Even days before the giant spectacle, Hamburg’s Hafencity is illuminated in a magical dark blue. Light artist Michael Batz has been staging the buildings and bridges of the metropolis on the Elbe for years. His project “Blue Port Hamburg” is intended to prepare residents and tourists alike for one of the biggest events Hamburg has to offer: The Hamburg Cruise Days. This weekend (September 13-15) is the seventh time that the large-scale party of the cruise ship industry will take place. And just like the industry itself, the event is also growing. Twelve ships will be present this weekend — a new record. The absolute highlight of the Cruise Days is the big parade on Saturday evening, during which five cruise ships in succession, together with numerous accompanying ships, will sail past the edge of the harbor under a grandiose firework display. About half a million visitors are expected to attend. And if you can’t be in Hamburg, you can watch the ocean giants live on TV. Environmental organisations criticize showing off the climate-damaging ocean giants Criticism from environmental associations persists But not everyone is looking forward to the cruise ship party. Environmental associations have been criticizing the Cruise Days for… Read full this story
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