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Discover Old European Charm on a Baltic Sea Cruise

If you’ve ever wanted to step inside a Medieval fairytale, a Baltic Sea cruise most certainly delivers. Experience the Middle Ages as you explore Tallinn’s UNESCO-protected Old Town. Marvel at Denmark’s magical castles, and amble along the cobblestone streets and radiant, historic buildings of Gamla Stan in Stockholm. Explore religious sites and the all-encompassing history of Berlin. Spend the afternoon in one of Helsinki’s fascinating museums, then take a dip in the deep blue Baltic Sea.

Embark on an unforgettable cruise vacation aboard Celebrity Apex or Celebrity Silhouette, where you’ll find stylish accommodations, luxurious amenities, and globally inspired cuisine. Discover the beguiling countries that surround the Baltic Sea with Celebrity Cruises, voted “Best Cruise Line in Europe” for nine consecutive years at Travel Weekly’s 16th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Castles & palaces.

The countries along the Baltic Sea are brimming with historic castles and palaces. Go on a whirlwind tour of the famous castles of North Zealand outside of Copenhagen to see the royals’ part-time residence and the setting for Hamlet . Admire the stately Stockholm Palace where the King of Sweden resides. Explore the majestic Catherine Palace, the former summer retreat of Russian tsars. Revel in the romance and splendor of these opulent landmarks.

Outdoor Escapes

Kayak the Finnish archipelago surrounding Helsinki, or explore the scenic countryside of Porvoo. In Stockholm, venture beyond the city to the Långholmen Kajak, a Venice-like system of canals where you can enjoy a Swedish gondola ride. Venture to the Malusi islands off the coast of Estonia to spot seals in their natural habitat.

Urban Exploration

The extraordinary cities you’ll visit on a Baltic Sea cruise are brimming with culture, history, and excitement at every turn. Admire the quintessential rust-colored roofs of Tallinn. Stroll alongside the vibrant facades of Gamla Stan’s storied structures in Stockholm. Do as the locals do and bike through Copenhagen’s streets, admiring the sleek Scandinavian design juxtaposed with hundreds of years of history at every turn. 

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Copenhagen, denmark.

A stop in Copenhagen makes for a fabulous day in port while on a cruise to Scandinavia and to Northern Europe’s capitals. Spend the day admiring the city’s opulent castles and stroll along the colorful waterfront district of Nyhavn. Don’t forget to try a Danish brew and sample local eats at a food hall while you’re here.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in northern Europe. The city’s Old Town is filled with medieval houses and cobblestone alleyways still protected by the remnants of the city wall. Aside from Tallin’s charming city, you can venture to the countryside to sip vodka amongst the ruins of Rakvere Castle, or sample cheese at a local dairy farm.

Stockholm, Sweden

Discover Stockholm, the trend-setting capital of Sweden known as “Beauty on the Water”. Get a glimpse of a time before industrialization at Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo that showcases Sweden’s traditional way of life and exotic wildlife. Spend an afternoon at the Nationalmuseum or the Vasa Museum for a crash course in Viking history and Swedish art. No trip to the city is complete without spending a few hours in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town.

Baltic Sea Cruise Itineraries

On a cruise to the Baltic Sea, you’ll sail on award-winning ships like Celebrity Apex or Celebrity Silhouette. Itineraries range from 11 to 13 nights and depart from Rotterdam or Amsterdam, Netherlands and Southampton, England (which is conveniently close to London) from May to August.


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Experience some of Europe’s most riveting cities while sailing in complete luxury on one of our cruise ships. Lounge at the Lawn Club and watch the Baltic Sea glitter as day turns to dusk. Sample local beer in Estonia, then try a new cocktail at one of our innovative bars. After a long, unforgettable day spent exploring Stockholm or Helsinki, you’ll be welcomed back to the ship, where exquisite cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and luxurious staterooms and suites await.

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On a Baltic cruise with Princess®, unpack once and visit seven different countries within Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Let the gold-lined palaces and monuments recount stories from these revolutionary regions. Along the way, meet the many famous figures that call these lands home. From Vikings to castles and cathedrals, relive history as you come face-to-face with these significant sites.

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On a Scandinavia and Baltic cruise, discover a whole new way of life. Feel the spirit of Stockholm’s Gamla Stan, hear from craftsmen in Tallinn and explore Helsinki’s Senate Square, where art, culture, religion, politics and education converge. Trek throughout these cities alongside expert guides who hold secrets of seasons past. Or step into the homes of locals to uncover long-standing traditions.

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Discover some of the world-renowned destinations that await you on an Scandinavia & Baltic cruise with Princess.

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From astounding fjords to astonishing palaces, the treasures of Scandinavia and Baltic region welcome you to explore.

Step back in time

Get up close to historical gems on a Baltic cruise with Princess. View ships and treasures found in royal burial mounds of the Oslo fjord at the Viking Ship Museum. Or learn what it’s like to be a prize winner at Stockholm's Nobel Peace Museum, and get up close to the world’s oldest preserved warship at the Vasa Museum

Fjords & Viking Legends

Formed by the hands of the glaciers

A Baltic cruise is your key to the Norwegian Fjords — Mother Nature’s crown jewel. Upon arriving in Stockholm, ride along the brinks of Tyrifjord, a 52-mile inlet that boasts greenery and deep blue waters. Relax amidst the serenity of Oslo Fjord, and discover treasures from beneath its seas at the Viking Ship Museum. With Princess, sail to Scandinavia’s oldest capital and revel in the natural wonders before you.

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Magnificent and monumental

Travel to lands where ancient architecture abounds. Wander the cobbled streets of Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Explore a treasure trove of late Renaissance and Rococo architecture in Copenhagen, like Rosenborg Castle, Kronborg Castle or Frederiksborg Castle. Or walk through 'Upper Old Town,' home to some of Tallin's oldest and most notable structures. Experience it all on a Baltic cruise.

Shore excursions

Our award-winning Scandinavia and Baltic cruise shore excursions bring you to palaces, Viking heritage and hidden gems. In partnership with Discovery™, tour three royal residences in Copenhagen — including Fredensborg and Frederiksborg Castle. You’ll also enjoy a Hamlet-themed journey through Kronberg Castle, which inspired the famous play. Or travel through a traditional Danish village, and discover hundreds of years of history along the way.

Local connections

On a Baltic cruise, learn the secrets to crafting an Estonian beer from a master brewer, and pair your sips with snacks. Journey through Tallinn’s most notable sites — including Palace Square and the Great Guild Hall. Or stroll through Stockholm’s ‘Haymarket,’ and sample regional delicacies while hearing from chefs and vendors.

Enjoy even more history and culture with More Ashore late-night departures and overnight stays. On a Baltic cruise, see Berlin’s most iconic sites — like Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Or stroll under the Nordic twilight, and end the night at Oslo’s Ice Bar.

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Curated comfort, world-class entertainment and international flavors await you.

Experience Scandinavia without ever stepping off the ship. Our onboard activities bring the diverse cultures of the region directly to you. Sing, dance, feast and celebrate in a way that only the Baltic and Princess know how.


Your home away from home

Your stateroom is where you rest and recharge between adventures. That’s why every room is equipped with the expertly designed Princess Luxury Bed, 100% Jacquard-woven cotton linens and our SLEEP program created by a board-certified sleep expert. From interior cabins to full suites, unwind in any of our staterooms, and enjoy peace of mind with the option of connected rooms for families of four or more traveling together.

Flavors that inspire

Take a week-long vacation on a Bahamas cruise with more to love, calling on additional Caribbean ports. Visit Princess Cays for a day in the sun, sand and surf. Then have more time to explore Trunk Bay – one of the “Cruise Wonders of the World” – during a late-night stay in St. Thomas on Eastern Caribbean itineraries. From relaxation to adventure, experience cruises to the Bahamas that have more range with Princess.


Find your joy

Embark on adventures by day, and indulge in entertainment by night. Watch Movies Under the Stars® at our 300-square-foot outdoor theater. Attend original productions from Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, composer of  Wicked . Or learn traditional moves, like Flamenco or Irish stepdance, and listen to popular music from the destinations on your itinerary. On a European cruise with Princess, the choice is yours.

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Step outside the classroom

Our European cruises were crafted with every guest in mind — even the younger ones. From 6-month old babies to 17-year old teens, kids can unwind and relax or play and explore. In partnership with Discovery™, kids can learn even more with special insights about Italy, Greece and everywhere in between. With engaging activities on board and ashore, kids can see history books come to life before their eyes.

Reset, recharge, relax

Your European cruise should be every bit as refreshing as it is inspiring. Unwind in the Sanctuary, a retreat just for adults, and relish in tranquility. Or book an appointment at the Lotus Spa®, named "Best Spa on a Cruise Ship" by Spafinder Wellness 365™. Enjoy relaxing treatments — like facials, hot stone massages and detoxifying wraps — that will leave you recharged for upcoming adventures.

Vegas hits the seas

Experience the thrill of cards, dice, roulette and blackjack at the casino onboard our European cruises. Learn from experts — like our staff or perhaps other guests nearby — and put your skills to the test. More casual players can pull up a seat at the slot machines for the same adrenaline at their own speed. For an afternoon full of games, join fellow travelers for Bingo, or compete in scheduled group tournaments.

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Book Your Baltic Cruise Holiday

Cruise to the Baltic Sea and experience Northern Europe's numerous cultures, history, languages and natural beauty. Your Baltic holiday becomes a Scandinavian cruise taking you to areas once sailed by Viking explorers through Scandinavia with several itineraries having stops in the fascinating countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Other notable stops for your Baltic cruise also include Estonia, Poland, Germany and Latvia. See all the various Baltic Cruise itineraries and book your adventures to Northern Europe today.

Note: The safety and security of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our top priority. Due to the escalated situation between Russia and Ukraine we have made the decision to alter itineraries and remove calls to St. Petersburg, Russia from our sailings.


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Why Take A Baltic Cruise?

Only Norwegian lets you cruise to the Baltic in your own personal way. Offering a diverse array of cruise ports to visit throughout your journey, cruisers enjoy a Baltic cruise holiday that offers the perfect balance of leisure and adventure. Step on board one of our award-winning cruise ships and unlock a once-forbidden corner on a European cruise .

Cruise to Stockholm, Sweden

What to Do on a Baltic Cruise

There are so many things to do on a Baltic cruise. on a cruise to St. Petersburg .--> On a cruise to Berlin , walk right through what used to be Checkpoint Charlie, a key symbol of the Cold War. Head west and watch the changing of the guard in front of the Stockholm Palace, an uninterrupted tradition for nearly 500 years. And, from your balcony, feel like a Viking as you behold the staggering fjords sliced deep into Norway’s mountainous western coast. Explore the possibilities of Northern Europe.

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Baltic Cruise Tips

As you travel to the various countries on your Baltic Cruise, you should remember a few things for your trip. There are many things to do and see at the ports so plan your day and pace yourself to have enough energy for the entire trip and excursions. The currencies used in each country can vary from the British pound, Swedish krona, Danish krone, Polish złoty, Norwegian krone, and the euro. Be prepared to exchange for the correct currency and have a credit card on hand preferably without a foreign transaction fee. Pack comfortable shoes for your cobblestone filled walks and prepare for various weathers as it can be cold, rainy or hot depending on the time of year.

Take a Baltic Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway

Discover the wonders of Northern Europe on board the beautiful Norwegian Breakaway. Step back in time on the medieval cobblestone streets of Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter. Take advantage of an overnight in St. Petersburg, giving you time to take in the breathtaking Amber Room in Catherine Palace and explore the immense Hermitage Museum. And sail amid the quiet splendor of the Stockholm Archipelago after a tour of City Hall, where Nobel Prizes are presented.

Sail the Baltic Sea on board Norwegian Escape

Embark from Copenhagen, Amsterdam, or Stockholm for a fascinating journey of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting cities. Prepare to experience Baltic cruise ports of call like Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg’s, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Bergen, Norway; Lerwick, Shetland Islands; Reykjavik, Iceland; Dublin, Ireland; and so much more!


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Embark from Amsterdam, affectionately known as the "Venice of the North." This city is actually situated below sea level and built entirely on stakes driven into the ground.

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Baltic Cruises from Copenhagen

Sail from the capital of Denmark. Filled with canals, cobbled squares and copper spires, Copenhagen is also Scandinavia's most cosmopolitan city.

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Baltic Cruises from Stockholm

Cruise from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and a city laced by an ingenious network of waterways and bridges strung between a freshwater lake and the sea.

Discover More With A Baltic Cruise Shore Excursion

See St. Petersburg on a Baltic cruise

When you take one of Norwegian's Baltic Cruise Shore Excursions , you'll immerse yourself in more culture and adventure than ever before. Take Helsinki by Land & Sea and pass by islands full of museums, parks and gardens, waterfront saunas and Helsinki's icebreaker fleet. Step on board your exclusively chartered train to the bustling city of Berlin. Or drive through the picturesque Estonian countryside to one of the oldest towns of Estonia. Wherever you go, the mystery and magic of Europe are yours to discover.

A Baltic Sea Family Holiday THEY'LL NEVER FORGET

Enjoy a Baltic cruise with your family on Europe's Leading Cruise Line.

A Baltic Sea Holiday for the Whole Family

There are family holidays. Then there are the kinds of enriching family holidays your family will remember forever. Cruise the Baltic Sea with Norwegian Cruise Line and discover the ease and convenience of unpacking once and experiencing it all. Thanks to the freedom and flexibility Norwegian offers, you're ready to experience the best Baltic family holiday ever. Because, with families, it's all about options. And we've got them, from accommodations that fit all families to delicious dining choices even finicky eaters can't refuse. We haven't forgotten about teens – they also have an exclusive onboard refuge at Entourage.

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Travel to Europe with Norwegian Cruise Line and enjoy freedom of choice all along the way. Whether you're bringing the whole crew and staying in a mini suite, enjoying a balcony stateroom with some of your best friends, or relaxing in our affordable inside staterooms, we've got just the room for you.

Experience The Haven on Norwegian Cruise Line

Stay in The Haven, our most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations. Not only will you have access to all the ship has to offer, you'll enjoy the personal service of a concierge and 24-hour butler throughout your entire stay. From embarkation to debarkation The Haven will provide the perfect escape.

Explore With Freedom & Flexibility

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Discovering the history, awe and grandeur whilst travelling to the Baltics is a breeze, with more choices of what to do and see, and more freedom to do it your way. That's the beauty of the freedom and flexibility you'll experience with Norwegian Cruise Line. Unpacking once and journeying from city to remarkable city. Exploring by day and coming back to a variety of onboard activities, one-of-a-kind entertainment, plus more dining options than days of the week. Dressing up or going casual. Dining with friends or savouring a romantic dinner à deux. Doing what makes you happy with no restrictive timetables, ever. Because your holiday is exactly that - yours.

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Most travellers to Europe overlook the authentic experience offered by the Baltic Sea, with fjords, glaciers, and highly diversified landscapes gently balanced with a forgotten yet well preserved Medieval history. Embarking on an MSC Baltic Cruise, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the stunning views and history that surrounds this sea, without any of the crowds and distractions of other European destinations. The Baltic Cruise 2024-2025 season includes a host of different ports of call, each more amazing than the last. Enjoy the beauty of Stockholm, technological hub and capital of Sweden, where strolling along ancient cobbled streets and alleys is the best way to make your way through the old heart of the city. Edvard Eriksen’s famous Little Mermaid will welcome you to the port of Copenhagen. Inspired by famous writer and poet Hans Christian Andersen, it is the true symbol of the city.   Escape the crowds, wander castles lost in time, and sip the fresh air of unspoiled natural wonders during the Baltic Cruise 2024 and Baltic Cruise 2025 seasons. Start looking for your ideal Northern Europe itinerary today and don’t miss out on the Baltic cruise deals MSC always has on offer.


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Step into the pages of a fairytale with a 7 or 11-night Baltic cruise. From May to September travel in luxurious style on MSC Poesia and discover the best of Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. With 10 hours in each port, you will have plenty of time to fully explore the marvelous northern capitals such as Riga, Tallin, Helsinki and Copenhagen. Lengthy stays in Stockholm, including overnight moorings, allows you a complete immersion in the Swedish capital’s cultural treasures.

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Discover Baltic Cruises

Set sail on a Baltic Sea cruise to discover one of the world's most dynamic regions that offers a captivating blend of culture, history, and picturesque landscapes. From majestic palaces and awe-inspiring architecture to medieval old towns and coastal cities, this region is rich in attractions.

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Baltic Region Highlights

From the moment you set sail, you'll encounter a series of captivating ports that offer something unique at every stop. Explore the fairy-tale charm of the Nyhavn waterfront in Copenhagen, to the beautiful islands along the Stockholm Archipelago which stretches out into the Baltic.

As you journey through, you'll also have the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of other charming Baltic cruise ports, each with its own distinctive character. In Klaipeda, Lithuania, wander around the Old Town with its colourful half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. Visit the medieval Toompea Castle and the stunning Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Estonia's capital, Tallinn, known for its intricate onion domes; and don't forget to climb Toompea Hill for breathtaking panoramic views.

Architecture, History & Landscapes

Come across culture-rich streets, renowned architecture that spans the ages and fascinating history revealed through countless museums when you cruise the Baltic Sea. Witness the remnants of ancient Viking settlements, medieval castles perched atop rugged cliffs, and grand castles that once housed royalty. The architectural diversity is mesmerising, with Gothic spires piercing the sky in cities like Tallinn and the modern, sleek designs found in Scandinavian capitals.

Every moment on a Baltic cruise from the UK presents an opportunity to lose oneself in the rich tapestry of history, stunning natural beauty, and architectural wonders that define the Baltic region.

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Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany

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  • Visit Helsinki for the Tall Ships Races and Kiel for Kieler Woche 
  • Enjoy time in the fairytale-esque old town of Tallinn
  • Explore the city walls & towers in the well-preserved city of Visby 
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Malbork castle, Poland

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  • Visit Schwerin Castle from Warnemünde 
  • Experience Baltic traditions such as fishing or cycling
  • Sail through the picturesque Kiel Canal on board Balmoral

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  • Discover the palaces of Oslo and Copenhagen

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  • Discover the enchanting cities of Riga, Tallinn and Copenhagen
  • Immerse yourself in Estonian life at the Song & Dance Festival
  • Uncover the Hanseatic history of the Baltic region

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Medieval architecture, modern sensibilities and icy beauty await in Scandinavia and the Baltics.

In the countries around the Baltic Sea, you can expect vast forests, turquoise lakes, breathtaking fjords and fascinating cities. Explore Stockholm, the stylish and green Swedish capital, with its acres of parks and its medieval centre, Gamla Stan. Bike through the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, and hop on an urban roller coaster in Tivoli Gardens. Stroll around Helsinki's bustling market square, surrounded by graceful 19th-century buildings. Head to Tallinn, Estonia, to enjoy its lively cafes, galleries and medieval heritage.

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Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle

Wonders of the North

The Baltic Sea and Scandinavia are alive with vibrant landscapes to explore. Sail past Norway's majestic fjords, witness the Northern Lights for yourself, or seek out hidden waterfalls in Estonia.  

Aurora Borealis Northern Europe

Natural Night Light

You might get the chance to see wisps of green, yellow, red and violet above the horizon during your holiday. The stunning Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are a once-in-a-lifetime experience that every admirer of nature should get to see.

Scandinavian Village During Midnight Sun


Experience the lively and fun atmosphere in Scandinavia during the Midnight Sun, when the sun remains above the horizon for most of the 'day'. Make like a local in Helsinki and head out to dinner at midnight in what feels like noon light.

Northern Europe Panoramic View

Picture-Perfect Panoramas

Put on your walking shoes and go hiking around one of the port cities and admire the wild landscape of the North. Trek through part of Norway's Discovery Route, which runs from Stavanger to Bergen, and see snow-capped mountains towering over pristine fjords and thunderous waterfalls.

bergen norway colorful houses

Baltic Beauty

The cities and towns of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea are full of modern sensibility and medieval heritage. Explore Gothic town squares in Tallinn and Stockholm, journey down quiet canals and cafe-lined lanes in Amsterdam or hang out with the locals in a Helsinki hot spot.  

Picturesque European Cityscape

Voyage to the Middle Ages

Stroll along the cobblestoned streets in old Baltic Sea towns with their charming medieval architecture. Check out the Old Aker Church, the oldest still-standing building in Oslo, dating back to 1150. Head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia and see Gothic buildings like the Town Hall and the Dome Church.

Amsterdam Canal Belt

Canals and Alleys

Get to know Amsterdam with a cruise on its UNESCO-listed canal belt, dating back to the 17th century. Once you're back on land, do some shopping along the city's De Negen Straatjes ('The Nine Streets'): these quaint, cobblestoned lanes are lined with independent and vintage shops selling everything from fashion to home goods.

Historic and Urban Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki of a Good Time

Immerse yourself in good times in Helsinki, Finland's fun-loving and historic urban centre. Hike up the steps to the Helsinki Cathedral with its distinctive green dome, or get your thrills at Linnanmaki, the city's urban amusement park with the country's highest and fastest roller coasters.

Northern Lights Tours Northern Europe

Natural beauty and stylish cities beckon you to cruise the Baltic Sea

Admire Norway's impressive fjords surrounded by mountains, explore Scandinavia's medieval past, treat yourself to New Nordic cuisine or go shopping for Swedish design.

Copenhagen, Denmark Nyhavn Pier Sunset

Set Sail to Scandinavia

Take a Scandinavian cruise for an immersive experience in the region's culture and landscape. Learn about the Vikings in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo , meander down canals of colorful houses in Copenhagen, and relish in impressionist art at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

St. Petersburg, Russia, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Broaden your Horizons North

Sail to Northern Europe and for a broader range of adventures in the Baltic. From the awe inspiring Fjords of Geiranger, to the modernist cityscape of Hamburg, Germany , you'll get a chance to dig into the region's natural and urban excitement.

Know your currencies in Northern Europe: Finland, Latvia and Estonia use the euro, Denmark the Danish krone, Norway the Norwegian krone and Sweden the Swedish krona.

Bring a good insect repellent in summer and sunglasses for the never-setting summer sun.

Saunas are a favourite winter-time activity. Keep an eye out for one to enjoy on your next cruise.


The high-end gourmet New Nordic cuisine has become a hit in recent years, starting with a culinary revolution in Copenhagen with young, forward-thinking chefs serving deconstructed takes on traditional tastes and indigenous ingredients. Whether you go high-brow or traditional, Northern European food is sure to comfort and delight.

Arctic and Baltic Sea Traditional Fish Plate

Catch a Cold-Water Fish

High-quality fish from the cold waters of the Arctic and Baltic Seas are integral to the region's cuisine. The most popular type of fish is herring, which is served in soups and fillets. Don't miss the chance to try a delicious haddock soup, with a creamy broth and plenty of hearty leeks and potatoes.

Denmark Typical Smorrebrod Sandwich

Cured for Hunger

For a tasty lunch in Denmark, you won't have to look far to get a smorrebrod, an open-face sandwich served on one slice of bread rather than two. Sink your teeth into dark-brown, hearty rye bread with savoury slices of cured ham or smoked salmon, with horseradish for an added kick.

Sweden Gooey Chocolate Cake Kladdkaka

Scandinavian Sweets

Enjoy one of the many Scandinavian pastries or desserts: try Sweden's gooey chocolate cake kladdkaka and the Norwegian cinnamon bun kanelboller. Keep an eye out for ice cream flavoured with cloudberries, a local wild berry with a slightly tart bite and a floral sweetness.

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Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Nordic cities such as Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Head further east to the architectural wonders of Tallinn, Estonia or get cultural in the museums and concert halls of Riga, Latvia. Be amazed by the natural wonders at the Arctic Circle, or go for some fjord-land hiking in Flam, Norway.

Amsterdam Canal Boat Traditional Houses

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bergen, Norway Colorful Waterfront Homes

Bergen, Norway

Alesund, Norway Rocks and Seawall

Alesund, Norway

Multiple Pieces of Ice Floating through the Sea, Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle (Cruising), Norway

A Green Coastal Lighthouse in Rostock, Berlin (Rostock), Germany

Berlin (Rostock), Germany

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany Two Lighthouses At Harbor Entrance

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany

Cork (Cobh), Ireland Cityscape

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

A Replica Viking Boat with Mountains in the Background, Flam, Norway

Flam, Norway

Geiranger, Norway, Snowcapped Fjord

Geiranger, Norway

Hamburg, Germany, Historic Buildings

Hamburg, Germany

Northern Lights Over Arctic Terrain in Norway, Honningsvag, Norway

Honningsvag, Norway

Dublin, Ireland, Howth Head

Dublin, Ireland

Kristiansand, Norway, Coastal Mountain

Kristiansand, Norway

Molde, Norway, Panoramic View

Molde, Norway

Olden, Norway, Jostedalsbreen Glacier

Olden, Norway

Oslo, Norway, Coastal Buildings

Oslo, Norway

Riga, Latvia, House of Blackheads Statue

Riga, Latvia

Rotterdam, Netherlands, Delfshaven Historic Center

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Skjolden, Norway, Mountain Landscape

Skjolden, Norway

Stockholm, Sweden, Aerial panoramic view

Stockholm, Sweden

Tallinn, Estonia, Cityscape

Tallinn, Estonia

Tromso, Norway, Mountain landscape

Tromso, Norway

Visby, Sweden, View of the building rooftops

Visby, Sweden

Waterford, Ireland, Coastal cliff

Waterford (Dunmore East), Ireland

Stavanger, Norway, Cliff Preikestolen

Stavanger, Norway

Bremerhaven, Germany Sailing Ship

Bremerhaven, Germany

Panorama of fjord in Norway

Maloy, Norway

Norway is beautiful in the summer.

Haugesund, Norway

The port of Kiel is a portal into the past.

Kiel, Germany

Letters in Nordfjordeid on the shore of Nordfjord in Norway

Nordfjordeid, Norway

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A place of fabled tales where rolling forests give way to chic cities, the Baltic and Scandinavia regions are a celebration of Nordic culture, castles and cutting-edge design. Discover traditional food markets like Riga Central Market, Tallinn’s picturesque Old Town, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and much more. Our Scandinavia cruises bring you what makes this region such a treasured travel destination – from Stockholm’s colorful Gamla Stan to the picturesque canals and renowned museums of Amsterdam and beyond.

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From insider tours of iconic attractions and immersions in local communities to gourmet, chef-led tasting tours, our Baltic and Scandinavia shore excursions bring you the best of the regional cuisine, culture and history. Overnights in ports such as Bordeaux, Berlin, London and Stockholm plus many extended evening stays across the region give you the chance to not only visit top attractions, but also create time for in-depth explorations, dinners ashore and leisurely, meaningful touring.

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Extend your stay before or after your Baltic and Scandinavia cruise at one of these luxurious hotels, carefully selected for their superb location, ambiance, world-class standards of service, cuisine and amenities. Our hotel packages include free air date changes up to 3 days before or after your cruise and free transfers between the airport, hotel and ship as well as porterage. You’ll also enjoy the services of our exclusive Oceania Cruises hospitality desk at each hotel.

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Hotel Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kimpton De Witt

Amsterdam, netherlands.

Exuding a modern approach to luxury through fresh, refined rooms, Kimpton De Witt features imaginative spaces steeped in inspired Dutch design. Experience an immersive labyrinth of contemporary millwork, lush layers and clean lines. Each room opens the door to grand inspiration and eclectic treasures. Nestled in the heart of Amsterdam's thriving city center, this hotel inspires you to imagine, explore, create and find a comfortable place to relax. Unwind in the leafy garden conservatory. Savor a meal at the hotel’s local restaurant. Enjoy a nightcap in the cozy House Bar, which dates to the Dutch Golden Age. With Kimpton De Witt’s unique personality and heartfelt service, you can consider this intimate boutique hotel as your personal sanctuary.

Hotel Skt. Petri, Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Welcome to SKT. PETRI hotel in Copenhagen, located in the heart of the trendy Latin Quarter in the city center and only 20 minutes away from Copenhagen’s airport by metro. With 288 elegantly furnished hotel rooms and suites, the hotel offers modern comfort in a minimalist, yet cozy, Scandinavian-design setting. When you stay at SKT. PETRI, the staff will be your key to the city. They know the exciting attractions in Copenhagen and want you to know the capital as they do.

Millennium Bailey’s Hotel - South Kensington, London

Millennium Bailey’s Hotel - South Kensington

London (southampton), united kingdom.

This hotel is a beautifully renovated Victorian London townhouse, located in the heart of fashionable South Kensington. The hotel combines style and character and is one of the most traditional and popular hotels in the area. Quintessentially English in decor and style, the rooms have been designed with the comfort of guests in mind and combine unique features and furnishings with modern amenities. The interior of the hotel is extremely elegant and retains many of its original features, with its sweeping staircase, stained glass windows and intricate stonework. Situated opposite the Gloucester Road Underground station, this hotel offers access to many transport links and is perfectly positioned for guests visiting many of the British capital's most popular attractions.

Grand Hotel Oslo in Oslo, Norway

Grand Hotel Oslo

Oslo, norway.

The Grand Hotel in Oslo is Norway’s best known and most prestigious hotel. The luxury hotel first opened its doors in 1874 and for over 140 years, it has been host to the people of Norway, international guests, world leaders, celebrities and the Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Henrik Ibsen, the world-renowned Norwegian author, made the luxury hotel one of his favorite daily haunts. The guest experience is based on true Nordic luxury that is delivered by the hotel’s well-trained and enthusiastic international team. The Grand Hotel has 274 rooms, including 54 Suites that are a blend of historic design, a rooftop bar with magnificent views, a restaurant, lobby bar, 19 meeting rooms, Artesia Spa Grand Hotel and fitness room.

Windmills Land, Netherlands

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Our Baltic and Scandinavia Overland, Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs invite you to immerse yourself in the fascinating history and old-world charm of these regions. These multi-day, in-depth Land Programs include exclusive tours, premium hotel stays, airport transfers when arriving and departing the day your program begins and ends, and oftentimes locally inspired meals and porterage too.

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Amsterdam Art & Architecture Land Program

Amsterdam: Art & Architecture

Explore the architectural landmarks and world-class museums in Amsterdam and discover traditional ways of life in the nearby countryside. Highlights include a tour of the famed Van Gogh Museum and a cruise along Amsterdam’s beautiful canals. Enjoy free time to explore other museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Anne Frank House. In contrast to cosmopolitan Amsterdam, see the Netherlands’ famed windmills and a local cheese farm in the countryside, as well as people practicing traditional trades like clog-making.

  • 3 nights at the Radisson Blu or similar hotel (superior room)
  • All sightseeing per the itinerary
  • English-speaking tour guide

London Charming Countryside

London & Its Charming Countryside

This unique Land Program couples the cosmopolitan attractions of London with the quintessentially British countryside in the Cotswolds. Fully guided by a London expert, discover a variety of popular attractions such as the Hampton Court Palace and Buckingham Palace and enjoy a Champagne cruise on the River Thames as you take in views of the city and famous landmarks. Also explore the historic city of Oxford and visit Stonehenge, one of the great wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.

  • 3 nights at the May Fair Hotel (superior room) or similar hotel
  • Taste of Britain two-course meal with a drink in a top London restaurant
  • Two-course meal and a drink in a Cotswold’s village pub
  • Entry to Hampton Court with guided tour by expert Hampton Court guide
  • River Thames cruise with commentary and glass of Champagne
  • Entry to Christ Church Oxford and Oxford guided walking tour
  • Transportation and the services of an English-speaking tour guide for two days of sightseeing and all associated expenses

Relics and Landmarks of Oslo

Relics and Landmarks of Oslo

Cruise the majestic Oslofjord lined with forested hills before heading ashore to explore the enchanting city of Oslo at length. Sleek and contemporary, Oslo Opera House seems to rise from the water, while Vigeland Park is a lush green oasis filled with more than 200 sculptures. Discover the city’s history at the open-air Norwegian Folk Museum and the city’s nightlife at the trendy Ice Bar Oslo. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the entirety of Oslo from the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

  • 3 nights at the Grand Hotel Oslo or similar hotel (superior room)
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches, including soft drinks
  • 1 drink at the Ice Bar
  • 2-hour Oslofjord cruise
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  • Private airport to hotel transfer on Day 1

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Baltic vs. Mediterranean cruises: Which European itinerary should you choose?

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Europe has so much to offer by cruise ship that it can be a challenge to decide where to start. Should you choose a Baltic cruise versus a Mediterranean cruise for your sailing abroad? How do you decide?

A Mediterranean cruise is often the first dip into European waters many travelers take. It’s an easy choice because there are many options, including cruises to France, Spain and Italy on familiar big-ship cruise lines with reasonable prices and relatively easy flights. Mix ancient sightseeing and culinary sampling with a dash of beach time, all while surrounded by stunning blue seas, and you’ve got the essence of a summer cruise in the Med.

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Baltic cruises are not about beach time, and most of the historical sights are anything but ancient. What you’ll find instead is incredible architecture, garden tours and deep dives into modern European history, as well as access to everything offered in some of Europe’s most vibrant cities in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. As with the Mediterranean, the region is rich with foods and beverages to taste. Think Danish pastries, German beer and Swedish meatballs.

Let’s look at what each of these two distinct European cruise choices offers to help you decide which one you’d like more.

Mediterranean vs. Baltic on the map

The Mediterranean Sea lies south of Europe, and though it’s connected to the Atlantic Ocean, it is almost entirely enclosed by the European, African and Asian continents. It comprises 11 smaller seas, which can confuse things when you shop for cruises; itineraries are sometimes labeled according to the smaller sea. In general, though, any ocean cruise with ports in Spain, France, Italy, Monaco, Greece or Turkey are Mediterranean cruises.

Eight northern European Union countries and Russia surround the Baltic Sea. It connects to the Atlantic via the North Sea at Denmark. Baltic cruises, particularly the longest itineraries, may begin or end outside the Baltic Sea itself, adding bonus countries to the itinerary. Countries most Baltic cruises visit include Denmark, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, plus Sweden and Finland. Longer cruises might also include Norway and United Kingdom countries outside the Baltic Sea.

Cruise itineraries

Mediterranean cruise itineraries generally are seven nights or longer. Peak season is summer, but it’s possible to find Mediterranean cruises during every month of the year. Summer daytime temperatures average around 80 degrees Fahrenheit but can spike well into the 90s in July and August in some locations. Spring and fall cruises in the Med have more moderate weather.

You’ll find a wide range of choices of departure ports and countries your ship will visit. The most flexible departure ports in terms of what direction the cruise will take you are Barcelona, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Athens (Piraeus) — all of which serve as departure or return ports for cruises in all directions across the Mediterranean.

Depart from Venice (Ravenna or Trieste) to sail to destinations along the Adriatic; in addition to Italy, your itinerary may include Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece.

Because there are so many ports in the Mediterranean, sea days are generally limited to one per weeklong sailing, and many itineraries lack sea days entirely.

Related: Best Mediterranean cruises for every type of traveler

One-way itineraries that depart from one port and end in another are common in the Mediterranean, allowing your cruise to visit more ports in more countries than you might on a round-trip route. This can, however, complicate flight plans and may make flights more expensive than round-trip fares — something to pay attention to as you shop for your cruise.

The bonus of these one-way routes is that they are easily combined into longer cruises. A cruise that starts in Barcelona and ends in Athens can be combined with a second cruise from Athens to Istanbul or back to Barcelona. Some lines — such as Viking , Holland America , Princess , Windstar and Oceania — pre-package multiple one-way cruises to make the planning easy. On other lines, like Azamara , Royal Caribbean and Norwegian , you can book two (or more) cruises back-to-back to create your own extended voyage.

Lines that primarily offer round-trip cruises in the Mediterranean include Virgin Voyages , Celebrity and Carnival . Disney Cruise Line also offers round-trip itineraries, including some of the shortest cruises in the Med, with four- and five-night sailings during the line’s brief season there each summer.

Cruisers who count continents can check off three big ones with a carefully planned extended cruise in the region. One way to add Asia to your list is to spend time in Istanbul on both sides of the Bosphorus River, as it’s the dividing line between the continents. Alternatively, the Turkish ports of Kusadasi, Bodrum and Izmir are among those commonly visited in Asia.

Finding a Mediterranean itinerary that visits Africa can be a bit more challenging, but the ports to look for include Alexandria, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; and Tunis, Tunisia. If you want to hit three continents in one voyage, look for 10- to 14-night itineraries on lines such as Norwegian, Celebrity and Holland America.

Baltic cruise itineraries are also mostly seven nights or longer. Because the Baltic countries are farther north, chilly weather is possible even in mid-summer in the Baltic. Average high temperatures in Copenhagen, for example, are barely 70 degrees Fahrenheit during June, July and August. Helsinki is a degree or two cooler. Because of the climate, cruise ships only sail these waters from April through September.

Related: The best time to go on a cruise

Departure ports may be cities located on the Baltic, like Copenhagen, Stockholm or Warnemunde, Germany, or outside the Baltic, as in Southampton, England, or Amsterdam and Rotterdam in The Netherlands. As with Mediterranean cruises, you’ll find a mix of round-trip cruises beginning and ending in the same port city and one-way itineraries — many of which begin outside the Baltic Sea and end at a Baltic port.

The opportunity to create longer journeys by connecting multiple cruises is available in the Baltic. Those usually include Northern European or United Kingdom add-ons before or after your Baltic cruise. Think Stockholm to Edinburgh, Scotland. After a thorough cruise of the Baltic Sea, the itinerary might include multiple stops in the fjords of Norway before ending in the U.K. Baltic cruises that begin or end outside the confines of the Baltic Sea often have at least one day at sea, sometimes more.

Country counters rejoice! A solid itinerary within the Baltic can add eight countries to your list; add-ons in the North Sea will get you another handful if you plan carefully.

Prior to March 2022, Baltic cruises often included a stop in the Russian port of St. Petersburg. Currently, no cruise lines catering to Westerners call on Russian ports.

Ports of call

The list of ports of call in the Mediterranean is lengthy, ranging from European mainland ports like Dubrovnik, Zadar, Naples, Nice and Istanbul to popular ports on the islands of Sardinia, Corfu, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini, all of which can accommodate ships of all sizes.

Smaller cruise ships have an even greater range of options. Ports you may never have heard of — such as Durres, Albania or Bonifacio, France, on the island of Corsica — are listed in the itineraries of small-ship lines like Emerald and Ponant. Ports you’ve only dreamt of visiting, like Capri, Amalfi or Jerusalem, are surprisingly accessible on several cruise lines sailing the Mediterranean, including Windstar, Azamara and Celebrity.

Ports of call in the Baltic include recognizable city names like Copenhagen, Helsinki, Gdansk and Stockholm, along with cities you may be less familiar with — Visby, Tallinn and Riga, in Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, respectively.

Copenhagen is rich in architecture and seaside charm. Warnemunde, Germany, is the gateway port to Berlin. Cruise lines often schedule overnight stays there to allow ample time to explore the city, a train ride away from the port. Stockholm is another Baltic port where some ships overnight, allowing passengers to enjoy the city’s nightlife.

Shore excursions and activities

The range of shore activities in the Mediterranean is vast. In Rome, Naples, Athens, Nafplion, Crete, Corinth, Olympia, Santorini and Kusadasi, you can explore ancient Greek and Roman historical sites. In Istanbul, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Florence and Venice, tours focus on more recent art, architecture and history.

You’ll find vineyard and winery tours from almost every port in Italy and along the French Riviera (like Marseilles). Olive farm tours are popular from most ports of call in Greece but don’t rule out Greek wineries if your cruise itinerary takes you there.

Foodie tours are available in almost every port in the Mediterranean. The best include food-themed walking tours in Athens, truffle hunting tours from Livorno, Italy, and tapas tours in Barcelona. Or, you can do what I do and make it a point to sample local fare like pizza and gelato in every port.

Active tours in the Mediterranean include abundant choices for hiking and biking. If you’re itching to dip your toes into the blue Mediterranean waters, you’ll find beaches on almost all the Greek islands. Not every ship offers beachy shore excursions, so you may be on your own getting to them.

The easiest beach excursions are on Santorini, Crete and Mykonos. The most stunning beach I’ve ever seen is Myrtos Beach on the Greek island of Kefalonia. It’s not near the cruise port, but half-day excursions are available to take you there.

And let’s not forget the beaches of the French Riviera or Barcelona’s beautiful stretches of sand.

The most surprising beaches in the Mediterranean include those along the crystal-clear waters of the upper Adriatic. Trieste (where some ships dock for Venice), Koper in Slovenia and Zadar in Croatia all have beaches (some pebble rather than sand) accessible from the cruise ports. If more active water sports are your thing, boating, snorkeling and even scuba diving are easily arranged on Santorini, Crete and Kefalonia and in Zadar.

Related: Avoid these 10 mistakes when booking cruise shore excursions

Baltic destinations also offer beaches and watersports, but you’re more likely to find a scenic boat ride than jetskiing, and beaches are more likely to be enjoyed through windy walks along the shore than sunbathing and swimming. If the weather is suitable, the best beaches are in Copenhagen, Warnemunde and Stockholm. Boat rides, both slow scenic cruises and thrilling speed boat rides are popular throughout the Baltic. Boats are the ideal way to experience Copenhagen.

Land-based activities in the Baltic lean toward city tours, either via hop-on-hop-off buses or sometimes walking tours. Expect landmarks and museums of all sorts, many focusing on local events or areas of importance. Riga, Lithuania, and Tallinn, Estonia, both have museums focused on the Soviet occupation of those countries, for example.

Lighthouses and castles are some landmarks you can visit in the Baltic. Look for castles and fortresses in Gdansk, Copenhagen and Helsinki. Lighthouse excursions are possible in Kiel and Warnemunde, Germany. You can visit a medieval village in Old Town in Tallinn and a Viking village near Copenhagen.

Active tours on Baltic cruises include hiking and biking, available in almost every port. Kayaking is often easy to arrange if the weather turns out nice.

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Best of Moscow by high speed train

By shuguley , February 15, 2014 in Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Sure would appreciate someone who has taken "Best of Moscow by high speed train" from St. Petersburg could please share their impressions of this shore excursion. From the description this sounds like a very long day.

Wondering how the 4 hour train trip was in terms of accommodations, etc. Also what time did you leave the ship and what time at night did you return? Were both legs of the trip on the high speed rail (I read that slower trains also travel the same tracks)?

My wife and I are considering this excursion. We thought that if we are making all the effort to go to Russia then how could we pass up going to Moscow, walking in Red Square, seeing St. Basil, etc.

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If you are considering this on the 2015 June Baltic cruise on Voyager; my suggestion is don't. There is so much to do in St. Petersburg and although a train is one of my favorite ways to travel the time would be far better spent in St. P.

Thanks for the advice. Yes, this would be on the Voyager during the 2015 season but not yet sure exactly which cruise.

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We did the Moscow excursion "on a different luxury line", but from your brief description it sounds very much like the same trip, so I will operate on that assumption. It is a VERY long day! We left the ship at 5:30 AM and returned at 12:30 AM. The highspeed train trip is comfortable, and while they call it "Business Class" it does not compare well to the equivalent class on say Rail Europe. When we did it in 2011, we did have highspeed both ways, and the trip back seemed much longer as the adrenaline and excitement had worn off!:D

Moscow itself is not that terribly different from any other big city in the world, but this Cold War kid never thought he would ever stand in Red Square, never mind walk the grounds of The Kremlin, or tour The Kremlin Palace, or see (but not visit) Lenin's Tomb, or visit The Armoury. But he did, and he loved every minute of it! Yes, it is a long day, and you barely scratch a scratch on the surface, but it is worth it. There is a tremendous amount to see in St. Petersburg, but every Baltic cruise goes to St. Petersburg, so you can go back if you choose to. Not every cruiseline offers you the chance to see Moscow.


I have not personally done this tour, but our last time in St Petersburg, the private guide that we hired for a day was leading the regent tour to Moscow on the high speed train the next day. He said it was way better than the previous alternative, which was flying to Moscow and back. He said that you actually got to Moscow faster because you didn't have to deal with airline checkin etc. it did seem like a very long day to me, and there is so much to see and do in st. Petersburg that I didn't consider doing it.



We toured to Moscow from St. Petersburg via the hi-speed SAPSAN train last September, from a Baltic cruise on the Oceania Marina. You need to have a two-night, three day port call in St. Petersburg to take this tour because the tour typically leaves the ship around 5:00 - 5:30 AM and doesn't return until after midnight the next day. We didn't take the ship's tour; we made private arrangements with TravelAllRussia for three days of touring, the first and third days in St. Petersburg and the second day the tour to Moscow by train. Our cost for the private tour for three days was about the same as what the ship charged for the excursion to Moscow alone. There are a number of private tour agencies that operate in St. Petersburg and offer the Moscow train tours; we would strongly recommend them over the ship's tours.

All three days had private guides with car and driver. The second day, the driver picked us up at the ship and took us to the train, but we were alone on the train, and met in Moscow by the guide on the station platform. After our tour and dinner, we were brought back to the train and after the return train trip met by the driver and taken back to the ship. Because you are alone on the train you must have your own Russian visas.

If this is your first visit to St. Petersburg, I would agree there is much more to see there. We found Moscow somewhat a disappointment, particularly Red Square. The Kremlin and the cathedral in Red Square were also worth seeing. But the best thing we saw was the Moscow subway! I worked for the Washington Metro system back in the 1980s as it grew from 40 to 80 miles and although I was in the computer area, I learned a lot about the challenges of running a subway system. We used the Moscow system to get across the city from where we had dinner to the train station, and I was amazed at the cleanliness', speed of operation, the short headways maintained, and the courtesy of everyone involved. A very impressive experience!

We had been to St. Petersburg before, and so had the time to take a day and go to Moscow. Also, I really like trains, and the SAPSAN is a German train set running on Russian rails. Seats are like first class domestic air, spacious but not too plush or comfortable, but with enough room. Not too much recline, and almost 8 hours on the train in two shots is a lot for an old man. They come through and sell drinks, candy, etc. but the sellers don't speak English and no one around us helped, so we had just poor coffee once coming, and brought stuff with us for the trip back. Not too much to see from the train either, particularly on the return when it is night the whole way.

If you decide to go, take a private tour and avoid the overly expensive ship's tour. I'm glad we did it, but wouldn't bother to repeat the tour; we've seen Moscow.

Thanks so much to all of you for the thorough and thought insight. Yhe information you have provided is most helpful.

countflorida: Your detailed post is very helpful. We are not quite ready for a Baltic cruise but should do so within a year. Time enough to do our pre travel research, bookings and visa gathering.:) Thank you!

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Sure would appreciate someone who has taken "Best of Moscow by high speed train" from St. Petersburg could please share their impressions of this shore excursion. From the description this sounds like a very long day.   Wondering how the 4 hour train trip was in terms of accommodations, etc. Also what time did you leave the ship and what time at night did you return? Were both legs of the trip on the high speed rail (I read that slower trains also travel the same tracks)?   My wife and I are considering this excursion. We thought that if we are making all the effort to go to Russia then how could we pass up going to Moscow, walking in Red Square, seeing St. Basil, etc.

I did this on Seabourn. IMO DONT. Take Aeroflop (er Aeroflot). The train has non folding seats where you are literally knee to knee with your fellow passenger (facing each other). Further they don't believe in air conditioning. It's also the worlds slowed bullet train. I think I would have found more enjoyment wandering around the St. Petersburg and Moscow airports.


This is a little off topic,, however we had planned a river cruise in Russia but decided we would rather stay on land and have booked about two weeks with Travel-All-Russia using the private guide and driver. I'm curious as to how you found them as a tour company.

The guides they provided were fine. We had a different guide each of the days in St. Petersburg, but both were flexible, pleasant, knowledgeable and spoke English very well, as did the guide in Moscow, incidentally. She was a bit aloof, distant, not too friendly, but otherwise fine. In fact, she was the one who suggested taking the Metro, which unexpectedly became one of the highlights of the Moscow excursion. If I have a complaint with AllTravelRussia, it is with their plan and its execution (more later).

I had requested emphasis on World War II (in Russia, the Great Patriotic War) sites and info. In scheduling us, they weren't careful about dates and a couple of the sites we wanted to see were scheduled on the third day, after we'd been to Moscow. But both sites were closed that day of the week, and that info was readily available, right on web sites describing them. Also, the included meals (lunches in St. Pete, dinner in Moscow) were not what we asked for: light meals with some choices, so we could avoid things we didn't like and choose things we did like. My request was ignored; we were given full Russian meals with a fixed menu, no choice. On the first day, a fish dish was the entre, but I am allergic to fish. Fortunately, I had the e-mail I'd sent with me and showed it to the guide, and she was able to change my entre to chicken, which was very good actually. But we didn't want a 3-4 course lunches or dinner (in Moscow). We had the guide drop the lunch the third day, although we never got any credit or refund. But, particularly in contrast to the ship's tours, the prices were so reasonable we didn't worry too much about it.

The people who were on the ship's tour to Moscow saw us boarding the same train for which they were forced to queue up and wait on the way back, and asked us what we had done. I was candid and open so they were not happy when I explained what we had arranged and particularly what it had cost. Also, when we returned to the ship, we found they had laid on a late supper for those who had gone to Moscow, so up we went and had something. Well, it turns out the late supper was supposed to be just for those on the ship's tour, but we and others on 'independent' tours, there were a dozen or more of us, crashed the party, actually got there first, and they didn't realize it until the larger group arrived and there weren't enough tables/places set. By that time, the 'independents' had all gotten served and were eating; what could they do?

A couple from the larger group sat down with us and asked us about our tour, and they were the ones I told about our arrangement and its cost. They turned to others who’d been with them and announced the details, loudly enough so the whole room heard, which started a lot of bitching and complaining. I gathered they weren't very happy with the ship's tour to begin with, and this was the straw that broke the camel's back. We finished up and beat it out of there, but overheard later that one of the excursion staff came to check on something and ran into a real mess. I caught a cold on the trip, which forced me to bed the second day following in Tallinn, so by the time we reappeared we heard about the contretemps' but apparently no one recalled who started it, thankfully.

Because of what happened to us, I would probably not use AllTravelRussia if I were to go again, or if I did, I would be sure to get confirmation of every detail of the tour. They do have good reviews generally, and we were certainly helped by their visa department and liked the guides and drivers. Their weakness, I say now with full 20:20 hindsight, is that once the sales person who plans the tour, sells it to you and collects your money, he (or she) transfers the plan to their Russia office for implementation; there is no follow-up to make sure it gets done right. And that is where our problems arose; we paid for a custom tour but got a standard package with a few destinations switched, and no one checked them out, even to see when they were open the day we were scheduled to go. If you check every detail that’s important to you, it should be OK, but that’s a hell of a way to have to do business, in my opinion.

Thank you for the 20/20 hindsight observation on your Russian tour operator, and better priced than the ship's excursion cost.

Thanks very much for the feedback.

We had the same experience as you so far as price. We originally booked a Viking Cruise but, hearing some things about the river cruises that made us unhappy, looked into other options. T-A-R cost the same or less than a cruise and had us in hotels for 11 days. We opted for the private tour. They have three tour levels, based on hotels. We originally opted for the four star as it did not cost much more than the three star hotels. Finally we decided to throw it all in and upgraded to five star. In Moscow we will be at the newly opened Kempinsky which is two blocks from Red Square. In St. Petersburg it is the Grand Hotel Europe, one of the most vaunted luxury hotels in Russia. Location is important for us as the tours use up only part of the day so being in the center of everything for our independent touring is important. As with many other cities, the less you pay, the farther out of the center of town you are.

We have been working with our salesman in D.C. and he seems to get back to us with the changes we want. He recently returned from Russia so is up on everything. When I asked they said they paid the full TA commission if I wanted so I got my usual TA on board so he is watching our back and giving us that extra level of comfort. He also set up our air, which I know pays him little or nothing, and got us business class for much less than T-A-R wanted for economy, though it took working for a while with a consolidator. He's happy to get his 10 percent on this trip without having booked it. He also took care of the trip insurance. We've been doing a lot of research on the CC sister site Trip Advisor and will write a report there. We will, I guess, become a source of info for CC members after having spent 5 days in Moscow and 6 in SP.

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Very informative. Thanks dor sharing. Jeff

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10 best cruise lines for every type of traveler, from adventurers to families

Danielle Bauter

May 6, 2024 // By Danielle Bauter

By Danielle Bauter May 6, 2024

Find your people on Carnival Cruise Line, one of the best for social butterflies

It's time to cast off your worries and set sail toward unforgettable experiences, charting a course for your dream vacation. But not everyone craves the same itinerary or type of cruise — some souls yearn for heart-pounding adventure, while others seek relaxation on idyllic beaches.

The good news? There's a perfect cruise vacation waiting for every type of traveler. From luxurious foodie adventures to social escapades and wellness wonders, we'll help you find the best cruises to indulge your desires. So, grab your swimsuit (or maybe your hiking boots), pack your sense of adventure, and get ready to plan your next cruise vacation.

Best cruise for the adventurer: Adventure Canada

Explore Devon Island in Nunavut during an Adventure Canada cruise

If adrenaline-fueled is how you like to cruise, then Adventure Canada is the perfect conduit. It's been a USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice favorite for Best Adventure Cruise Line for many years, and most recently it landed on the list for Best Cruise Lines for Families .

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Offering small-ship expedition cruises to remote areas like Greenland, Antarctica, the Canadian Arctic, and Iceland, Adventure Canada prioritizes exploration and education over typical cruise activities. Their itineraries get you off the ship and into the heart of the action, with zodiac landings, hikes, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Itineraries that travel to Greenland and Nunavut, Canada, literally take you off the map, visiting uninhabited archipelagos like Devon Island or towns like Ilulissat, Greenland, where you could potentially spot polar bears, narwhals, and beluga whales.

Watch out for calving icebergs, though — the possibility of a tidal wave capsizing your zodiac after ice plummets into the ocean is enough to get your blood pumping.

Best cruise for the wine enthusiast: AmaWaterways

Sample wine-themed excursions with AmaWaterways

Board a dedicated "Celebration of Wine" on Best River Cruise Line winner AmaWaterways and savor itineraries that sail through famous European wine regions like France's Bourdeaux, Germany's Rhine Valley, or Portugal's Douro Valley.

The cruise becomes part of the wine experience and often features partnerships with North American wineries that bring knowledgeable wine hosts on board to lead informative tastings and discussions.

The Rhine River cruise explores towns like Rüdesheim, a German winemaking town lined with tasting rooms and vineyards. In France, Riquewihr is one of the highlights of the Alsace Wine Route. You'll then venture on to charming Strasbourg, which claims to be home to the oldest wine on Earth. Stroll through historic vineyards and choose from a carefully selected wine list that showcases local wines from the regions you explore.

Best cruise for the hopeless romantic: Windstar Cruises

Find romance on Windstar Cruises' intimate yacht cruises

Imagine sailing around the rivieras of the Mediterranean, the crystal blue water sparkling under golden rays. The gentle sway of the vessel and the vastness of the ocean set a naturally romantic tone, especially when the sails rise over the setting sun. Unlike mega-ships with thousands of passengers, Windstar keeps things intimate.

Windstar Cruises travels to dreamy destinations like Tahiti and the French Riviera with three classic sailing yachts and three all-suite motor yachts. (Its Wind Spirit vessel took the top spot for Best Adults Only Cruise this year.) The cruise line also partnered with the James Beard Foundation to offer tantalizing meals on board. Windstar caters to romance with packages and add-on options, inviting you to enjoy dreamy spots like Bora Bora with an intimate dinner under the stars or a champagne breakfast in bed.

Best cruise for the wellness warrior: Oceania Cruises

Relax with a spa treatment at Oceania's Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center

Embrace the zen: Oceania Cruises offers a comprehensive wellness experience that caters to your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The state-of-the-art Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center offers a wide range of treatments designed to promote relaxation and rejuvenation.

Ranking for Best Boutique Cruise Line , Oceania is also known for its "finest cuisine at sea" philosophy, which translates to delicious and healthy cuisine (including extensive plant-based menus) alongside its more indulgent offerings.

Aquamar's Wellness Discovery Tours are shore excursions designed to complement your onboard wellness journey. For example, you can meditate with a monk in Thailand or learn to harness the power of spiritual drumming in Australia. Oceania travels across the globe on small, luxurious ships — from Africa to the Amazon, the Baltic to the South Pacific.

Best cruise for the culture vulture: Viking

Soak up some culture with Viking's classical performances

Designed for experienced travelers ages 55 and older who are interested in topics like science, history, and gastronomy, Viking has carved a niche for itself as a leader in cultural enrichment cruises. It steers away from the typical focus on onboard activities and entertainment. Instead, meticulously crafted itineraries immerse you in the history and culture of the places you visit.

Expect longer stays in ports, allowing you to explore destinations in greater depth. A Viking Resident Historian accompanies each ocean voyage, leading roundtable discussions and lectures about a specific topic. Along with classical musicians on board, Viking invites local musicians and ensembles for special performances. With an array of itineraries on their river, ocean, and expedition cruises, Viking travels to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Asia, and North America.

It's no wonder Viking's extensive fleet of vessels has consistently ranked as reader-voted favorites for Best Boutique Cruise Line , Best Cruise Line for Solo Travelers , and Best Ocean Cruise Line .

Best cruise for the social butterfly: Carnival Cruise Line

Party with fellow social butterflies on Carnival Breeze

Party lovers, unite! Carnival Cruise Line has you covered if you're constantly seeking social stimulation. The cruise line thrives on creating a fun and lively atmosphere on all of its ships. Carnival Vista, Carnival Breeze, and Carnival Celebration took the top three spots for Best Cruise Ship for Entertainment , making them great picks for social butterflies. Known for its energetic onboard entertainment that ranges from stage shows and dance productions to poolside games and deck parties, Carnival Cruise Line offers many opportunities to mingle with other passengers.

Download Carnival's HUB app to reserve select shows, specialty dining, and spa services. With an average of about 3,000 guests on board each ship, you're sure to find other like-minded individuals who want to check out the casino or comedy club, play an intense bingo game, or dance the night away at the nightclub. Destinations include the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, and Hawaii.

Best cruise for the solo traveler: Norwegian Cruise Line

Sail into the sunset with Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line goes above and beyond to cater to solo cruisers, from dedicated living quarters and social spaces to organized activities. The studio staterooms are designed specifically for solo travelers; solo-occupancy options for balcony and ocean view staterooms provide more personal space and a touch of luxury.

Whether you choose to visit destinations like Hawaii, South America, or the Greek Isles, you'll do so in style on this USA TODAY Readers' Choice Award winner for Best Cruise Line for Solo Travelers .

You'll also have exclusive access to the Studio Lounge, a social hub where you can relax, meet other solo cruisers, and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day. Norwegian Cruise Line organizes social events specifically for solo travelers, ranging from casual meet-and-greets to group shore excursions, providing opportunities to connect with others and avoid feeling isolated. And if you crave solitude, you can find that too.

Best cruise for the LGBTQ jet-setter: Celebrity Cruises

Celebrate Pride in style every day of the year with Celebrity Cruises

"Love is love" perfectly describes the mantra of Celebrity Cruises , which goes beyond mere tolerance by actively celebrating diversity and creating an environment for LGBTQ travelers to relax and have fun. The cruise line fosters a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all passengers, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Board one of the 16 ships that travel to hundreds of ports worldwide and embark on group excursions or private journeys.

Celebrity pulls out all the stops in June with Pride Month celebrations, including theme parties and dazzling entertainment. (Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Beyond is a repeat winner for Best Cruise Ship for Entertainment .)

Many Celebrity cruises host LGBTQ welcome parties on the first night, allowing you to meet fellow travelers, mingle with crew members, and set the tone for your voyage. They also have become a champion for marriage equality at sea, offering legal same-sex wedding ceremonies on board their ships.

Best cruise for the foodie: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Indulge your foodie fantasies on Regent Seven Seas' culinary cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises isn't just a cruise line; it's a culinary odyssey for discerning palates. The brand boasts an impressive array of specialty restaurants onboard, from French bistros to sizzling steakhouses and Asian fusion experiences, all with impeccable service and world-class cuisine. USA TODAY 10Best readers voted Seven Sea Explorer among the top 10 for Best Cruise Ship for Dining (twice!).

The Compass Rose, Regent's main dining room on all ships, transforms into an extension of the specialty restaurants, ideal for those who crave variety and exquisite flavors.

Regent also offers curated shore excursions designed for food enthusiasts, such as truffle hunting in Italy or cheesemaking tours in France, elevating your gastronomic exploration like never before. Gastronomes also can delve deeper with hands-on cooking classes led by culinary experts. Learn the secrets of French pastry or master the art of sushi making. These interactive sessions elevate your appreciation for food and empower you to recreate these dishes at home.

Best cruise for the family-friendly traveler: Royal Caribbean International

Enjoy water parks, tons of entertainment, and family-friendly dining on Royal Caribbean International

Have family, will travel! Royal Caribbean International offers something for everyone, from toddlers to teens (and parents or grandparents!). Voted among the Best Cruise Lines for Families , the award-winning Adventure Ocean youth program separates themed activities by age group, whether scavenger hunts or arts and crafts. You might have trouble luring them away.

What's a family vacation without some splashy fun? Royal Caribbean takes cruise decks to a new level with waterslides, kid-friendly splash zones, rock climbing walls, arcades, and laser tag arenas. Understanding that family vacations are about creating lasting memories, you'll also find family-friendly shore excursions like zip-lining through rainforests or exploring ancient ruins.

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