Norwegian Cruise Line and Hamburg Cruise Port have announced that the 163,000 ton Norwegian Escape is to visit the port for its first public sailing in 2015.
The cruise ship is currently being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and will visit one of Germany’s popular Hamburg Port on October 23 2015. When Norwegian Escape visits it will be the largest ever cruise ship to do so.
“The European market has played an important role for Norwegian Cruise Line for years now, with Germany in particular one of our key source markets. Our choice of Hamburg as the venue for the Continental European premiere celebrations for a new vessel for the first time clearly illustrates our commitment to the German market, demonstrating the potential we see here for Norwegian Cruise Line in the coming years,” says Jürgen Stille, Director Business Development Continental Europe at Norwegian Cruise Line. “We await the maiden call of our spectacular new vessel in Hamburg with great excitement.”
When the ship is built it will be NCL’s largest cruise ship and it first public voyages from Hamburg will be very popular. The ship will sail a special 2 night cruise for travel agents and cruise professionals then make its way back to Cruise Port Hamburg where it will depart again on a 2 night cruise to Southampton, UK with passengers onboard.
“We look forward to welcoming Norwegian Cruise Line to Hamburg when the Norwegian Escape calls in autumn 2015 and will depart from here to her first cruise. Norwegian’s prize-winning Freestyle Cruising concept and the international mix of guests on board are of continuously increasing interest for the booming German market. The presentation of the new vessel on the River Elbe, the cruise industry’s red carpet, is the perfect choice of venue,” says Gerd Drossel, Managing Director of Hamburg Cruise Center.”
Cruise Port Hamburg has been in the news a lot recently for celebrating its 825th Anniversary with a huge celebration and again for TUI Cruises new cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 which was christened just days ago.