This year sees an age-old tradition continued in the shape of the world's biggest port festival – the Hamburg Port Anniversary. From 9 to 12 May 2013 around 1.5 million visitors from far and wide are expected to join the celebrations for the 824th Hamburg Port Anniversary taking place between HafenCity and Övelgönne museum harbour. They have a varied programme to look forward to with events on land, on the water and in the air to highlight the very best of the city described as the 'gateway to the world'. This year's event will once again feature breathtaking opening and closing parades of 300 or so seafaring vessels, as well as the tug boat ballet, dragon boat races and much more besides.
As well as traditional favourites such as the spectacular fireworks display, there's a very special treat in store for visitors this year. The world's only 5-star-plus cruise ship – the MS Europa 2 – will be christened before setting out on her maiden voyage.