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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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Hamburg, Rotterdam ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Hamburg
    • Day 4
      Rotterdam
    • Day 5
      Rotterdam
    • Day 6
      Brugge (Bruges)
    • Day 7
      Le Havre
    • Day 8
      Southampton
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    MSC Magnifica - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    A relaxed, Brit-friendly ship that's suitable for all ages

    Cons

    Lack of speciality dining and water park

    Bottom Line

    Well laid-out vessel offering good value-for-money

    Reviews

    MSC Magnifica Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    mervous
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Better planning, bettter details and this would be our best yet.
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    Katcas75
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    WORST CRUISE EVER ! RUINED ANNIVERSARY TRIP!
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Hamburg, Copenhagen ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Hamburg
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Copenhagen
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Visby
    • Day 8
      Tallinn
    • Day 9
      St. Petersburg
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      St. Petersburg
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      Cruising
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      Kiel
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      Skagen
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      Cruising
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      Southampton
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    Queen Victoria - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Stylish and sophisticated, offering world-wide itineraries

    Cons

    Passengers who don't like to dress up will feel out of place

    Bottom line

    Queen Victoria is more traditional and formal than most ships, with an elegant atmosphere

    Reviews

    Queen Victoria Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Queen Victoria enjoyed a $40 million refurbishment in 2017, which involved slicing off the back...

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    littlemisscouchsurfer
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Like P&O with bells on, except for the restaurant which was abit crap ..
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    jjessie
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Third time on Victoria and still good
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    • Shore Excursions
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    • Spa Services
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    • 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

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  • 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
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Southampton
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      Cruising
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      Hamburg
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      Cruising
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      Southampton
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      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
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    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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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    WORLD CRUISE QM2 2020
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
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    • 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
    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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    gillwu
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Cunard put the health of guests and crew as the first priority.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Disappointment
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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

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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    Cape Town
    Visiting:
    Walvis Bay, Tenerife ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    17 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      Cape Town
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Walvis Bay
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Tenerife
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Southampton
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Hamburg
    Ship Details

    Queen Victoria - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Stylish and sophisticated, offering world-wide itineraries

    Cons

    Passengers who don't like to dress up will feel out of place

    Bottom line

    Queen Victoria is more traditional and formal than most ships, with an elegant atmosphere

    Reviews

    Queen Victoria Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Queen Victoria enjoyed a $40 million refurbishment in 2017, which involved slicing off the back...

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    plodus
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Mostly great!
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    bobcat131
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Never again on Cunard
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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.

  • 112 Night
    Cruise to Hamburg

    Leaving:
    Hamburg
    Visiting:
    Southampton, Hamilton ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    112 Night Cruise to Hamburg Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      Hamburg
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Southampton
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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    Ship Details

    Queen Victoria - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Stylish and sophisticated, offering world-wide itineraries

    Cons

    Passengers who don't like to dress up will feel out of place

    Bottom line

    Queen Victoria is more traditional and formal than most ships, with an elegant atmosphere

    Reviews

    Queen Victoria Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Queen Victoria enjoyed a $40 million refurbishment in 2017, which involved slicing off the back...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    raymon73
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Overated Overpriced
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    amfc_lenny
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Pretty calm in the Bay of Biscay
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    • Wi-Fi