Baltic, North Europe and the UK
Cruise lovers booking a vacation to the Baltic, North Europe and the UK usually have the intrepid explorer gene and a deep desire to visit, learn and discover the diverse sights, sounds, smells and cultural leanings of cities as dimensionally different in history and modernity as Oslo, the magnificent Norwegian capital and the city lights of Denmark, where in Copenhagen many cruise guests hire bikes to tour the city’s splendid sights, including hip fashion, fantastic cuisine and vivid cultural images !
Situated among the rolling hills of Oslomarka and the charming Oslo Fjord, Oslo offers tourists a view of stunning19th and 20th century architecture with fascinating, intricately carved wooden decorative elements and colourful frescoes. A shore excursion to the famous Viking Ship Museum is a must-do on the list of every cruise lover booking a Baltic, North Europe and UK cruise, apart from experiencing the thrill of a panoramic view of the cityscape as well as the fjord together, which can be gained from a trip to the Akershus Castle.
Other hot destinations on this cruise include famous landmarks like Lake Malaren, which flows into the Baltic Sea, and a port-stop at Swedish capital Stockholm, which is a favourite with passengers who love history, diverse cultures and beautiful architecture. Its quaint cobbled streets, eclectic and colourful buildings, chic street cafés offering an array of confectionary items with piping hot local coffee offers cruise guests a refreshing start to any shore expedition before they leave to check out Stockholm’s many shops, art galleries and museums. Tallinn, the Estonian capital, which is among the ancient cities on the Baltic Sea and St. Petersburg, the Russian city both boast distinct styles of architecture, offering a rich historical and cultural insight for visitors who are naturally impressed by the beauty of Hermitage Museum, the St. Isaac Cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Don’t forget to enquire with your cruise operator about a stop-over at the port of Flam, the town of Stavanger and the chills and thrills offered by the glacial landscape surrounding Bergen and book shore excursions to Faroe and Aland Islands, Finland and Norway besides Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland to round up your cruise plan. If you can fit in a night-sailing program via Scandinavia’s famous fjords, you are sure to enjoy the combination of romance, adventure and sea-faring fun.
Remember though, Scandinavia has very short daylight hours during the winters. So, a cruise vacation here should ideally be planned between June and July. For the Baltic, cruise season normally runs from the warm dry months of May to September, which is the best time to visit the UK too and experience the idyllic English countryside, rich literature, art, music, shopping and nightlife that offer a fascinating contrast between European history and gen X’s modernity.