Baltic and Scandinavia Cruises

Rich in history, and northern charm, you will be overwhelmed by the hospitality of the locals and history that remains in these European countries.

Baltic Sea

A Baltic Sea cruise offers the chance to appreciate charming cosmopolitan cities, cultures and iconic landmarks. The Baltic region is perhaps best observed on a cruise along the gleaming Baltic coast that will introduce you to Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland Russia and more. Discover German coastal locations including Heiligendamm and Kühlungsborn as well as other atmospheric beach resorts. Wander along Sweden's wild west coast and make a memorable stop in Stockholm. Glide down the brimming Baltic waters towards Denmark and visit the Scandanavian sensation of Copenhagen for a seamless urban experience and classic cuisine.

Let a luxurious cruise guide you to Lithuania and visit the heavily cobbled town of Klaipeda with its distinctly German architecture and Dane River. Venture north to the Baltic gem of Estonia and discover the vibrant Tallinn- a perfect cocktail of modern, medieval, sophistication, charm and vibrancy with Baroque palaces and glass skyscrapers. See the dynamic culture and bewildering natural surroundings of Bergen and Norway from the optimal perspective of a cruise.

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Our Recommendations
  7 Night Cruises
Breath-taking journey from Copenhagen with Royal Caribbean
Breath-taking journey from Copenhagen with Royal Caribbean
7 Nights with the Jewel of the Seas
 May 2020 - August 2020
p.p.from $1,686
Cruising from Stockholm via Helsinki
Cruising from Stockholm via Helsinki
7 Nights with the Jewel of the Seas
 June 2020 - July 2020
p.p.from $1,593
8 day journey from Copenhagen
8 day journey from Copenhagen
7 Nights with the Jewel of the Seas
p.p.from $1,675
8 day trip from Southampton
8 day trip from Southampton
7 Nights with the Sapphire Princess
 June 2019 - July 2019
p.p.from $1,609
8 day cruise with the Crown Princess to Southampton
8 day cruise with the Crown Princess to Southampton
7 Nights with the Crown Princess
 July 2020 - September 2020
p.p.from $1,799
  Danish Delights
Breath-taking journey from Copenhagen with Royal Caribbean
Breath-taking journey from Copenhagen with Royal Caribbean
7 Nights with the Jewel of the Seas
 May 2020 - August 2020
p.p.from $1,686
Sail with Royal Caribbean from Amsterdam
Sail with Royal Caribbean from Amsterdam
12 Nights with the Brilliance of the Seas
p.p.from $1,907
Travelling from Copenhagen with the Jewel of the Seas
Travelling from Copenhagen with the Jewel of the Seas
8 Nights with the Jewel of the Seas
p.p.from $2,076
Cruise with Royal Caribbean from Amsterdam
Cruise with Royal Caribbean from Amsterdam
12 Nights with the Brilliance of the Seas
 May 2019 - July 2020
p.p.from $2,421
13 day sail on board the Brilliance of the Seas from Amsterdam
13 day sail on board the Brilliance of the Seas from Amsterdam
12 Nights with the Brilliance of the Seas
 June 2019 - August 2020
p.p.from $2,049
  Longer Journeys
Cruise with MSC Cruises from Miami
Cruise with MSC Cruises from Miami
20 Nights with the MSC Meraviglia
p.p.from $2,289
23 day cruise with the MSC Poesia to Berlin
23 day cruise with the MSC Poesia to Berlin
22 Nights with the MSC Poesia
p.p.from $2,119
Cruise with the MSC Poesia to Berlin from Santos
Cruise with the MSC Poesia to Berlin from Santos
23 Nights with the MSC Poesia
p.p.from $2,219
Trip from Fort Lauderdale with the Sky Princess
Trip from Fort Lauderdale with the Sky Princess
20 Nights with the Sky Princess
p.p.from $3,989
Ultimate Baltic Adventures
Ultimate Baltic Adventures
20 Nights Baltic Sea, ...
 Queen Victoria
p.p.from $5,999
Our Recommendations
Trip with the ms Nieuw Statendam from Amsterdam
This is a quintessential Baltic cruise from Amsterdam that visits the many Scandinavian cities like Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and more. Heaps of port days so you experience all that Europe has to offer. On the cruising days, take some time for yourself at the Greenhouse Spa on-board the ms Nieuw Statendam.
Our advice:
Keep in mind that you will need to get a Russian Visa if you want to do your own exploring off the ship in St. Petersburg.

  • Amsterdam - Amsterdam
  • Baltic Sea,Northern Europe
  • May 2019 - September 2020

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Sail with Princess Cruises from Southampton
This itinerary covers the major cities around the Baltic Sea area and is a great option for a first cruise to Northern Europe. Ports visited are in Russia, Denmark, Sweden and more! Includes an overnight stay in St. Petersburg.
Our advice:
Visit the Fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki, Finland

  • Southampton - Southampton
  • Baltic Sea,Benelux, Europe (River),Northern Europe
  • 01.06.2019

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13 day sail on board the Brilliance of the Seas from Amsterdam
This port intensive cruise with Royal Caribbean brings you to all the major highlights of the Baltic region, including Denmark, Estonia and Sweden. An overnight in St. Petersburg gives you enough time to visit the wonderful Pavlovsk Palace and Catherine Palace. Be sure to bring your camera, you'll want to capture these moments.
Our advice:
Take in all the beautiful architecture in Finland's largest city, Helsinki. The city has a modern, hip vibe with a heap of boutique shops and galleries to explore, too.

  • Amsterdam - Amsterdam
  • Baltic Sea,Northern Europe
  • June 2019 - August 2020

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Top Ports in the Baltic
Copenhagen, Denmarkfrom

Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scandanavia and Northern Europe. Along the cobbled and bike-filled streets you will find a city which is consistently ranked as being the world's happiest, which helps to make Copenhagen a welcoming and unforgettable location to visit. Nyhavn harbour with its brightly coloured buildings and numerous cafés and eateries is a popular area of the city. The iconic Little Mermaid statue is a must-see for many and is located near Nyhavn, along the waterfront at Kastellet.

Highlights of Copenhagen
  • Visit Tivoli Gardens for a mix of beautiful flora, fun rides and at Christmas time a stunning light display
  • Travel like a local and explore Copenhagen by bike
  • Learn about the history of the city in The National Museum of Denmark
St. Petersburg, Russiafrom

Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg lies at the eastern end of the Gulf of Finland. The city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. The former home of the monarchy is known for the vibrant and colourful buildings which line the Baltic city. There are four palaces in St. Petersburg, which form the Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Palace holds an extensive art collection. Visitors can also take in world-class Russian ballet and opera shows at various theatres throughout the city such as the renowned Mariinsky Theatre.

Highlights of St. Petersburg
  • Discover the beautiful buildings of St. Petersburg such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Marvel at the large collection of Russian art on display at the Russian Museum
  • Enjoy a world-class performance at the Mariinsky Theatre
Tallinn, Estoniafrom

Estonia's capital city is located on the Baltic Sea, approximately 80 km from Helsinki. The Old Town is a maze of medieval streets and spires and has also been made a UNESCO World Heritage site, helping to preserve the oldest capital city in Northern Europe. Visiting Talinn is like stepping into a modern-day medieval fairytale. Toompea, located on Tallinn's upper side is home to numerous architectural wonders such as the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Visitors can also expect to find an abundance of canals and beaches in Tallinn.

Highlights of Tallinn
  • Experience the charm of Tallin's Old Town
  • Enjoy a stroll around Kadriorg Park or the Rocca Al Mare Open Air Museum
  • Journey up the Oleviste Church, once the tallest building in the world
Warnemünde (Berlin), Germanyfrom

Sitting on the Baltic Sea, Warnemünde is a popular seaside resort town that is characterised by its large white sandy beaches and bustling promenade. One of the best ways to see Warnemünde is by harbour tour where you can enjoy the Baltic charm of the town and of the larger area of Rostock. Warnemünde is also used as a link town for the German capital of Berlin. Many cruise guests partake in excursions to see the many historic sites and to experience the unique culture of one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Highlights of Warnemünde
  • Take a harbour tour of Warnemünde and also Rostock
  • Explore the historic Warnemünde church and lighthouse
  • Take a day trip to the bustling city of Berlin
Visby, Swedenfrom

Visby is a town located on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The Hanseatic town is characterized by its picturesque medieval buildings, charming painted cottages and narrow cobbled streets. Thanks to all of the above and more, like the stunning Gothic church ruins or the 12th century ramparts in the Old Town, Visby is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit in August to enjoy the loud and colourful Gotland Medieval Week or in other months to discover the region in peace.

Highlights of Visby
  • Start your city tour at Norderport - the northern gate of the city wall
  • Enjoy the famous fish soup at the Jessens Saluhall & Bar
  • Gaze over the Baltic Sea towards the mainland from the Södra Hällarna
Kiel, Germanyfrom

Kiel is the capital of Schleswig-Holstein and is one of Germanys northernmost cities. Kiel Sailing Week is a world-known sailing festival, when thousands of people flock from all over the world to the port city. The city has much to offer, in particular the marine area, the U-boat Memorial, Botanical Garden and the Olympic Village in Kiel-Schilksee. The city's blend of Northern German charm and a wide range of dining, shopping and hotels make it a perfect place to visit.

Highlights of Kiel
  • Explore Kiel's maritime history by visiting the U-Boot U 995 and the Laboe Naval Memorial
  • Visit the Kiel Rathaus Paternoster or St. Nikolai Church
  • Experience natural beauty at Kiel Botanical Gardens or at Aquarium Kiel
Skagen, Denmarkfrom

The harbor city of Skagen is located at the northern tip of the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark, at the point where the Baltic and the North Seas meet. It captivates with its picturesque landscape, cityscape of typical yellow buildings with red tile roofs and the second largest lighthouse in Denmark. Skagen is also famous for its rich art heritage. Artists flocked to the city in the mid-19th century drawn by the impact the radiant light had on the rugged seaside landscape.

Highlights of Skagen
  • Put one foot in each sea (Baltic and North) at the tip of the Grenen Beach
  • Book ahead and enjoy modern Danish cuisine at the refined Ruths Gourmet restaurant
  • Enjoy the beautiful art produced here in 1870-1930 at Skagens Museum
Gdansk, Polandfrom

The Polish city of Gdansk is an old port city which sits on the Baltic coast. Gdansk has an extensive transport network, which makes for the perfect base for discovering the Baltic region. St. Mary's Basilica and the Medieval port crane are popular attractions. In addition, the Old Town which was rebuilt after World War 2 is a particular highlight which displays the beauty of Gdansk, while highlighting the major impact of World War 2 on the city. Gdansk is also synonymous with the Polish solidarity movement and is home to the European Solidarity Centre.

Highlights of Gdansk
  • Walk through the Old Town and see the historic beauty of the city
  • Learn about the birth of the solidarity movement at the European Solidarity Centre
  • Visit Gdansk Zoo for a fun-filled day out
Riga, Latviafrom

Latvia's capital is the largest city in the Nordic and Baltic region. Riga is famous for its well-preserved downtown and Art Nouveau. In the city you will find historic spires and architecture of days gone by. The Freedom Monument which is almost 43 metres tall represents Latvia's path to freedom and is a must-see for many visitors. Riga's Central Market is also highly recommended, founded in 1930, the market, much like Riga itself is steeped in history and is one of the biggest marketplaces in Eastern Europe. Visitors can expect a lively atmosphere with plenty of bartering!

Highlights of Riga
  • Sample some tasty Latvian food at the Central Market
  • Head for the top of St. Peter's tower to get a stunning panoramic view of Riga
  • Experience the charm of Riga by paying a visit to the Old Town
Klaipeda, Lithuaniafrom

The port city of Klaipeda lies at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon in the Baltic Sea and is the third largest city in Lithuania. The Danė River divides the Lithuanian city into the Old and New Town. Visit to discover the bustling old town with its many museums and Theater Square. Located at Theater square is a famous monument and fountain dedicated to German poet Simon Dach, who was born in Klaipeda. Klaipedia is also home to Lithuania's only substantial port, every Summer the Klaipeda tall ships race and regatta draws many visitors.

Highlights of Klaipeda
  • Discover the charm of Klaipeda's Old Town and the bustling Theater square
  • Visit the Curonian Spit and experience tranquility and stunning views across the Baltic Sea
  • Explore the maritime history of Klaipeda at the Lithuanian Sea Museum
Rønne (Bornholm), Denmarkfrom

The port city of Rønne is the capital city of Bornholm island. With a population of approximately 15,000 inhabitants, Rønne is also the largest city on the island. In the old part of Rønne, expect to find small cobble stone streets which lead you to St. Nicolai Church, which is surrounded by beautiful half-timbered houses and narrow charming streets. St. Torv is the main hub of activity in Rønne and on a market day people from all over Bornholm bring their best produce to sell. For a small place, Rønne has an interesting history which can be discovered in the Bornholm Museum.

Highlights of Rønne
  • Visit the Hjorths Fabrik to experience old methods of producing stoneware and designs
  • Take a trip to St. Torv on market day to see some fresh Bornholm produce
  • Go to Erichsens Gård to experience the garden museum
Gdynia, Polandfrom

Gdynia was made into one of Poland's busiest and most important sea ports after World War 1 and developed from a small village to a large urban centre quite quickly. The city also has reminders of its past, with historic buildings such as St. Michael the Archangel Church, which today offers insights into Gdynia's past as part of a sailing museum. There is also a thriving cultural scene in the city and an example of this is the annual Polish Film Festival, which is held in the city and is a must see event for any film-lovers.

Highlights of Gdynia
  • Visit highlights of Gdynia's coast like Orlowo Pier and Gdynia Beach
  • Explore the city's maritime history at Dar Pomorza and the Okret Muzeum ORP Blyskawica
  • Enjoy fantastic views at new heights on the Gydnia ferris wheel
Rostock (Berlin), Germanyfrom

Rostock is a city in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Rostock was the most important port for the former state of East Germany, during the Cold War era and the modern city bears importance due to its proximity to other coastal cities along the Baltic Sea, as well as chief cities within Germany and Poland. Rostock also boasts access to a number of beaches such as Warenmünde. Germany is known for its beer and Rostock is no different, the Hanseatische Brauerei Rostock is a popular attraction for those interested sampling locally produced beer.

Highlights of Rostock
  • Sample Rostocker Pils at the Hanseatic brewery
  • Take a day trip to the beautiful beach resort of Warnemünde and the Alter Strom
  • Explore the history of Rostock at Das Kulturhistorische Museum
Travemünde, Germanyfrom

Lübeck's Travemünde district is situated at the mouth of the Trave in Lübeck Bay. In addition to the old town, the old seaside resort offers 1.5 km long beach promenade, with beautiful scenic views. The town is a blend of a charming seaside town and a major shipping port. The rows of distinctive and comfortable beach seats offer the perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy the scenic views out into the Baltic Sea. Ostseestation located along the promenade, also offers a fantastic opportunity for visitors to not only witness the marinelife of the aquarium but also interact with them.

Highlights of Travemünde
  • Walk along the attractive riverfront and enjoy some fresh fish and a local beer
  • Arrive in time for the annual regatta and enjoy traditional
  • Find your own personal wicker beach seat and relax on the beach
Helsingør (Elsinore), Denmarkfrom

Helsingør, known in English as Elsinore, is a city in eastern Denmark attracting over a million visitors a year. It is best known for it's castle, Kronborg Slot, where Shakespeare's, Hamlet is set, along with many other reminders of the city’s medieval past. Stroll along narrow cobbled streets among charismatic back-alley half-timbered houses, enjoy a shopping spree in the city’s bustling centre or tour the Elsinore's historical attractions.

Highlights of Helsingør
  • If you do nothing else, a visit to the Unesco World Heritage Site, Kronborg Castle is essential
  • Explore the city by bicycle
  • The M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark is award-winning and incredibly designed

Baltic Sea

It is the largest brackish water in the world and is surrounded by nine states - the Baltic Sea is one of the most popular destinations for a cruise. The routes lead from the German coast to the Baltic States. An east sea cruise is a unique experience because it takes you to some of the oldest commercial cities in Europe, Rostock or Gdansk.

The countries bordering the Baltic Sea are Germany, the Scandinavian countries Sweden, Denmark and Finland as well as Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. There are also numerous islands and inhabited and uninhabited islands. The Scandinavian peninsula is separated by the Baltic Sea from the main landmass of Northern and Central Europe. The southern region of the Baltic Sea is located in the temperate climatic zone, while the regions around Denmark are markedly maritime, the areas eastward lie in the region of the continental climate. Due to the climate, a cruise on the Baltic Sea is recommended especially in the summer months between April and September.

Varied sights of a Baltic cruise

The Eastern Sea region is not only strongly influenced by tourism. It is also of great importance to the economy. Maritime seaside resorts and magnificent Hanseatic cities testify to the past and give the Baltic Sea a unique charm and facet richness. One of the highlights of a Baltic cruise is the visit to St. Petersburg. The second largest city of Russia was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. The historic city center, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts 2,300 palaces, stately homes and castles, and is only exceeded by Venice in this respect. But also the Baltic cities Riga and Tallinn are worth a trip.

Another highlight of your Baltic cruise on the up to 459 meters deep inland is the Swedish capital Stockholm. The unique location on the shores of the archipelago gives the city a very special cityscape. Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town, which is situated on its own small islands, invites you to linger with numerous cafes and small boutiques. The royal castle, where daily change of guard takes place, is also in the largely car free and narrow streets characterized old town. But also the Danish capital Copenhagen sweetened with numerous sights and magnificent buildings a land excursion of a cruise through the Baltic Sea. Visit the small mermaid, the city's landmark, or stroll through the Tivoli, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. The port city is one of the most important metropolises of Northern Europe and was 1996 Cultural Capital of Europe.

Choose the route of your cruise

There are different routes to choose from to explore the Baltic Sea and its surroundings, for example, Norway. Take a small trial cruise from Kiel to Oslo or go on board for several days and travel from Amsterdam to Tilbury in the UK. Explore the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, the two seas of Germany, during an impressive cruise. It is also possible to go on an East sea trip. Also a sailing to/from Iceland is not to be missed. Let CruiseAway convince you of the great offer. Please contact our cruise advisors and have a look at your cruise.