Europe is easily one of the most popular cruising destinations in the world. The primary reason for this is that Europe is chockful of cities that are distinct, yet incredibly rich in terms of culture, tradition, and history. For a history buff or even someone who wants to explore as many new destinations as possible, it is understandable why Europe is such an irresistible destination. Owing to the sheer size of the continent, European cruises are broken down to cover as many geographically proximate destinations as is possible. While Mediterranean cruises are still the most popular of the lot, one of the areas that is catching on is the Baltic region. Baltic cruises through Scandinavia and Northern Europe offer you a chance to explore some unique and diverse locations which boast a rich culture, art history, tradition, and a kaleidoscope of beautiful scenery.
Destinations such as Sweden, Denmark, and Finland fall under the purview of Baltic cruises. Exploring these destinations through regular means of travel (flights + hotel stays) can be quite an expensive affair in Europe. This is why cruising on the Baltic Sea is fast-becoming a popular idea – it is infinitely more affordable and easy to arrange.
Another mainstay of Baltic cruises is the city of St. Petersburg in Russia. This beautiful city has some of the most amazing sights in store for you. Planning a regular vacation to St. Petersburg raises a whole host of issues – from transcending language barriers and the cost of the holiday to getting by the visa restrictions in place here. Baltic cruises help you circumvent these problems, and explore this gorgeous city at your own pace. This city is a marquee attraction on Baltic cruises, and most cruise lines offer at least 2 to 2.5 days in the port of call alone.
These popular cities are not the only ones on the itinerary of Baltic cruises. Depending on the duration of your cruise and the itinerary of the cruise line, you are also likely to get the chance to visit some truly amazing, yet little-known, fjords and capitals in the area. These include port stops at places like Tallinn in Estonia, Riga in Latvia, Gdansk in Poland, Warnemunde in Germany, and many more. Some Baltic cruises also include popular destinations in Norway in their itinerary. If you’ve been planning to cruise on the Baltic Sea, here’s everything you need to know about it, and some insider’s tips to maximize on your Baltic cruises.
When to Go on Baltic Cruises?
The summer season has long been the most popular time to start Baltic cruises. However, the prime season, which falls between July and August, is a short one, and you will most likely have to contend with larger crowds during these months. Baltic cruises now begin in May and run through September. You may face colder weather during the first few months of the cruising season but not only are the crowds thinner during this time, but most cruise fares are also dramatically lower. If your heart is pining for St. Petersburg in particular, try to book your Baltic cruises during the month of June. In fact, June is easily one of the best months to visit all of Russia owing to the phenomenon known as “White Nights” – these are the days when daylight seems to go on and on with no end in sight.
Which Baltic Cruises Should You Opt for?
Baltic cruises are incredibly popular, and so most prominent cruise lines offer great itineraries for Baltic cruises. While there are many cruise lines to choose from, here are a few itineraries that you should consider.
Other popular cruise lines offering Baltic cruises include the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Norwegian Cruise Line, Voyages of Discovery, MSC Cruises, P&O Cruises, Cunard, and more.
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