Tradition as emigrant port

More than 7 million people have emigrated to North America via Bremerhaven since its foundation in the early 19th century. In 1890 German cruise business started in Bremerhaven.

After World War II Bremerhaven used to be the biggest American military supply port and home port for the "United States" and "America" as well as for the vessels of Norddeutscher Lloyd During the 1960s Bremerhaven became Germany's most important port for cruise business.