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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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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Discovering castles, palaces and cultural landmarks of Northern Europe • L2224A

 Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Balmoral
Fri 19 Aug 2022
10 nights
  • Experience an immersive delve into centuries of Prussia’s history
  • Discover sites such as Gdansk’s UNESCO-listed Melbork Castle and the Bismarck statues in Szczecin
  • Explore the Danish fortress town of Fredericia and historic Klaipeda in Lithuania
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Cities of Germany via the Kiel Canal • L2307

 Southampton
Balmoral
Tue 11 Apr 2023
8 nights
  • Discover the maritime history of Kiel, gateway to Berlin
  • Enjoy beautiful German countryside as you cruise along the Kiel Canal
  • Visit the Rathaus when in Hamburg
Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Beautiful view of Stockholm, Sweden

Exploring Baltic Capitals • L2311

 Southampton
Balmoral
Fri 12 May 2023
14 nights
  • Explore historic cpaitals in Denmark, Sweden and Finland
  • Scenic cruise the Stockholm Archipelago and Kiel Canal
  • Discover the fairytale-esque charms of Old Town Talllinn
Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany

German Cities with Kiel Week Regatta • L2315

 Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Balmoral
Thu 22 Jun 2023
10 nights
  • Enjoy the final day of the Kieler Woche festival in Kiel
  • Experience scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal
  • Delve into rich maritime history in Hamburg, Bremen and Sassnitz
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Denmark with Fredericia Festivities • M2315

 Dover
Braemar
Sun 02 Jul 2023
8 nights
  • Delight in Danish culture and traditions
  • Be part of the 6th July celebrations in Fredericia
  • Get a feel for 'hygge' and discover rich history
Malbork castle on the River, Poland Malbork castle on the River, Poland Malbork castle on the River, Poland

Europe’s Castles, Palaces & Cultural Landmarks • M2316

 Dover
Braemar
Mon 10 Jul 2023
10 nights
  • An immersive, in-depth delve into centuries of fascinating Prussian history
  • Historic cities and their preserved sites offer an insight into when the region was in its pomp
  • Highlights include Gdansk’s UNESCO-listed Melbork Castle and the Bismarck statues in Szczecin
Royal palace, Stockholm, Sweden Royal palace, Stockholm, Sweden The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

Islands, Cities & Archipelagos of Scandinavia • M2319

 Dover
Braemar
Fri 11 Aug 2023
14 nights
  • Appreciate the beauty and diversity of Scandinavia’s cities and waterways
  • Sail through the Stockholm Archipelago, and explore canals in Stockholm and Copenhagen
  • See the Olsen family home in Oslofjord and take in the sights of Norway’s capital
Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden Gamla stan region, Stockholm, Sweden

Baltic Cities Brought Closer • M2324

 Dover
Braemar
Mon 25 Sep 2023
13 nights
  • Braemar takes you to the heart of cities for an in-depth Northern Europe discovery
  • Discover the highlights of Oslo, Copenhagen, Tallinn and Warnemunde
  • Experience fascinating Finnish heritage and culture to the full
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German Cities & Scenic Waterways • M2325

 Dover
Braemar
Sun 08 Oct 2023
8 nights
  • Delve into Germany’s rich maritime history and industry
  • Discover busy ship yards, naval bases and fascinating museums
  • Experience scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal and River Elbe
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European Christmas Markets • L2327

 Southampton
Balmoral
Wed 13 Dec 2023
8 nights
  • Start your festive celebrations amongst the Christmas Markets of European cities
  • Enjoy sights and scents emanating from huts and decorations in Hamburg, Oslo and Copenhagen
  • Experience scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal, River Elbe and beautiful Oslofjord