Port Kiel (officially "Kieler Hafen") is located in northern Germany, on the Baltic Sea’s inlet and at the eastern end of Kiel Canal. This port city is also the Schleswig-Holstein state's capital (population around 235,000). The port is located approx 90 km (56 ml) north of Hamburg. Due to the city's geographic location, Kieler Hafen has become one of the major passenger (ferry and cruise) and cargo ports of Germany. The port is also known for its annually held Kiel Week ("Kieler Woche") - the world's biggest sailing regatta.
- The port is also a German Navy base (since 1838) and has a shipyard for submarines.
- Annually, Kiel port welcomes over 100 cruise vessels. The numbers for 2013 are 128 ship calls (22 different lines) and over 363 thousand cruise passengers.
- A big part of the port's cruise ship schedule has listed (as home-ported) vessels from the fleets of the German lines AIDA, TUI, Fred Olsen.
- In FY2017, the port reported a record year with handled over 7,4 million tons of cargoes and 2,1 million passengers (ferry and cruise). Kiel’s main passenger shipping business are the regularly scheduled ferries to Sweden, Norway and Russia, while summer is the "cruising season".
The port's cruising season runs from early April through late October.
- (statistics 2013) the port handled 128 ship calls (by vessels of 22 shipping lines) that brought to the city over 363000 passengers.
- (statistics 2014) the port handled 127 ship calls (by vessels of 25 different shipping lines).
- On June 4, 2014, at Ostseekai berthed the TUI ship Mein Schiff 3 visiting Kiel as port of call on its maiden voyage.
- On June 5, 2015, at Berth 1 (Ostuferhafen Terminal) was the christening ceremony of the TUI ship Mein Schiff 4.
- On July 10, 2015, at Ostseekai (Berth 1) docked the Kiel's largest cruise liner ever visiting the port - Regal Princess.
- During season 2015, the port handled a total of 133 cruise ship calls.
- On July 15, 2016, the newest TUI ship Mein Schiff 5 sailed on a Cruise to Nowhere from Kiel. The 1-night itinerary had no other ports of call. The ship leaved at 3 pm (July 15) and returned back to port at 7 am (on July 16).
- In 2016, the cruise port handled a total of 485,200 passengers (5,8% increase over 2015) with a total of 147 ship calls by 26 different vessels (10,5% increase over 2015). AIDA, TUI, MSC, HAL and Costa accounted for over 100 visits.
- In 2017 (April 9 through October 21), the port handled a total of 143 cruise ship calls by 29 different vessels (drop of 2,7 % over 2016) and over 0,5 million passengers (513,500, or 5,8% increase over 2016). The record-breaking year was marked by the two largest German cruise companies - AIDA and TUI - both homeporting in Kiel, respectively, 4 and 3 of their vessels. Among the other major cruise companies visiting the port were MSC, Costa and Holland America (combined over 100 ship calls). There were 11 days when here berthed 3 and 4 cruise vessels at a time. The season's highlight was the Kieler Woche opening on June 18. During the regatta's opening, in Kile were berthed 5 ocean ships and two riverboats, in addition to the regularly scheduled Ro-Ro ferries.
- Season 2017's largest cruise liner was the 2008-launched MSC Fantasia (GT tonnage 138,000 tons, max capacity 3930 passengers plus 1370 crew). This MSC ship alone was homeported for a total of 21 roundtrip Baltic Sea cruises from Kiel. Nearly 2/3 of all homeported in Kiel ships were operated by the companies AIDA, TUI, Costa and MSC.
- Port's 2018 cruise ship schedule features TUI's newest ship Mein Schiff 1 (booked for May 19). The first ship (opening the season) was AIDAcara (booked for April 8). The port had scheduled / booked 166 ship calls by 32 different vessels, with estimated around 600,000 passengers (17% increase over 2017). Season 2018 started on April 6 with Boudicca (Fred Olsen). Most of 2018's homeport / turnaround voyages were booked by AIDA, Costa, MSC and TUI. Just AIDA booked 63 calls with 5 liners. The season's largest vessel was MSC Preziosa (GT 139,000 tons), with maiden port call on April 28 at Ostseekai. Special events were the visit from TUI's new ship Mein Schiff 1 (April 27) and the maiden calls of 7 liners, including Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria (at Ostseekai, July 17). Among the port's new customers in 2018 were Viking Cruises and Pullmantur.
- The port's total passenger traffic in 2018 was over 2,1 million (including over 1,5 million ferry passengers). All these passengers generated a turnover in Port Kiel over EUR 50 million. For the first time, port's total cruise ship tonnage passed 11 million GT tons. International cruise passengers arriving in Kiel often pre-book daily excursions throughout Schleswig-Holstein, also to Lubeck and Hamburg.
- In 2018, there were 14 calls during Kieler Woche sailing regatta (June 16-24), including 2 by riverboats. There were also 12 dates with 3+ ocean-going vessels docked in port. On August 11, 5 liners were berthed in Kiel at the same time.
- In late summer 2018 started construction works on a second / new Ostseekai passenger terminal (read more in the port's "Terminal" section).
Next YouTube video shows KIEL FERRY TERMINAL (OSTUFERHAFEN).
BLUE PORT KIEL
"BLUE PORT KIEL" is an ongoing development project that outlines in-port strategies and initiatives to make the used energy resources more efficient, to reduce emissions and replace the hinterland transport with railways.
- Since 2010 only vessels using low-sulphur fuel and vessels with installed scrubbers are allowed to dock.
- For many eayrs, Kiel's seaport is covering all of its energy from sustainable and regenerative sources. All terminal facilities are energy efficient and with LED lighting. At Ostuferhafen, solar panels were mounted on warehouses' roofs and on passenger terminals. Of all the port's vehicle fleet, 15% are fully-electric.
- In 2017, at Ostseekai was inaugurated Europe’s most advanced wastewater processing plant.
- LNG bunkering operations are planned to start in spring 2019, when the cruise liner AIDAprima will be homeported here.
- To increase railways’ traffic share in the rail-ship intermodal split, were planned significant investments in infrastructures. The two rail yards at Kiel-Meimersdorf were upgraded (2018-2019) to handle cargoes from trains with length 750 m (previously 550 m). An additional 3rd track was laid along Railway Quay to increase Schwedenkai Terminal's capacity.
Cruise itineraries to and from Kiel Germany
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Kiel:
- Round-trip Baltic cruise itineraries leaving from Kiel visit Norway (7-night Norwegian Fjords) or Scandinavia and Russia (with overnight stays in St Petersburg). Most round-trips are to Norway (7-days in length) operated during summer.
- Longer westbound roundtrip itineraries visit Norway combined with UK-Scotland and Iceland.
- Longer Norway Fjords itineraries visit Spitsbergen Island (with up to 2 overnights in Longyearbyen), also Honningsvag and Tromso.
- Scandinavia and Russia ("Baltic Capitals") itineraries visit Sweden (Stockholm), Finland (Helsinki, Estonia (Tallinn), Latvia (Riga), Lithuania (Klaipeda), Poland (Gdynia), Russia (St Petersburg /overnight stay).
- "British Isles" itineraries (around Britain) visit both island destinations and UK mainland ports in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England.
- Short-break (mini cruises) leaving round-trip from Kiel are offered mainly by AIDA (4-nights) and visit Norway (Oslo or Goteborg / with overnight stays) and Denmark (Copenhagen). There are also 2-night / 3-day long round-trips to Copenhagen alone.
- Transatlantic crossings on repositioning cruises from Kiel to USA and Canada-New England are one-way itineraries offered at the end of the season (late August - early September). Westbound ship relocation routes often include stops in Iceland, Greenland and UK ports, and usually end in NYC New York.
- Relocation cruises to the Mediterranean leaving from Kiel are offered mostly by Costa and MSC ships repositioning to their home-ports in Italy (Savona, Genoa, Civitavecchia-Rome, Venice).
Highlights: Hamburg, Lubeck, Eutin, Holstein lakes, Shipping Museum
Kiel cruise terminal
Kiel is a smaller turnaround cruise port in Northern Europe and among the most visited ports of call along itineraries to Norway Fjords, Scandinavia and Russia (Baltic Sea). Kiel port has 4 cruise ship terminals named Ostseekai, Ostuferhafen (Berth 1), Norwegenkai and Schwedenkai. The main one (accommodating the largest ships) is Ostseekai.
Kiel-Ostseekai cruise terminal
- location (GPS coordinates) - latitude=54.325058, longitude 10.1456526
- The port's main cruise ship terminal Osteekai (Eastern Quay, formerly Oslo-Kai) handles over 200,000 passengers per year. The terminal has 2 piers (max capacity 3000 passengers each / 6000 pax combined). The berths are 360 m (1180 ft) and 285 m (935 ft) in length with draft (water depth) 10 m / 33 ft. The terminal building is on 2 levels, with movable gangways connecting it directly to the ships.
- An advantage is the terminal's convenient location in the Kiel Fjord, which offers direct access to Kiel Canal and Baltic Sea.
- On weekends the terminal building is also used as a special events venue.
- A train station is located at some 5 min walking distance from the away. Available car parks are: Ostseekai-North, Parkhaus Altstadt (at 10 min walking distance), Fordeparkhaus (at 12 min walking distance) and at the Kiel Airport (bus shuttle, some 15 min drive distance).
- Ostseekai is regularly visited for docking of big-sized cruise liners from the fleets of AIDA, Costa, MSC, TUI.
- In 2018 started construction works on the second terminal building at Ostseekai (project cost EUR 7,5 million). The new 2-storey building is sized 3700 m2 / 39800 ft2, designed by the Hamburg-based company einszueins Architekten BDA. and scheduled for completion in 2019 Q1. The new terminal is integrated with the existing building, with connections on both levels. The new building's frontage picks up on existing surroundings, featuring huge glass surfaces, a combined (for two buildings) V-shaped reception area, large outdoor terrace.
Kiel-Ostuferhafen cruise terminal
- location (GPS coordinates) - latitude=54.3338777, longitude 10.1749116
- Ostuferhafen is mainly a cargo port. A new cruise terminal facility (named "Berth 1") was opened on June 2, 2014, and the Costa Pacifica ship was the first to dock there. This is a converted warehouse. At Berth 1 can dock the largest cruise ships (up to 400 m / 1300 ft in length). Its max draft (water depth) is 11,5 m (38 ft). The terminal building (110 m / 360 ft long) was inaugurated on June 2, 2014. The reconstruction project cost around Euro 4,5 million. In 2015, Berth 1 received 18 ship calls.
- Ostuferhafen has 11 berths, Ro-Ro equipment, a crane (lifting capacity 45 tons), storage areas, warehouses, silos, service buildings, waste management facilities. The ferry traffic is mainly to Russia and Scandinavian countries.
- The car parking space is at 2-min walking distance from the terminal and there is bus shuttle available.
Kiel-Norwegenkai ferry and cruise ship terminal
- location (GPS coordinates) - latitude=54.31631, longitude 10.13923
- Norwegenkai terminal (Norwegian Quay) is the port's second cruise ship terminal. At Norwegenkai dock mainly local ferries, most of which serve the route Kiel-Oslo (Norway).
- The terminal's construction was part of the Kai-City Kiel project (completed 1997). A pedestrian bridge connects the terminal to the city's west bank. Norwegenkai has a passenger and ferry (Ro-Ro) terminals. Norwegenkai serves the shipping trade routes with Scandinavian countries . The Color Line's ships Color Magic and Color Fantasy operate regularly the itinerary route between Kiel and Oslo transporting both passengers and rolling cargo. Between 2008-2012, Norwegenkai's area was expanded northeast and now has additional storage and building space.
- During summer months, Norwegenkai is additionally used for docking of cruise vessels.
- (statistics) In 2011, Norwegenkai handled over 1,1 million passengers and 800000 tons of rolling cargo (trucks, cars, trailers, etc).
- There is a dedicated paved parking space (fenced) located 150 m / 500 ft (some 5 min walking distance) from the terminal.
- Norwegenkai terminal is visible clearly from the trains station. The terminal building is impressive, made of concrete, glass and steel.
Kiel-Schwedenkai ferry and cruise ship terminal
- location (GPS coordinates) - latitude=54.319413, longitude 10.1380999
- Schwedenkai terminal (Swedish Quay) serves mainly the Stena Line (passenger and Ro-Ro ferries). A passenger gangway connects the terminal building directly to the ships.
- Stena Line serves the itinerary route between Kiel and Goteborg (Sweden) and operates some of the world's largest ferry ships. The terminal's reconstruction project cost around Euro 30 million, of which over Euro 18 million were invested in the terminal building and 12 million in logistics and infrastructure optimization.
- Schwedenkai dates from 1967 and serves mainly ferries.
The Kile port area is among the city's most intersting tourist attractions. It comprises the Kiel Yacht Club, the German Navy port and Laboe (historic place). Laboe used to be a Slavic farming and fishing village. Currently it is a popular resort.
- port address - "Seehafen Kiel GmbH, Kommanditgesellschaft, Bollhornkai 1, Kiel 24103, Germany"
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - DEKEL.
- supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
- sheltered harbor, large turning/swinging basins, deep water berths
- can accommodate up to 4 cruise ships at a time
- The port's cruising season runs from late April through early October.
- Cruise ships usually arrive in Kiel in early morning (7, 8 am) and depart from Kiel in late afternoon (6, 6:30, 7 pm).
Kiel tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- St Nicholas Church: it is located in the old town. The Nikolaikirche (St Nicholas Church) is on the Alter Markt
- Kleiner Kiel: located on the west side of Markt. It used to be firth’s arm that surrounded the old Kiel.
- Sophienhof: this is the cultural quarter that dates from 1888. the building has two stories and it is home of the Stadtbildnerei and the Stadtgalerie .
- Shipping Museum: located on the east side of Markt. It is housed in the old Fischhalle. Discover amazing displays of historic vessels.
- Art Gallery: located at Düsternbrooker Weg 1. The Kunsthalle displays paintings of German artists from the period between 17th and 20th century.
- Museum of Ethnography: located on Hegewischstraße 3. There you can see artifacts from Oceania, Africa and Asia.
- Zoological Museum: discover the interesting collections of North Sea fauna, Ice Age animals’ specimens and whales’ skeletons.
- Institute of Marine Biology: located at Düsternbrooker Weg 20. The institute houses sea and fresh water aquariums and a pool for seals.
Port Kiel 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, Germany. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|15 April, 2018|
|AIDAcara||17:00||Kiel Canal, Germany|
|22 April, 2018|
|AIDAcara||08:00||17:00||Kiel Canal, Germany|
|26 April, 2018|
|28 April, 2018|
|MSC Preziosa||08:00||18:00||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|28 April, 2018|
|29 April, 2018|
|AIDAcara||08:00||20:00||Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden|
|29 April, 2018|
|Mein Schiff 1||19:00||Oslo, Norway|
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