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Sail Date: June 2013
We decided to explore the fishing village and it was a very good choice, an easy walkable path from the ship. Very nice. You can rent a bike for 8 Euros. We decided to walk, Muhlen Strasse round the church and then down Park Strasse. Saw ... Read More
We decided to explore the fishing village and it was a very good choice, an easy walkable path from the ship. Very nice. You can rent a bike for 8 Euros. We decided to walk, Muhlen Strasse round the church and then down Park Strasse. Saw cute little houses, walked through Stephen Jantzen Park with a lot of tombstones (late 1800 until early 1900) and onto the beach and promenade. We went to the top floor of the Neptune Hotel, it was round 11:00 and the skybar was empty. We stayed there for a while because it had a lovely view over the famous Lighthouse and Teepot.This town is inexpensive compared to the rest of the ports. I even found a bargain. There is a supermarket Edika Neukauf opposite the church. They also have lovely shops both sides of the river/canal right down to the lighthouse. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
It's easy to walk from the ship to the town but there are stairs up and down under the railway bridge. I have a mobility scooter and found an easy route through the car park which enabled us to explore. Again we only stayed in ... Read More
It's easy to walk from the ship to the town but there are stairs up and down under the railway bridge. I have a mobility scooter and found an easy route through the car park which enabled us to explore. Again we only stayed in Warnemunde but spoke to lots of people who went into nearby Rostock by themselves or Berlin on organised trips. It was nice to walk around. Lots of shops and restaurants, and you could do a river trip if you wanted. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
We opted to stay in Warnemunde and Rostock instead of taking the ship's excursion to Berlin. Rostock was a big surprise as we had low expectations but the architecture and sights were beautiful. The astronomical clock is not to be ... Read More
We opted to stay in Warnemunde and Rostock instead of taking the ship's excursion to Berlin. Rostock was a big surprise as we had low expectations but the architecture and sights were beautiful. The astronomical clock is not to be missed. Warnemunde had the feel of a seaside resort town with lots of restaurants and shops. The beach was beautiful but too cold to swim while we were there. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
What a pleasant surprise. We took the train to Rostok. It was a very nice city. We then spent time in Wamm and enjoyed that very much as well.
What a pleasant surprise. We took the train to Rostok. It was a very nice city. We then spent time in Wamm and enjoyed that very much as well. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
A 5 minute walk from the boat and you will be looking down the lovely river towards the sea. There are a variety of shops and market stalls on the walk to the beach and many boats to look at (or take a ride around the harbour). The beach ... Read More
A 5 minute walk from the boat and you will be looking down the lovely river towards the sea. There are a variety of shops and market stalls on the walk to the beach and many boats to look at (or take a ride around the harbour). The beach is spotlessly clean and I went for a lovely swim in the sea. You can hire a double beach chair with a roof for shade and there are toilets on the beach. We then walked along the promenade and through the park, before looking at the various shops and finishing with some currywerst-yum! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Lovely little town with beautiful beach. Possible to take boat ride into Rostock. You have to pass the train station to get to the little boats. To get to Berlin be aware that you will have to up by 6AM to get breakfast and make the ... Read More
Lovely little town with beautiful beach. Possible to take boat ride into Rostock. You have to pass the train station to get to the little boats. To get to Berlin be aware that you will have to up by 6AM to get breakfast and make the excursions. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Unless you're going to make the long train ride to and from Berlin for a quick day's tour of that city, wandering around Warnemunde/Rostock on your own is easy. The port is right next to the train station and everything is very ... Read More
Unless you're going to make the long train ride to and from Berlin for a quick day's tour of that city, wandering around Warnemunde/Rostock on your own is easy. The port is right next to the train station and everything is very visitor friendly. We ate lunch in Rostock at a very interesting gasthaus that specializes in seafood, Zur Kogge. I highly recommend it for lunch. The major things to see in Warnemunde/Rostock are the fishing village and lighthouse at Warnemunde, and the Rathaus, cathedral and market square in Rostock. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
I knew nothing of Warnemunde before arriving and am glad because had I done so, I would probably gone with everyone else to Berlin. As it is, Berlin is probably worthy of a few days and not top of my list but Warnemunde was a ... Read More
I knew nothing of Warnemunde before arriving and am glad because had I done so, I would probably gone with everyone else to Berlin. As it is, Berlin is probably worthy of a few days and not top of my list but Warnemunde was a revelation. It is a stylish, sweet, charming place, sort of caught in a time warp. It is so clean! The beach is wonderful and goes on for miles. As you follow the beachside promenade, it turns into a foot/bridle path after about half a mile, and this path goes on for about 4 miles, through pretty woodland. There is a pretty Hotel on the Cliffside, rather Swiss in appearance with a verandah that hangs over the beach with views back to Warnemunde and over the sea. I would have liked to visit Rostock which was easily accessible on the train from Warnemunde but I just ran out of time and walked about 4 miles instead. Try the smoked fish on sale at many waterside kiosks here, the Butter fish is delicious. Access to and from the mooring is flat and about 400m walk from the ship to the town centre. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Unfortunately due to slight mobility problems we had to be rather selective about the trips we chose to go on. At this port we elected to go on The Mollie and The Minster trip. We enjoyed the coach trip through a very flat landscape ... Read More
Unfortunately due to slight mobility problems we had to be rather selective about the trips we chose to go on. At this port we elected to go on The Mollie and The Minster trip. We enjoyed the coach trip through a very flat landscape which stretched for miles and miles as far as the eye could see. I would have preferred a little more time at the 700 year old Minster and I felt that the guide rushed us through very quickly and the history of the building was very slight. The historic Molli narrow gauge steam train was a fun trip and we ended up at Kuhlungsborn where we had a refreshment break. The tour guide(s) made an awful lot of fuss and bother about a cup of coffee (from a flask) and a slice of typical German cake. Bit OTT I thought as I have had better at our local M & S. I was more interested in strolling along the promenade adjacent to the beach. Unfortunately, time didn't permit more than a 10/15 minute stroll. I do not regret taking a trip, but regret having chosen this one. The guide was obviously a 'time and motion' expert, and he kept referring to German time and how long we had available to us (very little). With hindsight I should have chosen perhaps 'Best of Berlin' or 'Flavours of Rostock'. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Warnemunde is the port for Berlin, a 3 hour coach trip away. We didn't fancy the long drive so explored the very pretty little town of Warnemunde and then caught the train to Rostock, a short distance away. Travel instructions ... Read More
Warnemunde is the port for Berlin, a 3 hour coach trip away. We didn't fancy the long drive so explored the very pretty little town of Warnemunde and then caught the train to Rostock, a short distance away. Travel instructions are available in the local port store. Rostock is much bigger and busier and an interesting old town. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Ship docks right in town. No need to take an excursion here. We walked to the train station and caught the train to Rostock for 4.6 Euro, round trip. This included transportation from Rostock to the city square. We visited the city square ... Read More
Ship docks right in town. No need to take an excursion here. We walked to the train station and caught the train to Rostock for 4.6 Euro, round trip. This included transportation from Rostock to the city square. We visited the city square and St. Mary's church. Not much else to do in that city so we went back. Warnemunde was a different story. Wonderful small town on the water. We had lunch there and walked around. Beautiful village and multiple places to eat lunch. We had lunch for about 9 Euro each. I thought it a better German experience just to go there. We did not go to Berlin but those that did seemed to like it although it was a long day for them Something extra-At the end of the day on the ship they had a local group come on board and had a German Folk lore show with German Food. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Our first port was Warnemunde, and we went into Berlin on our own. The train station was right across the street from where the boat docked, so we walked over and bought tickets for the first train to Berlin, which connected through ... Read More
Our first port was Warnemunde, and we went into Berlin on our own. The train station was right across the street from where the boat docked, so we walked over and bought tickets for the first train to Berlin, which connected through Rostock. We got to Berlin before lunchtime and set off exploring on our own. We skipped the HOHO bus here and just walked. We ended up in Alexanderplatz and had a couple of beers and some street food, and from there we hopped on the underground and went to Prater Biergarten -- the oldest one in Berlin. It was in a trendy neighborhood that was fun to explore and we were glad we got away from the touristy areas. We can imagine that on the weekend it would be packed with Berliners, but on a Thursday afternoon, there were only about 20 people there. The way back to Berlin proved to be quite the adventure! That morning we had purchased a round trip ticket into Berlin that left Berlin at 4:30pm and got back to Warnemunde around 7:30pm. When we got to the station to catch our train, we discovered that some WWII bombs had been discovered near the train tracks and that our train was being re-routed as the bombs were being disarmed! What was supposed to be a quick 3-hour journey with one connection turned into a train, to another train, to a 45 minute bus, to another train, and then yet another train. Needless to say, this new "itinerary" made it so that we, and the 20 other or so NCL passengers who had also ventured into Berlin without a cruise-line excursion ended up back at the ship at 10:10pm (all-aboard time was 9:30pm). My BF and some of the other cruisers stranded with us were able to call NCL's Miami offices, who reached the ship to tell them what happened, and they did end up waiting for us. I know that the ships like to use all tactics possible to coerce you into taking their excursions, including telling you they will leave you behind if you're late and not on one of their trips. Luckily for us that was not the case! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Excellent, helpful guide named Ulf. Nice restaurant for lunch. Beautiful area and enjoyed every minute of it. Don't miss the historic church, St. Mary's, and the highlight was Schwerin Castle floating, it seemed on Lake
Excellent, helpful guide named Ulf. Nice restaurant for lunch. Beautiful area and enjoyed every minute of it. Don't miss the historic church, St. Mary's, and the highlight was Schwerin Castle floating, it seemed on Lake Schwerin. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
WOW... we arrived to a tall ships race, and a wonderful carnival and festival of music and beer....the city was a veritable happening. Take a 15 minute train ride to Rostock, also a lovely city to roam around in.
WOW... we arrived to a tall ships race, and a wonderful carnival and festival of music and beer....the city was a veritable happening. Take a 15 minute train ride to Rostock, also a lovely city to roam around in. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
No need to take a 6 hour bus trip to Berlin - if you want to see Berlin, go to Berlin. Take time to wander around this lovely fishing town. Fantastic lunch at Aqua Sol.
No need to take a 6 hour bus trip to Berlin - if you want to see Berlin, go to Berlin. Take time to wander around this lovely fishing town. Fantastic lunch at Aqua Sol. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
The ship offered a number of different excursions into Berlin, but we had been there before so took an excursion into Rostock, which was pretty but was disappointed we had no time on our own because the guide had to allow time to include a ... Read More
The ship offered a number of different excursions into Berlin, but we had been there before so took an excursion into Rostock, which was pretty but was disappointed we had no time on our own because the guide had to allow time to include a stop at a local pub where we had a free beer and pretzel, and also received a souvenir mug. After arriving back at the ship, our departure time was not until 11:00 pm so decided to see Warnemunde which was within walking distance of the ship. Warnemunde is a very scenic beach town which is used as a vacation spot by the German people, and this was August which is vacation time so it was very crowded, but fun. There was also a very scenic street on a canal, which was lined with restaurants, pubs, and shops. It was a fun port to just wander and enjoy the atmosphere. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2012
We had elected to visit Warnemunde and Rostock on our own, so about 10:00 a.m.,we took our boarding cards, passports and day pack and made the 10-15 minute walk from the ship to the little harbor town of Warnemunde. We had received ... Read More
We had elected to visit Warnemunde and Rostock on our own, so about 10:00 a.m.,we took our boarding cards, passports and day pack and made the 10-15 minute walk from the ship to the little harbor town of Warnemunde. We had received directions to an ATM, which was about 3-4 blocks into the center of town. Within a bank building on the square that surrounded the church was an ATM. The screen was a little confusing at first, since it was in German, but once we spotted the flags at the bottom to select English, our cash withdrawal proceeded fairly easily. We somehow missed an option for a receipt (probably while the screen was still in German), so although we got our cash, we didn't have a printed record of the withdrawal. We did a little shopping at some of the many souvenir shops along the "main drag", as we headed back towards the train station, which we had passed on our walk from the ship. We located a ticket machine where we could purchase a pass good for use on the train to Rostock as well as the tram there. The pass that we wanted was to be 4.60 euros, but we couldn't get the machine to read our credit card, so we used some cash. The 4.60 pass was good for the two of us. There was an S1 train waiting and we hopped on. It took only about 15-20 minutes to reach Rostock. The train ended at the main train station, so there was no question as to where to get off. We had been told to catch tram 5 or 6 to Rostock city center and were under the impression that we had to walk a bit to catch it. We did walk several blocks and caught the appropriate tram, but later on our return, saw that we could have caught the tram right there in the train station at another platform. Although the tram stops were lighted on a sign on the tram, we were not sure of the correct stop, so we asked another passenger by showing her our map. When we thought our stop was approaching, we confirmed with her and she nodded yes. The tram lets you off right at market square which is overlooked by city hall and St Mary's church. It probably was only 10-15 minutes from the station to city center. There was a small market in the Rostock square, with vendors selling produce, clothing and food carts selling snacks. Leading off the square was a shopping street bustling with shoppers and other tourists. It was pleasant to walk along this street and see the shops and listen to some of the street musicians. We also visited St Mary's church, much of which dates from the 15th - 17th centuries and includes an astronomical clock that dates from the mid-1400s. At the end of the street is the Kr'peliln Gate, which is a tall tower built originally as part of the city's defenses in the 13th century. After resting a bit with coffee and a pastry at an outdoor cafe, we caught tram 5 to return to the train station. We then had only to go to platforms 1 and 2 and a train to Warnemunde was waiting. We discovered then that there is a machine on the platform for validating your ticket. We should have done that when we boarded in Warnemunde, but didn't realize it. Apparently, no one routinely checks for tickets on the trains. We returned to the ship in the late afternoon. Other passengers had elected to take either an Oceania tour or an independent tour to Berlin. We chose to skip that, as it was at least a 3 hour bus ride each way, leaving only a short time for a limited city tour. From our veranda, we watched those busloads of passengers returning to the ship about 9:45 p.m., a very long day. The positive end to their trip was that a band and about 100 crew members were lined up on the dock, singing and greeting each group of travelers as they arrived. We spoke with a few who went to Berlin and no one was ecstatic about it. Some were disappointed and others felt it was just "OK". The ship departed the port at 11:00 p.m., soon after the last of the tours returned. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Walked to "Pier 7" a gift shop/restaurant to get info on Rostock and train tickets. This took about 30min. as there were many other passengers doing the same thing and only 2 servers. Walked to the train station, and arrived in ... Read More
Walked to "Pier 7" a gift shop/restaurant to get info on Rostock and train tickets. This took about 30min. as there were many other passengers doing the same thing and only 2 servers. Walked to the train station, and arrived in Rostock @ 11:00am.Visited Marienkirche(St.Mary's Church)-very beautiful,& ornate with an elaborate alter & pipe organ. There is a small room off to the side that has photos of the holocost. We walked around Rostock-cobblestone streets,old buildings. Quaint, but it seemed very commercial with many brand name stores. Took the train back to Warnemunde and discovered it's a lovely seaside town.There were many vendors selling dry goods,souveniers & food. Climbed the 100 step lighthouse and had a wonderful view of the whole area. A large sandy beach available as well as a small amusement park. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Very pretty town with little bars and stalls at the side of the railway station to watch the world pass by! There is a busy town centre with a range of shops including a large supermarket near the church. The visit to Rostock was well ... Read More
Very pretty town with little bars and stalls at the side of the railway station to watch the world pass by! There is a busy town centre with a range of shops including a large supermarket near the church. The visit to Rostock was well organised and informative. The most disappointing part was the visit to the strawberry farm which was a series of stalls simply to encourage you to spend money. The smoked fish and strawberry schnapps were very nice however!We would have liked more time to look around the fascinating Church in Rostock. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We took the train to Schwerin -- a beautiful town with a stunning castle. I highly recommend this trip for families. Follow Rostocker's advice/website on this trip, because Hal will not have any information. The local hospitality ... Read More
We took the train to Schwerin -- a beautiful town with a stunning castle. I highly recommend this trip for families. Follow Rostocker's advice/website on this trip, because Hal will not have any information. The local hospitality representative told me to just go to Rostock, it was too difficult. She was wrong!! We had a wonderful day -- fabulous strudel at the train station in Schwerin -- enjoyed the walk into town (around a little harbor), enjoyed going through the castle, and later found a fantastic mall. We walked around Warnemunde later in the evening, had brats and beer -- loved this long day in port. Read Less

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