Baltic Sea Cruise

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    Baltic Sea Cruise port of call Stockholm
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    Baltic Sea Cruise port of call Riga
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    Baltic Sea Cruise port of call Copenhagen
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    Baltic Sea Cruise port of call St Petersburg
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    Baltic Sea Cruise port of call Kiel
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    Baltic Sea Cruise port of call Oslo
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    Baltic Sea Cruise port of call Tallinn


A Baltic cruise is a great way to explore some of Northern Europe’s most enchanting destinations. Rich in history and unspoiled nature, these fascinating destinations are renowned for their medieval cities, gothic architecture, classic art museums, fascinating galleries, natural hot springs, and, of course, the mouth-watering cuisine.

Majestic Coastline Views

Arguably the best way to visit both Scandinavia and the Baltic States is on a Baltic Sea cruise, which offers majestic views, displaying the vast contrast between the city skylines and the forests giving way to cascading waterfalls. The Baltic Sea measures around 634,000 square miles in total, and splashes up against the coastlines of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, and Russia.

Northern Europe is renowned worldwide for being home to some of the most spectacular scenery you could care to gaze upon, with stunning natural features that couldn’t be more different.  Reykjavik in Iceland, presents tourists with glacial landscapes, geysers, and volcanoes, whereas Gotland in Sweden is home to beautiful golden sand beaches, and is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in all of Scandinavia.

As Northern Europe is connected to the North Sea by a series of man-made canals, travellers can opt to set sail straight from many UK embarkation ports, such as Southampton and Harwich, or can choose a fly cruise which minimises sea days.

Viking Era

The Viking era really left its mark on the Baltic region, and many classic traits, in terms of architecture, lifestyle, and even genetics are still seen across Northern Europe. Baltic cruising opens up a whole new world that’s full of ancient history and culture. Although hunters took up residence in the Nordic countries as early as the Stone Age as reindeer grazed the newly ice-free land, the region is primarily known for its Viking settlers. Residents of the Baltic region thrive on ocean life, as the Vikings did, with fresh fish is plentiful in local restaurants and fishing boats can be seen moored in the marinas, ready to head out for the catch of the day. 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Away from the coast, even more culinary delights can be found. Denmark is, of course, known for wienerbrød, or Danish pastry - a classic component of the continental breakfast - but it’s also considered to the home of ‘new Danish cuisine’ - a concept that aims to reinvent the somewhat plain and bland classic dishes of the nation, giving them a modern and trendy twist.

Spicy marinades, flavoured salts, and fruity wood chips for creating smoky undertones are common in this type of cuisine, and the best place to sample the delights is at Copenhagen’s Noma - one of the most prestigious restaurants in the world.

St Petersburg, Russia

By far one of the highlights of a Baltic Sea cruise is the chance to visit St Petersburg, Russia. Access to Russia from the west is notoriously difficult, with complicated and costly visas required to enter the country. However, cruise passengers don’t need to worry about this, and can visit the beautiful country without a visa provided they are a part of an organised excursion.

St Petersburg is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It takes its influences from both Europe and Asia, which culminates in awe inspiring architecture and a rich culture. The Church of the Saviour on Blood is not to be missed. With its intricate dome-topped spires, decorated in golden hues, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and it’s easy to see why. 

Baltic Cruising Season

As with the British weather, there is no such thing as a typical summer in the Baltic region. Temperatures tend to be on par with Northern Scotland, and weather conditions can change at the drop of a hat. Roughly 45 percent of the Baltic Sea freezes each winter, with the thickest ice occurring between February and March, so the typical Baltic cruising season tends to run between May and September, when conditions are at their best.

However, the ‘best’ time to travel is certainly up for debate. In the spring, the snow and ice begins to melt, fuelling the waterfalls and making them all the more spectacular. In mid-summer, the days are long, not setting until the early hours, while late summer tends to bring the most pleasant sailing conditions. 

The unique beauty, cultural richness, vast history and fascinating landscapes make the Baltic the perfect cruise destination.

Majestic Coastline Views

Arguably the best way to visit both Scandinavia and the Baltic States is on a Baltic Sea cruise, which offers majestic views, displaying the vast contrast between the city skylines and the forests giving way to cascading waterfalls. The Baltic Sea measures around 634,000 square miles in total, and splashes up against the coastlines of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, and Russia.

Northern Europe is renowned worldwide for being home to some of the most spectacular scenery you could care to gaze upon, with stunning natural features that couldn’t be more different.  Reykjavik in Iceland, presents tourists with glacial landscapes, geysers, and volcanoes, whereas Gotland in Sweden is home to beautiful golden sand beaches, and is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in all of Scandinavia.

As Northern Europe is connected to the North Sea by a series of man-made canals, travellers can opt to set sail straight from many UK embarkation ports, such as Southampton and Harwich, or can choose a fly cruise which minimises sea days.

Viking Era

The Viking era really left its mark on the Baltic region, and many classic traits, in terms of architecture, lifestyle, and even genetics are still seen across Northern Europe. Baltic cruising opens up a whole new world that’s full of ancient history and culture. Although hunters took up residence in the Nordic countries as early as the Stone Age as reindeer grazed the newly ice-free land, the region is primarily known for its Viking settlers. Residents of the Baltic region thrive on ocean life, as the Vikings did, with fresh fish is plentiful in local restaurants and fishing boats can be seen moored in the marinas, ready to head out for the catch of the day. 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Away from the coast, even more culinary delights can be found. Denmark is, of course, known for wienerbrød, or Danish pastry - a classic component of the continental breakfast - but it’s also considered to the home of ‘new Danish cuisine’ - a concept that aims to reinvent the somewhat plain and bland classic dishes of the nation, giving them a modern and trendy twist.

Spicy marinades, flavoured salts, and fruity wood chips for creating smoky undertones are common in this type of cuisine, and the best place to sample the delights is at Copenhagen’s Noma - one of the most prestigious restaurants in the world.

St Petersburg, Russia

By far one of the highlights of a Baltic Sea cruise is the chance to visit St Petersburg, Russia. Access to Russia from the west is notoriously difficult, with complicated and costly visas required to enter the country. However, cruise passengers don’t need to worry about this, and can visit the beautiful country without a visa provided they are a part of an organised excursion.

St Petersburg is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It takes its influences from both Europe and Asia, which culminates in awe inspiring architecture and a rich culture. The Church of the Saviour on Blood is not to be missed. With its intricate dome-topped spires, decorated in golden hues, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and it’s easy to see why. 

Baltic Cruising Season

As with the British weather, there is no such thing as a typical summer in the Baltic region. Temperatures tend to be on par with Northern Scotland, and weather conditions can change at the drop of a hat. Roughly 45 percent of the Baltic Sea freezes each winter, with the thickest ice occurring between February and March, so the typical Baltic cruising season tends to run between May and September, when conditions are at their best.

However, the ‘best’ time to travel is certainly up for debate. In the spring, the snow and ice begins to melt, fuelling the waterfalls and making them all the more spectacular. In mid-summer, the days are long, not setting until the early hours, while late summer tends to bring the most pleasant sailing conditions. 

The unique beauty, cultural richness, vast history and fascinating landscapes make the Baltic the perfect cruise destination.


Baltic Sea Cruise Ports of Call

St. Petersburg

Welcome to one of the world’s most incredible and fascinating destinations.  The majority of cruises sailing into St. Petersburg will stay overnight here to allow passengers more time to take in the amazing sights.  When booking a cruise to this port of call, we would always advise an overnight stay, so be sure to look at this when choosing an itinerary.  There are even certain cruise lines now that provide three day calls here to really give guests a taste of the Russian gem.  The area deserves time and this jewel of the Baltic is absolutely superb from the moment you step ashore.  The city of St. Petersburg presents Russia at its finest; the dramatic skyline is dominated by spectacular churches and palaces that combine beautifully with the glistening River Neva flowing along the city.

Peter the Great founded this city in 1703 and set about taking inspiration from such cities as London and Paris to create his own masterpiece design.  You could almost find yourself falling in love here with the amazing history it portrays.  The city’s major highlights remain intact today as they once were which pays testament to the native pride and the incredible strength to withstand the violent experiences it has seen.  The city has many waterways and flowing canals which lead to it drawing comparisons to the beautiful Venice. 

Awe inspiring architecture is absolutely tremendous and the city is almost reminiscent of a living museum.  There have been so many famous names associated with this charming city including Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy.  The alluring charisma exudes around every corner. 

When you arrive, be sure to place the Hermitage Museum at the top of your sightseeing wish list.  This amazing structure contains the world’s most incredible collection of art and sculptures.  Exhibits showcasing the works of Rembrandt, Gaugin and even Leonardo Da Vinci feature here and the spectacular buildings, palaces and architectural extravagance are in enough to take your breath away.  If you have enjoyed the Louvre in Paris, then you will most certainly love the Hermitage Museum.  The multitudes of famous landmarks continue with the exquisite sight of St Isaac’s Cathedral renowned for its golden dome dominating the skyline of the city.  The Hermitage and Palace Square glistens with historical influence from the Czars residence.  Once the hub of Russian power, this notorious location is famous for the state offices and Alexander Column.  The Yusupov Palace is an excellent highlight of the city to experience as it was the scene for the murder of Gregori Rasputin in 1916.  Continue onwards to the palace of Catherine the Great to soak up the impeccable sight of the 978 foot façade.  The Church of Spilled Blood is also an unbelievable sight with its onion spire features.  It is this famed onion spire that represents the pseudo-Russian architectural genius in its true glory.  The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood is where Alexander II was assassinated.

The River Neva boasts its own historical heritage in the form of the Aurora Cruiser famous for signalling the start of the Russian Revolution.  The cruiser is now berthed towards the north bank of the river and is now deployed as a museum.

Excursions here are unlike any other port in the world.  The opportunities for sightseeing are fabulous and the scenery is absolutely breath taking.  Cruise lines will usually run several different types of city highlight tours to allow for varied levels of activity.  Walking tours will often be in place along with the chance to do a panoramic coach tour for those preferring a more leisurely experience.  Along with the fully city highlight there will be opportunities to visit individual areas of interest such as the Hermitage Museum.  Each excursion booked in St Petersburg will include the organisation of a Russian Visa through the cruise line.  By booking a tour through the cruise operator this is taken care of for you and included in the fare, choosing to head ashore yourself is not a problem at all but it will require an independent Russian Visa to be organised.  The choice is entirely up to the individual but worth considering for peace of mind.

Ships docking here for overnight stays provide passengers with a unique opportunity to spend a delightful evening at the ballet.  A form of entertainment renowned in this region, the ballet experience will take place at the Aurora Theatre, reflecting on this notorious Russian legacy. Enjoy a scintillating evening of Tchaikovsky’s famous Swan Lake and the enchanting sounds of the State Governor’s Symphony Orchestra.  This particular excursion will book up incredibly quick so be sure to place it at the top of your to do list if it is something you wish to see.


Stockholm

Stockholm is arguably one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world and certainly a must see when travelling aboard a Baltic cruise. As the capital of Sweden and one of the busiest cruise ports in Scandinavia, Stockholm is situated in a wonderful position right were the Baltic greets Lake Malaren. The journey into the port of Stockholm is fantastic as cruise ships navigate through a myriad of 14 different islands that make up the city before arriving into the terminal. 

The Green Capital

The city of Stockholm features a superb combination of modern cosmopolitan areas and its enchanting old town; however, the most prominent attraction for many is the ever flowing parkland that meanders throughout the city centre. Did you know that over one third of the capital’s area is covered by parkland?

Gamla Stan

Sweden is an economically strong country and the city of Stockholm is no exception, with an incredibly rich historical influence to match. Steeped in a plethora of history this welcoming city offers the opportunity to explore exciting architecture both new and old. The vibrant heart of the city is the medieval quarter known as Gamla Stan. This is a hugely popular area with tourists and although it does get busy, it is a truly magnificent area to explore with narrow winding cobbled streets and buildings in so many different shades of gold that give Gamla Stan its unique character. Many passengers return saying they could have spent all day in this location and with the abundance of unique shopping opportunities, eccentric cafes, street entertainments and cobblestone walkways, it isn’t difficult to see why. The location is surrounded by medieval era walls and the experience is enhanced even more by the position of the palace of Kungliga Slottet. 

Another fascinating sightseeing opportunity in Gamla Stan is the Gothic cathedral of Storkyrkan, renowned for being a spooky place but this actually has been the location of all Royal Family coronations, baptisms and weddings. Also not to be missed is Stortorget a grand plaza that is famed for the “Bloodbath of 1520” causing the movement and revolt that consequentially founded the sovereign state of Sweden. 

Palaces to Museums

For an exquisite sightseeing opportunity, take in the beautiful Tessin Palace to see the elaborate 17th century architecture and be sure to visit the oldest museum in Sweden, the Livrustkammaren. An iconic museum, this landmark is home to an incredible five centuries worth of fascinating history. Clothing and weaponry are two of the main features here but the most intriguing of exhibitions is without a doubt Streiff, showcasing the stuffed stallion of King Gusta II that had the role of carrying him into battle. Museums here are spectacular and along with the world renowned Livrustkammaren there is also the beautiful Vasa Museum and the National Museum with amazing exhibits to explore. 

Be Vikings For A Day

Along with the iconic buildings named above, the National Antiquities Museum is also a great place to visit for those looking to find out more about the Viking era. The Gold Room in particular here is fantastic and overall there is 4,000 objects on display

Explore The City

During your time in Stockholm, you can opt to do a guided tour or explore the city on your own. One of the best ways to see the city is from the waterways so often guests here decide to opt for a boat tour to take in the views of the city highlights and the glistening waters make the experience even more exciting. The waterway tour options also often include a leisurely intake of the archipelago, especially the exquisite Vaxholm. For amazing city views passengers can also choose to do a rooftop walking tour or even enjoy the enthralling experience of the city’s famous SkyView for spectacular elevated views over Stockholm, especially the Ericsson Globe Arena.

Absolut Icebar

For something completely different there is the opportunity to experience an ice bar here.  The Absolut Icebar is constantly maintained at -5 degrees C all year round and guests will be wrapped up in complimentary fur clothing before making their way in.  Everything here is made up of ice, from the glasses to the walls and even the art works, it’s an incredibly unique experience and definitely worth a visit.

The extravagant port of Stockholm is one of the finest destinations in Scandinavia and be sure to plan your day accordingly to make the most of it.  The dazzling architecture here lights up the city no matter what time of year you choose to visit and from the moment passengers arrive they realise just how special this city is.


Copenhagen

The largest city in Scandinavia, Copenhagen presents a fantastic port of call to visit aboard a cruise of the Baltics. Copenhagen has been Denmark’s capital for over 600 years and portrays a wonderfully picturesque city scape for an adventurous day’s exploration. 

The most commonly used port when visiting Copenhagen for day visits is Langelinie Pier, which is perfectly situated just a mile and a half outside of the city centre. Shuttle services are often run by cruise operators but there will also be private taxi’s quayside or as an alternative, it’s approximately a ten-minute walk to the edge of the centre.  From the moment passengers disembark here they are greeted by a lovely area of shops and cafes as well as the Copenhagen Information Centre. For passengers disembarking or embarking in Copenhagen when the cruise is being used as a turnaround port, the terminal used is often a little further out and known as the Freeport Terminal.  This location is a little over two miles from the city centre so still easily accessible. 

The city is incredibly easy to navigate thanks to the structural methods and transport options. Along the walkway into the centre of the city passengers will find the inviting “Cruise Lounge” where upon proof of being a cruise traveller guests receive complimentary tea and coffee.  The other benefit of this innovative idea is that should passengers make any purchases at the renowned locations of say Georg Jensen or Royal Copenhagen, it is possible to store the bags here and collect them on your return to the ship.

The Danish Fairy-tale

Around Copenhagen you will find many statues of the author and poet, Hans Christian Andersen, whose fairy-tales are known worldwide. At Langelinje Pier, you will find the bronze sculpture of The Little Mermaid who was inspired by one of Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tales, and was a gift to the city from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen.

Visit the sensational Christiansborg Palace to begin the day for a wondrous experience or perhaps take in the current home of the Queen Margrethe II at Amalienborg Palace. Elsewhere, The National Museum is located in The Prince’s Palace, and inside the wide corridors lies Gallery exhibitions from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages and more. Opt to take in Kronborg Castle, one of the most famous Danish castles, that was the famous set to Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’.

To capture the blissful beauty of the city, there is no finer experience than to head for the simply stunning Tivoli Gardens where if guests wish, there is even the possibility to enjoy a Ferris Wheel ride for an even greater vantage point. From here a great idea is to take a meander along the many shopping boutiques of Strøget, the longest pedestrianized shopping street in Europe and also a wonderful location to enjoy a local delicacy at the many sumptuous cafes. Not only is this area a fabulous opportunity to pick up a souvenir to remember, but the market stalls that line the glorious Nyhavn Canal are also excellent. The abundance of uniquely charming items combined with the backdrop of the enchanting canal and beautiful old houses make this a picture perfect waterfront.

Famous Landmarks And Fortress

Passengers wishing to enjoy Victorian Copenhagen can enjoy a tour of such highlights as the Church of the Holy Ghost, the Cathedral of Copenhagen and the Black Diamond Royal Library along with many more famous landmarks. This can even be combined with captivating canal cruise to enhance the tour further. The Stevnsfort Cold War Fortress is an incredible place to visit for those looking to gain a greater understanding Cold War in Copenhagen. The amazing Fortress here dominates the skyline in stature along with a guide into the history of the many Warsaw Pact navy ships. 

Copenhagen On Foot  

Often the most popular tour option here is to undertake a full-scale city tour. Copenhagen is impeccably easy to get around but by having an orchestrated tour guide, passengers have complete peace of mind whilst gaining a thorough insight into the many intriguing sights. For a Danish treat, many passengers decide to head for the Tivoli Gardens or the and spend the day revelling in the tranquil surroundings. There is also the chance, should guests wish, to experience a visit to Denmark’s most famous exporter; Carlsberg. The brewery is located in Valby and a tour here is absolutely fantastic to discover the many tourist attractions. The visitors centre here is fantastic and begins with the sight of four granite elephants guarding the entrance bearing the name of the children of Carl Jacobsen - the son of the founder of Carlsberg. Witness the old granary, take in a historical insight into the heritage of the breweries and even soak up an exhibition demonstrating the method of creation. It was Carlsberg who originally announced the innovative concept of fermenting beer in the bottle and this iconic brand name know promotes itself as home of ‘probably the best beer in the world’.

The Copenhagen Card

Passengers looking to explore the city themselves, may like to obtain a Copenhagen Card that are valid for 24 – 120 hours, depending on the ticket you buy. Bus and rail travel is included on the card, with children under the age of ten going free. The purchase of the card will also provide reduced fares for access to many of the tourist attractions, with many of them even included in the price of the ticket. 

A visit to Copenhagen is always exciting; visit during the summer months and soak up the delightful climates or opt for a winter sailing for a special Christmas market festivity.


Gothenburg

Gothenburg is a wonderfully welcoming Swedish port of call with a delightfully friendly atmosphere and eccentric green surroundings. One of the first things passengers will notice when arriving into Gothenburg on a Baltic Sea cruise is the sheer amount of parklands and botanical gardens where rare orchids and roses grow.

A True Seaport

Gothenburg is a popular cruise destination and sailing into the port is truly beautiful sight. Cruise ships sail through an archipelago of small, quaint islands and you’ll also pass the charming old fishing villages that radiate charisma of this great port of call. Gothenburg is a true seaport, and the city’s compact centre means that is perfect for cruisers that have only a limited time in port. Beautiful canals, lush green parks, museums and more are all within walking distance from the city centre.

Take A Canal Cruise

As the second largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg serves up a treat when it comes to excursions. One of the best ways to witness the city highlights is by taking a canal cruise, that has become increasingly popular over the years. The method of transport across the canals is known as a ‘Paddan’ or even a ‘Toad’ to the locals, and this typical sightseeing boat will allow you to take in some of the cities superb sights including Masthuggs Church, Museum of Fine Arts, the Concert Hall and the Municipal Theatre. 

Hit Liseberg Amusement Park Or The Shops

For something more active and adrenaline pumping, visit the Liseberg Amusement Park with its amazing theme park rides and impeccable landscapes. Elsewhere shopping lovers will also love this city and especially a visit to the latest designer stores that line the inner city streets along a diverse range of local boutiques. Plenty of cafés and restaurants line the streets so you can take a pew and sample the local cuisine. If you wish to indulge in retail therapy but prefer to get out of the city centre, then take a trip to Nordstan to find Scandinavia’s largest shopping centre. 

Swedish West Coast

The Maritime Centre in Gothenburg is just excellent and well worth a visit, along with the many other sublime points of interest within the city centre. If you do prefer to get away from it all though, there’s nothing like a drive north towards the Swedish west coast. Here you can witness the Bohus Fortress ruins before arriving at the breathtakingly beautiful areas of Stenungsund and the islands Tjörn and Orust. These enchanting locations are all connected by bridge, and if you only have time to stop for a photograph at one of them, the Tjörn bridge with the Askerö Fjord running below is picture perfect.

The sightseeing opportunities at Gothenburg are excellent and the majestic scenery glistens wherever you go. From the moment your cruise ship even gets close to the city, you realise just how beautiful the area is from its delightful greenery to the city skyline. Gothenburg is a gem of historical and architectural splendour that you don’t want to miss.


Helsinki

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is charming Baltic Sea cruise port of call that boasts its very own archipelago and is beautifully surrounded by the water. A vibrant seaside city with a laid back lifestyle, Helsinki is packed full of exciting attractions, with 330 islands that provide the perfect set up for beach days, walks and more.

Nautical Atmosphere

Retaining a nautical atmosphere has always been a key feature of this city and this is still the case thanks to many sailing events that take place throughout the year. Helsinki is a tremendous city and a fabulous destination to visit when cruising the Baltics. 

Four Seasons

The climate in Helsinki varies dramatically between the months and the majority of cruise lines take advantage of the summer festivities. Helsinki experiences a plunge into darkness and an extremely cold period during the winter months so as you can imagine when summer arrives and the sun does begin to shine, the locals make the most of it and celebrate the warmth with outdoor events throughout the city. Just a few of the iconic events include the Coming of Spring, Midsummer, the Helsinki Festival, and the Annual Night of the Arts.

‘Pocket-Sized Metropolis’

A huge attraction to Helsinki for a cruise port of call is that it is a wonderfully compact city meaning getting around is very easy. The city was once described as ‘a pocket-sized metropolis’ and this certainly applies to the historical centre. It is simple to navigate around and fairly short walking distances between the main city highlights and attractions. Alternatively, there is the option of the tram to get around, a convenient method of travel allowing you to soak up the views and enjoy the magnificent array of colour, especially as you pass by the flower market at the harbour front. 

Charming Architecture

A strong Soviet architectural influence is still present in Helsinki, with the Uspenski Cathedral being a prime example of this; a sensational structure resembling an onion shaped design that was based on Odessa’s cathedral. When visiting Helsinki, it is also definitely worth taking in the traditional Finnish structures including the superb North Harbour and Senate Square.

Senate Square is what many believe to be the focal point of the city, boasting a stunning array of architectural design including the dramatic Lutheran Cathedral of St Nicholas and a collection of impressive 19th century neo-classical buildings. When taking an excursion with your cruise operator, this is often the first stop along the way and leads nicely into the Uspenski Cathedral and North Harbour, the station point of the famous icebreaker fleet.

Temppeliaukio, Rock Church

Perhaps the most striking example of Finnish architecture in this city has to be the ever impressive Temppeliaukio, otherwise known as The Rock Church.  This tremendous attraction is a wonderfully unique creation that has been carved out of solid rock to form a remarkable structure, distinctly topped with a copper dome.  The journey here is also a pleasurable experience as along the way you will pass by the Presidential Palace as well as the vibrant Market Square and the home of the foreign embassies; Kaivopuisto Park.

Sibelius Monument To The Opera House

Other fascinating sightseeing opportunities include the Sibelius Monument, which was constructed and dedicated to pay homage to the musical visionary Jean Sibelius. Sports lovers will also relish a visit to see the Olympic Stadium, host to the Olympic Games in 1952 and still a striking attraction.  The Opera House is a beautiful building to explore whilst Parliament buildings and the National Museum are always worth capturing for their striking stature.    

Perhaps sample the local cuisine or even enjoy afternoon tea in a traditional Finnish home. There’s even the opportunity to experience the year round winter wonderland at Unique Lapland Winter World, located just outside of the city centre.  Here you will be kitted out with thermal clothing before entering the cool temperatures to see the snow hotel and its individual igloos, admire the wondrous ice carvings and even have fun in the snow whilst the sun remains shining outside. You can even try your hand at tobogganing and kick sledging whilst the opportunity to meet artic husky dogs is always a treat.  Finish the day off with a visit to the Ice Bar and Restaurant.


Kiel

Kiel is a fantastic city and one certainly worth a visit when cruising the Baltic region. It doesn’t take much to see the exciting appeal here and this cruise port has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over recent years. Kiel has now become one of the major maritime centres of Germany and is very much a maritime city. Its location alone is enough to excite as the city sits right at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal. From here passengers can witness the sluice gates and incredible collection of ships make their transit through the world’s busiest artificial waterway, which links the Baltic Sea with the North Sea. 

Biggest Sailing Event In The World

Kiel Week is a great event here that takes place each year, to which many cruise lines are attracted. It’s the biggest sailing event in the world boasting on average around three million visitors per year and approximately 5,000 sailors. Many cruise lines offer itineraries to visit this destination during Kiel Week to offer a unique opportunity for passengers to be part of this spectacular occasion.

Holstenstraße

Not only is Kiel a great city to marvel at the sights of the Kiel Canal, it’s also a fantastic place for passengers who love to shop. Shopping opportunities here are excellent and Kiel’s shopping district is a must. The best location by far is Holsten Street or Holstenstraße as its locally known. This was the first ever pedestrian precinct in Germany and since it’s completion has become one of the largest shopping streets in the country specialising in shops, boutiques and large department stores.

Grab A Bicycle

Kiel is a beautiful city to explore with impressive architecture and a great atmosphere. There are many sightseeing opportunities here and one of the best ways to get around is by bicycle. Here you can pick up a bicycle right at the port and simply cycle of when you’re ready along the superb promenade here taking in the views of the impressive Kiel Fjord. Simply return the bicycle when you are done, it’s as easy as that and makes for a pleasurable way of seeing this beautiful city.

 

Kristiansand

Welcome to Kristiansand, the capital of Southern Norway that’s also famous for being the sunniest. This beautiful port of call serves up a fantastic range of diverse entertainment features to give passengers a great choice of how to spend their time when in port. The most notable of all is the scintillating scenery that grasps guests from the instant they look out of the windows on board. The backdrop to the city here is sublime and combined with the charming beach scenes, it really is a wonderful place to visit. 

Kristiansand is actually one of the most popular holiday spots for Norwegians themselves and it’s not difficult to see why. The fascinating historical attractions here are incredible and the city lights up with charm. The city was founded in 1641 and the captivating history of the area can be discovered in one of Norway’s largest open air museums at Vest Agder. From here many passengers opt to continue the historical journey through time by taking in the 17th century Christiansholm Fortress. 

Pearl Of The South

The city is aptly named the ‘Pearl of the South’, and visitors will be given a range of options for exploration by each cruise operator. One of the most pleasurable features of the city is the ease of accessibility. The port is very close by and most of the sightseeing attractions within the city are close by to one another. It is because of this reason, that walking tours are extremely popular with most cruise lines visiting here. The little marina is often the starting point for such tours and the boardwalks of superb restaurants, cafes and shops provide a great beginning to set the tone for the day. You’ll sample local delicacies at the fish market before being shown the exquisite beachfront setting of Otterdalsparken before heading north to the impeccably unique location of Posebyen, that’s dominated by unconventional housing designs and colours that create a wonderful atmosphere. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to take in the outstanding Kristiansand Cathedral which is actually the third largest in Norway and a mesmerising sight to behold.

Charming Locations On The Outskirts

Along with the city highlights, many cruise operators will also provide excursion opportunities to the smaller, quainter locations dotted around the city’s outskirts. Such areas include Tommersto and Lillesand, which are both fabulous for their intimate charms and addition of superb cafes, restaurants and original shopping opportunities. Tommersto is a maritime centre and set in lovely surroundings, as is Lillesand with its heaven of white painted houses. Just outside of the city there is also the opportunity to explore the 960-year-old Oddernes Church as well as the awe inspiring Kristiansand Cannon Museum, boasting the world’s second largest gun. Elsewhere train lovers can even take in the famous Setesdalsbanen Vintage Steam Railway experience. 

Kristiansand is a fantastic port of call and one not to be underestimated or missed. Alluring features continue to attract tourism here and the sensational surroundings are hard to beat aboard a Baltic cruise.

 

Riga

Riga is great port of call aboard a Baltic cruise; this fascinating destination provides the opportunity to explore a wealth of cultural extravagance not to mention superb surroundings and a charming atmosphere. Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city of the Baltic Republics that dates right back to the 1100’s. The locals have, over the many years faced long periods of occupation of the land from many differing influences. The Polish, Swedish and Russians have all occupied this area but in recent times their independence has been regained and the city of Riga has rapidly embraced its new found freedom. This is hugely evident in the tourism industry with cruise passengers continuously rising. It’s not difficult to see why; this enchanting city is absolutely beautiful from the moment you arrive. The modern day Riga glistens with charisma however it is the unique historic heart and soul of this destination that remains unchanged. The combination of past and present architecture is truly magnificent. 

Old Town Charm

To experience the historic charms of the city, head for the Old Town and take in such pleasurable delights as the famous organ with more than 6,000 pipes and the captivating Dome Cathedral. There are many excursion opportunities with cruise lines to explore this wonderful area but the best-selling tours are always the ones that provide a full scale experience of the city highlights.  It is usually the case here that full city tours can be experienced on two levels. The first being a full spectrum, in-depth insight and the second being at a more relaxing pace, often revolving around a panoramic coach trip. Occasionally but not with all cruise operators, there may be the chance to enjoy a walking tour as a third option. The guided tours often commence with the sightseeing opportunities of St Peter’s, St George’s and St John’s churches, which then tends to lead into the enchanting Theatre Square before the sight of the dwelling houses often referred to as the ‘Three Brothers’. The Old City combines Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and contemporary architectural creativity to present a unique experience and the city centre continues the architectural extravagance but this time in the form of art nouveau from the early 20th century. Additionally, the Freedom Monument is definitely worth visiting to see the symbol of Latvian independence. This fascinating monument was erected in 1935 but is more famous for taking centre stage during the freedom movement in the 1980’s.

Soak Up The City Atmosphere

Cruise operators understand the charming nature of this port of call more than any other method of travel and therefore away from the historical influences, offer a range of excursions to promote relaxation. One of the most iconic is the chance to soak up the city atmosphere from one of the many sublime restaurants that line the streets and are complimented by vibrant bars and divine cafes. Afterwards, you can take a stroll down the city’s narrow walkways and discover a fantastic range of shopping opportunities, keeping your eye out for remarkable amber jewellery, beautiful hand-crafted wooden toys and fine linens.

Hidden Gems

The many exciting monuments throughout the city are spectacular but one of the hidden gems of the area is the War Museum.  This point of interest is presented through an 18th century defence tower and provides cruise passengers with the chance to learn more about the country’s distressing and uneasy past.

Away from the city of Riga, there will be chances to head further afield and uncover the popular tourist destination of Sigulda often referred to as the Latvian Switzerland’ or even the Baltic Sea spa-resort of Jūrmala.

There is so much to see and do here, the opportunities in Riga are endless. Riga is a wonderful port of call and one not to be missed aboard a Baltic cruise, where you can learn all about the fascinating world of Latvian culture and the city’s troubled past. 

 

Oslo

The first sight of Oslo is achieved as the ships sail along the fantastic Nordfjord to arrive at the port itself.  This sight alone is truly spectacular as the city boasts a glistening backdrop of snow-capped mountains.  The evergreen hills make their way down towards sea level and the delightful arrival point sets the tone for the rest of the day.  Oslo is a wonderful port of call to visit aboard a Baltic sailing and has been the capital city of Norway since the 11th century.

Modern Metropolis

Oslo is a magnificently modern metropolis, combining innovative architectural design whilst still maintain its historical influences of ancient castles and the ever beautiful 18th century housing designs. The city is certainly contemporary but the most attractive features are without a doubt the surrounding areas. Parklands here are superb and the enchanting lake scenes leave an ever lasting impression. Spanning 175 miles, the city is actually one the largest of the capitals in Europe, however it is renowned for also being one of the least densely populated capital cities. The city is a special place yet often gets overlooked by more dominant cities aboard a Baltic sailing such as Copenhagen. Oslo, however, is just as grand, with many wonderful points of interest and a delightful cruising experience. It may well be large in sized but the area is captivatingly cosy and creates an ambience of tranquillity.

Akershus Castle, Vigeland Park And More

There are many must see attractions here and the Akershus Castle is definitely one of them. Dungeons combine with secret passage ways and crypts making it the perfect place for you to discover Oslo’s history, and Akershus Castle is often the starting point for many cruise operator excursions. Other sightseeing opportunities continue on at the City Hall, National Theatre and the amazing Royal Residence. Many passengers also opt to take in the renowned Viking House Museum to discover the famous longboat creations, while others prefer to enjoy the works of Edvard Munch at Munchmuseet museum.

Elsewhere you can enjoy intriguing artistic impressions at Vigeland Sculpture Park where you can enjoy Gustav Vigeland’s ‘wonder-world’. Here human figures created from iron and bronze portray a stance completely open to opinion and personal interpretation. Such creations were never explained or commented upon by the artist, leaving the entire opinion forming process up to the individual.  Such an area is incredibly alluring and definitely worth a visit.

Sample Celebrated Dishes

Guests wishing to enjoy local cuisine delicacies will love the area of Aker Brygge where some of the finest restaurants in Norway can be found.  Spectacular culinary creations include celebrated dishes such as fenalar and fiskesuppe.  The setting here is also sublime with an entrancing view to compliment the pleasurable dining experience. 

Full Scale Tours To A Scenic Oslofjord Cruise

Excursions in Oslo with most cruise operators provide a wonderful array of choice. Depending on how you wish to spend the day, there will be a range of options for passengers to enjoy. From a full-scale tour of the city taking in the many highlights to a scenic Oslofjord cruise, the choice is yours. City tours include a range of tempo’s and timeframes, from panoramic leisurely drives, to walking tours. Many of the tours are now often combined with a visit to the awe inspiring ‘Icebar Oslo’. The Torne River in Lapland has provided over 60 tonnes of ice to form a bar with complete wow factor. Everything is made of ice including bar, furniture and even the drinking glasses. Guests will be welcomed with warm clothing before making their way inside the -5 Celsius venue. Even the artwork here is formed through solid ice. 

Enjoy The Christmas Spirit

Whenever passengers visit the port of Oslo they can expect a fabulous cruising experience but this is often even greater during the Christmas festive period.  Christmas markets here are absolutely stunning and many cruise operators will visit the area for this.  Specially designed excursions allow guests to explore individually or take a guided insight into the impeccable markets as well as the enchanting areas of such towns as Drøbak for the ultimate Christmas spirit.

For a beautiful day of exploration, adventure and captivating scenery, Oslo is the perfect place aboard a fascinating Baltic cruise.

 

Tallinn

The modern day port of Tallinn presents an enthralling experience of Scandinavian sleek style combined with Soviet era architecture. The capital of Estonia boasts a welcoming sight as passengers arrive to discover the fascinating array of medieval attractions. The city is based on a combination of legacies, that form together to create the present day Tallinn, with such influences from the Polish, Russian and Teutonic rule over the years. 

Go Back In Time In Old Town

Tallinn has grown into a fantastic tourist thriving port of call and upon arrival the majority of cruise operators will provide a shuttle service to the main attraction that is the Old Town. It is this enchanting location that has passengers feeling as though they have taken a step back in time to the epitome of medieval character. Stroll the cobbled streets of the immaculate walkways twirling through the many shopping boutiques before soaking up the incredible architectural sights. The old city wall portrays a dominant sight and the striking towers force reminiscence of the 1400’s.

Medieval Aristocracy

The large and richly decorated Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral, that is easily recognisable by its ‘onion’ style domes, certainly creates a captivating wow factor. Compromising of 11 bells and an interior that is decorated with mosaics and icons, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral is well worth a visit during your stay in Tallinn. Elsewhere the Baroque Toompea Castle is eye catching for its late baroque façade, and welcomes guests to a sublime sight at the home of the Estonian Parliament. A cruise to Tallinn also provides guests with the opportunity to explore the Raekoda, a 13th century structure and Europe’s oldest town hall.

The Town Hall Square

The Town Hall Square is also a great point for a meeting place and often a location used by cruise operators during excursions. The position is filled with exciting local cafes as well as many boutique stores. The preservation of the area here is absolutely astonishing to the point where you would be forgiven for getting lost in time. The exhilarating Old Town is famous for the exquisite shopping opportunities including renowned goods such as jewellery, lacework and clothing. The elegant flower market at the end of the old town is also a superb place to take a stroll and soak up the atmosphere, as well as capture a wonderful photograph.

100 Coats Of Arms

A huge tourist attraction here, especially with cruise passengers in modern times is the beautiful sight of St Mary’s Cathedral. This iconic structure displays over 100 coats of arms and is a must see, particularly for passengers visiting the area for the first time. From here take a walk to Catherine’s Passage to enjoy artisans at work, developing the creation of flawless leatherwork and masterful ceramic designs. Not only can you wander the pleasant sights of craftsman here but guests also have the chance to sit back and enjoy the ambience at one of the many pavement cafes. The entertainment continues in the form of alluring performances from string quartets making their way by or even a brass band should you time it right.

Excursions here will cover all of the major attractions at whatever pace you wish. Take the city walking tour for a greater insight or simply take in the marvels via a panoramic coach trip. Free time is provided in all key areas and many cruise lines are now even increasing their options here to include the Open Air Museum for another excellent point of interest.

Tallinn welcomes passengers to a world of medieval storybook fantasy. The setting here is stunning and the city boasts the perfect atmosphere to compliment. Whenever you wish to visit aboard a cruise you will be welcomed with open arms to a fabulous port of call aboard a Baltic sailing.

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