Hamburg - Harbor and Elbe River Cruise

Harbor and Elbe River Cruise - Impressions

In bright sunshine we set off in Hamburg harbor which is already in hectic operation. At first we saw the Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line, lying in dry dock for maintenance purposes and a cruise ships sailing in front of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall. In addition ferries and cruise ships, the Louisiana Star a Mississippi paddle steamer is crossing our course. The museum ship Cap San Diego is still at anchor. Built in 1942, the gaff schooner now serves for diving excursions or seminars.

At its launch in 2013, the container ship NYK Hyperion with 13200 TEU belonged to the biggest container ships worldwide. The CMA CGM Jade and the Gunvor Maersk, also two major container ships were currently loaded and unloaded.

NYK Hyperion with 13200 TEU in Hamburg

Past the picturesque village of Blankenese we sail towards Wedel; here the ships are welcomed with their national anthem.

Hamburg Blankenese - seen from Elbe River Cruise

Before the beach of Wittenbergen a historic three -master lies at anchor. The return journey takes us past the Airbus plant Finkenwerder. Some Airbus 380 are ready for delivery, especially for the Emirates.
Airbus Hamburg - Germany

We were allowed to watch the captain of the Elb-Hüpfer (Elb-hopper) at his work on the bridge where he as well competently answered all questions of his passengers . In Burchhard Kai he maneuvered skillfully past the container ship MOL Competence, Beijing COSCO, CMA CGM Cassiopeia, Morsum and ZIM Los Angeles.

CGM Cassiopeia in Hamburg

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