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The Baltic is an area of Northern Europe that encompasses the Baltic Sea, Kattegat Bay and Skagerrak Strait, and it includes the bordering countries of Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, northeastern Germany and eastern Denmark. Amazing historical and cultural sites await passengers who cruise this magnificent region, and shore excursions typically visit museums, palaces, castles and cathedrals.

Stroll cobblestone streets amid medieval architecture in the well-preserved Baltic capitals of Riga, Latvia, and Tallinn, Estonia. Visit St. Petersburg's legendary Hermitage, considered one of the world's greatest museums, and spend time touring some of Russia's most notable grand palaces. Stroll through the "Venice of the North," the cosmopolitan city of Stockholm, well-known for its picturesque buildings, lush parks and unique waterways. Or, visit the beautiful city of Helsinki, with its small-town feel and eclectic blend of neoclassical and modern architecture.

  • Due to a cooler climate, the Baltic cruise season runs from May through September.
  • Baltic cruises, also known as Northern Europe cruises and Scandinavia cruises, are typically 4 to 16 nights, although a few ships offer longer itineraries.
  • In contrast to the Caribbean and Mexico, shoppers on Baltic cruises will find that items in stores can be pricey. Hand-knit sweaters, fine crystal, antiques, silver and porcelain are among items that passengers seek in these ports.
  • On Baltic cruises, you'll experience long hours of daylight.
  • Most Baltic cruises depart from capital cities such as London, Copenhagen and Stockholm, although a few cruise lines offer sailings from Kiel, a port in northeastern Germany, and Amsterdam. We suggest that you plan to arrive at least one or two days in advance of your Baltic cruise. This will give you time to rest and get oriented before boarding the ship. Most cruise lines offer pre-cruise hotel packages.

For a list of ports or places you can visit in the Baltic, click here.