Baltic Sea & Russia Cruises

Northern European cruise itineraries with destinations in the area of the Baltic Sea take you on a voyage through the striking lands of Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden. For a truly spectacular cruise in the Baltic Sea, choose a cruise line with stops in the capital cities of Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. Celebrity, Costa, Fred Olsen, Holland America, Norwegian, Oceania, P&O, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International and Silversea cruises all offer European cruise itineraries in the Baltic Sea, all of which include the aforementioned capital cities. Itineraries change all the time, and all of the cruise lines are adding new destinations and ports of call on a regular basis.

The russian basilica in Tallinn, Estonia

The russian basilica in Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia’s capital of Tallinn is located directly across from Helsinki, Finland, so most northern European cruises will stop at both ports. While in Tallinn, visit the Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral and Toompea Castle in the Old City for two very different styles of architecture; the former built by the Russian Czar, and the later evidence of Tallinn’s ancient and medieval history.

Russian influences also abound across the water in Helsinki, despite its strong Scandinavian roots. Visit one of Helsinki’s opulent Russian-built cathedrals, or for a more modern architectural marvel, tour the Temppeliaukio Church, built into a large granite rock. Another capital city port of call that is sometimes offered on northern European cruises is Riga in Latvia. Riga is known for its Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture, which can still be enjoyed by strolling down Elizabetes Street.

You may be temped to spend days in St. Petersburg, partaking in delicious Russian food and exploring the many cathedrals, historical sites and public buildings. The Church of the Spilled Blood has a dark name, but the building is a spectacular site. A visit to the Hermitage, part of the Czar’s Winter Palace, will take all day. The museums inside the Hermitage house impressive art collections, and touring them could also take up to a day.

The city of Stockholm is a marriage of modern Swedish design and medieval architecture, with literally dozens of delightful shore excursion possibilities. Museums abound, and some are so unique, you won’t want to miss them. For example, the Skansen Open Air Museum showcases life in historic Sweden, the Vasa Museum features the renovations of famous capsized ships, and the Steppsholmen and Modern Museum is your chance to view Swedish modern art. A northern European cruise with a stop in Stockholm is sure to travel the Archipelago, a series of 24,000 small islands, rocks and skerries on which you can see their trademark red wooden homes and businesses.