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The Baltic Sea is an area of contrasts as it brings together the Northern European economic powerhouses with the culture of the former Soviet States and the friendliness of the Scandinavian countries and best of all, the Baltic Sea brings you great port after great port after great port so sea days are at a minimum and great days of exploration ate maximised.
The Baltics can be reached directly from a choice of UK ports for those not wanting to fly or from embarkation ports including Copenhagen, Stockholm and Warnemunde.
Cruises To The Baltics
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Cruise Holidays in the Baltic
The Baltic Sea is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that starts off of the North Sea at Denmark and continues through the Gulf of Finland to St Petersburg in Russia and takes in the Gulf of Bothnia between Sweden and Finland.
That opens up a whole host of possibilities and means that you can enjoy to visit destinations that are of interest to you and best of all, there are a wide range of cruise lines offering a range of cruise ships from big all action floating cities to small and intermediate ships offering a traditional cruise experience.
Cruises to the Baltics are offered from a select number of ports in Britain, with the widest range been from Southampton. It takes roughly 1 sea day to reach the Baltic which again gives you option as you can visit the region on either a 7 day, 10 day or 14 day cruise.
Whilst there are a huge array of option when it comes to a cruise holiday in on the Baltic Sea, there are a number of ports of call that stand out as the most popular including Tallinn (Estonia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Helsinki (Finland), St Petersburg (Russia), Stockholm (Sweden), Oslo (Norway) and Riga (Latvia).
Baltic Cruise Destinations
Before setting out on a Baltic Cruise or booking your next holiday to Northern and Eastern Europe, make sure you read our in-depth guides to the great Baltic cruise destinations.
The Danish capital city of Copenhagen is the most popular stopping point for Baltic cruises to the country and what a great port of call it is.
Big enough to offers lots of options for a great day on shore but small enough to easily find your own way around, we always recommend looking for cruises calling into, or even starting/ending at Copenhagen.
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and is by far the country’s leading cruise port and it is no surprise why. The walled city of Tallinn offers lots of attractions and with your boat moored up just a short stroll from the city centre, you can explore all that this popular tourist spot has to offer on your own.
Whilst the capital city of Helsinki is the major cruise port and is well worth visiting, there is lots more to this mostly rural country that makes exploring it a fascinating experience.
There are a number of great ports in Germany awaiting holidaymakers on a Baltic cruise including the likes of Hamburg, Kiel, and Rostock and thanks to the great public transport system in the country, you can explore the north of Germany on your own easily and cheaply.
Latvia is an often overlooked country for cruisers but it is quickly developing a reputation as a must visit country with the nation’s capital city of Riga offering a fantastic port of call.
Lithuania is another country that has often been overlooked but that is seeing more and more cruise lines offer as an option with the port town of Klaipeda been the major port of call.
The port of Gdynia, which offers easy access to the popular city of Gdansk, is the biggest cruise port in Poland and is where the majority of Baltic cruises will call into.
The majority of cruise holidays in the Baltic Sea will follow the same pattern of heading to St Petersburg in Russia, with many offering an overnight stay to allow holidaymakers to take advantage of all of the great sights, attractions, and places of interest in this historic and fascinating city.
From the capital city of Stockholm, complete with one of the most beautiful entrances to any port in the world, to the always popular Gothenburg and to the up and coming city of Malmo, Sweden has lots to offer visitors on a cruise.
Whilst many associated cruises to Norway with the Norwegian Fjords, cruises from the UK to the Baltic Sea go past the south coast of the country which makes it worthwhile picking a holiday that stops at the capital city of Oslo of the small but beautiful Kristiansand.
Popular Cruise Lines
The vast majority of cruise lines that operate in Europe offer cruises to the Baltic Sea including P&O, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Royal Caribbean, MSC, Princess and Costa.
As with ever sea, there is no real start and finish line when it comes to the Baltic Sea and there will not be a ‘welcome to the Baltic’ announcement waiting for you on your cruise but the entrance to the Baltic Sea is the closest you will come to that.
As you sail down the Oresund Straight between Denmark and Sweden, you are greeted by the impressive sight of the Oresund Bridge- one of the biggest bridges in Europe that links Copenhagen with Malmo via a tunnel and road/rail bridge.
For much of the history of the region, the sea and coastlines were all about trade with many capital cities sitting on the Baltic Sea coast and the body of water acting as a major trade route, especially for Russia oil.
Another major industry of the region is ship building with major shipyards at Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin, Kiel, Karlskrona, Malmo, Rauma, Turku, Helsinki, Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja, Klaipeda and Saint Petersburg and with many of those either formerly building cruise ships or currently building cruise ships, there is a good chance that when you take a Baltic Cruise, your ship maybe heading home!
Over the last decade or so, a big change in the region has occurred and it is now tourism that has become one of the biggest industries and with so many of the major tourist destinations on the coast and at or near to ports, it is no surprise that Baltic cruise holidays have become so popular.
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Here at CruiseHols.co.uk we bring you all of the information you will ever need to choose the right cruise destination for you and your family.
Our destination guides include everything from ports to attraction and excursion to the positives and negatives of the destination.