Baltic and Northern Europe Cruises in 2018

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, and London in northern Europe in 2018.

Celebrity Cruises
The Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Reflection, and the Celebrity Eclipse sail from Southampton or Amsterdam to northern Europe and British Isles. Some of the cruises actually start with a safari land extension in Tanzania before flying to the embarkation port.

Costa Cruises
Costa Cruises has two ships with several different itineraries sailing from Stockholm or Kiel in the Baltic and northern Europe in 2018--the Costa Magica and Costa Pacifica

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 2018.

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 of 2018. 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 in 2018.

Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Magic returns to northern Europe in 2018, 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 the summer of 2018. 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.

Lindblad Expeditions
The Lord of the Glens sails Scotland on 7-day voyages from Inverness in the summer of 2018. 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 Preziosa, Orchestra, and Meraviglia to northern Europe, the Baltic, and the British Isles in the summer of 2018. The three ships sail a variety of 7-14 day itineraries from several different ports.

Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line has the Norwegian Breakaway in northern Europe in 2018. 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 in 2018 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 in 2018. 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 14-day voyages for much of the summer of 2018. 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 for 2018. 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 of 2018 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 in 2018. 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 British Isles and northern Europe on 7- to 10-day voyages in the summer of 2018. Some of the cruises are round-trip from Reykjavik, which is a terrific way to see Iceland.