A cosmopolitan point of view
Located between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, Hamburg will fascinate you from the moment you first set eyes on its elegant and austere buildings looking onto the port, one of the largest in Europe.
When you reach this destination on an MSC Cruise of Northern Europe, you can get a taste of its glorious history. Hamburg is a cosmopolitan, wealthy and fashionable city, with an aggressive economy, that still prides itself of the title “free Hanseatic city”.
It has, in fact, never cut its umbilical cord with maritime trade that has its heart in the port where your cruise liner will be waiting for you. Many tourist come here to visit the Reeperbahn, the red light district, but if you want to take in the atmosphere of the city, you shouldn’t miss an excursion to Speicherstadt (Warehouse Town), where the cobbled streets, gables and turrets combine to make the area on the other side of Zollkanal (Tax Canal) a world apart from the city opposite.
Another city icon, St Michaelis, at the western edge of the city centre by Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse, is Hamburg’s iconic church and no wonder. More than any other building, the “Michael” mirrors the city’s irrepressible spirit. Burned down after a lightning strike in1750, it was rebuilt in Baroque style under Ernst Georg Sonnin but it again accidently caught fire in1906.
In 1945, the Allies obliterated the roof and decor of church number three. Reconstructed again to Sonnin’s plans, it is now the finest Baroque church in North Germany. Probably the most gratifying attraction during an excursion on an MSC Cruise is the scenery you can admire from one of the best views over Hamburg: the 360-degree panorama takes in Speicherstadt, the container port and shipping on the Elbe, the Alster lakes, and the five spires of the churches and Rathaus.
Cruises from/to Hamburg in 2021
Excursions & Activities Hamburg
TRAVEL TO THE Hamburg CRUISE TERMINAL
- CAR - Steinwerder
- PLANE - Steinwerder
- TRAIN - Steinwerder
- CAR - Altona
- PLANE - Altona
- TRAIN - Altona
MSC Preziosa will berth at Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder – Kronprinzenkai, Buchheisterstrasse 16, 20457 Hamburg (for navigation systems: Buchheisterstrasse 12).
From direction A1 / A255 / A252 / B4 / B75: Before / behind the Elbbrücken (Billhorner Brückenstraße) take the exit Freihafen / Veddel and drive to the Veddeler Marktplatz. Now turn onto the Prielstraße and follow the course of the street, which merges into the street Am Bahndamm and turn at the end to the left in the Rampenstraße. Follow the course, this turns into the streets Am Moldauhafen, Am Saalehafen and finally Veddeler Damm. Now turn off into the Reiherdamm and turn left at the second intersection into the Buchheisterstraße and follow the road to the end.
From the A7: Take the Waltershof exit and turn into Finkenwerder Straße towards Köhlbrandbrücke. You drive over the Köhlbrandbrücke and follow the course of the road that merges into the Roßdamm. Then turn left into the Reiherdamm and take the second intersection left into Buchheisterstraße. The cruise terminal is at the end of the street.
From the A24: Head northwest on the A24 until reaching the roundabout. Afterwards, drive straight along the Sievekingsallee. Follow the signs to the city center and turn left at the sign "Bürgerweide / B75". Follow the road for about 3km and take the exit "Veddel". Keep right and then turn left onto Prielstraße. Drive along the railway tracks and turn right at the end of the road to drive through the tunnel. After the tunnel turn left and follow the road for about 3km. Keep right until you finally see the ship. Stay on the right lane to turn right onto the " Reihendamm ". On the other side of the bridge, turn into Buchheisterstraße. Drive into the roundabout and take the second exit.
Parking on your own at terminal Steinwerder°
Address: Buchheisterstraße 12, 20457 Hamburg
Flughafen Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel Airport (https://www.hamburg-airport.de/en/index.php) is located around 19km from the cruise port.
- If you have booked your flight via MSC, your transfer to the cruise terminal is already included. One of our multilingual staff will meet you at the exit of the airport and guide you to your bus, which will bring you directly to the terminal.
- If you have arranged a flight yourself, MSC Cruises offers you the possibility to book an individual airport transfer. The booking is made via your travel agency or our contact center, indicating the flight details (airline, flight route from / to, flight number, departure and arrival time).
- If you choose to continue by train, from Hamburg-Veddel (S-Bahn) P + R car park coach lot, runs a shuttle bus (about € 2.50 per person), which brings you every hour to the Cruise Center Steinwerder. Information about the arrival and departure of the Steinwerder shuttle service can also be found at: https://www.cruisegate-hamburg.de/de/anfahrt/cruise-center-steinwerder.
- To reach Hamburg MSC Cruises disposes of discounted tickets for the Deutsche Bahn. These are valid for the trip to / from Hamburg in all trains (ICE, EC / IC, IR, RE, RB, NCL) and from / to all stations of the Deutsche Bahn AG.
Children (6-14 years) may travel free of charge, but a ticket is still required.
Children under 6 are not required a ticket.
Note: This discounted train offer is only valid in connection with your MSC cruise. Please note the advance booking period of at least 30 days prior to departure.
- Our MSC Shuttle Service from the main train station to Steinwerder (price € 5, - per person / each way) is also available. This service can be purchased on site with one of our hostesses. The meeting point is at the exit Kirchenallee.
Information about the arrival and departure of the Steinwerder shuttle service can also be found at: https://www.cruisegate-hamburg.de/de/anfahrt/cruise-center-steinwerder
A luggage drop off point will be available for you at the train station as well at a small charge.
- You can also request the MSC Transfer service by calling our contact centre or your travel agent.
MSC Orchestra will berth at Cruise Center Altona Van-der-Smissen-Straße 5, 22767 Hamburg, Germany.
From direction A7:
Take exit 29 towards HH-Othmarschen, follow signs for Elbbrücken / Zentrum / Altona, follow Walderseestrasse and then Behringstrasse. Turn right to Hohenzollernring, turn left to Elbchaussee and follow Klopstockstraße. Turn right into Kaistraße, then left into Grosse Elbstrasse. Turn right onto Van-der-Smissen-Straße and follow the signs for the Cruise Center Altona.
From direction A1 / A255 / A252 / B4 / B75:
After the Elbbrücken (Billhorner Brückenstraße) take the exit direction Freihafen / HafenCity. Follow Zweibrückenstraße, Versmannstraße and Überseeallee to Osakaallee. Keep left: At Sandtorkai turn left towards Baumwall (or take the path as indicated). Pass Landungsbrücken, the St. Pauli Hafenstraße and the St. Pauli Fischmarkt. Then follow the signs for the Cruise Center Altona or follow the Breite Straße, Palmaille-Kaistraße and Große Elbstraße to Edgar-Engelhard-Kai.
From direction A24:
Follow the A24 to Hammer Kreisel - Sievekingsallee - Bürgerweide. Turn left into Heidenkampsweg, turn right into Bergfelderstraße. Drive towards Deichtorhallen, follow the Willy Brandt-Straße and the Reeperbahn, turn left to Pepermölenbek. Follow the signs for Cruise Center Altona or follow the Breite Straße, Palmaille-Kaistraße and Große Elbstraße to Edgar-Engelhard-Kai.
HAMBURG - SHUTTLE Parking°
Address: Hermann- Blohm-strasse 5, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
Tel. +49 40 22 81 5525
°MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
Tel. +49 40 22 81 5525
ALTONA - VALET Parking°
Address: Van-Der-Smissen-Strasse 5, 22767 Hamburg Parking- Altona, Germany
Tel. +49 40 22 81 5525
MSC Shuttle Service:
If you have booked your flight via MSC, your transfer to the cruise terminal is already included. One of our multilingual staff will meet you at the exit of the airport and take you to your bus, which will take you directly to the berth of the ship.
If you have arranged a flight yourself, MSC Cruises offers you the possibility to book an individual airport transfer. The booking is made via your travel agency or our contact center, indicating the flight details (airline, flight route from / to, flight number, departure and arrival time).
You can also use public transport to get to the main train station from the airport. Take the city train (S1) direction Blankenese / Wedel to Hamburg Altona. From there, take bus 111 to the "Cruise Terminal Altona" stop.
Alternatively, you can get off at the city train station "Königsstraße" and reach the Cruise Center Altona after about 15 minutes on foot.
For Hamburg we offer you the discounted tickets of Deutsche Bahn. These are valid for the round trip to / from Hamburg in all trains (ICE, EC / IC, IR, RE, RB, NCL) and from / to all stations of the Deutsche Bahn AG. Rail prices start at € 55, - per person / each way (depending on class and possession of a discount card “Bahncard”). Children (6-14 years) travel free of charge when accompanied by parents / grandparents, but need a ticket! Children under the age of 6 are not required to bring a ticket. Note: The train tickets are only valid in connection with your MSC cruise. Please note the advance booking period of at least 30 days prior to departure.
MSC Shuttle Service:
Feel free to use our chargeable MSC shuttle service from Central Station to Cruise Center Altona for € 5 per person / each way. This service can be booked on site at one of our hostesses. The meeting point is at the exit Kirchenallee.
You can also take public transport to Altona. Take S1 or S3 from Hauptbahnhof to the station "Königsstraße". From here you can reach the Cruise Center Altona in about 15 minutes on foot. Alternatively you can take the S1 / S3 / S11 / S31 to the station "Altona" and from there take bus 111 to the stop "Cruise Terminal Altona".