Gdynia cruise

Old ships and an oceanographic museum
Joseph Conrad’s statue
An interesting Naval Museum

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Gydna/Gdansk-Danzig

A lingering walk along the seafront

When you arrive in the Bay of Gdansk on your MSC cruise, you come into the most fascinating regions of the Baltic Sea and of Northern Europe.
 
In Gydna, along the southern pier (the Poludniowe pier), you find two interesting museum ships: an imposing, three-mast frigate, the Dar Pomorza, launched in 1909 and used for many years as a school ship by the German navy; and the torpedo boat destroyer, the Blyskawica, that managed to escape a German attack in 1939.

When you come ashore from your MSC cruise ship, outside the interesting oceanographic museum and aquarium (Muzeum Oceanograficzne i Akwarium Morskie) you will find a statue of Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski, more commonly known as Joseph Conrad, born in 1857 in Berdicev, Ukraine. As you arrive at the Bulwar Nadmorski, along the seafront with its inlets and beaches, that connects Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk, you will find the interesting Naval Museum (Muzeum Marynarki Wojennej).

While on your MSC cruise of Northern Europe, don’t miss an excursion to Gdansk, a city which, because of the importance of its port, has a very rich history. Visit the Old Town (Główne Miasto), along the Motlawa river, once the port centre. Here you can see a large, blue, port crane made of wood, the largest machine if its kind in Europe. Built in 1444, it was used for loading and unloading ships, as well as for fitting masts.

Leaving the river behind you, you can walk down the Royal Stretch, the road that brought kings and dignitaries into town, closed by two imposing gates, the Golden Gate and the Green Gate. Along this road you can admire the Court of King Arthur, one of the lively centres of city life. In the museum-home of Uphagen you can get a taste of the life of a wealthy Gdansk family of the 18th century. At the end of the Royal Stretch instead, you will find the gothic church of the Virgin Mary: amongst the tallest brick buildings in Europe.

Must see places in Gdynia

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  • GDANSK

    CITY TOUR

    GDY01

    After leaving the port, the tour will take you through the suburban and commercial areas of Gda?sk to reach the city’s old quarters. Located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Gda?sk was first recorded as a settlement as early as A.D. 997 and looks back on an ancient and rich maritime tradition. Today Gda?sk is Poland’s main seaport with an economy that is dominated by shipbuilding, the chemicals industry as well as food processing. The town is also known as a local centre for processing amber for use in the creation of beautiful jewellery. The completely rebuilt historical centre, along with its architectural cocktail of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monuments, is well worth exploring on foot. Another must-see in the city’s old quarters is Saint Mary's Church, the pride of Gda?sk. As the world’s largest brick church, the cavernous interior of the building is large enough to accommodate a staggering 25,000 people. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$45.00Price per person

    • GDANSK ON YOUR OWN

      CITY TOUR

      GDY02

      After leaving the port, the tour will take you through the suburban and commercial areas of Gda?sk to reach the city’s old quarters. Located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Gda?sk was first recorded as a settlement as early as A.D. 997 and looks back on an ancient and rich maritime tradition. Today Gda?sk is Poland’s main seaport with an economy that is dominated by shipbuilding, the chemicals industry as well as food processing. Your guide will provide you with brief information on the town and specify your meeting place, after which you will have free time to stroll around, explore the town or do some shopping. For instance, the town is known as a local centre for processing amber for use in the creation of beautiful jewellery and the completely rebuilt historical centre, along with its architectural cocktail of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monuments, is well worth a visit on foot. Another must-see in the city’s old quarters is Saint Mary's Church, the pride of Gda?sk and the world’s largest brick church with a capacity for 25,000 people. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4:15 h

        • Adults$39.00Price per person

        • Children$29.00Price per person

      • GDANSK & OLIWA CATHEDRAL

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

        GDY03

        After leaving the port, the tour will take you through the suburban and commercial areas of Gda?sk to reach the city’s old quarters. You will pass by the Gda?sk Shipyards, which are also known as the Lenin Shipyards, as well as the famous monument at Solidarity Square that commemorates the deaths of shipyard workers who were shot there in December 1970. You will also have a chance to explore the completely rebuilt historical centre, along with its architectural cocktail of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monuments, on foot. Another must-see in the city’s old quarters is Saint Mary's Church, the pride of Gda?sk and the world's largest brick church with capacity for 25,000 people. The tour will then take you to Oliwa Cathedral, a building that combines Romanesque, Gothic and Rococo styles, dates back to the 13th century and stands on the grounds of an old Cistercian monastery. The cathedral boasts an impressive complex of three organs consisting of 7876 tin and wood pipes that can imitate the sounds of different musical instruments and natural voices. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. There are 5 steps to negotiate to enter Oliwa Cathedral. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            5:15 h

          • Adults$59.00Price per person

          • Children$45.00Price per person

        • MALBORK CASTLE

          CULTURE AND HISTORY

          GDY04

          This tour will take you to see the largest brick fortress in the world, Malbork Castle. The Teutonic Knights, who were a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, built this medieval keep and finished it in 1406. In the course of time, the castle was extended several times to accommodate the growing number of knights and with that became the largest Gothic fortification in Europe. The castle complex is made up of three different sections – high, middle and low – that are separated by multiple dry moats and towers. Severely damaged during World War II and again by a fire in 1959, the Castle has been undergoing continuous restoration since 1962. Bring your camera to capture the beautiful castle situated on the banks of the River Nogat. You will have an opportunity to visit the halls inside the castle and see many displays of sculptures and a fine collection of medieval armour. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour includes walking on cobblestone terrain including approx. 80 steps to negotiate; it is not recommended for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.
            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              5 h

            • Adults$72.00Price per person

            • Children$55.00Price per person

          The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
          Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

           

          Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

          Poland

          The sumptuousness of times past
          The sumptuousness of times past

          A cruise to Poland will show you a nation steeped in tradition and history, although the past twenty years have witnessed such dizzying economic development that the country is starting to feel more and more like Western Europe.

          Still, beneath the gleaming surface lies a culture firmly rooted in Eastern hospitality and community values, and fascinating reminders of the turbulent past are everywhere. 


          holiday to Poland will also reveal an underrated land of considerable natural beauty, whose idyllic lakes, beaches and mountains provide a nice contrast to the urban buzz of the cities. 

          The capital Warsaw is a fascinating hybrid, its historic centre rubbing up against neighbourhoods of communist-era grey, glittering modern office blocks and energetic pockets of vibrant nightlife. 

          Kraków, the ancient royal capital in the south, is the real crowd-puller, rivalling the elegance of Prague and Vienna, while closest to Northern Europe Gdańsk offers an insight into Poland’s turbulent history as well as its Baltic riviera beach life


          In the west, Wrocław charms visitors with its stately architecture and buzzy student life, while Poznań offers a mixture of historical attractions and urban diversions that is quintessentially Polish. The Tatra Mountains on the Slovak border offer exhilarating hiking and affordable skiing.