Tallship Taster through the Kiel Canal
- Vessel: Eye of the Wind
- Where: Germany
- Duration: 5 days
- Embark: Hamburg - 12 May 2020, 19:00
- Disembark: Kiel - 16 May 2020, 10:00
Join Eye of the Wind for this 5 day voyage from Hamburg to Kiel as you voyage inland, crossing the Northern tip of Germany. The perfect trip for beginners!
Join the Eye of the Wind’s on a sailing trip between Hamburg and Kiel – right through the middle of Schleswig-Holstein. First, we will explore the territory of the Lower Elbe before sailing on the Kiel Canal where we pass under ten high bridges and will experience the endless shipping traffic of container ships, cruise liners, pleasure boats and ferries on the world’s busiest artificial waterway. At the end of the canal, we will set sail towards the Kiel Fjord.
Every year, around 40,000 ships pass through the exits of the Kiel Canal (in German: Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, literally ‘North-to-Baltic Sea canal’). The canal was opened by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1895 – later on, the construction costs were raised by a tax on sparkling wine introduced by the Kaiser. The journey will take us right through Schleswig-Holstein, along green banks and under high railway bridges which almost seem to touch the top of our mast.
During this cruise, you will have time to make yourself comfortable on deck or in the comfy lounge and browse through the extensive on-board library or the DVDs, read a book, explore the ship and enjoy delicious culinary creations from the on-board kitchen.
We plan an overnight stay in Rendsburg, the charming town between the river Eider and the Kiel Canal. For the Eye of the Wind, this stay is a kind of nostalgic journey into her own past, as the builder and contractor who had the ship built in 1911 was a captain from the Rendsburg area. … only one more lock till the Baltic Sea.
After almost 100 kilometers we will reach the eastern canal locks in Holtenau and immediately afterwards the Kiel Fjord. Mooring in the lock chambers is always a very special experience. In fact, almost three times as many ships sail on the Kiel Canal than on the Panama and Suez canals – ship enthusiasts can look forward to lots of photo opportunities. Walking to the small Holtenau lighthouse, you will get a taste of the nostalgic harbour atmosphere – numerous old cargo ships and schooners are often anchored on the quay at dusk.
For safety reasons, ships usually only move through the Kiel Canal by the engine without set sails. On the river Elbe between Hamburg and Brunsbüttel, it may be possible – depending on the wind direction – to set sails now and again. On the last full day of our short cruise, however, we want to experience the ship under sail! From our mooring spot at the cosy quay at Tiessenkai, we will set off for a day trip to the Kiel Bight. Passing the greenish-white Friedrichsort lighthouse, we will see the Naval Memorial of Laboe on our starboard side. Right next to it, we will spot the former submarine U 995, which from this perspective sits impressively on the beach of Laboe. On the opposite bank of the fjord we can see the silhouette of the Olympic center of Schilksee – this is where the Olympic flame burned during the games in 1972. Soon afterwards, we reach the open Baltic Sea at the Kiel Lighthouse. Before nightfall, we will decide on where to set anchor in the idyllic green Eckernförde Bay or offshore in the Kiel Fjord.
To round off the cruise, you can enjoy the evening atmosphere on deck with a glass of wine from the onboard bar. In good weather and calm seas, it will be possible to take a final photo tour around the ship with the dinghy. The highlight of the last day of the cruise is a small captain’s dinner in a familiar atmosphere. At the end of this spring cruise, we will fasten the mooring lines in the port of Kiel-Holtenau. Here you will bid farewell to our crew and your fellow travellers, and leave with a sailor’s bag full of memories. Some exciting and eventful days on the river Elbe and the Baltic Sea now lie behind us.
Eye of the Wind
Guest berths: 16 Rig: Brig
With incredible amounts of character, Eye of the Wind has all the modern amenities and an authentic interior, with a teak maritime décor. Oozing with maritime history, the opportunity to sail on Eye of the Wind is one in a lifetime. This beautiful ship is as eye-catching as they get and she has even featured in several movies, including White Squall, due to her breath-taking appearance as a 1911 brig.
This windjammer offers luxurious holidays on board, cruising some of the most stunning locations in the world.
Although the ship has a large, capable engine, traditional sailing is naturally the preferred mode of travel so there is plenty to get stuck into on deck. The crew are extremely experienced and ready to teach you the workings of a classic tall ship, so no prior knowledge is necessary. Join the crew at any number of the large maritime festivals they appear at, cruise the European coast, or relish some winter sun and climb aboard for their voyages in the Caribbean – including a transatlantic crossing back from the Caribbean to Portugal.
Thanks to the 6 luxurious cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms, Eye of the Wind can sleep a total of 16 guests ensuring ocean passages can be travelled in true comfort. A large dining area, library and sun deck offer a multitude of different spaces to unwind and to get to know your fellow guests and crew.
Deck planMore about Eye of the Wind
- Are all meals included?
Yes. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot and Soft drinks are included in your ticket price. Alcohol can be purchased as extra onboard
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
- What language is spoken on board?
English and German
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 6 cabins and a total of 16 guest bunks.
- How many bathrooms does she have?
Each cabin has its own ensuite.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore, just make sure your phone is set up for international roaming. There may be some locations that will not get good signal.
- Can I charge my phone/camera?
Yes, 12V sockets are available
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
No, please bring your own.
- Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like.
- Will I be seasick?
Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure, we recommend taking tablets up to 24 hours travelling.
- Is there air conditioning?
Yes, Eye of the Wind has air con in each cabin.