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Cruises in the Baltic Sea offer a rich range of different cultures. The Baltic Sea is an inland sea of northern Europe surrounded by the Scandinavian countries, the Baltic countries, Russia, Germany and Poland.

When to take a cruise in the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea cruise season is from May to September. The duration of the day (sunshine) is at its peak on the summer solstice towards the end of June. Since the Baltic Sea is located very north, it feels like the sun never sets (there is always a glimmer light on the horizon).

Departure ports for cruises in the Baltic Sea

Cruises to the Baltic Sea usually depart from the ports of Copenhagen , Stockholm , Warnemünde (Berlin), Amsterdam or London.

For departures from London and Amsterdam, the cruise usually starts with 2 days at sea, which gives you time to relax a little. Airfares departing from London and Amsterdam are also generally cheaper. On the other hand, a departure from Copenhagen, Berlin or Stockholm will allow you to arrive a few days early and explore the region in more depth.

Ports of call

Baltic cruises usually stop at the ports of Copenhagen , Stockholm , Berlin (Warnemünde), Tallinn . Other ports visited vary by cruise lines and may include Oslo, Kiev and other ports in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania and Poland.

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Cruise lines and itineraries

The majority of cruise lines offer itineraries in the Baltic Sea. These itineraries vary between 7 days and 14 days, depending on the port of departure and the ports of call.

Princess offers an impressive variety of itineraries, some of which include stops in Oslo, Lithuania or Poland. Norwegian (NCL) offers a 9-day ride and is a more economical alternative.

Popular companies such as Celebrity (Amsterdam, London), Princess (London, Copenhagen, Berlin/Warnem-nde), Norwegian (NCL) (Copenhague), Royal Caribbean (London, Copenhagen and Stockholm), Holland America (Copenhague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam), Costa (Amsterdam and Kiel) and MCS (Kiel) are present.

Luxury companies are also present (Cunard, Azamara, Seabourn, Oceania, Crystal and Windstar)

Destination Highlights

St. Petersburg is the star destination of this itinerary. Most companies stay two days in this port which is not too much to appreciate the history and all the attractions of this city. You need a visa to visit St. Petersburg independently. However, if you book a cruise ship tour, it will not be necessary, as you will be covered by a group visa.

St. Petersburg is a beautiful city with a rich history with its palaces, churches and museums.

More information about the Baltic Sea on Wikipedia.

Do you have more information or a question about Baltic Sea cruises? Leave a comment!

Ports of Calls

  • Amsterdam , Netherlands
  • Copenhagen , Denmark
  • Helsinki , Finland
  • Klaipeda , Lithuania
  • Riga , Latvia
  • Ronne - Bornholm , Denmark
  • Skagen , Denmark
  • St. Petersburg , Russia
  • Stockholm , Sweden
  • Tallinn , Estonia
  • Visby , Sweden
  • Warnemunde (Berlin) , Germany

Amsterdam Netherlands

Copenhagen Denmark

Helsinki Finland

Klaipeda Lithuania

Riga Latvia

Ronne - Bornholm Denmark

Skagen Denmark

St. Petersburg Russia

Stockholm Sweden

Tallinn Estonia

Visby Sweden

Warnemunde (Berlin) Germany

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The Northern Europe cruise region stretches from the British Isles through Scandinavia. Northern Europe cruises are also referred to as Baltic cruises and Scandinavia cruises. Amazing historical and cultural sites await passengers, and shore excursions typically visit museums, palaces, castles and cathedrals.

The Northern Europe cruise season is very short due to the cooler climate, with fewer ships sailing here. The regular per-diem rate is high compared to most other regions of the world, though we are frequently able to obtain excellent discounts for our customers on Northern Europe cruises.

  • The Northern Europe cruise season lasts from May through August.  
  • Northern Europe cruises, also known as Baltic cruises and Scandinavia cruises, are typically 7 to 14 nights.  
  • A few ships sail itineraries that concentrate entirely on the British Isles or the Norwegian Fjords.  
  • In contrast to the Caribbean and Mexico, shoppers on Northern Europe cruises will find that items in stores can be pricey. Hand-knit sweaters, fine crystal, antiques, silver and porcelain are among items that passengers seek in these ports.  
  • On Northern Europe cruises, you'll experience long hours of daylight.  
  • If you need to fly a very long distance to reach your port of departure, we suggest that you arrive at the port city at least one or two days in advance of your Northern Europe cruise. This will give you time to rest and get oriented before boarding the ship. Most cruise lines offer pre-cruise hotel packages.

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Scandinavia & Baltic Cruises

Unpack once and visit seven different scandinavian countries.

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On a Baltic cruise with Princess®, unpack once and visit seven different countries within Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Let the gold-lined palaces and monuments recount stories from these revolutionary regions. Along the way, meet the many famous figures that call these lands home. From Vikings to castles and cathedrals, relive history as you come face-to-face with these significant sites.

Scandinavia & Baltic cruises

On a Scandinavia and Baltic cruise, discover a whole new way of life. Feel the spirit of Stockholm’s Gamla Stan, hear from craftsmen in Tallinn and explore Helsinki’s Senate Square, where art, culture, religion, politics and education converge. Trek throughout these cities alongside expert guides who hold secrets of seasons past. Or step into the homes of locals to uncover long-standing traditions.

Featured Scandinavia & Baltic Cruise Ports

Discover some of the world-renowned destinations that await you on an Scandinavia & Baltic cruise with Princess.

With a history as long as its city wall, Berlin is a staggering destination for any traveler. On a Baltic cruise, honor those who lost their lives at the Holocaust Memorial. Watch history unfold as you visit the 20th-century remnants of the Berlin Wall. Or enjoy a change of pace touring the rooms and gardens of German dukes before you at Schwerin Castle.

Copenhagen boasts equal parts charm and culture. Before you set sail on your European cruise, indulge in thrills at Tivoli Gardens, and ride a bike along Nyhavn’s waterways, passing multi-colored homes on the way. Tour ancient fortresses, like Kronborg Castle, which inspired Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Or make a stop to see Copenhagen’s most famous symbol, The Little Mermaid.

With a deep-rooted respect for design, Helsinki is cloaked in elaborate styles from the present and past. On a Baltic cruise, admire the creative architecture of Suomenlinna Fortress, and learn about the city’s naval past. At Market Square, shop hand-crafted goods, or see a collection of artifacts at the Kiasma Modern Art Museum.

As a major trading port, it should come as no surprise that Oslo is home to many valuables. On a Baltic cruise, visit Vigeland Sculpture Park, and view over 200 colossal figures created by a famous Norweigan sculptor. Watch experts blow glass at the Hadeland Glassworks gallery. Or snap a photo at the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, featured during the 1952 Olympic ski-jumping competition.

Covering 14 separate islands, Stockholm is a cultural playground waiting to be explored. On a Scandinavia cruise, waltz through the Royal Palace, and explore 600 royal rooms. Capture postcard-worthy shots of Stockholm City Hall, one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Or transport to the 10th century when you arrive in Sigtuna — Sweden’s original capital — and discover where it all began.

Travel back in time as you walk through the medieval streets of Tallinn, admiring the city’s preserved history and architecture. On a Russia cruise, journey through the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and learn about tsar regime. View tombs and coats of arms that live in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Or get a rare taste of local tradition at the Museum of Estonian Drinking Culture.

Why Cruise Scandinavia & Baltic Cruises

From astounding fjords to astonishing palaces, the treasures of Scandinavia and Baltic region welcome you to explore.

Step back in time

Get up close to historical gems on a Baltic cruise with Princess. View ships and treasures found in royal burial mounds of the Oslo fjord at the Viking Ship Museum. Or learn what it’s like to be a prize winner at Stockholm's Nobel Peace Museum, and get up close to the world’s oldest preserved warship at the Vasa Museum

Fjords & Viking Legends

Formed by the hands of the glaciers

A Baltic cruise is your key to the Norwegian Fjords — Mother Nature’s crown jewel. Upon arriving in Stockholm, ride along the brinks of Tyrifjord, a 52-mile inlet that boasts greenery and deep blue waters. Relax amidst the serenity of Oslo Fjord, and discover treasures from beneath its seas at the Viking Ship Museum. With Princess, sail to Scandinavia’s oldest capital and revel in the natural wonders before you.

Unique Architecture

Magnificent and monumental

Travel to lands where ancient architecture abounds. Wander the cobbled streets of Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Explore a treasure trove of late Renaissance and Rococo architecture in Copenhagen, like Rosenborg Castle, Kronborg Castle or Frederiksborg Castle. Or walk through 'Upper Old Town,' home to some of Tallin's oldest and most notable structures. Experience it all on a Baltic cruise.

Shore excursions

Our award-winning Scandinavia and Baltic cruise shore excursions bring you to palaces, Viking heritage and hidden gems. In partnership with Discovery™, tour three royal residences in Copenhagen — including Fredensborg and Frederiksborg Castle. You’ll also enjoy a Hamlet-themed journey through Kronberg Castle, which inspired the famous play. Or travel through a traditional Danish village, and discover hundreds of years of history along the way.

Local connections

On a Baltic cruise, learn the secrets to crafting an Estonian beer from a master brewer, and pair your sips with snacks. Journey through Tallinn’s most notable sites — including Palace Square and the Great Guild Hall. Or stroll through Stockholm’s ‘Haymarket,’ and sample regional delicacies while hearing from chefs and vendors.

Enjoy even more history and culture with More Ashore late-night departures and overnight stays. On a Baltic cruise, see Berlin’s most iconic sites — like Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Or stroll under the Nordic twilight, and end the night at Oslo’s Ice Bar.

Baltic & Scandinavia Cruise Onboard Experience

Curated comfort, world-class entertainment and international flavors await you.

Experience Scandinavia without ever stepping off the ship. Our onboard activities bring the diverse cultures of the region directly to you. Sing, dance, feast and celebrate in a way that only the Baltic and Princess know how.

Accommodations

Your home away from home

Your stateroom is where you rest and recharge between adventures. That’s why every room is equipped with the expertly designed Princess Luxury Bed, 100% Jacquard-woven cotton linens and our SLEEP program created by a board-certified sleep expert. From interior cabins to full suites, unwind in any of our staterooms, and enjoy peace of mind with the option of connected rooms for families of four or more traveling together.

Flavors that inspire

Take a week-long vacation on a Bahamas cruise with more to love, calling on additional Caribbean ports. Visit Princess Cays for a day in the sun, sand and surf. Then have more time to explore Trunk Bay – one of the “Cruise Wonders of the World” – during a late-night stay in St. Thomas on Eastern Caribbean itineraries. From relaxation to adventure, experience cruises to the Bahamas that have more range with Princess.

Entertainment

Find your joy

Embark on adventures by day, and indulge in entertainment by night. Watch Movies Under the Stars® at our 300-square-foot outdoor theater. Attend original productions from Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, composer of  Wicked . Or learn traditional moves, like Flamenco or Irish stepdance, and listen to popular music from the destinations on your itinerary. On a European cruise with Princess, the choice is yours.

Youth & Teen Center

Step outside the classroom

Our European cruises were crafted with every guest in mind — even the younger ones. From 6-month old babies to 17-year old teens, kids can unwind and relax or play and explore. In partnership with Discovery™, kids can learn even more with special insights about Italy, Greece and everywhere in between. With engaging activities on board and ashore, kids can see history books come to life before their eyes.

Reset, recharge, relax

Your European cruise should be every bit as refreshing as it is inspiring. Unwind in the Sanctuary, a retreat just for adults, and relish in tranquility. Or book an appointment at the Lotus Spa®, named "Best Spa on a Cruise Ship" by Spafinder Wellness 365™. Enjoy relaxing treatments — like facials, hot stone massages and detoxifying wraps — that will leave you recharged for upcoming adventures.

Vegas hits the seas

Experience the thrill of cards, dice, roulette and blackjack at the casino onboard our European cruises. Learn from experts — like our staff or perhaps other guests nearby — and put your skills to the test. More casual players can pull up a seat at the slot machines for the same adrenaline at their own speed. For an afternoon full of games, join fellow travelers for Bingo, or compete in scheduled group tournaments.

Sailing Scandinavia & Baltic cruises

Our Princess fleet includes ships that range from small to large vessels. While aboard, marvel at Europe’s breathtaking scenery and enjoy regionally inspired cuisine. Those sailing on Scandinavia and Baltic cruises even have the chance to experience Sky Princess®.

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Stress-free airfare

Remove the hassle from air travel and give yourself the gift of flexibility, time, and a thicker wallet with Princess EZair flights. We negotiate lower rates with the airlines, allow you to modify your flight up to 45 days prior with no penalty, and protect you if your flight is late or canceled.

EZair flight quotes are available on our cruise search result details pages.

Airplane to Ship Transfer

We get you where you need to go

Let Princess pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your ship or hotel when you arrive, even if you didn't book your airfare through us. A uniformed Princess representative meets you at the airport after you've retrieved your luggage and transports you directly to your ship or hotel without you having to worry about the logistics of navigating a new city.

Cruise Plus Hotel Packages

Stay longer and relax

Extend your cruise vacation, and simplify your travel plans with a hotel stay at the beginning or end of your cruise. With a Cruise Plus Hotel Package, a Princess representative meets you at the airport and pier, transporting you to and from your hotel. The package includes the cost of your hotel stay, transportation, luggage handling, and the representative’s services.

Need help planning?

Princess Cruise Vacation Planners are a dedicated resource to help you every step of the way through the planning process of your cruise vacation. The best part is, their services are completely FREE!

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Find our top sales, deals, partnerships and promotions for our destinations all in one place. We run promotions throughout the year and sometimes run sweepstakes where you can win prizes!

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THE BALTIC SEA & SCANDINAVIAN Cruises

Medieval architecture, modern sensibilities and icy beauty await in Scandinavia and the Baltics.

In the countries around the Baltic Sea, you can expect vast forests, turquoise lakes, breathtaking fjords and fascinating cities. Explore Stockholm, the stylish and green Swedish capital, with its acres of parks and its medieval center, Gamla Stan. Bike through the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, and hop on an urban roller coaster in Tivoli Gardens. Stroll around Helsinki's bustling market square, surrounded by graceful 19th-century buildings. Head to Tallinn, Estonia, to enjoy its lively cafes, galleries and medieval heritage.

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Wonders of the North

The Baltic Sea and Scandinavia are alive with vibrant landscapes to explore. Sail past Norway's majestic fjords, witness the Midnight Sun for yourself, or seek out hidden waterfalls in Estonia.  

Tromso, Norway, View from Storstein Mountain

MARVELOUS SIGHTS AWAIT

Hop aboard the Fjellheisen cable car for an ascent to Storstein Mountain, soaring 420 meters above sea level. Marvel at the sweeping vistas of the city and fjord below and immerse yourself in the marvelous beauty that surrounds.

Scandinavian Village During Midnight Sun

ENDLESS DAYS

Experience the lively and fun atmosphere in Scandinavia during the Midnight Sun, when the sun remains above the horizon for most of the "day." Make like a local in Helsinki and head out to dinner at midnight in what feels like noon light.

Northern Europe Panoramic View

Picture-Perfect Panoramas

Put on your walking shoes and go hiking around one of the port cities and admire the wild landscape of the North. Trek through part of Norway's Discovery Route, which runs from Stavanger to Bergen, and see snow-capped mountains towering over pristine fjords and thunderous waterfalls.

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Baltic Beauty

The cities and towns of Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea are full of modern sensibility and medieval heritage. Explore Gothic town squares in Tallinn and Stockholm, journey down quiet canals and cafe-lined lanes in Amsterdam, or hang out with the locals in a Helsinki hot spot.  

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Voyage to the Middle Ages

Stroll along the cobblestone streets in old Baltic Sea towns with their charming medieval architecture. Check out the Old Aker Church, the oldest still-standing building in Oslo, dating back to 1150. Head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia, and see Gothic buildings like the Town Hall and the Dome Church.

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Canals and Alleys

Get to know Amsterdam with a cruise on its UNESCO-listed canal belt, dating back to the 17th century. Once you're back on land, do some shopping along the city's De Negen Straatjes ("The Nine Streets"): These quaint, cobblestoned lanes are lined with independent and vintage shops selling everything from fashion to home goods.

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Helsinki of a Good Time

Immerse yourself in good times in Helsinki, Finland's fun-loving and historic urban center. Hike up the steps to the Helsinki Cathedral with its distinctive green dome, or get your thrills at Linnanmaki, the city's urban amusement park with the country's highest and fastest roller coasters.

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Natural beauty and stylish cities beckon you to cruise the Baltic Sea

Admire Norway's impressive fjords surrounded by mountains, explore Scandinavia's medieval past, treat yourself to New Nordic cuisine, or go shopping for Swedish design.

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Set Sail to Scandinavia

Take a Scandinavian cruise for an immersive experience in the region's culture and landscape. Learn about the Vikings in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo , meander down canals of colorful houses in Copenhagen, and relish in impressionist art at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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Broaden Your Horizons North

Sail to Northern Europe and for a broader range of adventures in the Baltic. From the awe inspiring Fjords of Geiranger, to the modernist cityscape of Hamburg, Germany , you'll get a chance to dig into the region's natural and urban excitement.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO As the Day Is Long, The Adventures Are Broad

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The shoulder season is in March, April, September and October. You can expect chilly nights and snow in the northern parts of the region. From January to April, when the days are shorter, some attractions close for the season, but this is the best time of year to see the epic, icy landscapes of the region.

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NCL bait & switch to cheaper industrial ports?

By Mowzer , June 7 in Norwegian Cruise Line

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NCL Dawn Spring 2024 Baltic Cruise - had indicated docking in major cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, etc wherein public transportation was immediately available adjacent to the dock. However, upon arrival, we instead found ourselves instead docked at industrial ports next to loud giant dump trucks, and scrap heaps. There was no transportation other than an NCL $20 shuttle bus to drive the 10 miles into the respective cities. No port WiFi, or maps provided. Upon arrival into those city centers, we did indeed see OTHER more fortunate ships docked at those promised locations! The NCL port information, only available on the TV the night before docking had     promised docking in the convenient city center. There were no “port talks” or other information provided. Bait and switch, with a gullible, captive audience?     The NCL CEO has promised all sorts of cost cutting by ‘right-sizing our cost base through our ongoing margin enhancement initiative.' - is this corporate doublespeak for “sneaky silent service cutbacks”? Anyone else feeling this in 2024?  

From cutting food spend to ship dry dock NCLH 'razor-focused on costs'

https://www.wsj.com/articles/norwegian-cruise-line-looks-to-cut-costs-and-debtno-sacred-cows-738ed418

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Sorry to hear about your experience.  Try Celebrity, Princess, or Oceania.

david_sobe

You start your thread out by stating what ports were promised yet you dont say what was cancelled and where you went instead.   Major ports have construction and are also industrial too.  There is wifi on the ship.  Wifi at a port or city you dock at would have nothing to do with NCL.

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As we don’t know the actual itinerary it is difficult to tell whether the docking locations are as we would expect.

Both Copenhagen and Stockholm have multiple places that cruise ships can dock at, and the actual location varies depending on a number of factors. For example, Stockholm has a pier very central which can be used on a port visit, but there are no facilities for turn around so you are not going to dock there if it is the embarkation/disembarkation port. Those cruises will go to the bigger terminal outside the city.

For quite some time (from well before Covid), lines have also sometimes been docking at Nynashamm, which is much further from the city when just visiting.

Similarly at Copenhagen, ships visiting for the day may dock at Langeline, which is a fairly easy walk to the centre, but if on a turn around then they go to Nordhavnen. I’m not sure whether the Dawn is doing cruises to or from Copenhagen at the moment so if it went to Nordhavnen on a day stop then that would not be my expectation, but can happen depending on numbers of ships around. The decision on who gets what spots is likely to be down to more than money.

Every time I’ve been to Helsinki we have docked at the port that is a little way (although a very pleasant walk) from the city centre. It sounds like this is where the Dawn docked. I’ve only ever seen much smaller ships able to dock closer to the city.

Whilst it is always very tempting to blame everything on recent cutbacks, I can’t see anything in the OPs report, except maybe Copenhagen that wouldn’t have been my expectation on any cruise in the past 10-15 years. 

graphicguy

Assuming you're a new cruiser.  You'll find most ports to be "industrial".  Not sure which ports you saw the other ships, but perhaps they were smaller ships that are able to fit in smaller docks.  Just a guess.  You aren't going to find cruise ships docked in major downtown areas of the cities.  They are just too big and off load too many passengers at one time.

"Talks"?  Might be a little confused on this one.  There are slide shows in the Atrium of the NCL ships that outline the highlights of the ports. They are posted in the dailies.  

I find the shuttle busses NCL provides to be well worth it.  $20 for a 10 miles bus ride is actually pretty cheap.  Couldn't go 10 miles on an UBER for that amount.

Every port I've been to differs as to the availability of WiFi.  The ship, however, does have it.

Gullible passengers?  Ummmm....I've never felt gullible.  I do my research (here as a matter of fact) so I can get my bearings about the cruise.

But, if this was your first cruise (as it was your first post), welcome to CC.  Now you have some experience to build upon.

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Ever dreamed of going to romantic, scenic places like Florence, Tuscany, Pisa, Siena, etc.?

Guess what...the port for all of those beautiful places is Livorno.

And Livorno is (gasp) an industrial port.

Don't judge a book by its cover...and don't judge a region by its port.

7 minutes ago, schmoopie17 said: Ever dreamed of going to romantic, scenic places like Florence, Tuscany, Pisa, Siena, etc.?   Guess what...the port for all of those beautiful places is Livorno. And Livorno is (gasp) an industrial port.   Don't judge a book by its cover...and don't judge a region by its port.

Not sure where the "bait and switch" point comes from.  There are lots of ports which are industrial.  More often than not, that's where the cruise ships dock.

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16 minutes ago, KeithJenner said: Similarly at Copenhagen, ships visiting for the day may dock at Langeline, which is a fairly easy walk to the centre, but if on a turn around then they go to Nordhavnen. I’m not sure whether the Dawn is doing cruises to or from Copenhagen at the moment so if it went to Nordhavnen on a day stop then that would not be my expectation, but can happen depending on numbers of ships around.

The Dawn's May docking at Copenhagen was at Oceankaj, which is the main cruise terminal for embarkations (part of the Nordhavnen complex). Looking at the port schedules, there are few day calls at Langelinie--chiefly Viking, Seabourn, and AIDA ships. Holland America's Zuiderdam was also at Oceankaj yesterday and passengers complained in that forum about the distance, inconvenience, and cost of the shuttles. Oceankaj is served by bus to the Metro but day visitors tend not to know that.

I was on the NCL Star for my Baltic cruise.  For the Star, Helsinki was the only port we docked somewhere inconvenient (and the only cruises I saw docked in the city center were small very expensive ships - I think Seaborne or Oceana).  I don't know if larger ships can dock near Market Square, but someone on the Baltic board might be able to give you more information.

In Stockholm, only certain ships are cleared to  travel through the archipelago to reach Stockholm.  Cruises that are scheduled to dock in  Nynäshamn are supposed to be listed on the  itinerary as Stockholm ( Nynäshamn) because these cruises miss the beautiful sail in through the  archipelago, and require a train or bus ride to the city center.  It's a bit complicated because if there are adverse weather conditions, sailing through the archipelago is tricky and ships (especially larger ones) will be diverted to  Nynäshamn due to weather.  Sailing to Stockholm versus Nynäshamn is actually a big deal for some cruisers - we chose the NCL Star over the Royal (or Regal ) Princess because the Princess ship hadn't yet been cleared to sail through the  archipelago, and since we had a 3 year old with us we were concerned about being further away from Stockholm in case our child needed to return to the ship quickly.  But there was always a chance of our ship being diverted due to adverse weather conditions.  

Hopefully, others will report if there are consistent diversions or if this was a one time weather related incident (if you were actually diverted to  Nynäshamn).  There are several places to dock in Stockholm itself, some of which are more central than others.  But when I planned my Baltic cruise, the only port location I was aware of needing to be mindful of in planning was Stockholm versus  Nynäshamn.  I don't remember being promised anything about where NCL would dock for the other locations.  However, if NCL is docking somewhere unusual and further than other mainstream cruise line ships (not Seaborne or Oceana) then that might be helpful information for other cruisers to know.  If you could give us a little more information that might be helpful.  There are also cruisers on the Baltic board who know more about the docking locations than I do and they might be able to explain what happened (for example I assumed Helsinki we docked further away due to larger ships not being able to dock closer but they might know if that is actually true).  

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On other cruise lines I have seen things like Florence (Livorno) or Athens (Piraeus). But when we were on the Prima this past summer and went to a future's cruise presentation, their schedule handout actually listed the real port first, for example Livorno (Florence) and Piraeus (Athens). I found them more honest than the other cruise lines we have sailed on.

56 minutes ago, kitkat343 said: if NCL is docking somewhere unusual and further than other mainstream cruise line ships (not Seaborne or Oceana) then that might be helpful information for other cruisers to know.

NCL is using Oceankaj, the same as all cruise lines except Seabourn, Viking, and AIDA this season.

Only cruise ships dock at Oceankaj; they're not docking right next to container ships, tankers, and the like. However, other docks in the massive Nordhavnen complex may be visible, especially on the road in and out.

every time I hear these types of stories, I get a strange feeling that someone is trying to set up  class action lawsuit against the cruise line for something.  In this " New World" of cruising, many cities are not allowing certain size ships to dock in close proximity to the town center.  

Wayward Son

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6 hours ago, 9tee2Sea said: every time I hear these types of stories, I get a strange feeling that someone is trying to set up  class action lawsuit against the cruise line for something. 

That, and they have no clue what a "bait and switch" actually is.

I often choose my cruises because of the unique itineraries. Unique very often equates to industrial docks - itinerary wouldn't be unique if they only stopped at ports built for cruise ships.

But I'm a little miffed at the charging for transportation to the city when it's not within reasonable walking distance. Shuttles are free for Alaska, I personally think they should be free at other ports as well.

PartyPlannerLady

15 hours ago, Mowzer said:     NCL Dawn Spring 2024 Baltic Cruise - had indicated docking in major cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, etc wherein public transportation was immediately available adjacent to the dock. However, upon arrival, we instead found ourselves instead docked at industrial ports next to loud giant dump trucks, and scrap heaps. There was no transportation other than an NCL $20 shuttle bus to drive the 10 miles into the respective cities. No port WiFi, or maps provided. Upon arrival into those city centers, we did indeed see OTHER more fortunate ships docked at those promised locations! The NCL port information, only available on the TV the night before docking had     promised docking in the convenient city center. There were no “port talks” or other information provided. Bait and switch, with a gullible, captive audience?     The NCL CEO has promised all sorts of cost cutting by ‘right-sizing our cost base through our ongoing margin enhancement initiative.' - is this corporate doublespeak for “sneaky silent service cutbacks”? Anyone else feeling this in 2024?     From cutting food spend to ship dry dock NCLH 'razor-focused on costs'   https://www.wsj.com/articles/norwegian-cruise-line-looks-to-cut-costs-and-debtno-sacred-cows-738ed418

Ports are NOT 'promised' by anyone.  They can be changed at any time for any reaon for ALL cruise lines.  There was no bait and switch.  All busineses attempt to minimize cost.  Do nyou not comprehend what the point of a business is?

You need to do your research as far as ports. On some cruises the port is listed as Paris some list Berlin both are a good 3 hours away from where ship docks.

Out cruise listed Stockholm but we docked at Nynasham

14 hours ago, julig22 said: I personally think they should be free at other ports as well.

If they are "free" then they are actually only included in the cruise fare.In this case all guests would have to pay even if they don`t use it(due to having a private excursion)

I guess I'm trying to understand how "free shuttles" would work?  Where do you want these shuttles to drop you off?  

debenson0723

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1 minute ago, graphicguy said: I guess I'm trying to understand how "free shuttles" would work?  Where do you want these shuttles to drop you off?  

They typically drop you off in the city center and then pick you up at the same spot throughout the day. I had them in several ports on my Baltic cruise...some free, some a few dollars. Mazatlan is an industrial port also and you get a shuttle that takes you to outside the gates and then you are in town. 

8 minutes ago, debenson0723 said: They typically drop you off in the city center and then pick you up at the same spot throughout the day. I had them in several ports on my Baltic cruise...some free, some a few dollars. Mazatlan is an industrial port also and you get a shuttle that takes you to outside the gates and then you are in town. 

I know I did Mediterranean Cruises.  That would have people going to some very different areas from the port.  So, I guess a bus would have to drop people off in different parts of the city.

Use Rome as an example, is the city center the Coliseum?  Or would it be Capitoline Hill?

Paris?  By the Seine river or near the Louvre?

Point being, it would be next to impossible to know where people want to go with a shuttle.

I always get the ship's shuttles when in a port and take an uber/taxi to where I want to go.  The $20 shuttle to go 10 miles that was mentioned is a bargain.

Been to Alaska several times.  It's so sparse that there's usually only ONE place that a bus could drop you off that would be considered a "downtown" area.

29 minutes ago, graphicguy said: I guess I'm trying to understand how "free shuttles" would work?  Where do you want these shuttles to drop you off?  

Drop off would be the same place as the $10-$20 shuttles.

Thanks

1 minute ago, julig22 said: Drop off would be the same place as the $10-$20 shuttles.

OK...where?  Some (most?) would complain they don't want to be dropped off at that locale.

I'm hearing..."I want a shuttle to drop me off free somewhere".  Where?  Dense areas like EU cities have all sorts of places a bus could go.

54 minutes ago, CruiseMH said:   If they are "free" then they are actually only included in the cruise fare.In this case all guests would have to pay even if they don`t use it(due to having a private excursion)  

The same way that the FAS benefits, BOGO airfare, shuttles in some ports, tenders etc. are included in cruise fare.

Mostly I'd include it because people that aren't taking NCL excursions aren't necessarily expecting to have to pay when their plan is to simply explore the port.

Well...now people who are reading this thread know that there are some ports where shuttles go somewhere, cost something, sometimes!  Plan accordingly!

45 minutes ago, graphicguy said: OK...where?  Some (most?) would complain they don't want to be dropped off at that locale.   I'm hearing..."I want a shuttle to drop me off free somewhere".  Where?  Dense areas like EU cities have all sorts of places a bus could go.

Barcelona is an excellent example of a huge city with tons of places to go and see.

They have a port shuttle for 3 euro ($4.50 round trip) that drops off at the Columbus statue at the end of Las Ramblas. From there you can get anywhere else you want to go.

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Region East Coast USA and Canada New England

Local Time 2024-06-17 11:00

Port New York cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from New York, NYC Manhattan-Brooklyn. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Port New York has two cruise ports with their own passenger terminal facilities. Port Manhattan (4 berths on 2 piers - numbers 88 and 90) is located on Manhattan Island's western coast, beside the Hudson River. Port Brooklyn (1 berth) is located approx 6 mi (10 km) to the south, on eastern Upper Bay on Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterline.

Cape Liberty Cruise Port is also in New York Harbor but is part of Bayonne City (New Jersey) . Bayonne's Military Ocean Terminal serves Royal Caribbean Group/RCG-owned ships from the fleets of RCG's subsidiaries RCI-Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises , while ships of RCG's subsidiary Silversea dock at NYC's Manhattan Terminal.

Currently, NYC's Manhattan Cruise Terminal serves CCL-Carnival , NCLH ( NCL-Norwegian , Oceania , RSSC-Regent Seven Seas ), TUI ,  Virgin Voyages and other major companies .

Currently, NYC's Brooklyn Terminal serves Cunard Line and MSC .

All these ports/cruise terminals are part of the "Port of New York and New Jersey" - a port district in the New York Metro (total population 20,1+ million).

Around 8,1 million New Yorkers live on Long Island (population density 5860 per mi2/2262 per km2).

NYC cruise port

Port NYC NJ (officially "Port of New York and New Jersey") handles a huge cargo shipping volume and is US East Coast's biggest seaport.

Port's cruise schedule lists voyages the whole year round. During winter are popular southbound itineraries – to the Caribbean and Bahamas. During summer are operated mainly roundtrips to Bermuda as well as Transatlantic crossings (USA-UK/ Southampton ). In autumn are offered "Fall Foliage" cruises to Canada and New England USA.

In May 2013, Port NYC started a project to raise Bayonne Bridge in order to allow access to the world's largest container ships  to the cargo ports of New York City and New Jersey (Elizabeth and Newark). The project also included dredging (deepening) the navigation channel.

On September 7, 2017, the boxship CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt (2015-built, IMO 9780873) passed under the elevated Bayonne Bridge. The vessel has TEU capacity 14855 containers, LOA length 366 m, volume 152,991 GT-tons. It became the largest ship to pass under the Bayonne Bridge.

On September 28, 2023, NYC's Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC/1991-founded nonprofit) announced new port usage agreements (for Manhattan's and Brooklyn's terminals) signed with Carnival Corporation, NCLH-Norwegian and MSC. The agreements were designed to increase revenues and sustainability/emissions reduction, with term lengths ranging between 3-15 years, each with an optional 5-year renewal.

The 2023-signed agreements included establishing a Community Priority Fund (by adding US$1 per cruise passenger; to be used for projects in the cruise terminals' neighborhoods/Red Hook and Midtown Manhattan), planning ground transportation (improvements to maximize public transportation/reducing road traffic), reducing CO emissions (where feasible, including shore power connections/all cruise ships in NYC must be equipped with the technology by 2028), increasing local provisioning and developing educational partnerships with NYC-based institutions.

Port New York and New Jersey

Port New York and New Jersey is the seaport of NYC metro. It encompasses an area with a radius ~25 mi (40 km) and includes all navigable waterways in NY–NJ Harbor Estuary. The covered coastline is around 650 mi (1050 km) along both states. NYC Harbor is among the world's largest natural harbors. By annual cargo capacity, the seaport is ranked USA's 3rd largest - after South Louisiana (Mississippi River) and Houston (Texas).

Within the seaport there are 2 FTZs (foreign-trade zones) where commercial goods (domestic and foreign) receive same Customs treatment as outside USA. Annually, Port NY-NJ handles around USD 208 billion in shipping cargoes, around 3,4 million TEU's (shipping containers) and nearly 0,4 million cars.

  • In July 2017, the port's largest container ship so far (CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt - 14,400 TEUs ) passed under the raised Bayonne Bridge.
  • The channels (as draft) and the bridges (as heights) limit the vessels that can enter the harbor.
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge's clearance is 228 ft (67 m).
  • Brooklyn Bridge's clearance is 135 ft (41 m).
  • Bayonne Bridge's clearance (lowered-raised) is  155-215 ft (47-65,5 m).

The company "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey" was established in 1921 to manage all facilities and services within the combined NY-NJ harbor area. The company also controls all vehicular and rapid-transit systems connecting New York and New Jersey, several airports, as well as real estate developments. It also maintains its own police force.

US Army Corps of Engineers are involved in regular harbor maintenance works (bulkhead and channels). USCG (Coast Guard) maintains all floatable debris and marine accidents and incidents (spills, rescues, counter-terrorism operations). Both states (NY and NJ) maintain maritime police units. US Customs and Border Protection and US Immigration and Customs agencies regulate international shipping imports and cruise passenger arrivals.

Port's foreign trade zones - FTZ 1 (New York) and FTZ 49 (New Jersey)  handled in 2010 a combined shipping traffic of 4811 vessels and over 32,2 million tons of cargoes valued USD 175+ billion.

In March 2006, some passenger terminals were transferred (as management) to DP World ( Dubai -based corporation).

The seaport has 4x containership terminals, ranking it (by combined volume) the US East Coast's largest, USA's 3rd busiest and the world's 20th largest cargo port. Terminals are leased to private operators.

  • Howland Hook Marine Terminal (northwestern Staten Island)
  • Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal (Newark Bay)
  • Port Jersey Marine Terminal and Red Hook Marine Terminal (both in Upper New York Bay)
  • Maher Terminals LLC operates the port's largest containership facilities, served by a total of 11x Liebherr STS (ship-to-shore) megamax container cranes.

NY-NJ port's main imports are petroleum, appliances, vehicles, plastics, electronics, chemicals, perfumes, pharmaceuticals, optical and photographic materials, precious gems and metals.

ExpressRail network supports intermodal freight transport interconnecting all major terminals. In 2014, the total number of handled intermodal TEUs was 391,596. Most imports are transported in TEUs. Petroleum and scrap metals are handled at bulk cargo terminals, many of which are located along the port's straits and canals.

  • New York New Jersey Railroad serves freight cars across Upper Bay, connecting Jersey City with Brooklyn (between Greenville Yard and Bush Terminal Yard). The 4 km crossing takes 45 min.
  • Cross-Harbor Rail Tunnel is a proposed project under Upper Bay, with western portal at Greenville Yard and eastern portal still undetermined.

Cruise ships and ferries in Port New York and New Jersey dock at the berths of Cape Liberty Cruise Port (Upper Bay, Bayonne NJ) , Brooklyn Cruise Terminal (Upper Bay, NYC) and New York Passenger Ship Terminal (Hudson River, NYC).

  • Regularly scheduled ferry service across Upper Bay connects South Ferry with St George Ferry Terminal, serving daily around 75,000 passengers.
  • Major ferry terminals are Hoboken, Battery Park City, Paulus Hook, Weehawken Port Imperial, Pier 11, West Midtown and the East 34th Street Landing. Most smaller-sized ferries serve only 1 route.
  • Small boats operate leisure tours, excursions and NYC harbor cruises. They circumnavigate Manhattan or navigate into Upper New York Bay.

In July 2017, through bidding, Ports America won a contract for operating Manhattan and Brooklyn cruise terminals until 2029. The deal required investments of USD 38,5 million in infrastructure improvements, including Pier 90 berth rehabilitation, extended aprons, new fenders. Brooklyn Pier was extended by 45-60 m (150-200 ft) to allow berthing for larger boats. Construction works started in 2018.

Season 2018 featured two large newbuild liners - Carnival Horizon (133500 GT-tons, 4700 passengers) and Norwegian Bliss (168000 GT-tons, 4900 passengers).

New York ferries

In 2018 was inaugurated the ferry line connecting Bayonne NJ with Manhattan (across Hudson River).

A US$650,000 federal grant was given to the city for the building of a new ferry terminal. The facility is on the southern part of the Military Ocean Terminal, on an artificial peninsula east of NJ Route 440.

The 1,5-acre land site (former US Navy base) was purchased in 2010 and leased for ferry docking at US$200,000 per year.

In the previous year (2017) NYC Ferry inaugurated the commute ferry service linking Manhattan with Long Island (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx). In 2016, NYC Ferry's fleet consisted of 19 newbuild boats.

  • On May 1st were launched the East River route (North Brooklyn to Midtown and NYC's Financial District) and the Rockaway route (Lower Manhattan to Sunset Park and The Rockaways).
  • On June 1st was launched the South Brooklyn route (8 terminals/between Corlears Hook and Bay Ridge) linking Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • On August 29th was launched the Astoria route (between Western Queens and Roosevelt Island) linking Wall Street/Pier 11, East 34th Street, LIC/Long Island City Queens, Roosevelt Island Manhattan, and Astoria Queens.

In August 2018, NYC Ferry launched a link between Soundview (South Bronx) and Manhattan. The landing site in Bronx is at Clason Point Park (Sound View Ave's end). The nearest subway station (Morrison Ave-Sound View) is 2 mi (3 km) away. Ferry travel time Bronx-Manhattan is 45-min. In Manhattan, ferries stop at 90th St (Upper East Side), East 34th Str (Midtown), Pier 11 (Wall Str). Currently, NYC Ferry operates 6 routes.

New York cruise terminal

The following NY & NJ cruise port map shows the locations of all three cruise terminals (NYC's Manhattan and Brooklyn, and Bayonne NJ's Cape Liberty).

NYC Manhattan Cruise Terminal

The Manhattan passenger terminal is on Hudson River (on Manhattan Island's shoreline), located is between West 44 and West 52 streets. Both Newark International Airport and LaGuardia Airport are located approx 15 mi (24 km) away, while JFK International Airport is approx 20 mi (32 km) away.

This NYC cruise terminal has 3 wharves – Pier 88 (2 berths), Pier 90 (2 berths), and Pier 92 (1 overflow berth). They can accommodate up to 5 cruise liners simultaneously and each has a fully-functioning passenger terminal building. Manhattan terminal serves NCL Norwegian , Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America . At Pier 92's south side dock large liners.

In early 2017, NYC Economic Development Corporation selected Ports America as long-term cruise ship terminal operator for both Brooklyn (1 berth) and Manhattan (Pier 88 and Pier 90), Ports America also supplies cruise ship provisions for vessels docked at Pier 92.

At the top of all the piers, there is a building with dedicated parking lots, snack bars, restrooms, check-in, VIP areas, customs, newsstands.

  • Address: "Manhattan Terminal, 711 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10019"
  • Manhattan Terminal parking: daily parking rate ($18, for 10 hours), overnight rate ($23, for 24 hours). Theparking rate for multiple days is $20 daily.

NYC Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

Located across Governors Island, Brooklyn NYC cruise port terminal is in Red Hook. LaGuardia Airport is 12 miles away, Newark International Airport – 16 miles away and JFK International Airport is 20 miles away.

Brooklyn New York cruise ship terminal used to be a cargo port. You will get very ”industrial feel”. The terminal building on Pier 12 is a new one. The facilities are vending machines, check-in, restrooms and customs. There is a parking area with 500 spots. Brooklyn New York cruise port terminal can accommodate only one ship. It serves Princess Cruises and Cunard ships.

  • Address: "Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Pier 12, Brooklyn, NY 11231"
  • Brooklyn Terminal parking rates (subject to change): $35 daily.

Brooklyn cruise terminal's shorepower

Since 2016, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal provides shore-power .

The shore-to-ship electric power supply project was first announced in 2011.

Cunard's liner RMS Queen Mary 2 was the first-ever vessel (officially plugged-in on November 12th, 2016).

The US$21 million system was signed off by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority and turned over to the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), which currently oversees the cruise shipping program for Brooklyn and Manhattan. As of September 2016, NYCEDC has responsibility for the system's operations and maintenance.

The plug-in shorepower was installed by Cochran Marine. This is a dual-voltage system targeted for use by Cunard Line and  Princess Cruises , which are the terminal’s primary customers. The Terminal's cable positioning device is removable, so it can be stored during winter.

Connecting to Con Edison power grid, the shorepower system allows ships to run their onboard systems without using diesel generators. This eliminates ~1500 tons of CO2, ~95 tons of NOx, and ~6,5 tons of soot/particulate matter annually.

In 2010, the NY-NJ Port Authority estimated that improvement to air quality could yield public health benefits of USD 99 million over 15 years. That was a key element for community groups around the terminal’s Red Hook neighborhood to start pushing for shore power. Beyond the infrastructure cost, the project was delayed by haggling over the price of electrical power – in an era where cheap fuel prices made shipboard generation more economical. The power costs are subsidized in part by the EDC and the New York Power Authority, with terminal user Carnival Corp picking up the rest. As part of an agreement,  Carnival Corporation pays USD 12 cents per kilowatt-hour for shorepower.

Costs were ~USD 10 million (to service one slip) and involve substantial infrastructure improvements. Ship operators must spend ~USD 1 million to make a vessel shorepower-ready. Demand on the energy grid is substantial too. A typical container ship in port uses about as much energy as a single terminal at Boston ’s Logan Airport, while RMS Queen Mary 2 requires 13 megawatts (equal to the entire airport).

New Jersey Cape Liberty cruise terminal (Royal Caribbean)

In October 2014, RCCL-Royal Caribbean and NYC Port Authority dedicated a Cape Liberty cruise terminal for the RCI's ship Quantum OTS. The new terminal started operations on November 10, 2014.

The new facility is located at Port Terminal Blvd (Bayonne waterfront), adjacent to the Tear Drop Memorial (Russia-built 10–story sculpture). The US$55 million building project included port expansion with a new passenger terminal, featuring a total covered area of 125000 ft2 (11600 m2) that hosts check-in, customs and immigration, luggage storage and processing area, parking area (capacity 950 cars/costs US$25 per day including taxes) and also improvements of the existing docking pier. The new terminal building is adjacent to the 2004-inaugurated terminal.

Port Cape Liberty is in close proximity to EWR-Newark Liberty Airport (10 mi / 16 km to the west, ~20-min travel time by car) and easy to access, skipping NYC's heavy traffic and bridges.

  • Empire State Building: don’t miss that famed building. It is 1050 ft tall. You can take a look from the airy promenade after a great lift to the Observatory.
  • Central Park: the iconic park dates from 1857. It is a large landscaped area where you can enjoy the Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, the Bethesda fountain, the Great Lawn and Belvedere Castle.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: located between East 81 and East 82, dates from 1870. Discover artworks of famous artists – Aristotle with a Bust of Homer by Rembrandt, Wheat Field with Cypresses by Van Gogh, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher by Vermeer and The Unicorn in Captivity, medieval tapestry.
  • Brooklyn Bridge: the bridge dates from the late 19th century. It spans across the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge and the views across Brooklyn, Upper Bay and Manhattan are breathtaking.
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden: 39 acres with beautiful gardens. Walk through the Bonsai Museum, the Tropical Pavilion, the Aquatic House and the Desert Pavilion. You can also have a coffee, buy a gift or something from the garden store.

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The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Viking cruise ship

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Fast-growing Viking has one of the most diverse arrays of itineraries of any cruise line.

Not only does the California-based company offer ocean cruises in almost every corner of the world, it also offers river cruises on many of the world’s major rivers.

That’s notably different from most cruise lines. Typically, cruise lines operate either ocean cruises or river cruises but not both. That gives them a smaller range of itineraries.

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Viking has a particularly large footprint when it comes to European river itineraries, with a wide range of sailings on nearly every European river of any note, from the Douro in Portugal to (until recently) the Volga in Russia.

The company also operates river trips on the Nile in Egypt and the Mekong in Southeast Asia, and it just began river trips on the Mississippi River .

There are 80 river ships in Viking’s fleet — an astounding number. None of its main competitors among river lines catering to North Americans, which include Avalon Waterways, Uniworld and AmaWaterways , have anywhere near that number of vessels.

Related: First look at Viking’s stylish new Nile River ship

Among ocean cruise destinations, Viking has a major presence in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, which it considers its home turf. (The company was founded by a Norwegian family.) However, you’ll find Viking’s nine traditional ocean ships everywhere from North America to Asia and Australia.

Last year, the line began cruising to Antarctica with its first expedition ship — a type of vessel built specifically for travel to remote, hard-to-reach places. Viking now has two such vessels.

Among the line’s voyages, there’s everything from eight-day cruises in the Mediterranean to 138-day around-the-world voyages.

Overwhelmed with choices? Here are the five best Viking cruise destinations where the line can truly offer you a memorable vacation.

Scandinavia and Northern Europe

Some of Viking’s most interesting itineraries are around Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, with many beginning or ending in Norway — the homeland of the company’s founder and chairman, Torstein Hagen.

As Hagen once told me, Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea are what the company considers “Viking country” — a region where it wants to dominate.

During summers, in particular, Viking devotes an unusually large number of its ships to itineraries around Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea and other Northern Europe destinations such as Iceland. Many, notably, use the relatively small but famously scenic Norwegian city of Bergen (population 286,000) as a gateway, something no other line is doing. That allows for unusual variations on the typical Baltic Sea or Norwegian fjords cruise.

The line’s most popular route in the region, “Viking Homelands,” is a two-week-long, one-way trip between Bergen and Stockholm that combines several days of exploring the fjord region of Norway’s west coast with more-typical Baltic cruise destinations such as St. Petersburg, Russia, and Helsinki.

Related: The ultimate guide to Viking ships and itineraries

Note that, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Viking has pulled the St. Petersburg stop, as well as stops in Finland and Estonia from the Viking Homelands itinerary; the trips instead feature extra stops in Norway and Denmark. It’s unlikely St. Petersburg will return to the itinerary until the war in Ukraine is resolved.

Viking also offers a 14-night itinerary that includes several stops in the northernmost part of the country above the Arctic Circle. Dubbed “Into the Midnight Sun,” the one-way route between Bergen and London is unique because it combines calls in far-north Honningsvag and Tromso, Norway, with visits to Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands and the Orkney Islands. Though part of the United Kingdom, these archipelagos have ties to Norwegian and Viking history.

Itineraries that will take you from Bergen to Iceland or even as far away as France, Portugal and Spain also are available.

Viking’s Scandinavia and Northern Europe trips range widely in length from just seven nights to a whopping 28 nights.

Among the longest sailings that Viking offers that include calls in Northern Europe are one-way, 28-night voyages between Bergen and New York City. The trips include stops in Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Canada.

In Northern Europe, Viking ships mostly sail out of Bergen, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen and London as well as Reykjavik.

The Mediterranean

Viking has grown into a major player in Mediterranean sailings, with more than 30 distinct itineraries that include stops in the region.

The trips include voyages focused specifically on the Western Mediterranean or Eastern Mediterranean and some that include stops across both areas.

Typical of the latter is the line’s 14-night “Mediterranean Antiquities” routing, a one-way trip between Athens and Barcelona that stops in Greece, Turkey, Italy, Monaco, France and Spain.

More-focused Mediterranean itineraries include the line’s nine-night “Empires of the Mediterranean” voyages between Venice and Athens, which mostly concentrate on stops along the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea in Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro.

In the Mediterranean, the line’s main hubs are Barcelona; Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) and Venice, Italy; Piraeus (the port for Athens), Greece; and Istanbul.

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Europe riverways

Viking is, quite simply, the giant of river cruising in Europe — at least among lines that cater to English speakers. The company operates around 70 river ships on a broad swath of the continent’s rivers — far more than any other river line catering to North Americans.

In all, the line accounts for about half of all river cruises taken by North Americans in the region. The next biggest player in Europe river cruises for North Americans, AmaWaterways, is less than half the size.

Among the rivers in Europe where Viking has a major presence are the Rhine, Main and Danube in Central Europe; the Seine, Rhone, Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde in France; the Douro in Portugal; and the Moselle and Elbe in Germany. Until recently, Viking also offered cruises on the Dnieper River in Ukraine. The voyages have been suspended since Russia invaded the country in early 2022.

On nearly all of the rivers, the line offers multiple itineraries with lengths ranging from seven nights to as many as 22 nights.

Among 10 different itineraries on the Rhine River alone, offerings range from a seven-night “Rhine Getaway” from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, to a 22-night “European Sojourn” from Amsterdam to Bucharest, Romania. The latter adds travel on the Main and Danube rivers to days on the Rhine.

Viking offers some of the most intimate and elegant cruises on the Nile, with three ships including the recently unveiled, 82-passenger Viking Osiris — one of our favorite vessels on the river.

All three of Viking’s Nile ships operate the same seven-night Nile cruise itinerary that Viking pairs with a four-night stay at a hotel in Cairo (three nights before the cruise and one night after) to create an 11-night “Pharaohs and Pyramids” tour of Egypt.

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The cruise portion of the tour includes visits to the historic temples of Luxor, Karnak, Esna, Dendera and Abu Simbel as well as a visit to the iconic Valley of the Kings. The stay in Cairo brings a visit to the pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and other sites.

Viking Osiris is the first of four sister ships that Viking plans to launch on the Nile by 2025 as it doubles its footprint in Egypt. The vessels offer a clean-lined, Scandinavian-influenced design that mimics the look of Viking’s Europe-based vessels.

Notably, the ship features an entire deck of sprawling suites that rival anything else found on the Nile for luxury and comfort. Each comes with two full-size rooms — a large living room with a residential feel and an adjacent bedroom with a walk-in closet and bathroom. Each suite also has an outdoor balcony with seating for two — something you don’t always see on Nile ships.

Viking is a newcomer to cruises to Antarctica, but the destination is a big growth area for the line. Viking recently added two new, 378-passenger expedition cruise vessels specifically built to travel to the White Continent.

Dubbed Viking Octantis, the first of these vessels began sailings to Antarctica in February 2022. The second ship in the series, Viking Polaris, has just joined its sister in Antarctica this year. Together, the two ships are already making waves in the market for Antarctica cruises, in part because they have several new and unusual features.

Most notable is The Hangar, an enclosed marina that allows passengers to transfer to two of each ship’s exploratory vessels while still in the protected interior of the ship. A first for an expedition ship, it’s something that is significantly improving the experience for passengers heading out on Antarctica exploration.

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In another first for polar expedition cruise vessels, every cabin on both Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris has floor-to-ceiling glass walls that slide partially open from the top to create a balcony-like feel.

Viking offers several Antarctic itineraries, with the typical trip starting with a night at a hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before a flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, to board one of the two expedition ships for an 11-night cruise to Antarctica and back. A longer version of the trip features 13 nights on board one of the ships and extra days in Antarctica.

Viking also offers Antarctica sailings that combine a visit to the White Continent with stops in the Falkland Islands, Uruguay and Brazil.

Viking Octantis, notably, also operated Viking’s first sailings around the Great Lakes this year. In 2023, both Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris will spend their summers in the Great Lakes.

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  • Celebrity Millennium: Bali, Malaysia and Thailand
  • Celebrity Apex: Norwegian Fjords
  • Celebrity Summit: Grand Heartland Adventure
  • Celebrity Edge: Taste of Luxury
  • Disney Wish: Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
  • Oceania Cruises: In the Path of Cartier — Boston to Montreal
  • Oceania Riviera: Ancient World Wonders — Athens to Istanbul

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With many cruise lines now catering to the single crowd, going on a cruise as a single adult can be a great way to meet interesting people to make new friends, new connections and lifelong memories.

No matter what you envision from your dream singles cruise, you can find a ship and a series of destinations that will create unforgettable memories. There are a lot of options to explore, however and the sheer range of choices can quickly feel overwhelming. To help, we've highlighted several of the best cruises for singles. Keep reading to learn what, exactly, sets these expeditions apart. 

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1. Celebrity Millennium: Bali, Malaysia and Thailand

Many singles gravitate towards exciting adventures in exotic destinations such as Bali, Malaysia and Thailand, which hold appeal simply because they provide such distinct scenery and such powerful cultural experiences.

Not all singles are willing or prepared to navigate these destinations on their own, however and this is where the Celebrity Millennium comes into play: an upscale cruise removes the hassle of planning and, instead, encourages you to relax in style.

This particular Celebrity Millennium adventure spans nearly two weeks, incorporating a unique blend of serene island adventures, cosmopolitan exploration and meaningful temple visits. Onboard, globally inspired menus and resort-style lounges are to be expected, along with plenty of adults-only spaces that will appeal to singles. 

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2. Celebrity Apex: Norwegian Fjords

If Norway's iconic fjords are on your bucket list, you can't afford to miss this awe-inspiring Celebrity Apex trip . Departing from Southampton, the eight-night cruise meanders along the coast of Norway, hitting pleasant spots such as Geiranger or Kristiansand for spectacular scenery and outdoor adventures. Side trips are available and, with up to ten hours docked, there is plenty of time to explore at your own pace.

Accommodation options abound and, when traveling alone, the staterooms' king-size mattresses feel extra spacious. An adults-only solarium will appeal to relaxation-oriented solo travelers, while abundant dining and entertainment options make it easy to find and connect with new friends. 

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3. Celebrity Summit: Grand Heartland Adventure

If you're struggling to choose between glamorous onboard experiences and outdoorsy experiences on land, you're in luck: Celebrity Summit provides the best of both worlds with its various Cruisetour offerings. There are many excellent options that depart from Vancouver, Anchorage or Fairbanks — but the Grand Heartland Adventure is worth considering if you crave something new.

During the Grand Heartland Cruisetour, you'll explore the stunning Inside Passage by cruise ship, before docking in adventure-oriented destinations such as Juneau and Sitka. From there, you'll continue to observe national treasures such as the Hubbard Glacier. Further exploration takes place aboard a glass-domed railcar and even a riverboat.

There's also a lot to experience onboard. The AquaClass stateroom represents a true oasis for single travelers, but the exclusive cocktail lounge and martini bar also warrant a visit. With nearly two weeks of cruising and exploration, you'll have plenty of time to unwind on your own but can also form fast friendships with similarly adventurous travelers. 

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4. Celebrity Edge: Taste of Luxury

Cruises for singles over 50 often emphasize the finer things in life, like elevated cuisine or exquisite wines. These sophisticated details are in abundant supply aboard the Celebrity Edge, which offers a decidedly elegant experience with its Taste of Luxury tour. Although often frequented by retired couples, Celebrity Edge's trips work well as singles cruises.

Available for three or four nights, this remarkable journey begins in Sydney and primarily emphasizes curated on-board experiences. That being said, there are enticing opportunities to explore while docked in Tasmania. With such glamorous suites, restaurants and clubs on board, however, the best attractions can be enjoyed without ever leaving this luxury cruise ship. 

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5. Disney Wish: Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral

Don't assume that Disney cruise adventures are only for kids or families. If you are a proud Disney adult, you can make amazing memories aboard a thematic cruise for singles. This is a popular vacation among theme park enthusiasts, who enjoy a dose of Disney magic while also finding valuable opportunities to indulge and relax.

Disney Wish's three-night Bahamian cruise is also an excellent option for singles who crave a sea-based experience but only have a few days to spare. Yes, young travelers will be around, but there are plenty of adult-only spaces, including sports bars, dance clubs, dedicated pools and even an onboard spa and salon. Musicals, 3D films and fireworks encourage you to embrace your inner child. 

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6. Oceania Cruises: In the Path of Cartier — Boston to Montreal

As we've mentioned, smaller ships provide some of the best cruises for singles over 50. Not everyone desires a river-based trip, however and with Oceania Cruises , there is no need to choose between exclusivity and ocean liner grandeur.

A signature experience can be found aboard Oceania Cruises' iconic Nautica ship, which is calming, yet elegant. Echoing the journey of the famed explorer Jacques Cartier, this tour provides a powerful introduction to Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

The land-based excursions are highly educational and, of course, beautiful to behold, but there's also a lot to love on board. Belgian chocolate, Bulgari amenities and turndown service await, with many accommodations also providing spectacular views. Open-seating dining makes it easy to interact with other vacationers while wine-tasting and guest lectures promise plenty of onboard enrichment. 

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7. Oceania Riviera: Ancient World Wonders — Athens to Istanbul

Another appealing option for singles who prefer slightly smaller ships, Oceania Cruises' Ancient World Wonders tour provides stops at some of the world's most iconic locations, such as Santorini and Corfu. Adventures in Dubrovnik and Istanbul can also be expected. On board this remarkable vessel, you'll gaze in awe at the Lalique Grand Staircase and, in general, enjoy a refined ambiance.

Be prepared to try new flavors and forms of expression as you explore unique offerings such as the Artist Loft and Culinary Center. Deep relaxation awaits at the Aquamar Spa or within your luxuriously contemporary stateroom or suite. This ten-night voyage provides plenty of time to lose yourself in the grandeur of the ship and the treasures of Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Turkey.

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Cruise to the Baltic Sea and experience Northern Europe's numerous cultures, history, languages and natural beauty. Your Baltic holiday becomes a Scandinavian cruise taking you to areas once sailed by Viking explorers through Scandinavia with several itineraries having stops in the fascinating countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Other notable stops for your Baltic cruise also include Estonia, Poland, Germany and Latvia. See all the various Baltic Cruise itineraries and book your adventures to Northern Europe today.

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Why Take A Baltic Cruise?

Only Norwegian lets you cruise to the Baltic in your own personal way. Offering a diverse array of cruise ports to visit throughout your journey, cruisers enjoy a Baltic cruise holiday that offers the perfect balance of leisure and adventure. Step on board one of our award-winning cruise ships and unlock a once-forbidden corner on a European cruise .

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What to Do on a Baltic Cruise

There are so many things to do on a Baltic cruise. on a cruise to St. Petersburg .--> On a cruise to Berlin , walk right through what used to be Checkpoint Charlie, a key symbol of the Cold War. Head west and watch the changing of the guard in front of the Stockholm Palace, an uninterrupted tradition for nearly 500 years. And, from your balcony, feel like a Viking as you behold the staggering fjords sliced deep into Norway’s mountainous western coast. Explore the possibilities of Northern Europe.

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Baltic Cruise Tips

As you travel to the various countries on your Baltic Cruise, you should remember a few things for your trip. There are many things to do and see at the ports so plan your day and pace yourself to have enough energy for the entire trip and excursions. The currencies used in each country can vary from the British pound, Swedish krona, Danish krone, Polish złoty, Norwegian krone, and the euro. Be prepared to exchange for the correct currency and have a credit card on hand preferably without a foreign transaction fee. Pack comfortable shoes for your cobblestone filled walks and prepare for various weathers as it can be cold, rainy or hot depending on the time of year.

Take a Baltic Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway

Discover the wonders of Northern Europe on board the beautiful Norwegian Breakaway. Step back in time on the medieval cobblestone streets of Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter. Take advantage of an overnight in St. Petersburg, giving you time to take in the breathtaking Amber Room in Catherine Palace and explore the immense Hermitage Museum. And sail amid the quiet splendor of the Stockholm Archipelago after a tour of City Hall, where Nobel Prizes are presented.

Sail the Baltic Sea on board Norwegian Escape

Embark from Copenhagen, Amsterdam, or Stockholm for a fascinating journey of Europe’s most beautiful and exciting cities. Prepare to experience Baltic cruise ports of call like Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg’s, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Bergen, Norway; Lerwick, Shetland Islands; Reykjavik, Iceland; Dublin, Ireland; and so much more!

Baltic Cruise DEPARTURE PORTS

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Baltic Cruises from Amsterdam

Embark from Amsterdam, affectionately known as the "Venice of the North." This city is actually situated below sea level and built entirely on stakes driven into the ground.

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Baltic Cruises from Copenhagen

Sail from the capital of Denmark. Filled with canals, cobbled squares and copper spires, Copenhagen is also Scandinavia's most cosmopolitan city.

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Baltic Cruises from Stockholm

Cruise from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and a city laced by an ingenious network of waterways and bridges strung between a freshwater lake and the sea.

Discover More With A Baltic Cruise Shore Excursion

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When you take one of Norwegian's Baltic Cruise Shore Excursions , you'll immerse yourself in more culture and adventure than ever before. Take Helsinki by Land & Sea and pass by islands full of museums, parks and gardens, waterfront saunas and Helsinki's icebreaker fleet. Step on board your exclusively chartered train to the bustling city of Berlin. Or drive through the picturesque Estonian countryside to one of the oldest towns of Estonia. Wherever you go, the mystery and magic of Europe are yours to discover.

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A Baltic Sea Holiday for the Whole Family

There are family holidays. Then there are the kinds of enriching family holidays your family will remember forever. Cruise the Baltic Sea with Norwegian Cruise Line and discover the ease and convenience of unpacking once and experiencing it all. Thanks to the freedom and flexibility Norwegian offers, you're ready to experience the best Baltic family holiday ever. Because, with families, it's all about options. And we've got them, from accommodations that fit all families to delicious dining choices even finicky eaters can't refuse. We haven't forgotten about teens – they also have an exclusive onboard refuge at Entourage.

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Travel to Europe with Norwegian Cruise Line and enjoy freedom of choice all along the way. Whether you're bringing the whole crew and staying in a mini suite, enjoying a balcony stateroom with some of your best friends, or relaxing in our affordable inside staterooms, we've got just the room for you.

Experience The Haven on Norwegian Cruise Line

Stay in The Haven, our most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations. Not only will you have access to all the ship has to offer, you'll enjoy the personal service of a concierge and 24-hour butler throughout your entire stay. From embarkation to debarkation The Haven will provide the perfect escape.

Explore With Freedom & Flexibility

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Discovering the history, awe and grandeur whilst travelling to the Baltics is a breeze, with more choices of what to do and see, and more freedom to do it your way. That's the beauty of the freedom and flexibility you'll experience with Norwegian Cruise Line. Unpacking once and journeying from city to remarkable city. Exploring by day and coming back to a variety of onboard activities, one-of-a-kind entertainment, plus more dining options than days of the week. Dressing up or going casual. Dining with friends or savouring a romantic dinner à deux. Doing what makes you happy with no restrictive timetables, ever. Because your holiday is exactly that - yours.

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