Driving force for cruise shipping in Hamburg

Hamburg Cruise Net e.V. (HCN) is the cruise shipping initiative for Hamburg. A public-private partnership (PPP), the association manages a comprehensive network, ocnsisting of private and public companies, that represents the metropolitan region’s combined cruise shipping competence.

Members of the association include cruise lines, port agents, tourism providers, hotel operators plus municipal organisations and authorities. They all work together under the aegis of Hamburg Cruise Net to further enhance Hamburg’s attractiveness as an international cruise destination, to create jobs and add value in the industry here, and to shape the future of cruise shipping with pioneering technologies and service offerings.

The association serves as a communication platform, promoting networking and communication within the industry whilst representing its concerns to the outside world. The network management initiates and coordinates joint activities where appropriate and/or necessary. This includes, for example, a shared presence at trade fairs and events and in the media, as well as initiatives to improve the situation of the industry in Hamburg, for example by facilitating donations of food from cruise ships to Hamburg’s Tafel food bank. The association is open to all companies, service providers, organisations and private participants connected with the industry.

Our fields of activity

HCN’s network management work covers eight areas of activity. In general and at a process level, the association primarily plays a coordinating role.

The focus of the work undertaken is on the following areas: general location marketing, optimisation of arrival and departure for cruise passengers, sustainable cruise shipping, and training and qualification programmes for the cruise industry. In addition, the association is actively involved in drafting a city-wide strategy for the development of cruise shipping in Hamburg.

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History of the association and development of the cruise shipping industry in Hamburg


Hamburg Cruise Center e.V. becomes Hamburg Cruise Net e.V. The association, a public-private partnership (PPP), has almost 100 members and is open to both private and statutory companies. As a central point of contact, HCN coordinates the industry network for cruise shipping in Hamburg and reinforces external marketing of the city.

After several months of testing, the shore power facility installed at Cruise Center Altona enters normal operation. Hamburg plans further shore power facilities at the HafenCity and Steinwerder Terminals. The HafenCity terminal will be redeveloped by 2022 as part of the southern Überseequartier development.


As a wholly-owned subsidiary of HPA, Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH assumes operational responsibility for all three terminals (Altona, HafenCity and Steinwerder) and is the central point of contact for cruise lines.

Demolition of temporary Terminal 2 at Cruise Center HafenCity. Terminal 1 will remain fully operational until 2021.


Cruise Terminal Steinwerder (CC3) opens in the former free port, with a 405-meter long quay enabling very large cruise ships to dock here.


Establishment of cruise shipping initiative, Hamburg Cruise Net (HCN).

Cruise Office in operation 2014 – 2017 as precursor to network management. HCC and Hamburg consulting company HPC Hamburg Port Consulting collaborate within this project to develop the foundation for institutional establishment of Hamburg Cruise Net e.V.

Foundation of terminal operating company Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH as joint venture between Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and Flughafen Hamburg GmbH (FHG).


Cruise Terminal Altona (CC2) extends Hamburg’s capacity with an additional berth and a modern passenger terminal.


Cruise Terminal HafenCity (CC1) opened.


Almost 20 founding members establish Hamburg Cruise Center e.V, (HCC) association, laying the foundation for a new era in cruise shipping in Hamburg.

Contact Partners

Christine Beine

CEO T: +49 40 30051-390 beine@hamburgcruise.net

Brigitte Burmeister

Assistentin der Geschäftsleitung
T: +49 40 30051-394

Julia Gelbe

T: +49 40 30051-397


Dr. Stefan Behn

Chairman of the Board formerly HHLA Chairman Segment Container

Reinhard Wolf

Deputy Chairman of the Board Legal adviser to Handelskammer Hamburg a.D.

Dennis Tetzlaff

Vice President Fleet Operations & Newbuild
TUI Cruises

Simone Maraschi

Managing Director Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH

Hansjörg Kunze

Vice President Communication & Sustainability, AIDA Cruises

Giselher Schultz-Berndt

formerly CEO HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Christian Hein

CEO MSC Cruises

Michael Otremba

CEO Hamburg Tourismus GmbH

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees advises and supports the Executive Board and the management of the association, Hamburg Cruise Net, in strategic network-building matters. Chair of the Board of Trustees is Senator Michael Westhagemann, Minister for Economic Affairs and Innovation (BWI). This expert committee is made up of representatives of 17 institutions, companies and associations from among the central players in the cruise shipping initiative.

Photo: Polizei Hamburg