One of the most popular itinerary options in Europe, a Northern Europe cruise presents passengers with cultural diversity, historical attractions, and magnificent scenery. Cruises in Northern Europe typically combine visits to Copenhagen and other Scandinavian capitals and overnights (on the ship) in St. Petersburg.
From St. Petersburg’s opulent palaces of the Tsars to Stockholm’s beautiful harbor to Copenhagen’s charming Tivoli Gardens, few cruising regions offer the diverse treasures of the Baltic. Best of all, on a Northern European cruise, cruise ships typically dock within walking distance of the city center, allowing you to step off the ship and explore on your own.
Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg is among the world’s most beautiful cities. The baroque Winter Palace known as the Hermitage boasts more than 1,000 rooms and 8,000 paintings.
Known as the “City That Floats On Water,” Stockholm is situated on 14 islands, with meandering shop-lined streets in the old town, Gamla Stan, palaces and parks. Don’t miss the Vasa Museum, which houses a royal flagship raised from the harbor more than 300 years after she sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage.
Home of fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, Copenhagen is chock full of attractions, including Strøget, Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping street. Don’t miss the dazzling display of the Danish crown jewels at Rosenborg Castle.
Helsinki’s marketplace, next to the ship terminal (depending on where your ship docks), is a colorful introduction to Finland’s largest city. Other attractions are a short ferry ride away, including the “Gibraltar of the North,” Suomenlinna Fortress, which has guarded the entrance to Helsinki for 200 years.
Other cruises to Northern Europe set sail along the Norwegian coastline, home to breathtaking views of fjords and quaint coastal towns.
Travel by rail to Berlin from the Northern European ports collectively known as Rostock/Warnemunde.
For diversity, it’s hard to beat a Northern Europe cruise.