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.


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.

  • 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



    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping



    4 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!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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



    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families


    3½ 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



    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included


    5 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



    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included


    3 hours