The Kiel Canal (known also as Nord-Ostsee Kanal) is an artificial waterway located in northwestern Germany which links the North and the Baltic Sea. The canal extends in northeastern direction across farmIands of Schleswig-Holstein from Brunsbüttel, close to the mouth of Elbe River, to Kiel, on the Baltic. Built between 1887-1895 and subsequently enlarged, it's about 60 miles (97 km) long, 335 ft (102 m) wide, and 36 ft (11 m) deep. The canal shortened the distance between North and Baltic Sea by about 200 miles (322 km) and eliminated the difficult passage around Jutland. In 1919 it was internationalized by the Treaty of Versailles.
There are detailed traffic rules for the Kiel Canal. Each ship in passage is classified in one of 6 traffic groups according to its dimensions. Bigger ships are obliged to accept pilots and specialized canal helmsmen, in some cases even assistance of a tugboat. Furthermore, there are regulations that regard passing of oncoming ships. Bigger ships may be required to moor at bollards provided at intervals along the canal in order to allow the passage of oncoming ships. Special rules apply to pleasure craft.
The Kiel Canal cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Kiel Canal, Germany.
If you lose the Kiel Canal location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Kiel Canal cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kiel Canal, Germany. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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16 November, 2016