Northern Capitals Cruises

Touring the northern capitals is a popular European cruise, and you will find many cruise lines with similar itineraries. Where else can you see the capital cities of Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsinki, Finland; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and St. Petersburg, Russia – all without unpacking your luggage? Costa, Crystal, Fred Olsen, Holland America, MSC, Norwegian, Oceania, Orient, P&O, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn and Silversea cruises all have European cruise itineraries that include the northern capitals. Itineraries change all the time, and all of the cruise lines are adding new destinations and ports of call on a regular basis.

Most European cruises with northern capital themes will stop in Copenhagen, and some will stay in the harbor overnight, allowing passengers to enjoy the city’s nightlife. The largest city in Scandinavia, Copenhagen is home to many of Denmark’s palaces, including the Christiansborg and the Amalienborg. Tivoli Gardens is 12-acres of fun, complete with amusement park rides and activities; theater, music and dance performances; gardens and restaurants.

Helsinki is a stylish city, home to many of Finland’s artists and intellectuals. While visiting Helsinki on your European cruise, start out with some shopping at Market Square and then take a ferry to the Suomenlinna Island Fortress. Built on six islands, Suomenlinna is a fun shore excursion with many options for dining, shopping, and museum hopping.

Akershus fortress in Oslo, Norway

Akershus fortress in Oslo, Norway

A shore excursion to Stockholm, Sweden might include a walk through Gamla Stan, the city’s Old Town. Stockholm is built on a series of islands, as becomes more evident as your ship sails near the Archipelago islands. Gamla Stan is built on three islands that are linked to each other by a series of bridges. The largest of the tiny islands is Stadsholmen, where you can experience the history of Stockholm. Here you can also view the Royal Palace – make sure to stay for the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Norway’s capital city of Oslo holds many enchanting points of interest, like the medieval Akershus Castle; as well as several attractions celebrating the history of the Vikings, including the Viking Ship Museum. While at port in Oslo on your European cruise, make a point to stop in to the Edward Munch Museum and visit the National Theatre for a glimpse into the lives of famous Norwegian artists.

Your stop in St. Petersburg, Russia would not be complete with out a tour of the Hermitage, the complex of buildings that once made up the Winter Palace. If art and culture are of interest to you, book a shore excursion to visit the Mariinskiy Theatre, formerly known as the Kirov, and home to the most famous ballet company in the world. The Stieglitz Museum and the Russian Museum round out your cultural tour of St. Petersburg.