Do the Baltics like the Blue-bloods
Cruising the Baltic Sea through Northern Europe and Scandinavia opens up a kaleidoscope of cultures, languages, and ancient histories. European cruises have a lot of scope to create truly experiential itineraries that go from the medieval towns and museums of the Baltic to the incredible palaces of Scandinavia and Russia, with beautiful natural wonders along the way. Passengers can experience the Nordic landscapes of Iceland and Finland, or the intricate fjord structures and wildlife of Norway.
These cruise lines not only have superb facilities onboard, they also go way beyond traditional itineraries with many more enrichment programs. The on-shore visits on these cruises incorporate longer stays in places like St. Petersburg where there is a lot of take in. Also, these lines have added special events as part of the on-shore excursions.
Below we have highlighted 6 incredible destinations, which are Baltic Sea essentials when selecting your next cruise…
This city built by Peter the Great has much to see, so the extended time here is great to enable passengers to visit the Hermitage, one of the world's largest art collections. Also a canal tour to admire the 19th-century architecture is a must. The Versailles-style palaces of Petrhof or Pushkin in the surrounding countryside are also worthy of a trip.
Oslo is the city for museums, including the Munch Museum, where Edvard Munch's famous masterpiece, "The Scream” is located. Passengers can visit the capital’s waterfront, which proudly showcases its al fresco culture with outdoor cafes, trendy shops, street musicians and other performers.
A visit to Sweden's capital is am essential when cruising this part of the world. Stockholm built on14 islands, provides the perfect backdrop for cruisers to enter this northern global city. There's a Nobel Museum there, too, located within Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town.
The beauty of this city extends beyond its 17th and 18th century buildings, parks and gardens, to the the natural beauty of its fashionable and statuesque locals. Copenhagen is all about its charming promenades along the canals and ancient winding streets, which are made for walking and biking – and everybody in Copenhagen rides a bike. The Little Mermaid, the sculpture dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen, is the city's icon, and displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langlinie promenade - considered one of the city’s must-see attractions.
For architecture enthusiasts, Helsinki founded in 1550, offers so much of the old and the new. There are great cathedrals, like the onion-domed Uspenski Cathedral and the neo-classical buildings in and around Senate Square. These create a striking contrast to the Design Museum and the avant-garde Museum of Contemporary Art located right in the CBD.
Cruising to Helsinki usually takes place in the summer months when the sun barely sets. The gentle temperatures and extended hours of daylight make Helsinki's waterfront the place to visit to enjoy some of the best of Finland. From the waterfront you can travel by ferry to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress or take a boat tour of surrounding waterways, or just enjoy the great café scene.
Tallinn Estonia’s capital and located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland is another blend of medieval and modern. This comes from Tallinn’s restored Old Town area that has remained largely unchanged for over 600 years that is located in a city ranked as a global city that has also been called the Silicon Valley of Europe.
A visit to Tallinn must include a walk along the medieval storybook winding streets and ancient towers and the old city wall.
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