Travemunde cruises

The town of Travemunde was originally a 12th Century fortress on the Baltic shore of Lubeck Bay, northern Germany. Now affectionately nicknamed “Lubeck’s most beautiful daughter,” this port on your Northern Europe Cruise is more famous today for its sailing, golfing, great food and the annual Sand World sculpture festival.

Travemunde’s Cultural Heritage

In the 12th century the Duke of Saxony, Henry the Lion, built Travemunde as a defence at the mouth of the river Trave in the borough of Lubeck, northern Germany. The fortifications have long since gone but there remains an air of strength and nobility in this small coastal town. Proud of its nautical history and culture, a warm welcome is extended to all who stop here. Enjoy seaside hospitality and the finest gourmet cuisine in Michelin-starred restaurants with award-winning chefs.

Discover Travemunde

Approaching Travemünde, you’ll see the steeple of St. Lorenz church rising from the town skyline above the old wooden Buden houses. Disembark for a stroll along the pretty promenade at the fisherman’s quay where the sail boats bob in the Baltic Sea. Step aboard the 1911 four-masted floating museum, the Passat. One of the famous Flying P-Liner cargo ships, she is among the last surviving windjammer sailing vessels in the world. The working lighthouse here dates back to 1539 making it the oldest on the German Baltic Sea.

The town’s old casino and the Bailiff’s residence built in 1551 are now hotels. Guests can also stay at the newly modernised, white-pillared Kurhaus Hotel, designed in 1820 by neoclassical architect Joseph Christian Lillie from Denmark, who later lived and died in Lübeck.

Browse the Vorderreihe pedestrian shopping street where you can sample local produce at the farmers' market from April to October. At your choice of restaurant with a sea, River Trave or forest view, fresh fish is on every menu with herring, cod, plaice and shrimp rolls being very popular. Take the opportunity on this Northern Europe cruise to sample the variety of tasty German meats with a good glass of wine or some of the great beers on tap.

Throughout most much of the year it’s a Travemunde tradition to hire a hooded deckchair called a Strandkorb or ‘beach basket’ for some time out on the beach. The Strandkorbs, which can seat couples for a cosy repose, have become part of the scenery at the seafront resorts of the North and Baltic Sea.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Fairytale Schwerin

    Discover the delightful lakeside city of Schwerin, with its fairytale castle and stunning Cathedral.

    Fairytale Schwerin

    Surrounded by lakes and waterways in the middle of Germany’s most beautiful lake districts is a city with a delightful combination of nature, culture and exquisite architecture. Enjoy a guided walk around the Old Town Schwerin passing some of the City’s main highlights, including the Mecklenburg State Theatre and Schwerin Cathedral, with its imposing Romanesque-Gothic red-brick exterior.

    No visit to Schwerin is complete without exploring the magnificent 19th century fairytale Castle with its impressive towers and turrets. Its interior is certainly fit for a princess – the rooms are sumptuously decorated with silk wallpaper, richly gilded objects d’art and a treasure-trove of pictures and furniture. Wander through the staterooms including the Dining Room, the Red Audience Chamber, the Winter Hall and the Sylvester Gallery with your guide and listen to tales from a bygone era.

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the majestic views onboard a sightseeing boat for a cruise on the ‘Schweriner See’ lasting around 30 minutes. Aterwards tuck into a traditional German luncheon at one of Schwerin’s most popular restaurants.

    Before leaving this delightful city, enjoy some time at leisure.


    This tour will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves approximately two hours’ walking, several steps at the Castle and cobble-stoned streets. The drive from Travemünde to Schwerin takes approximately 1½ hours. Luncheon includes a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink. The boat ride is non-exclusive to Cunard.

    Tour code

    TVM_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Tall Ship Sailing Experience

    Hop aboard the square rigged tall ship ‘Mercedes’ under full sail for an exhilarating cruise from Travemünde into the Bay of Lübeck.

    Tall Ship Sailing Experience

    This excursion will operate by tall ship. Feel the wind in your hair and the zest in your spirit as you board the tall ship ‘Mercedes’ for an exhilarating sail. Join the crew and help set the sails or relax and enjoy a welcome drink, as you observe the action on deck. You’ll also have the opportunity to assist the Captain by taking the helm, as the crew teach you how to navigate.

    During your sailing experience you’ll be served a delicious fresh maritime snack. Afterwards, look out for your cruise ship as the Mercedes sails closely along the cruise port, before passing the breakwaters and heading for the open sea. Catch a view of the huge 4-masted German windjammer, ‘Passat’ moored at the peninsula Priwall.

    As you leave Travemünde behind and pick up the wind in open waters you be treated to a wonderful view of the beautiful Baltic Sea coastline.

    Rest assured the ‘Mercedes’ is especially designed for day cruising and crewed by professionals to look after your every need and make this an experience not to forget!


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by tall ship. There is a 10 minute transfer by city bus to the tall ship, please note there is limited seating on board the buses. There are some steps to negotiate to board the ship. A welcome drink is included in the cost of the tour; further drinks are available for purchase on board using US dollars, Euros or British Pounds. Comfortable, non-slip shoes and waterproof clothing are recommended. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    TVM_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Lubeck On Your Own

    This tour is designed for those who wish to explore lovely Lübeck on their own.

    Lubeck On Your Own

    Your escorted coach will drop you at the coach park at the ‘Musikhalle’, Lübeck. From there, it is approximately a 10 minute walk over the Trave River into Lübeck’s Old Town.

    The heart of Lübeck is its Old Town, surrounded by the Trave River in the west and by the River Wakenitz in the east. The many narrow lanes and alleys are lined by old town houses with red brick façades and impressive stepped and other artistic gables.

    All the main churches can be found in the Old Town; St Marien, the Dom (cathedral), St Petri, St Aegidien, St Jakobi. Their 7 naves represented Lübeck’s wealth in the early Middle Ages and still dominate the city´s skyline.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.An English speaking Escort will accompany you on the journey to/from Lübeck. This tour is un-guided and exclusive of entrances fees or refreshments. The majority of shops are closed on Sunday’s.

    Tour code

    TVM_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Promenades & Piers

    A great way to explore and enjoy Travemünde.

    Promenades & Piers

    With your local guide, you’ll set off on a walk around one of the most popular holiday resorts in Germany. Originally a fishing village, today the tradition still lives on and you’ll see many fishermen’s houses lining the narrow cobble-stoned streets.

    Travemünde derives its name from the mouth of the Trave River and is the largest European port for passenger ferries in the Baltic Sea. Take a stroll along the beach promenade, past the shops on the Vorderreihe and continue exploring the old part of the village. You’ll visit the single nave church of St Lorenz, built in the middle of the 16th century, and which has a baroque pulpit as well as an altar dating back to 1729. Wander past some of the many rickety, half-timbered houses with their fascinating doorways that will take you back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

    There will also be the opportunity to visit Travemünde’s lighthouse, and, if you are feeling energetic, you may climb the stairs to the top and enjoy a panoramic view of the area.

    Relax over some tea or coffee and traditional German cake in one of the popular and quaint cafés or restaurants, before the short transfer back to the ship.

    This excursion will operate on foot. The tour duration will be from 2 ½ to 3 hours and will involve walking and standing throughout. At the end of the tour, you may return to the ship with your guide by bus, or remain in Travemünde and make your own way back to the ship at your leisure.

    Tour code

    TVM_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Lubeck & Niederegger

    Explore the beautiful, medieval town of Lübeck and discover the delights of Germany’s finest marzipan at Niederegger.

    Lubeck & Niederegger

    The old town of Lübeck, on its oval island, is one of the most impressive intact examples of medieval Gothic architecture. The city’s old patrician houses and red brick churches are now included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Enjoy the ambience of the old town with its well-known Holsten Gate – the landmark of the city and one of the few relics of the city fortress. Pay an inside visit to St Mary’s Church, the model for many other brick-built churches in the Baltic area. Pass by the City Hall, known to be one of the oldest in Germany, the Heiligen-Geist Hospital and the Buddenbrook House. Another fascinating attraction you’ll see is one of the 82 quaint Wohngänge (alleyways), which the town is renowned for.

    One of the most popular ‘institutions’ in Lübeck is the Niederegger Café. Relax over a cup of tea or coffee and taste the town’s famous marzipan-nut gateau.

    At the end of your tour, you’ll have approximately 30 minutes of free time to explore the shops of Lübeck.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Journey time to Lübeck is estimated at 30 minutes each way. There is approximately 1½ hour’s walking on this tour, including steps at the refreshment venue. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. An inside visit to St Mary’s will not be possible if a service is taking place.

    Tour code

    TVM_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Snapshot Of Hamburg

    This trip presents an ideal insight into Hamburg, the ‘Free and Hanseatic City’ and Germany’s second largest city after Berlin.

    Snapshot Of Hamburg

    A moving panorama of sights includes the City Hall, Germany’s oldest Stock Exchange, the Speicherstadt, as well as the Jungfernstieg, one of the elegant and upmarket shopping streets. Your tour will also introduce you to the Aussenalster, one of the top addresses in Hamburg. You’ll drive past the St Pauli Landungsbrücken, where the old sailing vessels used to dock, before continuing your journey along the world famous ‘Reeperbahn’. At the beginning of the 17th century, this is the place where the ‘Reepers’ made rigs. Nowadays this street, together with the Grosse Freiheit and Herbert Strasse, are referred to as ‘the mile of sin’, and are a well-known attraction worldwide. Tea or coffee and German cake will be served at a café in Hamburg.

    Pause for photographs outside St Michael’s Church also known as the ‘Michel’ by the locals. This is northern Germany’s largest baroque church and Hamburg’s main landmark. You’ll walk across to the ‘Krameramtsstuben’, which was an earlier form of widow housing, for a leisurely stroll through this small district.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The transfer to/from Hamburg is approximately 1½ hours. This tour is mainly panoramic, with only an estimated 30 minutes’ walking including a few steps at the refreshment venue.

    Tour code

    TVM_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours