Baltic and Northern Europe Cruises in 2017

Variety of Cruise Ships Head North for the Summer

Old town. Tallin, Estonia.
••• Tallin, Estonia is a popular port of call on Baltic cruises. Luis Davilla/Photodisc/Getty Images

Northern Europe cruises include those to the Baltic, Scandinavia, Norwegian fjords, the British Isles, and islands of the northern Atlantic. Whatever the area is called -- it's a wonderful summer cruise destination! The hotel and dining costs can be very expensive in northern Europe, which makes a cruise tour of the area even more attractive.

Cruisers going to northern Europe have diverse choices of prices, ships, and cruise lines.

The cruising season ​to northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Baltic states runs from mid-April to October, with the busiest (and most expensive) cruises in June, July, and August.

Below is a list of the major cruise lines for Scandinavia, the Baltic, and northern Europe (listed alphabetically). Visit these web sites and check out the diversity of ships and cruise itineraries. With the wide variety of cruises offered, there should be a great cruise to the British Isles, northern Europe, or the Baltic States that will fit your budget and vacation time.

Azamara Club Cruises
The Azamara Journey of Azamara Club Cruises sails a variety of 9 to 15-day cruises from Stockholm, Copenhagen, London, and Edinburgh in northern Europe in 2017.

Celebrity Cruises
The Celebrity Silhouette cruises to northern Europe from Amsterdam or Stockholm with 7-14 day cruises, and the Celebrity Eclipse sails from Southampton roundtrip on 8-14-day cruises to northern Europe.

Both ships also feature British Isles cruise itineraries.

Costa Cruises
Costa Cruises has five ships with several different 7- to 14-day itineraries in the Baltic and northern Europe in 2017--the Costa Diadema, Costa Favolosa, Costa Magica, Costa Pacifica, and Costa Mediterranea.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Cruise and Maritime Voyages sends four ships--the Columbus, the Astoria, the Marco Polo and the Magellan to the British Isles, northern Europe, and the Baltic in the summer of 2017.

The ships will sail from a variety of ports on 6 to 34-day voyages.

Crystal Cruises
The Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are in northern Europe for the summer of 2017. The ships sail to the Baltic, Iceland, British Isles, and to the fjords of western Norway. 

Cunard Line
The Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth feature over 40 cruises to northern Europe, Iceland, the British Isles, and the Baltic in 2017.

Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Magic returns to northern Europe in 2017, sailing a series of 7 to 12-day cruises from Copenhagen or London. All those Disney fans of the movie Frozen can get a look at the "real" Norway!

Holland America Line
HAL sends four ships to northern Europe from May through early September in the summer of 2017. The Zuiderdam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam VI, and the Koningsdam will all be sailing in northern Europe and to the Baltic capitals. The Rotterdam does the popular 38-day "Voyage of the Vikings" roundtrip from Boston to northern Europe and return.

Most of Hurtigruten's ships serve as both a cruise line and a ferry service for the towns and small villages along the fjords on the western coast of Norway. Hurtigruten operates these voyages year-round between Bergen and Kirkenes, so those who want to experience Norway during a season other than summer can choose one of these voyages.

In addition to the coastal Norway cruises, Hurtigruten's expedition ships sail to Greenland and Svalbard Archipelago during the summer months.

Lindblad Expeditions
The Lord of the Glens sails Scotland on 7-day voyages from Inverness in the summer of 2017. The National Geographic Explorer explores the Arctic region, and the National Geographic Orion spends her summer in Scandinavia on a variety of itineraries. 

MSC Cruises
Italian line MSC Cruises sends the MSC Splendida, Preziosa, Fantasia, and Magnifica to northern Europe, the Baltic, and the British Isles in the summer of 2017. The four ships sail a variety of 4-33 day itineraries from several different ports.

Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line has the Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Jade cruise ships in northern Europe, the British Isles, and the Baltic in 2017.

The ships primarily sail roundtrip from Copenhagen, Berlin, Warnemunde, or London on 9- to 12-day cruises.

Oceania Cruises
The Marina, Insignia, and Nautica will sail 7 to 40-day cruises to northern Europe for Oceania in 2017 from a variety of different ports.

Ponant Yacht Cruises
The small ships Le Soleal and Le Boreal sail to the Baltic and Northern Europe on 7-14 day voyages and expeditions from a variety of ports across the region.

Princess Cruises
The Pacific Princess, Regal Princess, Crown Princess, and Caribbean Princess all have Baltic and northern European itineraries in 2017. The Regal Princess sails a similar itinerary to the delightful one I did on the Royal Princess in 2014. Some of the Princess ships visit the British Isles and Iceland.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The Regent Seven Seas Explorer will be cruising British Isles and northern European cruises on 7 to 23-day voyages for much of the summer of 2017.

Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean features the Vision of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, and the Navigator of the Seas in northern Europe for 2017. They sail from Southampton, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Stockholm on a variety of itineraries.

Seabourn Cruises
The Seabourn Quest sails northern Europe from London, Copenhagen, or Stockholm in the summer of 2017 for Seabourn Cruises.

Silversea Cruises
The Silver Wind, Silver Cloud, and Silver Whisper will spend the summer in Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Northern Europe on a variety of 7-16 day cruises in the Baltic area and around the North Sea in 2017. The exploration ship Silver Explorer will cruise the north Atlantic, Iceland, Norway, and the Arctic.

Swan Hellenic
The Swan Hellenic Minerva will feature several cruises of 11 to 30 days sailing roundtrip from Portsmouth to northern Europe and the Baltic in the summer of 2017.

Viking Cruises
Viking Cruises launches its third ocean-going ship in 2017, the Viking Sky. She will join the Viking Star and Viking Sea on northern European itineraries. Most of the voyages sail for 14 days between Bergen and Stockholm, but some sail from London.

Voyages of Discovery
Voyages of Discovery will have the MV Voyager sailing northern Europe voyages from Portsmouth in the summer of 2017.

Windstar Cruises
The Wind Surf, Star Pride, and Star Legend sail British Isles and northern Europe on 7- to 11-day voyages in the summer of 2017. Some of the cruises are round-trip from Reykjavik, which would be a terrific way to see Iceland.