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About Bremerhaven

At first glance, Bremerhaven doesn't look like the world's most exciting port of call. Originally known as Wesermunde -- the seaport for nearby Bremen -- it was in the frontline of bombing raids during World War II, and nearly all its old buildings were obliterated.

But, out of the ashes, a smart, modern city has emerged. Modern-day Bremerhaven (which received its new name just after the war, in 1947) offers some unexpected treasures like a pretty harbor and a long promenade that offers views across the River Weser to the mouth of the North Sea area.

If you want historic buildings, you'd better head off to explore Bremen, about an hour's train ride away. Bremen is a lovely old Hanseatic League city, and it's well worth seeing for its museums, 11th-century cathedral and medieval old quarter, so tours there are popular. More than half of the passengers on our cruise opted for the day trip.


But, stick around, and you'll find Bremerhaven has a charm of its own, as well as a rich history it celebrates in some excellent museums. Of these, the award-winning Deutsches Auswandererhaus (German Emigration Museum) is quite rightly the most famous.

And, if you love the sea, this is very much the place for you because Bremerhaven likes to make the most of its maritime tradition. You can spend a day happily immersed in it, touring historic vessels at the harborside Maritime Museum, picking up nautical memorabilia at some of the quirky shops nearby, and even tucking into a lunch of freshly caught fish aboard a sailing ship dating from the turn of the 20th century.

A note for cruise travelers: Bremerhaven is more of an off-the-beaten-path cruise port, especially for English-speaking travelers, and it makes the occasional appearance on Northern Europe itineraries. Mostly German lines -- including Hapag Lloyd, Transocean Tours and Phoenix Reisen -- call there between May and September. However, a few British lines, namely Fred. Olsen and Saga Cruises, visit in the late fall for pre-Christmas shopping cruises.


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Bremerhaven

    Leaving:
    Ijmuiden
    Visiting:
    Brugge, Dublin ... see more
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    Costa Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Bremerhaven Route (Costa Cruises)
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      Ijmuiden
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      Brugge (Bruges)
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    Costa Fortuna - Costa Cruises

    European experience with American comforts

    Elegant breakfast buffet in main dining room

    Multiple entertainment options in cozy lounges

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    Sail Date Dec 2019
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bremerhaven

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    Galapagos
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    Black Turtle Cove, Galapagos ... see more
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    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Bremerhaven Route (Celebrity Cruises)
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      Galapagos
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      Isla Bartolome
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      Galapagos Islands
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      Galapagos
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    Celebrity Xpedition - Celebrity Cruises

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    Sail Date Aug 2018
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  • 14 Night
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  • 14 Night
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    Costa Fortuna - Costa Cruises

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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Bad service, bad food, bad attitude, JUST ALTOGETHER BAD!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Surprisingly good all round
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  • 13 Night
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      Bremerhaven
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      Ijmuiden
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      Brugge (Bruges)
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      Le Havre
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      La Coruna
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      Vigo
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      Lisbon
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      Seville
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    Costa Fortuna - Costa Cruises

    European experience with American comforts

    Elegant breakfast buffet in main dining room

    Multiple entertainment options in cozy lounges

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    DON'T DO IT.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    A disaster is an understatement!
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Bremerhaven

    Leaving:
    Ijmuiden
    Visiting:
    Stavanger, Flam ... see more
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    Costa Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Bremerhaven Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Ijmuiden
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Stavanger
    • Day 4
      Flam
    • Day 5
      Andalsnes
    • Day 6
      Molde
    • Day 7
      Haugesund
    • Day 8
      Bergen
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Bremerhaven
    • Day 11
      Ijmuiden
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    Costa Fortuna - Costa Cruises

    European experience with American comforts

    Elegant breakfast buffet in main dining room

    Multiple entertainment options in cozy lounges

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Service3.0
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    A fish out of water
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    Sail Date May 2019
    Big disappointment.
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Bremerhaven

    Leaving:
    Bremerhaven
    Visiting:
    Ijmuiden, Brugge ... see more
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    Costa Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Bremerhaven Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Bremerhaven
    • Day 2
      Ijmuiden
    • Day 3
      Brugge (Bruges)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Dublin
    • Day 6
      Liverpool
    • Day 7
      Belfast
    • Day 8
      Greenock (Glasgow)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Newhaven
    • Day 11
      Newcastle (England)
    • Day 12
      Harwich
    • Day 13
      Harwich
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Bremerhaven
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    Costa Fortuna - Costa Cruises

    European experience with American comforts

    Elegant breakfast buffet in main dining room

    Multiple entertainment options in cozy lounges

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date May 2019
    Horrific experience
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    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Our 2nd Costa Cruise, but had its good and bad
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Bremerhaven

    Leaving:
    Ijmuiden
    Visiting:
    Alesund, Flam ... see more
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      Ijmuiden
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Alesund
    • Day 4
      Flam
    • Day 5
      Andalsnes
    • Day 6
      Olden
    • Day 7
      Haugesund
    • Day 8
      Cruising
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      Bremerhaven
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      Ijmuiden
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    European experience with American comforts

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    Multiple entertainment options in cozy lounges

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Fortuna is FANTASTIC!
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    Sail Date Jan 2019
    Very lively ship , passionate crew
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