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Northern Europe

Cruise Northern Europe

Europe’s northernmost nations create a wonderful region to explore, filled with fascinating contrasts. Grand imperial cities, a string of welcoming capitals and stunning wildernesses define these northern reaches. You can also explore dramatic Scandinavian landscapes of geysers, fjords and glaciers under summer’s Midnight Sun.

Your Northern Europe cruise is an ever-changing visual feast from futuristic skylines to medieval castles in traditional towns. Taking in the most celebrated and rising stars of this cosmopolitan continent, your highlights can include the fjords of the remote Faroe Islands, the French coast, Germany’s Baltic towns and seafaring stops between Belgium and the Netherlands as far east as little Estonia and Russia’s majestic, St Petersburg.

Following the shores of the Baltic Sea can showcase Scandinavia’s capitals, medieval towns and cities dotted with grand imperial buildings. On the other hand, choosing a Norway and Iceland cruise is more about the scenery and the sense of being away from it all.

Mythical Iceland is the land of fire and ice, where glaciers and volcanoes lie side by side. This majestic island brims with beautiful contradictions, offering a wealth of stunning landscapes, geysers and impressive waterfalls. With natural hot springs and lava fields spreading as far as the eye can see, Iceland’s nature remains mostly unspotted as the island is scarcely populated.

Upcoming Cruises

Ports you might visit

Ajaccio
Amsterdam
Basel, Switzerland
Breisach
Brussels (from Zeebrugge)
Cannes
Cherbourg
Cologne
Eyjafjordur
Gdynia
Giverny & Vernon
Hamburg
Hrisey
Kiel
Kinderdijk
Klaipeda
Les Andelys
Mantes-la-Jolie
Marseilles
New York
Normandy Beaches
Paris
Riga
Rouen
Speyer
St Raphael
St Tropez
St. Petersburg
Tallinn
Torshavn
Travemunde
Villefranche
Warnemunde
Ajaccio

Ajaccio

Ajaccio offers the chance to retrace the renowned footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte. Visiting the house where he was born, brimming with Bonaparte family documents and portraits, you can ponder the journey that made him one of Europe's most feared and notorious leaders. Admire Tino Rossi harbour - a postcard scene of pastel façades, brightly painted fishing boats and rustling palms - named after the local tenor and film star.
Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Strikingly beautiful, this city is famed for its concentric canals crossed by humpbacked bridges, and cyclist-friendly avenues of tall trees and gabled houses. Savour the charming sites of this beautiful city on foot, a canal boat tour or get a bike for the most authentic experience. Known as The Venice of the North', Amsterdam's bustling canals, world-famous museums and historical sights are a must-see.

Basel, Switzerland

Located along the Rhine River, Basel sits at the point where French, German and Swiss borders meet, marking the gateway to the Swiss Rhineland.
Breisach

Breisach

Breisach is located in one of the warmest parts of Germany, across the river from French Alsace, which is famous for its wine-growing. But Breisach, too, can boast about its wine: it is home to Europe’s largest cellars, with a storage capacity of more than 160 million liters. The most prominent landmark of Breisach is the Romanesque-Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Its two towers are visible from throughout the city and from the Rhine.
Brussels (from Zeebrugge)

Brussels (from Zeebrugge)

Zeebrugge is your gateway to Brussels, Bruges and Ghent. The old capital of the Duchy of Burgundy, Brussels is famed for its fine cuisine and is also capital of the European Union. Bruges and Ghent are perhaps the best-preserved cities in Northern Europe. Bruges is a fairy-tale city where medieval edifices, proud bridges and overhanging trees admire their beautiful reflections in glassy canals. Around its waterways quaint cobbled streets lead you to markets, museums and churches.
Cannes

Cannes

Here on the French Riviera, Cannes is known for its beaches, chic boutiques and elegant nightspots around La Croisette promenade. It was a sleepy harbour until 1834, when Lord Brougham stayed here on his travels to Italy and began its transformation into a fashionable resort. It’s now home to the famous film festival and the immortalised handprints of A-list movie stars.
Cherbourg

Cherbourg

Cherbourg is a town steeped in seafaring history. Located in Normandy, there's a rich past for you to explore, as well as some fantastic restaurants and cafes to relax in while you sample the views of the beautiful and dramatic coastline.

Cologne

An intriguing mix of old and new, Cologne reveals its Roman heritage in the city layout and ancient ruins that lie scattered through the town.
Eyjafjordur

Eyjafjordur

On your journey from Akureyri, experience the beauty of Eyjafjordur as your cruise through Iceland’s longest fjord. Enjoying a wealth of wildlife due to its fertile waters, it is one of the best places in Iceland for whale and puffin watching.
Gdynia

Gdynia

Gdynia is one of the youngest Polish cities. Its port is the gateway to Poland and a landmark of Gdynia. The port of Gdynia ranks among the best in the Baltic region. Gdynia offers beautiful, sandy beaches and is the largest is in the city centre - close to the Marina, Skwer Ko_ciuszki, and Kamienna Gra.

Giverny & Vernon

Vernon's cobblestone streets are reminiscent of the Middle Ages, and some of the half-timbered houses feature magnificent wooden carvings.
Hamburg

Hamburg

Established by Charlemagne, Hamburg owes much of its architecture to the rebuilding done in the late 19th and early 20th centuries after a massive fire. World War II also inflicted severe damage, but the city's medieval character is still evident thanks to post-war restorations. Water is a wonderful feature here - as you'll notice when you arrive along the River Elbe, investigate quirky historic districts by canal and glide past highly desirable addresses lining the Alster lakes.
Hrisey

Hrisey

Journey past the remote island of Hrisey, widely hailed as “The Pearl of Eyjafjordur”, due to its beauty and tranquility. The island itself is about seven kilometres long and 2,5 kilometres wide yet is rich in birdlife and a haven for more than 40 species of birds.

Kiel

Kiel is very much a maritime city and sits at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal, the world's busiest artificial waterway, linking the Baltic Sea with the North Sea. See the sluice gates and mighty ships up close as they transit through the canal. The sights around Keil can be enjoyed by bicycle. Pick one up right by the pier and you're ready to cycle off along the beautiful promenade and Kiel Fjord.

Kinderdijk

The South Holland village community of Kinderdijk includes a set of 19 windmills and other ingenious technologies built in the 18th century to control flooding.
Klaipeda

Klaipeda

Standing on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Klaipeda is Lithuania's third largest city and its largest port. Klaipeda sits on the northern end of the Curonian Spit, a 98-kilometre long peninsula less than 4 kilometres wide, and narrower than half a kilometre in places. The spit separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its fragile ecosystem. As well as dunes, it has swathes of pine forest, replanted to stabilise the spit, that are populated by deer, elk and wild boar, and just a handful of villages.

Les Andelys

Set along the Seine, this small town is best known for the imposing Château Gaillard overlooking the village.

Mantes-la-Jolie

Formerly known as Mantes-sur-Seine for its picturesque location on the winding Seine River, Mantes-la-Jolie translates into “Mantes the Pretty.”

Marseilles

A former spa resort, Aix-en-Provence, provides a soothing atmosphere to stroll around as you are accompanied by the sounds of fountain after gently bubbling fountain. If the cobbled streets, dry stone walls, swaths of lilac lavender and tiny farmhouses of Arles feel familiar, you probably have Van Gogh to thank, he produced an astonishing 200 paintings during his first year here.
New York

New York

See the bright lights of the Big Apple, international mecca and melting pot, with expensive brownstones, colourful neighbourhoods like Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side and the legendary Central Park. Explore some of the world's great museums. Some come just for the shopping: there’s Bloomingdale’s on Lex, Tiffany’s on Fifth, Barneys and the unique boutiques along Madison.

Normandy Beaches

Normandy’s legendary D-Day Beaches bear witness to the heroism of the troops who landed here in World War II.

Paris

Founded in 1517 as a port to serve Paris, Le Havre remains your gateway to the City of Light. Behold Notre Dame Cathedral, shrouded in gothic splendour and folklore. Weave among priceless artworks in the sensational Louvre, and along the Champs Élysées toward the Arc de Triomphe. Then let that undisputed Parisian icon, the Eiffel Tower, leave its own vivid impression.

Riga

Sitting on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava, Riga is the enchanting capital of Latvia, and the largest city among the Baltic States. You can visit on certain cruise itineraries around Baltic shores. The House of the Blackheads is probably Riga's most emblematic postcard-friendly landmark, and its ornate red-brick faade will no doubt make it into many of your photos too. Inside is just as lavishly spectacular with banqueting rooms and conference halls that are unforgettably opulent.

Rouen

Founded by the Romans, Rouen is situated amidst the chalk cliffs along the Seine and filled with half-timbered houses and exquisite Gothic architecture.

Speyer

Speyer’s charming, shop-lined main street is overlooked by the impressive clock tower of its Altpörtel, the Old Town Gate.

St Raphael

Located in the Var area of south-eastern France, the coastal commune of St Raphael is the perfect base for exploring all the region has to offer. A stop at St Raphael allows you to explore this naturally beautiful and diverse area of France and discover it at your own pace.

St Tropez

St Tropez has become synonymous with Côte d’Azur chic. First came the artists, and works by Matisse reside in the museum of art. Over the decades, the A-listers followed. Tall waterside houses line up with façades of dusky yellows and oranges, gleaming yachts bob lazily in the marina, and the narrow cobbled lanes of the old town make a pleasant place to stroll.
St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Russia's great imperial city, St. Petersburg cannot fail to leave a lasting impression on all who visit. A wonderful opportunity to discover this jewel in the Tsarist crown which still sparkles as brightly as ever. From the magnificent Winter Palace to the Hermitage and the Peter and Paul Museum, a visit to St. Petersburg is a truly classic experience.
Tallinn

Tallinn

With preserved medieval walls, cobbled squares and towering spires, Tallinn is a fairytale city. Walk the walls and view the towers with fanciful names like "Fat Margaret" and "Peek in the Kitchen." See a colourful folk dance and perhaps shop for fine leather-bound books - a speciality.

Torshavn

There are few smaller capital cities in the world than Torshavn, whose name - literally 'Thor's harbour' - suggests its Viking heritage. It has plenty of character, especially the colourfully painted wooden houses of the old town with turfed roofs, and their modern counterpart - the Norse House constructed from gleaming glass with a grassy top.

Travemunde

The town of Travemunde was originally a 12th Century fortress on the Baltic shore of Lubeck Bay, northern Germany. Now affectionately nicknamed “Lubeck’s most beautiful daughter,” this port on your Northern Europe Cruise is more famous today for its sailing, golfing, great food and the annual Sand World sculpture festival.
Villefranche

Villefranche

Set within a beautiful natural bay, Villefranche is a step back in time. The charm and romance of its old town lies in the colourful buildings and peaceful pace of life. The public gardens of the Citadelle, art museums and cafes cast a laid-back spell, while the Riviera's grand names of Nice, Antibes, Cannes and Monte Carlo are all within easy reach.

Warnemunde

Glimpse into this resort's fishing village origins at the Warnemunde Local History Museum housed in an 18th century cottage, or admire its beautiful brick lighthouse.