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There is a difference between the classical port cruises, canal/lake cruises and the Maritime Circle Line.
It's only 8 EUR for the whole day but it's a Ho-Ho-Liner-Service which goes every 2 hours and you do not see the things you normally see on the other port cruises and you do not get any English explanations. So if you want to discover Hamburg history it's good to use this line.
As ususally your tour starts at Landing Stages (Landungsbrücken) which I reached here by commuter rail or subway:
Just follow the sign for the boats and you cross over to St. Pauli Landing Stages. You see here all the activities on the street because it was one day ahead of the port anniversary celebration.
Some of the port cruises also starts walking distance about 10 minutes alongside the waterfront. So ask exactly for price and route and English explaination before you choose anyone and you are disappointed.
It's good to have an overview: Stage 1 is to the left and Stage 10 is to the right. We need to go for Stage 10.
Opposite you find Blohm and Voss shipyards. In their drydocks you find currently CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION and BRAEMAR.
So follow the sign to Maritime Circle Line.
Stage 10 is somehow a little hidden.
Sorry but this is our ship: a classical "Barkasse" which is a Hamburg port cruise barge.
Due to the limited numbers of departures you shoud plan your visits very carefully.
As you see the stops are fixed but the route can vary due to tide.
Toilets are available, but no beverages are sold - Do not laugh: there was a board photographer for 2 EUR (as bargain instead of 2.50 EUR...).
When you choose for another port cruise: both sides of the landing stages are the departure points.
Unfortunately here is no stop but as the first boat leaves at 10.00 hrs it is too late anyhow: St. Pauli Fish Market which is a big attractions Sunday early morning (05.00 hrs) with a lot of great market dealers.
They explain about the big ships on the way but also smaller ships like this which are accidentially on the way.
The first stop it's Ballin Stadt - the emigration museum which you cannot see due to high wall.
Since emigrants were dreaming of their new life this part of the port also called Port of Dreams - Hafen der Träume:
If you love architecture you might interested to visit IBA-exhibition which is opposite of Ballin Stadt.
Normally we should berth at the Hamburg Port Museum. But to missing berth we could not stop there.
Next stop was Hafen City (Port City) - the new living, office, amusement district in Hamburg where formerly warehouses were.
Some other options to discover the port. So you really must look for an option which meets your personal taste.
Hamburg's famous St. Micheal's Church (St. Michelis - or short just Michel) is not far away to visit. You can walk up the tower to have a great view over Hamburg.
That's typical in Hamburg for low tide.
So we were not allowed to go into the Speicherstadt - the historical warehouse district. But you might want to see the museum since you cannot go through with your boat...: Speicherstadtmuseum.
A church on a boat for crew members of the river ship crews: Flussschifferkirche.
The historical light vessel (Das Feuerschiff) is meanwhile a good restaraunt and hotel.
There are so many historical ships in Hamburg during the port anniversary celebration: no idea which one is just guest and which one is here all the time.
Another attraction is this museum freight ship Cap San Diego:
There should be a stop at Cap San Diego but we did not call.
And another museum: Rickmer Rickmers:
After 90 minutes we are back. If you are looking for a nice hotel for your Hamburg pre- or post-cruise stay with a great view to the port: Hotel Hafen Hamburg. Personally I do not like them. Great location but somehow a little bit typical Hamburg: snobbish and elite...
Have a good time in Hamburg.