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City in Estonia, Baltic Sea

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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Light Up Your Sense of Adventure

Medieval architecture, modern sensibilities and icy beauty awaits

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Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle

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.

bergen norway colorful houses

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.  

Picturesque European Cityscape

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.

Amsterdam Canal Belt

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.

Historic and Urban Helsinki, Finland

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.

Northern Lights Tours Northern Europe

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.

Copenhagen, Denmark Nyhavn Pier Sunset

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.

St. Petersburg, Russia, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

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

There are adventures to be had every time of year in Northern Europe and Scandinavia. The high season lasts from June to August; all attractions are open during this time, and cities host many festivals. This is the time of year to go to experience the midnight sun in cities like Helsinki and Stockholm.

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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10 Facts About Turkey the Country

Planning to visit Turkey? We have the top 10 facts about Turkey the country, giving everything, you need to know to plan the best vacation trip.

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Traveling to the Crystal Caves in Spain

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View of Big Ben over Westminster Bridge on a sunny day. United Kingdom.

Big Ben Facts to Know Before Your Next Vacation | Royal Caribbean Cruises

Discover the most fun Big Ben facts, plus facts about the royal family and its connection to Elizabeth Tower and the Houses of Parliament.

Athens (Piraeus), Greece, View of city and Acropolis

Best Things To Do in Athens, Greece, on Your Cruise Vacation

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Aerial view of Barcelona beach and city during sunrise. Spain.

Planning a Barcelona Vacation From the Sea

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Venice, Italy Grand Canal

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Berlin for Oktoberfest: What To Know Before You Go | Royal Caribbean Cruises

Berlin for Oktoberfest is one of the world's best parties. Here's everything you need to know before you go on your cruise to Berlin.

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Hamburg, Germany, Christmas Market

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Pablo Picasso Facts and How He Influenced the Art World | Royal Caribbean Cruises

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View of a Dock and a Fjord, Flam, Norway

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Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Familia Interior

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the golden fountain of the Piazza de Spagna at sunrise. Europe.

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Ancient Greek Architecture

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Kotor Montenegro Castle During Sunset

Best Mediterranean Cruise Destinations

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Mountain River during Sunrise, Geiranger, Norway

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Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Roman Forum

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Norway Mountain Landscape

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Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Celsus Library Close Up

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The Arena and Palazzo Barbieri at night in Verona. Italy.

Italian Music Culture & its Famous Operas

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Plan the Best London Day Trips Ever

Set sail on a getaway cruise vacation and discover the best things to do in London while enjoying your day trips. Experience history, Harry Potter, and more!

Greece Fira Principal Town View

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Take a moment to make the most of your Greek island hopping travels, reveal the best places to visit in Greece. Plan your unique vacation with ease.

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Visit Famous Landmarks in the British Isles

Uncover the most famous landmarks while making the most of your British Isles vacation. Adventure awaits those who seek it, enjoy a tailored guide.

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How to Choose the Best Olive Oil

Uncover the secrets to having the best olive oil in the world as well as the know-how on all the many types and their uses. Enjoy a guide tailored to you.

View of the Salvador Dali House in Spain in a coastal hillside. Spain

Visiting the Salvador Dali Museum in Spain

Explore the Salvador Dali Museum and Garden in Spain as you make the most of your cultural traveling adventures. Enjoy a guide tailored to your vacation.

Original Italian Gelato

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Uncover the ultimate guide to eating locally in Italy as you make the most of your vacation travels. Adventure awaits those who seek it.

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Uncover the ultimate Turkish baths & hammam spa experiences to making the most of your vacation to Turkey. Enjoy a guide tailored to your travels.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Gladiators of the Roman Colosseum

Plan a cultural vacation to Italy by setting sail for the Roman Colosseum. Enjoy a tour guide tailored to you on the history of Rome & its gladiator.

Turkish desert baklava with peanut,  pistachio, hand on fork and Turkish tea

Turkish Desserts to Sweeten your Vacation

Turkish desserts are as pivotal to the experience of traveling in Turkey as a cruise through the Bosphorus Strait. Enjoy a guide tailored to your vacation.

Colorful hot air balloon riders hovering over the rock formations of Cappadocia, Turkey.

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Find a new perspective from high in the sky with a hot air balloon ride in Turkey. Adventure awaits those who seek it, enjoy a guide tailored to you.

Italy Rome Family Colosseum Tour

Fun European Cities to Visit With Kids

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Planning a Rome Vacation From the Sea and Beyond

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Plan the ultimate Blue Lagoon Iceland vacation. Our guide covers top attractions, insider tips, and expert recommendations. Start planning now.

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Find all the top fashion places to visit in Paris and how to get there during Fashion Week getaway travels. Plan your France vacation!

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There are over 1,500 Scotland castle tours to choose from. We've narrowed down a list of the most; historic, cultural, famous, and royal significance.

Know your currencies in Northern Europe: Finland, Latvia and Estonia use the Euro, Denmark the Danish krone, Norway the Norwegian krone and Sweden the Swedish krona.

Bring a good insect repellent in summer and sunglasses for the never-setting summer sun.

Saunas are a favorite winter-time activity. Keep an eye out for one to enjoy on your next cruise.

NEW TAKES ON CUISINE

The high-end gourmet New Nordic cuisine has become a hit in recent years, starting with a culinary revolution in Copenhagen with young, forward-thinking chefs serving deconstructed takes on traditional tastes and indigenous ingredients. Whether you go high-brow or traditional, Northern European food is sure to comfort and delight.

Arctic and Baltic Sea Traditional Fish Plate

Catch a Cold-Water Fish

High-quality fish from the cold waters of the Arctic and Baltic Seas are integral to the region's cuisine. The most popular type of fish is herring, which is served in soups and fillets. Don't miss the chance to try a delicious haddock soup, with a creamy broth and plenty of hearty leeks and potatoes.

Denmark Typical Smorrebrod Sandwich

Cured for Hunger

For a tasty lunch in Denmark, you won't have to look far to get a smorrebrod, an open-face sandwich served on one slice of bread rather than two. Sink your teeth into dark-brown, hearty rye bread with savory slices of cured ham or smoked salmon, with horseradish for an added kick.

Sweden Gooey Chocolate Cake Kladdkaka

Scandinavian Sweets

Enjoy one of the many Scandinavian pastries or desserts: Try Sweden's gooey chocolate cake kladdkaka and the Norwegian cinnamon bun kanelboller. Keep an eye out for ice cream flavored with cloudberries, a local wild berry with a slightly tart bite and a floral sweetness.

Related Ports

Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Nordic cities such as Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Head further east to the architectural wonders of Tallinn, Estonia or get cultural in the museums and concert halls of Riga, Latvia. Be amazed by the natural wonders at the Arctic Circle, or go for some fjord-land hiking in Flam, Norway.

Rotterdam, Netherlands, Delfshaven Historic Center

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Canal Boat Traditional Houses

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bergen, Norway Colorful Waterfront Homes

Bergen, Norway

Alesund, Norway Rocks and Seawall

Alesund, Norway

Multiple Pieces of Ice Floating through the Sea, Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle (Cruising), Norway

A Green Coastal Lighthouse in Rostock, Berlin (Rostock), Germany

Berlin (Rostock), Germany

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany Two Lighthouses At Harbor Entrance

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany

Cork (Cobh), Ireland Cityscape

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

A Replica Viking Boat with Mountains in the Background, Flam, Norway

Flam, Norway

Geiranger, Norway, Snowcapped Fjord

Geiranger, Norway

Hamburg, Germany, Historic Buildings

Hamburg, Germany

Northern Lights Over Arctic Terrain in Norway, Honningsvag, Norway

Honningsvag, Norway

Dublin, Ireland, Howth Head

Dublin, Ireland

Kristiansand, Norway, Coastal Mountain

Kristiansand, Norway

Molde, Norway, Panoramic View

Molde, Norway

Olden, Norway, Jostedalsbreen Glacier

Olden, Norway

Oslo, Norway, Coastal Buildings

Oslo, Norway

Riga, Latvia, House of Blackheads Statue

Riga, Latvia

Skjolden, Norway, Mountain Landscape

Skjolden, Norway

Stockholm, Sweden, Aerial panoramic view

Stockholm, Sweden

Tallinn, Estonia, Cityscape

Tallinn, Estonia

Tromso, Norway, Mountain landscape

Tromso, Norway

Visby, Sweden, View of the building rooftops

Visby, Sweden

Waterford, Ireland, Coastal cliff

Waterford (Dunmore East), Ireland

Stavanger, Norway, Cliff Preikestolen

Stavanger, Norway

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Bremerhaven, Germany

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Maloy, Norway

Norway is beautiful in the summer.

Haugesund, Norway

The port of Kiel is a portal into the past.

Kiel, Germany

Letters in Nordfjordeid on the shore of Nordfjord in Norway

Nordfjordeid, Norway

View of the colorful houses of Ringaskiddy Ireland from seaside.

Cork (Ringaskiddy), Ireland

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Scandinavia & Baltic Cruises

Unpack once and visit seven different scandinavian countries.

Best Cruise Line Itineraries

Recommend Magazine 12-time winner

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.

If you are interested in the longer Scandinavia & Baltic cruises, you’ll love Princess® Epic Voyages. Learn more about our expertly curated itineraries for your next extraordinary adventure.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Discover Old European Charm on a Baltic Sea Cruise

If you’ve ever wanted to step inside a Medieval fairytale, a Baltic Sea cruise most certainly delivers. Experience the Middle Ages as you explore Tallinn’s UNESCO-protected Old Town. Marvel at Denmark’s magical castles, and amble along the cobblestone streets and radiant, historic buildings of Gamla Stan in Stockholm. Explore religious sites and the all-encompassing history of Berlin. Spend the afternoon in one of Helsinki’s fascinating museums, then take a dip in the deep blue Baltic Sea.

Embark on an unforgettable cruise vacation aboard Celebrity Apex or Celebrity Silhouette, where you’ll find stylish accommodations, luxurious amenities, and globally inspired cuisine. Discover the beguiling countries that surround the Baltic Sea with Celebrity Cruises, voted “Best Cruise Line in Europe” for nine consecutive years at Travel Weekly’s 16th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Castles & palaces.

The countries along the Baltic Sea are brimming with historic castles and palaces. Go on a whirlwind tour of the famous castles of North Zealand outside of Copenhagen to see the royals’ part-time residence and the setting for Hamlet . Admire the stately Stockholm Palace where the King of Sweden resides. Explore the majestic Catherine Palace, the former summer retreat of Russian tsars. Revel in the romance and splendor of these opulent landmarks.

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Kayak the Finnish archipelago surrounding Helsinki, or explore the scenic countryside of Porvoo. In Stockholm, venture beyond the city to the Långholmen Kajak, a Venice-like system of canals where you can enjoy a Swedish gondola ride. Venture to the Malusi islands off the coast of Estonia to spot seals in their natural habitat.

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The extraordinary cities you’ll visit on a Baltic Sea cruise are brimming with culture, history, and excitement at every turn. Admire the quintessential rust-colored roofs of Tallinn. Stroll alongside the vibrant facades of Gamla Stan’s storied structures in Stockholm. Do as the locals do and bike through Copenhagen’s streets, admiring the sleek Scandinavian design juxtaposed with hundreds of years of history at every turn. 

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A stop in Copenhagen makes for a fabulous day in port while on a cruise to Scandinavia and to Northern Europe’s capitals. Spend the day admiring the city’s opulent castles and stroll along the colorful waterfront district of Nyhavn. Don’t forget to try a Danish brew and sample local eats at a food hall while you’re here.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in northern Europe. The city’s Old Town is filled with medieval houses and cobblestone alleyways still protected by the remnants of the city wall. Aside from Tallin’s charming city, you can venture to the countryside to sip vodka amongst the ruins of Rakvere Castle, or sample cheese at a local dairy farm.

Stockholm, Sweden

Discover Stockholm, the trend-setting capital of Sweden known as “Beauty on the Water”. Get a glimpse of a time before industrialization at Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo that showcases Sweden’s traditional way of life and exotic wildlife. Spend an afternoon at the Nationalmuseum or the Vasa Museum for a crash course in Viking history and Swedish art. No trip to the city is complete without spending a few hours in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town.

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On a cruise to the Baltic Sea, you’ll sail on award-winning ships like Celebrity Apex or Celebrity Silhouette. Itineraries range from 11 to 13 nights and depart from Rotterdam or Amsterdam, Netherlands and Southampton, England (which is conveniently close to London) from May to August.

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Experience some of Europe’s most riveting cities while sailing in complete luxury on one of our cruise ships. Lounge at the Lawn Club and watch the Baltic Sea glitter as day turns to dusk. Sample local beer in Estonia, then try a new cocktail at one of our innovative bars. After a long, unforgettable day spent exploring Stockholm or Helsinki, you’ll be welcomed back to the ship, where exquisite cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and luxurious staterooms and suites await.

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Berlin, Germany

Take in an intriguing, vibrant city with moving memorials of its history and contemporary galleries and boutiques.

Stockholm, Sweden

Bask in midnight sunshine during summer months and discover a vibrant capital stretched across fourteen islands.

Tallinn, Estonia

Find cobbled streetscapes and medieval churches converged seamlessly with a thriving modern tech culture.

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Immerse yourself in a distinct arts and music scene, sumptuous saunas, and a UNESCO fortress on a gorgeous waterfront.

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Excursions to incredible landscapes, stunning architecture, and culture-rich museums await on your Baltic Sea & Scandinavia cruise. Cruise the majestic fjords of Scandinavia or admire the awe-inspiring beauty of North Cape bathed in the glow of the midnight sun. Take a private tour of Berlin’s famous sights. Enjoy an evening of culture with an Estonian folk-dance performance. Explore the incredible Palaces of Copenhagen. It’s all here. 

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Do you want to get to know as many European countries as possible and discover Scandinavian cultures? Then a Baltic Sea cruise is for you! Start your cruise from Kiel, Warnemünde or Copenhagen and discover by ship the beautiful Baltic destinations of Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and St. Petersburg. Follow in the footsteps of history in the Baltic Sea and discover the pearls of the Baltic Sea along with its historic old towns during an exciting Baltic Sea cruise.

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The arrival in the Danish city of Copenhagen shows just how special the city is. Built on two islands, Copenhagen houses the popular Rococo district Frederiksstaden . Here you can also visit Amalienborg Palace, the seat of the Danish royal family. Close to the main train station you can reach the Tivoli, a recreational and amusement park with colourful flower beds and fountains. --> Copenhagen cruises

In Stockholm you’ll find the Royal Castle Drottningholm , where the royal family resides. Just outside the city, on picturesque Lake Mälaren, is Gripsholm Castle, which was once the home of Kurt Tucholsky in one of his stories. If you want to give your children an encounter with the heroes of their childhood, visit Junibacken, the Astrid Lindgren Museum, where Pippi Longstocking is located. --> Stockholm cruises

Finland's capital Helsinki lies on the Gulf of Finland. Upstream are more than 80 islands and small islets, which provide a unique atmosphere at the harbour entrance. As you walk through the neighbourhoods, you can see that each district has its own charm. Do not miss the Suomenlinna Fortress , perched on the coast and accessible by ferry. More than 80 hectares is the Gibraltar of the North , as the fortress is also called. In the Visitor Centre you will find details about the construction and use of more than 200 buildings. With a kayak you can head to the offshore islands for peace and quiet. --> Helsinki cruises

Not far from the Finnish capital you can reach Eastern European waters as your ship arrives in Tallinn . The capital of Estonia is also the cultural centre of the country. Stroll through the thick city walls to the cobblestone old town with its shops and cafes. Here you can also climb the defense tower Kiek in de Kök , which was preserved from the 15th century.

Further East, on your Baltic Cruise, you will reach one of the most famous Russian cities, St. Petersburg , the former Leningrad. If you are in the city, there is no way past the world famous Hermitage and its artworks. In the Katharinenpalast, dedicated to the former Tsarina Catherine the Great, the amber room will take your breath away. But even if you just stroll through the city, you will feel the special flair of this Russian cultural capital, which owes its name to the city founder Peter the Great. Thanks to its countless bridges, St. Petersburg is also known beyond its city limits as the Venice of the North . --> St. Petersburg cruises

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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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For many travel enthusiasts, embarking on a Baltic Sea cruise is a dream come true. The region, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, provides a riveting experience for anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind marine trip. With many cruise companies vying for your attention, picking the ideal one can take time and effort. In this article, we'll look at some of the top competitors and help you determine which cruise line is right for your Baltic Sea adventure.

List of Cruise Lines Is Best for the Baltic Sea

1. the norwegian dawn.

The Norwegian Dawn promises a seamless blend of luxury and discovery. With 2,997 reviews, this cruise line has attracted notice for its excellent service and varied itinerary.

Norwegian Dawn has many reviews reflecting a wide range of traveler experiences. Whether you want to visit St. Petersburg's historical monuments or Stockholm's stunning surroundings, this cruise might be your ticket to Baltic splendor.

2. The Holland America Rotterdam

The Holland America Rotterdam has established itself as a top competitor. This cruise line, which has 93 reviews, provides a more intimate experience for individuals looking for a stronger connection with the destinations.

The broad itinerary of Rotterdam guarantees that guests get a complete flavor of the Baltic's different cultures and scenery. This cruise line is worth considering if you prefer a more relaxing and refined journey.

3. Celebrity Silhouette  

The Celebrity Silhouette is a popular choice for Baltic cruises , with several departures throughout the year. This cruise line has received 2,076 excellent reviews for its excursions, such as the Best of Scandinavia and Norwegian Fjords.

Celebrity Silhouette is noted for its modern luxury, first-rate onboard amenities, and well-planned itineraries. This cruise line may be an excellent alternative for touring the Baltic region if you want to combine comfort with excitement.

4. Nieuw Statendam

The Nieuw Statendam is a newcomer to the Baltic cruise sector. This cruise line is gaining popularity for its innovative itineraries and emphasis on less-traveled areas, according to 254 reviews.

The concentration on Iceland and Scotland distinguishes Nieuw Statendam, giving a unique experience for travelers wishing to venture beyond the conventional Baltic routes. If you're an adventurous soul looking for a path less traveled, this cruise company might be a good fit.

5. Sky Princess

Princess Cruises' Sky Princess is a magnificent vessel that offers a 14-night exploration of Northern Europe . With 281 ratings, this cruise promises an immersive experience focusing on client happiness. While pricing information is unavailable, Princess Cruises is known for providing excellent service, extensive entertainment options, and well-curated itineraries that showcase the best of the Baltic.

6. Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Eclipse by Celebrity Cruises offers excursions to Greece, Italy, and France. Celebrity Cruises continues to impress with its devotion to luxury and design, garnering 1,933 reviews. While pricing information is not accessible, Celebrity Eclipse is a cruise critic's favorite, making it an appealing option for travelers wanting a blend of elegance and cultural immersion.

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The finest Baltic Sea cruise company depends on various factors, including personal tastes, travel style, and preferred destinations. Whether you like larger ships' majesty or smaller vessels' intimacy, each cruise company provides a distinct viewpoint on the Baltic region.

Consider the duration of the cruise, the exact cruise destinations visited, onboard amenities, and, of course, the evaluations of other travelers before making a decision. Finally, the finest Baltic Sea cruise company corresponds with your travel goals and ensures a great vacation through this enchanting part of the world.

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8 of the best small ship cruises to the Baltic for 2024 and 2025

Published 3rd June 2024 in Cruise Advice By Edwina Lonsdale /cruise-news/cruise-advice/best-small-ship-baltic-cruises

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Cruising in the Baltic is a fascinating experience, with so much to appeal to all tastes and preferences. Here are the best Baltic cruises for 2024 and 2025.

The art and architecture is extraordinary, and history buffs will enjoy the tales at every port of call. The clear air of the Baltic, the light-filled nights in the height of the summer, the glorious lush forests and the long sandy beaches distinguish the area from all others, with picturesque islands evoking childhood memories of Moomins! Add in great food and drink, wonderful opportunities for hiking and cycling, and magical music too, and you have the perfect multi-faceted destination.

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To really make the most of a trip to the Baltic, we recommend cruising on a small ship, which for us means no more than 1,000 guests. This will allow you to visit some of the smaller ports that the big ships can't reach, and you'll enjoy extra space and enhanced service on board. For those who prefer the intimacy of a ship with fewer than 500 guests, there are some key Baltic bonuses, which means you are closer to the action, and will need less travelling time for city excursions.

Best Baltic Cruises 2024 & 2025

1. windstar cruises.

Windstar's fleet of small ships, three with sails and three without, offer a laid-back and unpretentious vibe, perfect for easy going travellers. In 2024 and 2025 look out for an extended Baltic programme featuring 9-, 10- 17-day itineraries on the 'stretched' all-suite Star Legend with 312 guests, with some cruises mixing in stops in the lovely Norwegian fjords.

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Francophiles and lovers of a chic and stylish joie de vivre will find Ponant's 184-passenger Explorer class ships hard to resist this summer and next as they sail among the historic cities of the Baltic Sea and there are even some highly unusual winter cruises on the pioneering Le Commandant Charcot. Look out for Ponant's prestigious partners on board - on certain cruises there is an outstanding music programme, or other cultural enhancements with Christies, for example.

Fares include lavish French cuisine, and drinks of course, and your light and airy accommodation is appropriately Scandi-style, perfect for a Baltic cruise.

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3. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

The 500-guest Europa 2 i s the highest rated ship in the world according to the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships.

Her 8- or 12-day bilingual Baltic cruise departing in July 2024, 2025 and 2026 is a wonderful opportunity to test out whether you agree, and to sample the light-filled Nordic elegance and contemporary relaxed style of this lovely ship.

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4. Silversea

In summer 2024 Silversea's 596-guest ship Silver Dawn offers a selection of Baltic options, with plenty of time to explore ashore before returning to your stylish home from home for relaxed elegance and plenty of dining options.

Next year, the lovely 608-guest Silver Spirit will sail in the Baltics, offering a stylish and contemporary environment. Silversea's inclusive pricing covers your drinks and gratuities, as well as dining in a range of venues.

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What could be nicer than to visit the Baltic on the spacious Crystal Symphony or Serenity, with plenty of dining choices, outstanding service and lots to do on board?

Options include a 12-night sailing from Dover to Stockholm departing on 30th July 2024, as well as multiple Baltic options next summer with some returning to the UK for an easy disembark.

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6. Oceania Cruises

For food lovers who enjoy unpretentious cruising, Oceania's ships cruise the Baltic on 7-, 10-, and 12-night voyages between June and October in 2024 and 2025, with some departing from the UK and visiting some more unusual ports of call away from the crowds.

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7. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent's sparkling ships offer multiple July 2024 and 2025 departures on intriguing 10-, 12-, 14- and 18-night Baltic itineraries.

Regent's all-inclusive shore excursion programme is perfect for a Baltic cruise, with so many treasures to explore, as well as trips out to the country, gastronomic delights, bicycle tours, and Regent's keynote 'local' options.

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8. Viking Ocean Cruises

Travel on one of Viking's 930-guest vessels between May and September 2024 and 2025 on lovely two- or four-week itineraries in the Baltic Sea, cruising between London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and many other Baltic cities, some of which mix in the British Isles or the beauties of southern Norway and the fjords for a nicely balanced itinerary.

Viking's many airy Nordic style ships are interchangeable, and all offer value pricing which includes a shore excursion in most ports, gratuities and wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.

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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising. Most recently she's cruised on Windstar and has also sailed with Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, SeaDream, Ponant, AmaWaterways and Aqua Expeditions. Her favourite destination is the Galapagos however she's also enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean, Danube, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, Brahmaputra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Mekong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Caribbean and the Arctic. When she’s not travelling she loves reading, food and wine.

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8 best destinations on the Baltic Coast for a cooler summer holiday

I t’s the annual great debate among friends and family – where to go on holiday – and in our experience, destinations on the Baltic Sea aren’t usually thrown into the ring.

However, as wildfires and overtourism protests rage come peak season in Greece and Spain , many British holidaymakers are looking for quieter and more moderate climates in which to spend their summers.

Featuring customs and cuisines just as appealing as the holiday big hitters in southern Europe – where most Brits travel to seek the sun – the quieter sea northeast of the UK has unsung destinations that are well worth a visit.

There are historic cities steeped in folklore and vibrant cafe culture, often with cheaper prices, and thousands of islands that provide sun, swimming and seafood.

The windmill-studded and retro-feeling summer playgrounds for both locals and aristocrats don’t sweat with the same heat and crowds.

Here are the lesser-trodden lands with longer daylight hours in Estonia , Lithuania , Denmark and more, in which to swap the Mediterranean Sea for the Baltic Sea on your next summer holiday.

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Aland Islands

This autonomous archipelago between Finland and Sweden is home to lots of isolated villages, sandy beaches and miles of cycle paths. The Aland Islands, with their own parliament and flag, are dotted with colourful wood cabins, quiet cafes and green landscapes. Visit charming capital Mariehamn, on one of only 60 inhabited isles, to head out on bike tours, visit 13th-century Kastelholm Castle and island-hop to find flea markets and disc golf courses.

Where to stay

HavsVidden Resort, tucked within red granite cliffs in northern Aland, is a summer hotspot with a seasonal restaurant, jetty for docking, and airy self-catering villas boasting views across the Gulf of Bothnia.

Binz, Germany

If Belle Epoque promenades, six miles of pristine sand and traditional seaside fun are what you seek this summer then Binz – a beach resort on Germany’s Rugen island – may be for you. Nostalgic Art Nouveau architecture backdrops, striped Strandkorbcabanas, best complemented with a frosty stein, and steam train Raging Roland huffs and puffs between the resorts.

Right on the promenade, Strandhotel Binz welcomes beach dwellers to melt into massages at the rooftop spa, tuck into fresh seafood on the Fischmarkt restaurant terrace, and spend the day on a beach just steps from breakfast.

Bornholm, Denmark

Bornholm, 115 miles east of Denmark’s mainland, has a slow pace of life, a sustainable strategy, and a culture of crafts and creativity. Dueodde’s fine beach is a favourite for family holidays with Danes, the fortress of Hammershus offers a history lesson at northern Europe’s largest medieval castle, and seafood abounds with herring smokeries and the Gudjhem fishing port to visit for the catch of the day.

Coastal chic Allinge Badehotel is a stone’s throw from Næs Strand beach with calm gardens, spacious rooms and ocean views. Organic buffet breakfasts are included with stays, and spreads include local marmalade and baked figs from the fig tree in the yard.

Gdansk, Poland

Poland’s Gdansk moves with a softer buzz than those towns vying for ‘city of love’ status in southern Europe. Handsome and historic with impressive architecture including the Solidarity museum, the Baltic Sea gem is also a classic for craft beer, plates of Polish pierogi dumplings and flourishing nightlife. Head to the port city’s coast to discover waffles and Europe’s longest wooden pier at seaside Sopot.

The Hilton Gdansk sits amid the red roofs of Gdansk’s Old Town with a rooftop bar, spa facilities, a pool, and modern rooms overlooking the Motlawa river. It tick all the boxes for a comfortable city break.

Hanko, Finland

To the southwest of Helsinki, Hanko has 80 miles of pristine coastline for bathing on beaches such as Hango Plagen and Tulluddsstranden, trails to hike on the Tulliniemi Nature Path, and centuries-old shipwrecks to dive. Ornate 19th-century villas, spas and artisan villages are onshore staples on the traditional island in Finland’s sunny south where, Bengtskar stands as the tallest lighthouse in the Nordic region.

Silversand Camping offers 16 cabins, three glamping tents and hundreds of electric camping pitches year-round, with beach saunas, barbecues and terraces for guests to watch the sun go down just yards from the sea.

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Lithuania’s third-largest city is a maritime magnet with a timbered old town, an abundance of sculptures and a buzzing annual jazz festival. Since 1934, Klaipeda has also hosted a sea festival to honour marine traditions with musical performances, trade fairs and Baltic tall ships. The best of both worlds city also features a golden coastline to turn your city break into a beach-based holiday in summer.

You’ll find comfortable rooms, a steamy spa and rooftop cocktail bars at the Victoria Hotel Klaipeda on the Dane river. Popular with the Prussian elite in the 18th century, high-end echoes ooze from the Baltasis Zirgas restaurant to the sparkling chandeliers.

Saaremaa, Estonia

For total tranquility, folk traditions and thatched cottages, Saaremaa is the largest island on the Estonian archipelago. A former home of pirates and Vikings, Saaremaa has a rich history that extends from Bronze Age mythology to Kuressaare, one of Estonia’s best-preserved medieval castles, and the Angla windmill park. Take the ferry from the mainland to learn, get stuck into nature, or stretch out in solitude on Jarve beach.

Pilguse Residency on Saaremaa’s west coast is 90 hectares dating back to 1558. Eco-conscious hotel rooms, rustic cottages and luxury mirror cabins are dotted between the land and lakes, making Pilguse a haven for guests seeking hiking and cycling.

Sandon, Sweden

The smart settlement of Sandhamm on Sweden’s tiny Sandon island is home to a yacht-filled marina, clapboard houses, elegant seafood dining and sandy beaches. Back-in-time bakeries, ancient fruit trees and a glitzy boat club welcome an influx of tourists during the summer months to the breezy climate on the Baltic Sea.

Missionshuset Bed & Breakfast is a quaint, quiet option in the heart of Sandhamn’s village with five double rooms and daily breakfasts, just five minutes from the port.

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Carry-on bag

Regardless of whether you bring checked luggage, you'll need some type of carry-on bag . Since checked bags need to go through security as they do at airports – and because you may need to wait for your stateroom to be ready, just like at a hotel – you'll want to be able to access any necessities pre-cruise. These might include a swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for the pools; medications; a bottle of water; and your smartphone, of course. You'll also want to keep your credit card , passport, and any other important documentation or valuables close by. A carry-on backpack works especially well since it can double as a day bag for shore excursions.

Checked bag

While you'll likely want to bring a checked bag, consider sharing one with your shipmate(s) to maximize stateroom storage space. Or, consider bringing medium-sized luggage, such as the The Medium by Away , for checking in.

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While many cruises are less formal these days, a garment bag can still be handy for keeping select garments wrinkle-free (since clothing irons are prohibited on cruise ships). Top-rated options include the The Garment Duffel by Halfday and the Briggs and Riley Baseline 22" Carry-On 2-Wheel Garment Bag , both of which double as traditional luggage. If you pack your luggage right, you can make this your only suitcase, in addition to a carry-on bag.

Packing cubes or vacuum-sealed bags

Packing cubes are one of the best ways to organize your belongings for travel – especially in a tight cruise ship cabin. Top-rated options include the Veken packing cubes on Amazon (usually priced around $20) and all of the Pack-It Sets by Eagle Creek. The Pack-It Starter Set is especially ideal for cruising since it includes a garment folder designed to minimize wrinkles in clothing. Some cruisers also swear by vacuum-sealed bags , even though they can be a bit more tedious to pack.

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Ashley Kosciolek, senior cruise writer at The Points Guy, recommends a carry-on caddy , particularly if you're flying to your embarkation point. "I have a fabric sleeve that slides down over the telescoping handle on my carry-on to provide pockets for my passport, phone, coffee – all the things I used to have to juggle during check-in."

Digital luggage scale

The compact Etekcity scale – approximately $10 on Amazon – can weigh bags up to 110 pounds and help you avoid overweight baggage fees. You can often find these scales at your local Marshalls and HomeGoods stores too.

Bungee cord

"Especially for travelling with the family, I use a bright-green bungee cord to strap multiple pieces of luggage together," says Aaron Saunders, senior editor at Cruise Critic. "It's a lifesaver when boarding trains or disembarking ships, particularly when you ' re maneuvering a stroller and a little one around, too."

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A luggage tracker isn't just useful for air travel. Attach one to your checked cruise luggage to see when it has arrived in your stateroom (or if it's stalled at security). Chris Gray Faust, executive editor at Cruise Critic, doesn't go anywhere without her Apple AirTag after her luggage got stuck in Vancouver for over a week last June. "My AirTag use has expanded beyond my checked luggage, too. I also have AirTags in my handbag, my carry-on, my keychain and my wallet."

Cruise insurance

Due to the unpredictable nature of travel, cruise insurance can be a wise purchase ahead of your voyage. Travel policies can cover unforeseen expenses such as trip interruptions and medical emergencies.

While a passport is often required for cruising, rules can vary depending where you're traveling. Determine whether you need a passport for your upcoming cruise ; if you do, triple-check that you have it packed the day of departure.

Credit cards and local currency

When cruising internationally, consider getting small amounts of each country's currency to have on hand in port. Depending where you go, some local markets may only accept their own country's currency, not U.S. dollars or credit cards. It's also nice to leave cash gratuities for cab drivers, tour guides or servers; in the European Union, 1- and 2-euro coins are convenient and appropriate tips. In ports with vendors that do accept credit cards, be sure to carry a Visa or Mastercard , as some shops and restaurants do not take American Express .

RFID wallet

It's important to protect your travel documents with an RFID wallet like the TIGARI Passport Holder or the ZOPPEN RFID Travel Passport Wallet , the latter of which can hold multiple passports for a family. "Thieves and hackers can steal your credit card information just by using skimming devices," explains Jill Schildhouse, a cruise expert and U.S. News contributor who always travels with her RFID wallet. "And because your wallet wasn't even touched, you won't know it happened until you see your credit card statement."

Medications

Pack more than enough of your prescription medications as well as any over-the-counter medicines you'll need, just in case you encounter an itinerary change or travel delay. While some travelers find it easiest to bring personal medicines in their prescription bottles, others find travel pill boxes to be especially helpful for organization. The Sukuos Weekly Pill Organizer is a well-rated option, with detachable boxes for each day as well as compartments for morning and evening medications.

Sheet masks

Since flying can be so drying for the skin, Faust likes to use sheet masks. "My first step the night before I board (because you should always fly in a day early) is to hydrate with a sheet mask (usually from a Korean brand like Ballon Blanc or FaceTory )," she says. "If I'm meeting up with a friend, I bring an extra sheet mask so our trip starts out feeling a bit like a spa day!"

Magnetic hooks

A surprising fact: Cruise ship cabin walls are made of metal, which means you can optimize your storage space by hanging some of your belongings on magnetic wall hooks. The hooks are perfect for holding bulky coats or boots if you're traveling to a colder climate. You can also use them for wet gear on expedition ships and adventure cruises, or for drying out bathing suits after days at the beach or pool. Purchase a set of magnetic hooks for less than $10 on Amazon.

Like hotels, cruise ships can only provide so many hangers. Bring a few extras from home or pick up a pack from your local dollar store. You might also try packable hangers .

Wrinkle release spray

Whether or not you bring a garment bag, a travel-size bottle of wrinkle release spray, such as Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray , is useful to have on board. If you combine a spritz or two with the steam from your shower, you should be able to smooth out some of the wrinkles in your clothing.

Laundry detergent

"If you don't want to pay for laundry service or spend precious time in the self-service laundry room, bring a small bottle of laundry detergent like Woolite to wash key items in the sink: underwear, bras, quick-dry hiking shorts, bathing suits, etc.," recommends Schildhouse. "Every cruise ship shower has a retractable clothesline you can extend to drape the clothes over while they dry. This can also help cut down on the number of items you need to pack."

Over-the-door organizers

Over-the-door organizers with clear or mesh pockets allow you to find your feminine hygiene products, makeup, jewelry and other small items quickly – without having to hunt through multiple drawers or a tight stateroom closet. It's a good idea to purchase a two-pack like this option by Simple Houseware Store (available on Amazon), since you can also use one to store shoes and maximize floor space.

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It goes without saying, but to say it anyway: A toilet spray like Poo-Pourri is a must for your cruise packing list. Any smell – pleasant or not – will travel quickly in small staterooms with small bathrooms. Buy a travel-size bottle to keep in your cabin.

Shampoo and conditioner

Cruise experts agree it's best to bring your own shampoo and conditioner in travel-size bottles, as most cruise ships don't provide separate shampoo and conditioner anymore; instead, they offer all-in-one dispensers. Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief at Cruise Critic, likes to pack her shampoo and conditioner in the popular Cadence Capsules , noting she also uses them for another essential: sunscreen. "These capsules are easy to fill, never leak and have clear labels, which you can customize," she says.

Wine or Champagne

Most major cruise lines allow each guest to bring one to two bottles of wine or Champagne on board, while some luxury cruise lines allow even more than that. Disney Cruise Line also gives guests the option to bring a six-pack of beer instead of wine or Champagne. Be sure to consult your cruise line's policies when packing for your trip.

If you plan to bring wine or Champagne, you'll likely need a corkscrew . While some cruise lines may prohibit corkscrews, others allow them on board; check your cruise line's policy before sailing. Bringing wine with a twistable cap may be a good alternative.

Portable humidifier

Cruise ship cabins can feel dry – especially in the colder months. A portable humidifier like the GENIANI Erie (around $25 on Amazon) can provide some relief. At about half a pound, this USB-powered device will fit neatly into your checked bag or carry-on luggage. The travel humidifier features two mist settings and has an automatic shut-off option, plus a night light to help you see around your cabin in the dark.

International travel adapter or converter

You'll likely need a travel adapter, since cruise lines homeported in international locales may have different electrical sockets and voltage strengths than you're used to in the U.S.

McDaniel recommends the OneWorld65 Travel Adapter . "I've used a lot of different travel adapters over the years, but this is my favorite. It charges up to six devices at once, has USB and mini-USB options, and works in over 200 countries," she says. "While many cruise ships have U.S. outlets, most usually also have European outlets. This adapter lets me take advantage of that outlet I'd otherwise ignore." She also notes that while cruise lines are getting better about having more outlets on their ships, it never feels like enough to keep your phone, camera battery, tablet, watch, headphones/earbuds and laptop charged (times two or more if you're traveling with others).

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Sound machine

Cruise experts agree a sound machine can be helpful for blocking out the sound of late-night partiers returning to their staterooms (or your snoring spouse). Schildhouse likes the LectroFan Micro 2 for cruising. "It plays non-looping white noise and doubles as a speaker to play tunes while you get ready for dinner."

Tech organizer

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A tech organizer like the BAGSMART electronics organizer case – available on Amazon for about $20 – can store all your cables, plugs, SD cards and earphones in one zippered, compact bag that will fit easily in your carry-on luggage. Despite its small size, it can also hold bulkier items like a small laptop charging cord.

First-aid kit

A first-aid kit is a good thing to have on hand no matter where you go. You can make your own using supplies you already have at home, or buy a premade first-aid kit on Amazon for about $20. While all cruise ships have medical facilities, it's useful to have these items with you on shore excursions, especially those involving active adventures.

Hand sanitizer

Regularly washing your hands and/or using hand sanitizer is essential to staying healthy while traveling, especially on a cruise ship. Stock up on a few travel-size bottles of hand sanitizer (less than $2 each at Walmart) ahead of your trip. If you're looking for something with less alcohol that's also less drying, check out Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer .

If you're a parent, you know that your infant or toddler needs a very specific size – and in some cases brand – of diapers, which may very well be unavailable to you on your cruise ship or in the ports of call. Bring more than enough diapers to play it safe at sea.

Most cruise lines also require that non-toilet-trained infants and toddlers wear swim diapers in the children's water play areas. For the sake of sanitation, kids must be toilet-trained to use the pools on cruise ships.

Many cruisers like to personalize their cabin with stateroom door decor. Not only is it a fun tradition, but decorating the door can make it easier to locate your room, too. You can find lots of fun decor ideas on Pinterest as well as Amazon.

" Duct tape is a life-saver in many situations," says Kosciolek. "I primarily use it to attach my printed luggage tags, but it's also great for mending clothing issues on the fly and fixing broken luggage until you can get it back home."

"As a parent, I like to bring lanyards with sleeves so my kids can wear their keycards and not lose them," says Erica Silverstein, senior cruise editor at The Points Guy. "We hang them on the magnetic hooks I put on the wall, so they don't get lost in the cabin either."

Sea-Bands pack and bands in case against white background.

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If you're prone to (or think you may be prone to) motion sickness on cruise ships, put a pair of Sea-Bands on your cruise packing list. These soft wristbands use acupressure to prevent and minimize nausea and vomiting on board, and they are a reusable, drug-free alternative to traditional anti-nausea medications. You can purchase Sea-Bands on Amazon or at most drugstores.

If you need something a bit stronger than Sea-Bands (or to use in conjunction with them), Dramamine remains a tried-and-true solution for both preventing and treating sea sickness. Choose the Less Drowsy formula to avoid getting sleepy, and consider the chewable tablets (dye-free) if traveling with kids who are prone to queasiness. Many travelers like Bonine as a remedy for sea sickness as well.

Mix-and-match clothing

Pack a variety of mix-and-match items, also known as a capsule wardrobe, for your cruise. To do this, choose a base color – black or navy blue – for your wardrobe. Next, pack plain, neutral-colored items, then add a few patterned items to the mix. Remember to include a variety of styles (T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, rompers and jumpsuits) and also consider reversible clothing and outfits that can easily transition from day to night.

Sports jacket or blazer

Adam Coulter, executive editor of Cruise Critic UK and Australia, recommends packing a sports jacket or blazer. "While cruise lines are getting more casual, what happens if you get that last-minute invite to meet the captain, or there's a meet and mingle where you want to look put together? A jacket will always elevate your elegance (even if you're wearing a T-shirt underneath)," he says. If you're in need of a travel blazer, Bluffworks has some well-rated options; the Gramercy , in particular, gets great reviews.

Themed party attire

Some cruise lines host themed voyages or parties on select nights where passengers can dress up to participate in the fun. You'll want to review your cruise itinerary before you go so you're prepared for the festivities. Bring your buccaneer gear if you're sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line; ships host fun events like Pirate Nights, pirate-themed dinners and a "Pirates in the Caribbean" show. On "The Love Boat"-themed cruises offered by Princess Cruises , pack your platform boots, glittery dresses, bell-bottom pants and halter tops for the line's 1970s-inspired disco party on the deck. No matter the theme, you can't go wrong with a couple of cruise captain hats .

Travel wrap

A travel wrap is a versatile accessory that's useful for any trip – even more so on a cruise ship where it can get chilly when the sea breeze picks up. Available in nearly 10 different colors, J.Crew's Oversized Cashmere Wrap is a timeless staple, albeit a bit of an investment; for something less expensive but well rated, try this off-brand pashmina shawl on Amazon .

Packable jacket

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If you're cruising to a cold weather destination such as Alaska, you'll need something heavier than a travel wrap, but not so bulky that it requires additional luggage. Consider a packable jacket that folds easily and compactly; travel experts highly recommend the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket .

Packable hat

If you're headed to the Caribbean or another warm weather destination, you'll want a beach hat to protect your scalp and face from the sun. This packable straw hat by FURTALK (available on Amazon for about $25) is a stylish women's option that features a broader brim and offers UPF 50 sun protection.

Comfortable walking shoes

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Even if you never step foot off the ship, there is still plenty of walking to do between bow and stern. Closed-toe shoes or sandals with straps are safer than flimsy flip-flops when boarding a slippery tender into port (if your ship can't dock directly). Check out our recommendations for the most comfortable walking shoes , which include the popular Allbirds Wool Runners and the ECCO Yucatan Sandals .

Water shoes

Depending on your scheduled shore excursions, you might also need a pair of water shoes. For something that's both functional and fashionable, Crocs' Classic Clogs are a good option. While not totally waterproof, the Native Jefferson is a water-friendly, versatile option.

Versatile heels

"Over the years, I've learned that the key to avoiding overpacking is to bring one neutral pair of low heels that match every single eveningwear outfit I've packed – from flowy pants to dresses," says Schildhouse. The Naturalizer Bristol Sandal is an ideal choice, with a cushioned footbed, a 2.5-inch heel, and great reviews. It's also available in a variety of colors.

Reusable water bottle

A reusable water bottle is useful for filling up at water and beverage stations on your cruise ship; it's also a necessity for shore excursions.

Bathing suit

Pack a couple of swimsuits for the pools, hot tubs and any shore excursions.

Swim cover-up

Another must-have for your cruise packing list is a swimsuit cover-up or two. These are great for wearing over your bathing suit during days at sea, as well as on excursions – especially if you're going on a Caribbean cruise . Amazon sells a variety of stylish, affordable cover-ups, and you can never go wrong with a classic white button-down shirt .

Dry bags are useful for shore excursions where you're likely to get wet but don't want the same to be true for your phone, camera and other precious items. "I use the Outdoor Research Unisex Dry Isolation Pack   and have never had so much as a drop of moisture enter it, which is important for me – it keeps my cameras, documents and important items from getting wet," says Saunders, adding that it functions as a great everyday backpack when it's not raining.

If you need more than one dry bag, cruise expert Brittany Chrusciel recommends the Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Bag Set . "Having these dry bags, in a variety of sizes, means I can bring all my gear along during a Zodiac cruise or snorkeling excursion without having to worry about it getting wet."

Waterproof phone case

A waterproof phone case is also essential, especially if you plan to take photos. The Hiearcool Waterproof Phone Pouches (available in a two-pack) come with a lanyard so you can both protect your phone and wear it around your neck. They are compatible with most smartphones.

"I like to bring collapsible pails, small shovels , inflatable beach toys, a floppy Frisbee or other things to entertain the kids on the beach if we're going to a private island or beach destination," says Silverstein. "If you can inflate your own inner tube, you don't need to rent a floating mat."

Beach towel

"Although cruise lines provide guests with towels to take off the ship on excursions, they are often bulky and sometimes small," explains Chrusciel. "The Surfer Towel folds up to nearly nothing, so it takes up almost no room in your suitcase and is super convenient to pack in a day bag. What's more, its quick-drying technology means that the lightweight fabric won't be soaking wet when you need to pack up for the day and head back to the ship."

Towel clips

"Even though giant plastic towel clips shaped like a flamingo are a bit cringey, they make it easy to find your spot in a sea of sun loungers," says Chrusciel. "They also solve a common cruise problem: keeping your towel securely fixed to your chair while reading or sunbathing."

Reef-safe sunscreen

Reef-safe sunscreen SPF 40 against white background.

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When choosing a sunscreen, look for something that's reef-safe; not only are these sunscreens safer for the environment, but they're also better for you . The active ingredients in reef-safe sunscreens, also known as mineral sunscreens, are zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or a combination of both. Top-rated mineral sunscreen brands include Think , Badger and Raw Elements , all of which also sell lip balm with sunscreen (another essential at sea).

After-sun lotion

You'll want an extra dose of moisturizer if you've been basking in the sun. COOLA makes an after-sun body lotion that cools and hydrates the skin with aloe vera, agave and lavender oil. Previous buyers rave about this lotion, noting they appreciate that the scent isn't overpowering.

A good book

Sea days are the perfect time to kick back and relax with a book you've been meaning to read. Find an oceanfront lounge chair in a shaded area on the pool deck, or grab a cup of tea and settle into a quiet nook indoors. There's no need to pack more than one book, however, as many cruise ships have libraries.

What not to pack for a cruise

Power strip.

Many cruise lines do not permit power strips as they present a fire hazard, while others allow them as long as they are non-surge-protected. Instead of a power strip, purchase a portable charger such as this highly rated one by Anker , which can power up multiple devices at once. This can be especially useful for shore excursions. When packing for your cruise, also think about your luggage: If it has an included charging port, you may not even need to purchase an additional charging block.

Weapons and restraints

Firearms, handcuffs and the like are not permitted on cruise ships. This rule also includes toy guns on most cruise lines.

While most major cruise lines allow guests to pack a limited amount of wine or Champagne per person, they do not permit hard liquor. Of course, those of age can purchase cocktails at any of the bars on board.

Household appliances

Irons and steamers are not permitted on cruise ships, which is why the aforementioned garment bags, wrinkle release spray and packing cubes are recommended for keeping clothing tidy and neat. Coffee makers and mug warmers are also prohibited.

While you can technically bring you own, it's not necessary as hairdryers are available in every bathroom on most ships.

CBD and marijuana

CBD that's derived from hemp and contains 0.3% THC or less is legal at a federal level. However, each state interprets and enforces this law differently; for example, many states require a prescription for it. Due to the ambiguity of the laws, most cruise lines continue to ban CBD in any form.

Marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law, which means you cannot bring it on a cruise ship – even if you're legally able to purchase it in your home state for recreational or medical use.

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From epic wilderness cruises in antarctica to beach cruises in the tropics, here are top 10 cruise destinations around the world , if you're after a scenic cruise to wild extremes, alaska is arguably your best option. this destination is also one of the best for wildlife-watching, for an all-round, comprehensive cruise experience, the mediterranean is the best option. this is where you'll find the beaches of the greek islands and the wonders of ancient rome, a cruise along the norwegian coast is nothing short of breathtaking. you will get to see norway's stunning natural beauty up close.

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The most iconic of all cruise destinations is the Caribbean. This huge region consists of numerous island nations, all boasting their own character, spirit and culture

The baltic sea is a relatively small sea in the european continent. several gorgeous historic cities dot the shores of the baltic sea, including stockholm, riga, tallinn and helsinki, the danube river is europe's most iconic river, flowing through no fewer than ten different countries. a danube river cruise is one of the greatest cruises you could ever take.

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Another classic tropical cruise destination is Hawaii. This destination features everything from volcano excursions to visiting Waikiki Beach

Cruise around the british isles is one of the absolute best cruise destinations. this region consists of iconic cities like london and countless castles that are worth visiting, the mekong river is one of asia's grandest waterways. this cruise includes a stunning variety, from buddhist temples to busy cities like ho chi minh city and phnom penh, lastly, a cruise around japan should be on every traveller's list. this destination features everything from towering skyscrapers to volcanoes and lakes , check more stories.

What’s the best Caribbean cruise for me?

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Whether you're a family of four or a solo adventure junkie, the Caribbean has a cruise for you. Walter Bibikow / Getty Images.

It feels like just about everyone is headed on a cruise ship, and for good reason. There’s a real appeal to embarking on a getaway where your travel plans are already sorted; you only have to unpack once and arrive each morning in an exciting port of call.

Plus, new ships are rolling out incredible bells and whistles that push the limits of fun at sea (think indoor skydiving, roller coasters, and go-karts). At the same time, the cruise industry has shifted towards sustainable efforts that have emerged as fundamental to modern cruising. 

Recent statistics from CLIA (the official Cruise Line International Association) show an increase of nearly two million passengers in 2023 (totaling 31.7 million) compared to pre-pandemic numbers in 2019.

And there’s no more popular cruising region than the Caribbean , where upwards of 37 cruise lines with 154 ships rove the idyllic paradise of islands. With so many options, sorting out which ship and itinerary fits you best can be confusing. 

Here’s a handy guide to help determine which cruises are best for you, along with tips and advice to ensure you’re setting yourself up for a smooth sail. 

Passengers relax as the Oasis of the Seas departs the Bahamas

What Caribbean cruise is best for me?

Sailing for adventure.

Whether you're into ziplining through the rainforest, scuba diving one of the world’s largest coral reefs or swimming at the base of a waterfall, cruises throughout the Caribbean offer excellent opportunities for adventure.

Cruise ports known for high-octane activities include St-Martin (known for its superb scuba diving), Belize (cave-tubing and ziplining throughout rainforest treetops) and St Lucia (the Sapphire Falls Hike). 

Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Holland America have cruises that frequent these ports.

Best ships for families

Look for larger ships with kid-friendly pools, expansive kids' clubs and family-friendly entertainment. Royal Caribbean’s fleet features action-packed decks great for families with water slides, laser tag and mini golf. 

Disney Cruise Line’s fleet sails extensively throughout the Caribbean to ports that span from Cozumel , Mexico, to Willemstad , Curaçao. The line’s most common Caribbean offerings are shorter 3- and 4-night itineraries that are perfect for families looking for a short trip.

Cruise lines with private islands operate predominantly in the Bahamas , including Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line. These stops are great family destinations as they feature enclosed, private environments with kids' activities and the ease of charging everything to your sea pass card.  

Singles at sea

Cruises can be an excellent place for singles to mix and mingle. A standard cruise stateroom rate is usually calculated at a minimum two-adult rate. Singles wishing to book a standard stateroom are typically charged a single supplement fee ranging from 50% - 100% of their base fare. 

As the demand for single cruise accommodations grows, new ship builds include solo staterooms, both interior and with balconies. Look to Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, and Norwegian Cruise Lines for some of the best accommodations for solo travelers. 

Most relaxing getaways

The most relaxing cruises sailing through the Caribbean tend to be the smaller ships focusing on a more “resort at sea” vibe. The higher-end ships with all-inclusive rates offer the luxury of seamless vacations. Windstar, Seabourn and Viking are the best lines for a relaxing cruise.

On these ships you’ll find daily activities that swap dance parties and poolside games for fitness-oriented activities like yoga and strength training classes, lectures on upcoming ports and ample lounge chairs to soak up the sun by the pool.

From your first step onboard, all your food and drinks (except for certain vintage wines and spirits), activities and sometimes your port excursions are included in your rate. 

Itineraries like the Viking Ocean Cruises’ West Indies Explorer sail a 10-day itinerary roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, with stops that include Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Kitts, Saint Kitts & Nevis and Roseau, Dominica. Rates for Viking Ocean Cruises include one shore excursion per port.

The top of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship with a balcony looking down over a pool with people and lounge chairs.;

Best parties at sea

As the classic notion of cruising sunsets – goodbye white glove service, shuffleboard, Baked Alaska – a new era of fun is afloat.

Large ships are built to maximize fun, whether you're hopping pool parties, dancing the night away at late-night discos or cheering your team at rousing sports bars. Special interest cruises are also an excellent option for the most immersive fun at sea, whether that’s a full ship charter rock concert like the Rock Legends Cruise , a trip dedicated to Golden Girls fans , or an LGBTQ+ charter like VACAYA . 

Favorite lines that feature an upbeat party vibe include Margaritaville at Sea (particularly on their new Islander), Virgin Voyages and Norwegian Cruise Line.

A quick getaway

You’ll find cruise lines are leaning into shorter itineraries that offer weekend getaways to nearby ports in the Caribbean. Most of these sailings are roundtrip from Florida’s top cruise ports: Miami , Fort Lauderdale and Orlando (Port Canaveral). These are often 3- and 4-night sailings featuring a stop in The Bahamas or Bermuda . 

The vibe onboard is often more upbeat and celebratory, as guests do their best to maximize their limited time at sea. 

A few favorite lines for this style of travel include Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean (who is launching Utopia of the Seas this summer as its first-ever large-scale ship that will exclusively sail short getaways) and Disney Cruise Line.

An extended journey through the Caribbean

Smaller cruise lines offer longer, extensive itineraries throughout the Caribbean; smaller ships can port far off the beaten path at more remote destinations. Itineraries like Seabourn’s “25-Day Captivating Antillean Treasures” sail to some of the lesser trafficked parts of the Caribbean including Marigot, St. Martin; Carambola Beach, Saint Kitts and Nevis; and Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay), BVI. Lines like Silversea, Windstar Cruises and Azamara are favorites that route to these idyllic destinations. 

When should I go on my cruise?

There are sailings throughout the Caribbean year-round, with high season running from November through April. This period is known for its optimal sailing conditions and weather. 

You’ll find cheaper sailings during the hurricane season, typically July through September, though you risk the chance of your trip being canceled or rerouted to avoid inclement weather. 

Holiday sailings (particularly during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve) are also excellent times to sail as cruise lines curate impressive decor and holiday-themed activities.

How do I know if my cruise line is operating sustainably? 

Conservation efforts have become a vital tenet of the future of cruising, with the industry gearing towards carbon-zero sailings by 2050 . Efforts underway include ship engines that run cleaner on alternative fuels, advanced wastewater systems that can better clean sewage water and exhaust gas cleaning systems to improve air quality at sea and in port. 

Friends of the Earth’s Cruise Ship Report Card is a great resource to assess a ship’s sustainability efforts. 

A few lines at the forefront of sustainable sailing include Ponant, Disney Cruise Line and Hurtigruten. Ponant recently became the first maritime cruise line to receive Green Globe certification, which recognizes the line’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.  The line has shifted away from heavy fuel oil and installed catalytic systems to reduce atmospheric emissions.

Disney Cruise Line aims to operate with carbon emissions at net zero by 2030, in part by shifting to alternative fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrotreated vegetable oil. 

Hurtigruten is currently developing a zero-emission propulsion ship, which is aiming to be unveiled by 2030. 

There are still a large number of travelers who oppose the notion of cruise ships for not only their impact on the environment, but on local economies as well. Groups like Friends of the Earth , CLIA and Oceana are excellent organizations devoted to regulating the cruise industry.  

ruise ships docked at pier on the Dutch side of St. Maarten, with passengers walking on the pier

Need to know before you go

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you’re booking a Caribbean cruise. 

Book in advance...

Cruise lines offer better rates further from your sailing date, often making sailings available to book more than a year out. The earlier you book, the better the selection of staterooms to choose from. 

Or take advantage of last minute deals

Cruise Plum is our go-to with a comprehensive overview of discounted inventories if you're angling for a last-minute getaway. 

Opt for third-party travel insurance for hurricane season protection

Travel insurance is the best way to ensure smooth sailings on your Caribbean cruise. Typical cruise insurance rates hover around 5 to 10% of your total trip cost. 

Don’t just opt into the cruise line’s designated insurance option; shop around on a platform like Squaremouth for the most value. 

Look for a plan specific to cruise travel, with coverage that includes compensation for delays, cancellations (particularly helpful during hurricane season), emergency medical, and the premium option of canceling for any reason (CFAR). 

Be hurricane-aware

Hurricane season in the Caribbean is typically July through September. The outlook for the 2024 season from NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) predicts an 85% chance of an above-normal season with the potential range of 8-13 hurricanes with winds of at least 74 mph. 

Cruise lines work expeditiously to avoid sailing into the path of any major tropical storm or hurricane, often rerouting or shortening itineraries as threats arise. Cruises rarely encounter major storms as they’re able to chart the course of the weather and route accordingly. 

In the event you encounter a major storm while at sea, head to the middle of the ship where you’ll feel the rolling of the ship less, take over-the-counter aids like Dramamine or Bonine and keep your eyes on the horizon for stability balance.

You don’t necessarily need a passport 

Passports are not required for closed-loop sailings that begin and end at a US port. All you need is a boarding pass, a government photo ID (if you’re 16 years or older) and a certified birth certificate or certificate of US naturalization. 

However, keep in mind that you might not be able to disembark the ship at certain ports (those ports include Barbados , Martinique and St-Barthélemy ).

Third-party excursions can be a better value play

If you want to stretch your dollar further, consider booking with local tour operators before arriving at each port. It’s important to note that third-party excursions are the best when they’re morning-only activities. 

The ship won’t wait for you if you’re late returning from a third-party excursion. For full-day excursions, consider the line’s offerings, as the ship will wait for you, and there’s nothing worse than missing the boat.

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Discover Old European Charm on a Baltic Sea Cruise

If you’ve ever wanted to step inside a Medieval fairytale, a Baltic Sea cruise most certainly delivers. Experience the Middle Ages as you explore Tallinn’s UNESCO-protected Old Town. Marvel at Denmark’s magical castles, and amble along the cobblestone streets and radiant, historic buildings of Gamla Stan in Stockholm. Explore religious sites and the all-encompassing history of Berlin. Spend the afternoon in one of Helsinki’s fascinating museums, then take a dip in the deep blue Baltic Sea.

Embark on an unforgettable cruise vacation aboard Celebrity Apex or Celebrity Silhouette, where you’ll find stylish accommodations, amenities, and globally inspired cuisine. Discover the beguiling countries that surround the Baltic Sea with Celebrity Cruises, voted “Best Cruise Line in Europe” for nine consecutive years at Travel Weekly’s 16th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Castles & palaces.

The countries along the Baltic Sea are brimming with historic castles and palaces. Go on a whirlwind tour of the famous castles of North Zealand outside of Copenhagen to see the royals’ part-time residence and the setting for Hamlet . Admire the stately Stockholm Palace where the King of Sweden resides. Explore the majestic Catherine Palace, the former summer retreat of Russian tsars. Revel in the romance and splendor of these opulent landmarks.

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Kayak the Finnish archipelago surrounding Helsinki, or explore the scenic countryside of Porvoo. In Stockholm, venture beyond the city to the Långholmen Kajak, a Venice-like system of canals where you can enjoy a Swedish gondola ride. Venture to the Malusi islands off the coast of Estonia to spot seals in their natural habitat.

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The extraordinary cities you’ll visit on a Baltic Sea cruise are brimming with culture, history, and excitement at every turn. Admire the quintessential rust-colored roofs of Tallinn. Stroll alongside the vibrant facades of Gamla Stan’s storied structures in Stockholm. Do as the locals do and bike through Copenhagen’s streets, admiring the sleek Scandinavian design juxtaposed with hundreds of years of history at every turn. 

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A stop in Copenhagen makes for a fabulous day in port while on a cruise to Scandinavia and to Northern Europe’s capitals. Spend the day admiring the city’s opulent castles and stroll along the colorful waterfront district of Nyhavn. Don’t forget to try a Danish brew and sample local eats at a food hall while you’re here.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in northern Europe. The city’s Old Town is filled with medieval houses and cobblestone alleyways still protected by the remnants of the city wall. Aside from Tallin’s charming city, you can venture to the countryside to sip vodka amongst the ruins of Rakvere Castle, or sample cheese at a local dairy farm.

Stockholm, Sweden

Discover Stockholm, the trend-setting capital of Sweden known as “Beauty on the Water”. Get a glimpse of a time before industrialization at Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo that showcases Sweden’s traditional way of life and exotic wildlife. Spend an afternoon at the Nationalmuseum or the Vasa Museum for a crash course in Viking history and Swedish art. No trip to the city is complete without spending a few hours in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town.

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On a cruise to the Baltic Sea, you’ll sail on award-winning ships like Celebrity Apex or Celebrity Silhouette. Itineraries range from 11 to 13 nights and depart from Rotterdam or Amsterdam, Netherlands and Southampton, England (which is conveniently close to London) from May to August.

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