Hamburg cruises

Established by Charlemagne, Hamburg owes much of its architecture to the rebuilding done in the late 19th and early 20th centuries after a massive fire. World War II also inflicted severe damage, but the city's medieval character is still evident thanks to post-war restorations. Water is a wonderful feature here – as you’ll notice when you arrive along the River Elbe, investigate quirky historic districts by canal and glide past highly desirable addresses lining the Alster lakes.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Hamburg Overview

    Experience an ideal insight into Hamburg, the ‘Free and Hanseatic City’ and Germany’s second largest city after Berlin.

    Hamburg Overview

    Hamburg is one of Europe’s biggest ports. Elegant and cosmopolitan it is a city of palatial office buildings, magnificent promenades, international musicals and extravagant shopping malls as well as the famous Reeperbahn. Hamburg is also Germany’s greenest city with many spacious lawns and lovely parks.

    Enjoy a panoramic tour showing you the highlights of this bustling city, such as the City Hall, Germany’s oldest Stock Exchange; the Speicherstadt; as well as the Jungfernstieg, one of the elegant and luxury shopping areas. Your journey continues through the Aussenalster, deemed one of the most desirable areas of Hamburg.

    Continue your journey along the world famous Reeperbahn, where at the beginning of the 17th century, the Reepers made rigs. Nowadays this street, together with the Grosse Freiheit and Herbert Strasse, are referred to as ‘the mile of sin’.

    Visit St Michael’s Church, also known as the ‘Michel’ by the locals. This is the largest north German Baroque church and Hamburg’s main landmark.

    Before returning to the ship you’ll take a leisurely stroll through the Krameramtsstuben, which was an earlier form of widow housing.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is mainly panoramic, with approximately 30-40 minutes’ walking, including a few steps at the Church. This tour is the same as HAM021 Snapshot of Hamburg, however whilst it includes an inside visit to the St Michaelis Church, it does not include the Church Service and organ recital during the visit.

    Tour code

    HAM_034

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Snapshot of Hamburg

    Experience an ideal insight into Hamburg, the ‘Free and Hanseatic City’ and Germany’s second largest city after Berlin.

    Snapshot of Hamburg

    Hamburg is one of Europe’s biggest ports. Elegant and cosmopolitan it is a city of palatial office buildings, magnificent promenades, international musicals and extravagant shopping malls as well as the famous Reeperbahn. Hamburg is also Germany’s greenest city with many spacious lawns and lovely parks.

    Enjoy a panoramic tour showing you the highlights of this bustling city, such as the City Hall, Germany’s oldest Stock Exchange; the Speicherstadt; as well as the Jungfernstieg, one of the elegant and luxury shopping areas. Your journey continues through the Aussenalster, deemed one of the most desirable areas of Hamburg.

    Continue your journey along the world famous Reeperbahn, where at the beginning of the 17th century, the Reepers made rigs. Nowadays this street, together with the Grosse Freiheit and Herbert Strasse, are referred to as ‘the mile of sin’.

    Visit St Michael’s Church, also known as the ‘Michel’ by the locals. This is the largest north German Baroque church and Hamburg’s main landmark. St Michael’s has four organs, one of which is said to be one of the largest in the world inside a church. During your visit, you’ll attend part of a Church service conducted in German, where you’ll be treated to a wonderful organ recital to appreciate the excellent acoustics of the church.

    Before returning to the ship you’ll take a leisurely stroll through the Krameramtsstuben, which was an earlier form of widow housing.


    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Hamburg should not book a shore excursion for this port. Hamburg excursions are available for guests visiting Hamburg as a port call.

    This tour is mainly panoramic, with approximately 30-40 minutes’ walking, including a few steps at the Church.

    Tour code

    HAM_021

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Tall Ship Sailing Experience

    Hop aboard the square rigged tall ship ‘Mercedes’ under full sail; for an exhilarating cruise on the River Elbe.

    Tall Ship Sailing Experience

    Feel the wind in your hair and the zest in your spirit as you board the tall ship ‘Mercedes’ for an exhilarating sail on the River Elbe.

    Once aboard the ‘Mercedes’, settle into your seat with a welcome drink or work your passage by helping the crew set the sails or taking the helm.

    Hamburg has one of the largest harbours in the world and from your tall ship you’ll have wonderful views of sights such as the recently built ‘Elbphilharmonie’ and ‘HafenCity.

    Leaving the harbour behind, sail past the impressive mansions along the Elbe riverside towards the historical Blankenese. This former fishing village is now a stylish suburb and one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Germany. As you sail back to the port, you’re sure to pass huge container vessels approaching the port from overseas.

    During your sailing experience you’ll be served a delicious fresh maritime snack.

    Rest assured, the Mercedes is especially designed for day cruising and crewed by professionals who will look after your every need to turn your excursion into a wonderful and unforgettable memory.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    P&O Cruises will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. P&O Cruises does not provide or supply the excursion services. P&O Cruises will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and P&O Cruises shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions P&O Cruises is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of P&O Cruises.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by tall ship. There are some steps to negotiate to board the ship. A welcome drink is included in the cost of the tour; further drinks are available for purchase on board using US dollars, Euros or British Pounds. Comfortable, non-slip shoes and waterproof clothing are recommended. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    HAM_032

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Lübeck and Niederegger

    Explore the beautiful medieval town of Lübeck and enjoy a taste of Germany’s finest marzipan.

    Lübeck and Niederegger

    Once known as the ‘Queen of the Hanseatic League’, Lübeck is steeped in history and tradition and is, quite simply, beautiful. The old town on its oval island is one of the most impressive, intact examples of medieval Gothic architecture.

    Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walk of the Altstadt (old city) with the Holsten Gate. Pass by St Marien Church and the Gothic Rathaus, one of the oldest in Germany. You’ll continue past the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, as well as the Buddenbrooks House, home of the famous writers Heinrich and Thomas Mann, both born in Lübeck. Another fascinating attraction that you will see is one of the 82 quaint “Wohngaenge” (alleyways), which are renowned in the town.

    Visit the famous Café Niederegger, where you may enjoy coffee or tea and Niederegger’s popular marzipan gateau. There will also be time for you to stock up on Niederegger’s large selection of chocolate-coated marzipan.



    Journey time to Lübeck is estimated at 75 to 90 minutes each way. There is approximately 2 hours’ walking included throughout the guided walk within this tour, with steps and uneven ground. Flat, comfortable, walking shoes are recommended. Whilst comfort stops at restaurants are usually free of charge, a donation is common. Please be aware that there is usually a charge of approximately Euro 50 cents at public facilities. Please note that most shops are closed on Sundays.

    Tour code

    HAM_029

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Jewish Hamburg & Former Concentration Camp

    Discover Hamburg’s Jewish heritage and visit a former Concentration Camp, commemorating the lives of those who died in the Holocaust.

    Jewish Hamburg & Former Concentration Camp

    Your morning starts with a panoramic tour of Hamburg, where for more than 400 years the Jewish community have influenced the city’s development. En route you will pass by some of the main highlights including City Hall, Germany’s oldest Stock Exchange, and the old warehouse quarter, which was built in Gothic redbrick architecture and houses fine spices, coffee and tea from all over the world. You will also pass through the elegant shopping area of Jungfernstieg.

    During your panoramic tour, you will pass by the Jewish Cemetery that dates back to the early 1600’s, as well as the site where the new synagogue stood, until its destruction during World War II. The site is now Hamburg’s Holocaust Memorial, where a voluntary group works towards ‘a world without hate’.

    Situated outside Hamburg is the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. The historical site commemorates over 100,000 people who were imprisoned in the largest concentration camp in north west Germany during World War II. Time permitting, free time will be given at the main exhibition entitled ‘Traces of History: Neuengamme Concentration Camp 1938–1945 and its Post-war History’, which focuses on the history of Neuengamme Concentration Camp and its satellite camps.


    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Hamburg should not book a shore excursion for this port. Hamburg excursions are available for guests visiting Hamburg as a port call.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ - 2 hours hours of walking included over flat paved ground. The advertised itinerary may operate in reverse. Please be advised that the Museum exhibits sensitive material including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war.

    Tour code

    HAM_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Medieval Lüneburg

    Visit the medieval town of Lüneburg, situated on the River Ilmenau and discover this treasure, located south of Hamburg.

    Medieval Lüneburg

    Enjoy an orientation drive of Hamburg including many of the city sights before transferring to Lüneburg.

    Lüneburg city is rich in tradition and historically connected with salt – the ‘white gold’ of the Middle Ages. The salt mines made Lüneburg a rich and powerful town and an important member of the Hanseatic League. To fully appreciate the beauty, take a tour of the Old Town on foot. The many important historical buildings testify to the prosperity of the city in the Middle Ages. Even today, salt plays an important role in Lüneburg’s status as a spa town; many illnesses are treated through salt and water therapies.

    During your walk through the city and small cobbled alleyways, you will see buildings such as the historical town hall Rathaus, which was built around 1240.

    Enjoy some free time, exploring the medieval, quaint town centre with its numerous shops.


    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Hamburg should not book a shore excursion for this port.  Hamburg excursions are available for guests visiting Hamburg as a port call.

    Journey time to Luneburg is estimated at 45-60 minutes each way. The orientation drive of Hamburg will be around 30-45 minutes. There is approximately two hours of walking included on this tour with steps. Flat, comfortable, walking shoes are recommended. Whilst comfort stops at restaurants are usually free of charge, a donation is common. Please be aware that there is usually a charge of approximately Euro 50 cents at public facilities. Please note that most shops are closed on Sundays.

    Tour code

    HAM_014

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Hamburg Highlights & Miniature Wonderland

    See some of Hamburg’s highlights, followed by a visit to one of the most successful exhibitions in Northern Germany, Miniature Wonderland.

    Hamburg Highlights & Miniature Wonderland

    Embark on a panoramic drive of Hamburg, during which you’ll see some of the city’s most important sites including Germany’s oldest stock exchange and St Nicolai Church.

    Pause to capture photographs of the impressive Neo Renaissance Rathaus which is today the seat of the Government of Hamburg. Afterwards, continue driving through Hamburg’s most famous street, the Reeperbahn, today one of the world’s largest red-light districts and home to yet another architectural marvel, the Dancing Towers.

    Enjoy a brief photograph stop at St Michael’s Church, before continuing past another cultural and urban landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s spectacular Concert Hall.

    The highlight of your tour will be a visit to Miniature Wonderland, the world’s largest model railway collection and a true work of art. The fully digitally controlled HO scale (1:87) layout has the latest equipment to control the trains and lights. Expanding on a daily basis, you’ll find around 1,000 engines hauling over 15,000 different carriages controlled by nearly 60 computers, on more than 15,000 metres of track. Since its opening in 2000, Miniature Wonderland has become a ‘must see’ for locals and visitors to the city; you can witness how a whole day is simulated in 15 minutes – from dawn to dusk. Marveling at the detailed layout and master engineering, it isn’t difficult to understand why the adults, rather than children, don’t want to leave the exhibition!


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour. The visit to Miniature Wonderland is self-guided; however your guide will be on hand to answer any questions. The visit to Miniature Wonderland lasts approximately two hours.

    Tour code

    HAM_031

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • The Beatles, Beer & Bratwurst

    ‘Come Together’ and follow in the famous footsteps of The Beatles and discover where the band first found fame in the early 1960’s.

    The Beatles, Beer & Bratwurst

    Sit back, relax and enjoy your ‘Ticket to Ride’ as you follow on the trail of the ‘Fab Four’ in Hamburg. Have your camera at the ready as you pass by many of the City’s highlights including the century old Warehouse Quarter, Speicherstadt, City Hall and the Aussen-Alster, the top address in Hamburg where numerous consulates are located. You’ll also see the infamous Reeperbahn, also known as St Pauli, Hamburg’s ‘red-light district’ as well as the theatre and nightlife mile.

    Your guide will host you on a ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ to discover where the band first found fame and enjoy some tales about their early experiences. On the 18th August 1960, the band played their first concert as ‘The Beatles’ at the Indra Club.

    As it’s been a ‘Hard Day’s Night’, you’ll enjoy a brief stop at a typical German “Imbiss” (food stand), where you’ll sample a tasty traditional “Bratwurst” to go.

    Enjoy a German beer at a local pub or brewery, before you have to ‘Get Back’ to your ship.


    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Hamburg should not book a shore excursion for this port. Hamburg excursions are available for guests visiting Hamburg as a port of call.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes approximately 1½ hours of walking plus time spent standing at the Imbiss, food stand as there is no seating area available. Please note that the Reeperbahn area may offend those passengers of a more sensitive nature; street-people, women soliciting, and individuals under the influence of alcohol may be present.

    Tour code

    HAM_025

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Tall Ship Sailing Experience

    Hop aboard the square rigged tall ship ‘Mercedes’ under full sail; the perfect way to experience Hamburg’s Port Anniversary.

    Tall Ship Sailing Experience

    Feel the wind in your hair and the zest in your spirit as you board the tall ship ‘Mercedes’ for an exhilarating sail on the River Elbe.

    Your visit to Hamburg is perfectly timed as your sailing experience will take place during the ports 829th anniversary. During this annual event, hundreds of ships flock to Hamburg to celebrate this huge event. Once aboard the ‘Mercedes’, settle into your seat with a welcome drink or work your passage by helping the crew set the sails or taking the helm.

    Hamburg has one of the largest harbours in the world and from your tall ship you’ll have wonderful views of sights such as the recently built ‘Elbphilharmonie’ and ‘HafenCity.

    Leaving the harbour behind, sail past the impressive mansions along the Elbe riverside towards the historical Blankenese. This former fishing village is now a stylish suburb and one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Germany. As you sail back to the port, you’re sure to pass huge container vessels approaching the port from overseas.

    During your sailing experience you’ll be served a delicious fresh maritime snack.

    Rest assured, the Mercedes is especially designed for day cruising and crewed by professionals who will look after your every need to turn your excursion into a wonderful and unforgettable memory.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by city bus and tall ship. There is a 15 minute transfer by city bus to the tall ship, please note there is limited seating on board the buses. There are some steps to negotiate to board the ship. A welcome drink is included in the cost of the tour; further drinks are available for purchase on board using US dollars, Euros or British Pounds. Comfortable, non-slip shoes and waterproof clothing are recommended.

    Tour code

    HAM_033

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4 hours