Rathaus (City Hall) dominate the cityscape. The notable exception is HafenCity, a separate district of newer housing, offices and cultural centers.

Today, Hamburg is a thriving north German city of just fewer than 2 million people with the surrounding districts doubling the population. The city thrives on its port, shipyards and international trade, and it's also a media and civil aerospace center. Not surprisingly, water is a key element in Hamburg life. The Elbe passes through the city, splitting into waterways that meander, canal-like, between handsome, brick, Victorian-era former warehouses that now serve as offices, residences and museums. Hamburg's lakes -- the Binnenalster (Inner Alster) and much larger Aussenalster (Outer Alster) -- form centerpieces for the city center and its transition to the close-in residential suburbs. Parallel canals and narrow streets link the Alster and the Elbe's wide expanses. For the tourist, it's a delight to follow them.

The city has oodles of individual sights relating to its maritime heritage: excellent museums, historic ships, architectural landmarks and a church tower viewpoint. Visitors can take simple pleasure in walking the grand Elbe River promenade, the canal paths in the Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) and the lakeside footpaths. Day cruises are a popular pastime, with numerous boat operators departing from the Landungsbrucken pier to cruise the Elbe River and from Jungfernsteig for Alster trips.

Hamburg's visitors are mostly Germans and other Europeans, and most of the cruise calls are by ships carrying German-speaking passengers. However, some lines catering to North Americans are finding their way there. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is the city's favorite caller, and 1 million people routinely turn out along the banks of the Elbe to see the ship arrive from the North Sea. Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, Hurtigrutren and Ponant Cruises also visit Hamburg.


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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Le Havre, Brugge ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    5 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Le Havre
    • Day 3
      Brugge (Bruges)
    • Day 4
      Rotterdam
    • Day 5
      Rotterdam
    • Day 6
      Hamburg
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    MSC Preziosa - MSC Cruises

    Lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and Mediterranean style

    Family-friendly with free kids fares and water play areas

    Good choice for budget-conscious cruisers

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    MSC Preziosa Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    The 2013 debut of MSC Preziosa moved the family-owned Italian company MSC Cruises up another no...

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    cruiserky95
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Avoid completely - terrible food, terrible service, even got food poisoning
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    Barre01
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Won’t be returning
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  • 26 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Southampton, Hamburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    26 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Southampton
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      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Hamburg
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Stavanger
    • Day 13
      Olden
    • Day 13
      Innvikfjorden
    • Day 13
      Nordfjord
    • Day 14
      Andalsnes
    • Day 14
      Romsdalsfjord
    • Day 15
      Flam
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Hamburg
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Southampton
    • Day 20
      Le Havre
    • Day 21
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Phenomenal enrichment, excellent specialty dining and only kennels at sea

    Cons

    Poor food quality in dining room, abysmally slow internet and mediocre nighttime entertainment

    Bottom Line

    QM2 retains its unique sense of occasion, melding tradition with fresh touches

    Reviews

    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.5

    The prospect of traveling onboard Queen Mary 2, the world's only ocean liner, is thrilling -- n...

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    CorkSerene
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Safe with Cunard
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    Veronique Paul
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    WORLD CRUISE QM2 2020
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Southampton, Hamburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    9 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Southampton
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Hamburg
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    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Phenomenal enrichment, excellent specialty dining and only kennels at sea

    Cons

    Poor food quality in dining room, abysmally slow internet and mediocre nighttime entertainment

    Bottom Line

    QM2 retains its unique sense of occasion, melding tradition with fresh touches

    Reviews

    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.5

    The prospect of traveling onboard Queen Mary 2, the world's only ocean liner, is thrilling -- n...

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    Canmerican
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Disappointment
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    gillwu
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Cunard put the health of guests and crew as the first priority.
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    Hamburg
    Visiting:
    Southampton, New York ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    9 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      Hamburg
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Southampton
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      New York (Manhattan)
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    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Phenomenal enrichment, excellent specialty dining and only kennels at sea

    Cons

    Poor food quality in dining room, abysmally slow internet and mediocre nighttime entertainment

    Bottom Line

    QM2 retains its unique sense of occasion, melding tradition with fresh touches

    Reviews

    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.5

    The prospect of traveling onboard Queen Mary 2, the world's only ocean liner, is thrilling -- n...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    ubu62
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Some cabin issues but a brilliant trip
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    jenni88
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    The Dream of A Lifetime Turned into a Disappointment of a Lifetime
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Southampton, Hamburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    18 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Southampton
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Hamburg
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Southampton
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Phenomenal enrichment, excellent specialty dining and only kennels at sea

    Cons

    Poor food quality in dining room, abysmally slow internet and mediocre nighttime entertainment

    Bottom Line

    QM2 retains its unique sense of occasion, melding tradition with fresh touches

    Reviews

    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.5

    The prospect of traveling onboard Queen Mary 2, the world's only ocean liner, is thrilling -- n...

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    albatros75
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Atlantic crossing southampton-NY
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    menashe
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    A Terrible and Expensive Disappointment
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 28 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Isle of Portland, Scilly Isles ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    28 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Isle of Portland (England)
    • Day 4
      Scilly Isles
    • Day 5
      Dublin
    • Day 6
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 7
      Galway
    • Day 8
      Killybegs
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Stornoway
    • Day 11
      Lerwick (Shetland Islands)
    • Day 12
      Invergordon (Inverness)
    • Day 13
      South Queensferry
    • Day 14
      South Queensferry
    • Day 15
      Amsterdam
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Hamburg
    • Day 17
      Hamburg
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Copenhagen
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Stockholm
    • Day 22
      Tallinn
    • Day 23
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 24
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 25
      Helsinki
    • Day 26
      Visby
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      Amsterdam
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    Veendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Lots of dining options and intimate music spots for evening lounging

    Cons

    Slow dining room service and room service delivery

    Bottom Line

    Upscale, mid-sized ship catering to more mature cruisers

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    Veendam holds true to Holland America's maritime past and cruising traditions with an emphasis on ...

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    scpd1856
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Best HAL Cruise Ever!
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Plenty time to wind down.
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg