“Hamburg” cruise ship at the port of Souda

“Hamburg” cruise ship arrived in the morning at the port of Souda, with 329 passengers and 167 crew members.

It is the first cruise ship for this season.

It came from Catania and its next stop is Rhodes.

MS Hamburg is a 15,000-ton, 420 passenger, luxury cruise ship owned by the Conti Group; and is now operated by Plantours Kreuzfahrten.

She was built in 1997, in Wismar, Germany. Her relative size allows her to transit the Great Lakes in North America, which she cruised seasonally between 1997 and 2011 – one of the few modern cruise ships and the only German one able to do so (she will return as ms Hamburg in 2014).

However, she is flexible enough to cruise worldwide as well, for example travelling the Mediterranean for cultural cruises with Martin Randall Travel.

Her crew complement consists of 170, and her top speed is 16 knots. She was previously known as Columbus for Hapag-Lloyd, she was since replaced by Columbus 2.