The Northern European cruise region stretches from the British Isles right through Scandinavia, all the way to St. Petersburg, Russia. Amazing historical and cultural sites await passengers, as well as breath-taking scenery, and a huge variety of delightful towns and cities. If you’re looking for a holiday that promises a plethora of magical memories, choose a cruise to Northern Europe.
These itineraries are amongst the most popular, as Northern European cruises present passengers with cultural diversity, historical attractions, and magnificent scenery. The coasts of the Baltic Sea are lined with treasure trove cities, and the ships will dock within walking distance of the main attractions, allowing you to step off the ship and explore on your own.
Still considered a relatively off-the-grid cruise destination, Northern Europe has charms all of its own. Explore the opulent palaces of the Tsars in St. Petersburg, or Stockholm’s beautiful harbour. Visit Denmark and discover Copenhagen’s charming Tivoli Gardens, one by one you’ll be enchanted by the region’s kaleidoscope of cultures, languages, currencies, artistic traditions and ancient histories.
Get a glimpse of Russian history — from the czarist era to the Communist years to the disintegration of the USSR — during a port call in St. Petersburg, a uniquely beautiful city, steeped in culture and heritage. Explore the broad avenues, winding canals, and gaze in awe at the captivating palaces, for a truly memorable stay.
The Hermitage, one of the world’s foremost art museums, is a must-see attraction. Shop for local delicacies and handmade gifts in the shops along busy Nevsky Prospekt, where vendors sell everything from hot Russian tea and dumplings to the popular matryoshka nesting dolls and porcelain figurines.
Stroll along the shops and cafés of the Champs Elysées then check out Notre Dame, the masterpiece of gothic architecture seated on an island in the middle of the River Seine. Discover the enigmatic Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and feel her eyes on you, then enjoy the view from the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower – yes it’s cliché, but it’s also an unmissable life experience.
Across the Baltic Sea lays Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, a cosmopolitan city spread over 14 islands that are connected by bridges. Main attractions include the great warship Vasa, Stortorget Square with its historic stock exchange and the hall where Nobel laureates are honoured. The Baltic nations — Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia — once members of the Soviet Union, are now independent states with growing cultural scenes. The Latvian National Opera in Riga hosts opera and ballet festivals, and Tallinn, the Estonian capital, was named a European Capital of Culture by the European Union.
Cork sits on an island formed by the diverging channels of the River Lee, set in Ireland’s picturesque southern coastline. Wander the city’s quays and bridges, or take an excursion to fairy-tale Blarney Castle; kiss the Blarney Stone to ensure you’ll never be lost for words again. Cork city is full of cafes, delis, restaurants and yes, the traditional Irish pubs. Prop up Geary’s Bar bar with a pint of Guinness, or dance the night away in De Barra’s, West Cork. It’ll be a trip you won’t forget – unless you have one too many, of course.