Baltic and Northern Europe Cruises

Old town. Tallin, Estonia.
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Northern Europe cruises include those to the Baltic, Scandinavia, Norwegian fjords, the British Isles, and islands of the northern Atlantic. Explore your options and choose the right cruise vacation for you!

Going North for the Summer

The area sounds chilly, but it makes for a wonderful summer cruise destination! The hotel and dining costs can be very expensive in northern Europe, which makes a cruise tour and its inclusive pricing 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. Visit these web sites and check out the diversity of ships and cruise itineraries. With a wide variety of options, there should be a great cruise that will fit your budget and vacation time.

Cruise Options

  • 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. The ships will sail from a variety of ports on 9 to 14-day voyages.
  • Crystal Cruises: The Crystal Serenity sails in northern Europe for the summer. The ship cruises 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.
  • Disney Cruise Line: The Disney Magic returns to northern Europe, sailing two 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 five ships to northern Europe from May through early September in summer. The Zuiderdam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam, Nieuw Statendam, and the Koningsdam will all be sailing in northern Europe and to the Baltic capitals. 
  • Hurtigruten: 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.
  • MSC Cruises: Italian line MSC Cruises sends the MSC Preziosa, Orchestra, and Meraviglia to northern Europe, the Baltic, and the British Isles in the summer months. The three ships sail a variety of 7-14 day itineraries from several different ports.
  • Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line has the Norwegian Breakaway in northern Europe. The ship primarily sails roundtrip from Copenhagen or Warnemunde on 9-day cruises.
  • Oceania Cruises: The Marina and Nautica will sail 7 to 38-day cruises to northern Europe for Oceania 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, Royal Princess, and Sapphire Princess all have Baltic and northern European itineraries. Some of the Princess ships visit the British Isles and Iceland.
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises: The Regent Seven Seas Explorer will be cruising the British Isles and northern European waters on 7 to 14-day voyages. The Seven Seas Navigator has an extended cruise of 89 days that sails round trip from New York to much of northern Europe—everywhere from Greenland to Iceland to Norway and Russia! Those who can't afford the time or the money to cruise 89 days can choose one segment of the voyage.
  • Royal Caribbean International: Royal Caribbean features the Brilliance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, and the Navigator of the Seas in northern Europe. They sail from Southampton, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam on a variety of itineraries.
  • Seabourn Cruises: The new Seabourn Ovation sails northern Europe from Amsterdam, Copenhagen, or Stockholm in the summer for Seabourn Cruises.
  • Silversea Cruises: The Silver Wind and Silver Spirit will spend the summer in Scandinavia, the British Isles, and northern Europe on a variety of 7-14 day cruises in the Baltic area and around the North Sea. The exploration ships Silver Explorer and Silver Cloud will cruise the North Atlantic, Iceland, Norway, and the Arctic.
  • Viking Cruises: Viking Cruises will send four of its ocean ships—Viking Sea, Viking Sun, Viking Sky, and Viking Star on northern European itineraries. Most of the voyages sail for 14 days on a variety of northern European itineraries including Norway, the Baltic Sea, and Iceland.
  • Windstar Cruises: The Star Breeze and Star Pride sail the British Isles and northern Europe on 7- to 10-day voyages in the summer. Some of the cruises are round-trip from Reykjavik, which is a terrific way to see Iceland.
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