The region of Northern Europe cruises encompasses the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Polar Icecap and Russia, as you sail through the English Channel, the Baltic and North Seas. With its natural beauty and architectural marvels in every corner, Northern Europe will for sure stir your soul.
The weather is at its best in July and August with longer daytime period, hence the cruise season is between May and September. Northern Europe cruises mainly depart from Harwich and Southampton in England, Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden), Rotterdam and Amsterdam in the Netherlands and offer 7-28 night cruise holidays in the region. It is up to you if you want to visit Scandinavia & Russia, or would like to get more up close and personal with the Norwegian Fjords or the British Isles, or perhaps you could do both. Cruise itineraries are usually around these sub-regions, giving you plenty of choices to find the cruise that fits you the best.
Discover Stockholm, the capital of Sweden! You will be amused by the city’s ancient history and charming architecture as you wander along its cobblestone streets. Breathe in history as you explore Tallinn (Estonia), one of the oldest cities on the Baltic Sea or visit the bustling market square of Helsinki (Finland), a city with spectacular architecture and beautiful gardens. Most itineraries have an overnight in St. Petersburg (Russia), the masterpiece of architecture, where glorious cathedrals, grand residences and palaces towering above the city. With amazing nightlife and shopping opportunities, you will just love where you are.
Be ready for a once in a lifetime experience! The wonders of nature will be at your feet when cruising this part of the world. Powerful waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and crystalline glaciers will be the backdrop to your adventures in Alesund, Bergen, Geiranger and Stavanger in Norway.
Rugged coastlines and historic ports are awaiting to be explored on these itineraries, visiting ports such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness in Scotland, Liverpool and Southampton in the United Kingdom, Belfast in Northern Ireland and Dublin in Ireland. Cruises usually also visit the neighbouring countries in Western Europe, giving you fascinating cruise opportunities.
Popular cruise lines sailing in the Mediterranean are Holland America Line, Seabourn, Celebrity Cruises , Costa, Disney Cruises, Hurtigruten, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Windstar Cruises.
Copenhagen is Scandinavia’s liveliest city. Known as Europe’s cultural capital, the musical and artistic pageantry are rivaled only by the changing of the guard ceremony in front of the Amalienborg Palace, home of the royal family since 1794. Yet certain parts of Copenhagen maintain a village-like feel, like the winding streets around the Raadhuspladsen and enchanting Tivoli Gardens.
Tallinn is the capital of the recently independent republic of Estonia. In the medieval old town, with its winding cobbled streets, there is a marvelous cathedral and Gothic town hall dating from the 14th Century.
Finland’s national capital is a spacious neoclassical city in fine white granite, whose upbeat pace and fashion sense belie the Finnish reputation for conservatism. The massive Temppeliaukio Church is carved out of solid stone, while on the Esplanadi, famous Finnish designers like Marimekko or Iitala demonstrate a lighter, more modern style.
From Warnemunde, you can travel on the autobahn or railway to Berlin to view the Brandenburg Gate, Kaiser Wilhelm Church, Checkpoint Charlie Museum, the Reichstag and the collected wonders of the Pergamon Museum. Or alternatively, you could stay down by the sea, and visit medieval Rostock and the spas of the Baltic shore.
You will never forget sailing into the grandest fjord in all Scandinavia. The waters are glassy and lacy waterfalls dance down from dizzying heights on either side. Tiny farms cling impossibly to sheer mountainsides. And at the end is a friendly town and a roadway to the crest of the mountain called Eagle’s Nest, for a bird’s eye view of the waterway seen from the sky.
Peter the Great styled this to be his ‘Venice of the North’. Italian architects created baroque facades to line the banks of the Neva River. Long, arched bridges join the city’s halves. You will love to see the spires of the Saints Peter and Paul Fortress, the blue domes of the Ouspensky Cathedral and, of course, some of the million masterworks of art contained in the Hermitage galleries of the Winter Palace.
One of Europe’s leading cities, Amsterdam’s rings of canals and traditional Dutch architecture are unmistakable. Rich in art, history and culture, Amsterdam is home to the Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank’s house, and the Rijksmuseum, which houses many works by Rembrandt and Vermeer.
There are more European ports waiting to amuse you. Check out our Northern-Europe cruises for more information on these scenic destinations.
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