Named after a famous fjord, Kiel is a harbor and university city in Germany that is situated along the Baltic Sea. Kiel is a very diverse port city, hosting the German Navy, and home to the world-famous Kiel Canal. You will discover a few maritime museums and attractions in this interesting port city, such as a preserved submarine-turned-museum, a navy memorial, maritime museum, and a lighthouse that guides boats into the harbor. Kiel’s culinary specialty is smoked fish (unsurprising for such a nautical destination), so be sure to try some local fare while there!
Many cruise lines offer cruises that include Kiel as a port of call during their itineraries. Some of the cruise lines that offer cruises departing from Kiel are Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, and MSC Cruises. Costa offers a series of 10- and 11-night Northern Europe cruises from Kiel onboard Costa Favolosa and Costa Pacifica. Cunard Line features a 3- or 17-night Mediterranean cruise from Kiel to Southampton onboard Queen Victoria. MSC has a wide variety of cruises from Kiel onboard MSC Meraviglia and MSC Splendida, ranging in length from 3- to 18-nights. A great time to visit Kiel is from May to September, when you can enjoy the most pleasant weather.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Kiel, Germany. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Kiel, along with a brief description:
Kiellinie is a waterfront promenade that runs to the west of Kiel Fjord from the navy base. This scenic walkway is a great place to take a walk and just absorb everything the Kiel’s waterfront has to offer. During Kiel Week in June (a huge sailing event), you can enjoy live music and performances as many people gather to watch the local boat races. Kiellinie offers stunning views of the waterside that you do not want to miss! There are also a few cafes, boathouses, and a research center along this promenade, which you can explore during your visit.
♦ U-Boat Museum/German Submarine U-995
If you have never toured the inside of a submarine, you’ll have your chance before or after your cruise from Kiel! Commissioned in 1943 and decommissioned in 1945, this submarine was damaged during war and changed ownership several times before becoming a museum in the 1970s. For a small fee, you can board this vessel and explore it from end to end, touring the engine room, bunks, command center, and more. Little has changed since its construction, so it is truly like stepping back in time.
♦ Naval Memorial
Located in close proximity to German Submarine U-995, you cannot miss this towering landmark (literally!). Jutting over 230 feet into the sky, you can easily spot this World War I memorial from the Kiellinie, which is miles away. Inside, you can climb to the top for stunning 360-degree views, and learn a little more about the war and its significance at the small museum, which houses some really interesting artifacts.
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