While St Petersburg remains the jewel in the crown of Baltic voyages, sailings around the UK coastline are proving increasingly popular, while the number of UK departures for northern European itineraries is also helping to fuel demand among British customers. baltic cruise Most of the major cruise lines offer voyages in the region including Celebrity Cruises, CostaHolland America Line, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line basing ships at Scandinavian ports such as Copenhagen,  Amsterdam and Stockholm (see over for a full focus on Stockholm)SeaDream Yacht Club, which made its northern European debut last year, is not returning in 2012. Tall ship line Star Clippers will make its debut with mini-cruises between Hamburg and Amsterdam and voyages through the Baltic with an overnight in St Petersburg. Azamara Club Cruises is matching its sailings to special events, for example Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz Festival and St Petersburg’s White Nights Festival. There are cruises to the Baltic year-round, but the height of the summer is peak time and when there is the best choice of sailings. Top Tips When to go Midsummer is when there is best choice of sailings How to bag a bargain Outside of holidays, in spring or autumn, or winter with Fred. Olsen Who the cruise would suit Culture vultures and the more elderly Discover more cruise news and reviews in every issue of Cruise International! Download the latest issue of Cruise International, order a copy from our online shop or get Cruise International for your iPad!

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