World Port Days, also known as the World Harbour Festival, is a huge maritime festival held in Rotterdam every year. It’s one of the most highly anticipated events in the Rotterdam event diary and is attended by thousands of locals and visitors every year. This year, the event begins on 1st September with activities for young and old lasting three days. You can enjoy learning more about the port and its past as well as lots of fun exhibitions and activities for all ages. The city heaves with people during this busy weekend so prebooking your accommodation is essential. Book your stay in PREMIER SUITES Rotterdam to secure comfortable, convenient accommodation right beside the central station.
What is World Port Day?
Where else to host World Port Day than the largest seaport in Europe? Every year the festival attempts to capture the vibrancy and energy of our wonderful port and channel it into fun, learning and innovation. The aim is to introduce the public to and give a glimpse behind the scenes of the port of Rotterdam, for example through ship visits, demonstrations on the water and presentations by port companies. Marvel at the port’s global importance as a hub of innovation, while it faces worldwide challenges such as digitalisation and energy transition. The festival also provides information about the career opportunities of the port for future generations.
World Harbour Festival 2023 Program
World Port Day is in its 46th year in 2023. Every year seems to be bigger and better than the last with special ships, exciting excursions and shows on the water and land. You can discover what the port of the future looks like or learn more about opportunities within the maritime industry. Celebrate with ship tours, demonstrations, seminars, exhibitions, music and fireworks. Sailors of all ages and interests will love this extensive cultural programme with musical performances, markets and more.
One of the highlights of the weekend is the musical and visual spectacle that takes place on Saturday night, from 9pm to 10.30pm. you’ll see live music and performance, fireworks and a fantastic atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
Almost the entire programme of the World Port Day on 1, 2, and 3 September is free to visit. Some tours and exhibitions need tickets, and you can book from the 14th of August on their website. You can book tickets now for the day cruise of P&O ferries on the official website.
This year there is an emphasis on careers in the port. In the coming years, thousands of new people will be needed to fill the vacancies associated with the energy transition and digitization of the port. There will be dozens of exhibitors giving attendees more information about career opportunities within the port this year, ideal for jobseekers or curious visitors.
Maritime things to do in Rotterdam
Aside from this fantastic weekend of family fun, there are dozens of other maritime-themed things to do in Rotterdam. One of the activities that should be on everyone’s list is a cruise on one of the dozens of boats and ships in the port. You’ll see the coast and the city from a unique vantage point and learn more about its history and heritage. The Maritime Museum Rotterdam is dedicated to naval history and was founded in 1874 by Prince Henry of the Netherlands. Next to the Maritime Museum lies the open-air Maritime Museum Harbour, which contains an exceptional collection of historic vessels and cranes which are maintained in working condition. Rotterdam has a rich maritime history and a self-guided tour or a walk with an organised group will give you better context.
Accommodation for Harbour Festival Rotterdam
Whether you’re coming along as an exhibitor, as a family or as part of a large group of friends to enjoy World Port Days, booking the perfect accommodation is key to a successful weekend. PREMIER SUITES Rotterdam offers comfortable, spacious accommodation in the heart of the city, ideal for all types of travellers. Our suites offer the comfort and convenience of a home-from-home with facilities like complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee machine, a full kitchen and more to help you feel at home in Rotterdam, no matter how long your stay.
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