Cruises in the Baltic Sea
Cruises in the Baltic are an excellent way to experience a taste of Scandinavia and even get a glimpse of Russia. It is possible to cruise to the Baltic from several places and you could start your cruise in the UK, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, or Stockholm. Cruises to the Baltics have a very short season due to the extremely cold winters in Northern Europe, and you will have to sail in the 2 month window between the end of June and the end of August. Luckily, there are many Cruise Lines offering cruises in the Baltic Sea so if you book online you are bound to be able to find the Baltic cruise deals to suit your taste and budget.
Cruises to the Baltic Sea from UK ports
You can embark on your Baltic cruises from Southampton or Harwich in the UK. Several Cruise Lines ply this route and you can choose from one of the following:
Royal Caribbean offers 12 night itineraries from Harwich which call on Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallin. Cunard, P&O, Princess and Celebrity all have a similar Baltic Sea cruises itinerary which leaves from Southampton and calls on a few extra ports over a 14 night period.
Baltic Cruises from Copenhagen
If you choose to join your cruise to the Baltic Sea in Copenhagen there are also several choices available to you:
If you have a little less time, Royal Caribbean and MSC have a 7 night Baltic cruise from Copenhagen which may suit you; this one calls on Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Tallin. To spend a little longer cruising the Baltic Sea you can choose from one of Princess Cruises 11-night cruises which call on Oslo, Aarhus, Berlin, Tallin, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. For top-end fully inclusive luxury, take a 10 night Baltic Sea cruise with Crystal Cruises; this cruise gives you an extra night in St Petersburg; with the extra day comes the possibility of also visiting Moscow.
Cruises from Stockholm
Royal Caribbean have a 7 night round-trip cruise to Riga, Tallin, St. Petersburg and Helsinki from Stockholm and a 10 night trip in the opposite direction, which ends in Copenhagen.
Crystal cruises also have two Baltic cruises out of Stockholm – one ends in Copenhagen while the other continues to London.
Cruises from Amsterdam
Celebrity offers a 12 night round-trip cruise out of Amsterdam, calling on all the major Scandinavian ports, St. Petersburg, Tallin and Berlin.
Remember, you can only cruise the Baltic in July and August each year so don’t delay – book today!