MS Hamburg

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MS Hamburg as the Columbus visiting Cork Harbour
Hamburg as Columbus, visiting Cork Harbour
Name: Hamburg
(ex-C. Columbus)[1]
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Builder: MTW Schiffswerft GmbH, Wismar, Germany[1]
Yard number: 451[1]
Laid down: 5 September 1995[1]
Launched: 30 October 1996[1]
Completed: 17 June 1997[1]
In service: 1997–
Identification: IMO number: 9138329
Call sign: C6OX6[1]
MMSI number: 309908000[2]
Status: In service[2]
General characteristics [1]
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 15,067 GT
5,092 NT
1,378 DWT
Length: 144.13 m (472 ft 10 in)
Beam: 21.50 m (70 ft 6 in)
Draft: 5.15 m (16 ft 11 in)
Decks: 6
Ice class: GL E2
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 6L32 (4 × 2,640 kW)
Propulsion: Two controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Crew: 170

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,[3] and her top speed is 16 knots.[4] She was previously known as Columbus for Hapag-Lloyd, she was since replaced by Columbus 2.[5]


Each deck has a specific colour theme.

  • Deck 1U - hospital
  • Deck 1 (light blue)
  • Deck 2 (green)
  • Deck 3 (dark blue) - reception, lobby, dining room
  • Deck 4 (red) - bar, concert hall
  • Deck 5 (yellow) - lounge, library, shops
  • Sun Deck - Palm garden, swimming pool, café, fitness room