Gdynia cruises

The port of Gdynia stands almost at the midpoint of Poland’s Baltic Sea coast, on the Gulf of Danzig. It was born as a city out of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 when it became part of Poland, and construction began two years later, first on the seaport then on the city itself. Now with a population of a quarter of a million, Gdynia forms part of a tri-city with Gdansk, formerly known as Danzig, and Sopot. The latter is a spa town and a favourite summer resort, where Europe’s longest wooden pier extends into the sea. Other highlights include the somewhat bizarre Crooked House, with a surreal melted appearance.

Gdansk’s Cultural Heritage

While Gdynia is less than a century old, neighbouring Gdansk’s story stretches back a thousand years, and the city has grown to be one of the most powerful and influential centres in all the Hanseatic League. In more recent history, Gdansk witnessed the first shots of the Second World War, then the rise of Solidarity in the early 1980s which led to the fall of communism. 

Today’s city is filled with wonderful sites. Malbork Castle for instance, whose origins date back to 1274, is a dreamy vision of red brick and pointed turrets beside the Nogat River. Another city emblem is the twin-spired Oliwa Cathedral. Spectacular from the outside, it’s even more so within, thanks to a beautiful white interior dominated by the organ at one end, curved around a stained glass window. There’s also the Green Gate in the Old Town, along with a number of amber stores if you’re looking for souvenirs.

Discover Gdynia

Should you choose to stay in Gdynia itself, you may find yourself drawn to some of its modernist buildings, including the curved Museum of the City of Gdynia, which contains exhibits focusing on local history, and the quirky Sea Towers, an angular harbourside emblem of the city. 

While in Gdynia, why not head to Kosciuszki Square, with its distinctive fountain, close to the waterfront. Given its history, it’s no surprise that two of Gdynia’s attractions here relate to the sea: the WWII destroyer ORP Blyskawica and the century-old tall ship Dar Pomorza, both of which are now museums.

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.

  • Best of Gdansk and Malbork Castle

    Castles and palaces are a part of Poland's history and heritage and this full day excursion will take you to Malbork Castle, one of the largest and most popular castles in Poland.

    Best of Gdansk and Malbork Castle

    Your drive to Malbork Castle passes through the colourful countryside alongside small villages where houses, farm buildings, fields, meadows and sometimes horse-drawn carts can be seen.

    In 1274, Teutonic Knights started construction of a Gothic fortified complex with defensive walls, towers, and a labyrinth of chambers, dungeons and wonderful architectural details. In 1309, the Grand Master moved the headquarters from Venice to Malbork and the castle was extended by adding the Grand Master's Palace and Outer Castle. This was one of the largest fortresses of medieval Europe. In 1457, Malbork returned to Polish control and for the next 300 years the castle acted as the royal residence of Polish kings. In the 1800’s, extensive restoration took place, but the ravages of WWII destroyed half the castle. Since then, further restoration has taken place. Your guided tour includes the castle complex and its grand exhibition halls, including the Baltic amber, collection of armoury, ceramics, glass and sculpture.

    A delicious luncheon will be served at a local restaurant overlooking the Vistula River, before your tour continues to Gdansk. Upon arrival, follow your guide as they lead you on a guided walking tour along the charming medieval streets to St. Mary's Church. Beginning near the Green Gate, you’ll pass Long Street, Long Market, Artus Mansion, Neptune’s Fountain and St. Mary’s Street.

    Your return journey to Gdynia takes you via Solidarity Square and Sopot.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Flash photography is not permitted inside St. Mary’s Church. This tour involves approximately two hours’ walking including cobbled streets and steep steps at the Castle.

    Tour code

    QYD_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Hanseatic Gdansk

    Explore the ‘jewel in the crown’ of this region – the historic, Hanseatic city of Gdansk.

    Hanseatic Gdansk

    Impressive architecture will surround you as your guide takes you through charming medieval streets and introduces you to the Gothic St Mary’s Church. Your guided walk will start near the Golden Gate, a grand ornamental arch that once allowed access through the medieval city’s defensive walls. Continue along Long Street, lined with marvellous buildings decorated with elaborate façades. Pass the Town Hall, Long Market and the beautiful 15th century Merchants’ Palace of Artus Court and pause at Neptune’s Fountain, before walking down to the waterfront canal. You’ll turn up Mariacka Street, lined with numerous quaint shops and lovely terraced buildings, leading you to St Mary's Church - the pride of Gdansk.

    St Mary’s Church is the world’s largest brick-built church, accommodating some 25,000 worshippers. The medieval church took 159 years to build and its deceivingly plain exterior belies a bright, spacious interior with large windows and more than 30 beautifully decorated chapels. The floor is covered with ancient tombstones and the northern transept holds an amazing 15th century astronomical clock, complete with the zodiac cycle and a calendar of the saints.

    Enjoy some free time to explore further, before the return journey to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive between Gdynia and Gdansk is approximately 1 hour each way. Flash photography is not permitted inside the Church. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours of walking over cobbled streets.

    Tour code

    QYD_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia

    The ‘Tri-City-Stretch’ includes Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, and this popular option introduces you to all three.

    Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia

    The drive to Gdansk passes the Abbot’s Palace and 13th century Oliwa Cathedral in Gdynia.

    Once in Gdansk, you leave the coach and walk across a bridge over the Motlawa River to enjoy a view of the Old Port and Long Wharf with its famous wooden crane. Then, it’s a short walk to Green Gate where you’ll enter the pedestrian area of the main town for some free time. Re-joining the coach, you’ll drive to see the Solidarity Monument.

    Completing your Tri-City tour is a stop at Sopot hailed as the summer capital of Poland with its lovely, wide sandy beaches and pier, which juts 1,693 feet into the sea. Head to the ‘Black Pearl’ pub at Sopot beach for refreshments before having some free time to explore.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour including cobbled streets and uneven ground. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. If you wish to use rest room facilities during this tour, please be advised that many restaurants and cafés will make a charge, which is not included in the tour price. The order of sights visited may vary depending on local conditions.

    Tour code

    QYD_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • On the Road to Freedom

    Gdansk was where WWII began and where the Solidarity movement made the first crack in the mighty Soviet Empire.

    On the Road to Freedom

    The tour will start with a drive to Westerplatte where, on September 1st 1939, World War 2 began. En route to Gdansk you’ll pass by Lech Walesa’s house.

    Your guide will lead you through Gdansk’s charming medieval streets, starting near the Golden Gate and along Long Street. You’ll see the Town Hall, Long Market and the 15th- century Merchants' Palace of Artus Court. Pause at Neptune’s Fountain to admire this monumental symbol of Gdansk's Hanseatic past, before walking along Mariacka Street to see the pride of Gdansk, St Mary's Church, which took 159 years to build (exterior only).

    After a short coach transfer, you’ll visit the Exhibition entitled ‘Roads to Freedom’, located next to the Gdansk Shipyard. In 1980, the Shipyard became the focus of nationwide strikes in Poland, forcing the communist government to concede to workers’ demands for the right to form an independent trade union. Solidarity, with Lech Walesa as its chairman, was born. Amongst the exhibits the ‘Roads to Freedom’ multimedia presentation shows the famous postulates scribbled on plywood boards that were hung over the gate of the Gdansk Shipyard on 28th August 1980. The boards have been entered into the UNESCO ‘World Memory List’.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour involves around 1½ hours of walking and includes cobbled streets. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    QYD_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5½ hours