Northern Europe Cruises

Explore the big cities, picturesque fishing villages and tiny hamlets along the coasts of northern France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia as you cruise the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Whether aboard a megaship or a sailing vessel, a northern European cruise is your chance to experience Europe’s great cities from the comfort of your cruise ship – all without a rental car or Eurorail pass!

Detail of orthodox church in Sankt Petersburg, Russia

Detail of orthodox church in Sankt Petersburg, Russia

Itineraries in northern Europe can be as short as a three-day British Isles cruise aboard a ship in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet, to a 31-day cruise from London/Dover to Copenhagen aboard Crystal Cruises megaship. Perhaps you would prefer to travel on a hand-sailed ship in the Sea Cloud fleet; one of their itineraries includes seven days in the Baltic Sea, traveling from St. Petersburg, Russia to Travemunde, Germany with stops in Tallinn, Estonia; Gdansk, Poland; and Bornholm, Denmark.

Northern European cruises can be centered on a theme, such as cinema, murder mystery or even coffee lovers. Other themes, such as Silversea Cruise’s wine-centered itineraries, combine onboard enrichment programs with shore excursions to renowned wineries. Some cruise lines will also offer you the opportunity to meet famous chefs, wine experts, botanists, renowned artists and art historians; as well as experts in local culture and the performing arts.

Most cruise lines also offer passengers exclusive shore excursions that you would not have access to if you were traveling on land. You can also book extended stay packages in advance of your cruise, allowing you to spend more time discovering the ports of call that hold the most interest for you.

While the larger European cruise ships offer more amenities, dining options, and onboard entertainment and activities, the smaller ships and alternative ships are able to stop at lesser-known ports of call. The larger ships certainly can deliver spectacular shore excursions, though they often sell out quickly. Smaller and alternative cruise ships are more centered on the ports of call than the onboard experience, though many of the ships have retractable platforms allowing passengers to enjoy an array of exciting water sports.

Whether you choose to cruise northern Europe aboard a resort-like megaship, a medium-sized luxury ship, or a five-masted sailing ship, your European cruise is sure to provide you with enough memories to last a lifetime.