Kiel Canal Transit

Braemar Cruising the Kiel canal
Braemar Cruising the Kiel canal

Connecting the North Sea, at the mouth of the Elbe River, to the Baltic Sea at Holtenau, the Kiel Canal is one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping routes. Slicing a man-made path through the German countryside, this 61-mile-long marvel of engineering allows vessels to avoid 250 nautical miles of sea sailing on average, ensuring a faster and safer passage through Europe.

As picturesque as it is important, the Kiel Canal is a popular route for ‘pleasure’ crafts and smaller-sized cruise ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet. Sailing slowly along the canal presents an opportunity to take in gorgeous scenes of lush-green countryside and a collection of interesting villages and towns flanking the still waters, and marvel at several impressive bridges. Maritime enthusiasts will delight at the various shapes, sizes and sheer volume of the ships and vessels navigating this busy waterway too.  

Cruises to Kiel Canal Transit

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Cities & Waterways of Europe • L2209

 Newcastle
Balmoral
Wed 13 Apr 2022
9 nights
  • Cruise the Kiel Canal through the German countryside
  • Explore Amsterdam via its famous canals
  • Dock close to the heart of Antwerp
Melbork Castle, Poland Melbork Castle, Poland Melbork Castle, Gdansk, Poland

Revisiting Prussia • M2223

 Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Braemar
Fri 19 Aug 2022
10 nights
  • Experience an immersive delve into centuries of Prussia’s history
  • See Kaliningrad’s surviving city gates
  • In Germany, tour from Travemunde to take in the imposing gates
Peterhof, St Peterbsurg, Russia Peterhof, St Peterbsurg, Russia Peterhof, St Peterbsurg, Russia

Baltic States with St Petersburg • L2228

 Dover
Balmoral
Tue 13 Sep 2022
14 nights
  • Explore St. Petersburg on an overnight stay
  • Delve into Soviet history in Saaremaa and Tallinn
  • Sail the Kiel Canal en route to Lithuania
Christmas lights in Amusement Park Liseberg, Gothenbur, Sweden Christmas lights in Amusement Park Liseberg, Gothenbur, Sweden Christmas lights in Amusement Park Liseberg, Gothenbur, Sweden

European Christmas Markets • L2232

 Portsmouth
Balmoral
Fri 02 Dec 2022
8 nights
  • Enjoy the festive illuminations at Tivoli
  • Browse the markets in Hamburg and Gothenburg
  • Tour to Bruges or Brussels from Zeebrugge
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German Waterways with Kiel Week • M2218

 Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Braemar
Tue 21 Jun 2022
10 nights
  • Be part of the Kieler Woche celebrations
  • Experience scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal
  • Discover Bremen, Hamburg and Travemünde