Top cruises from the UK: Scandinavia & Baltic - Cruise International

Top cruises from the UK: Scandinavia & Baltic

By Claire Benktander | 10 Mar 2022

Houses in Gamla Stan, Stockholm, visited during no-fly cruises with Saga

Red Ribbinska Huset in Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Cruises leaving the UK are more popular than ever – there’s no airport stress and there are a multitude of easily-reached departure ports to choose from across the country. Here is a selection of some of the most exciting cruise holidays to Scandinavia and the Baltics for 2022 & 2023 leaving from UK ports.

Not only is a no-fly cruise hassle-free, but with so many departure ports to choose from, transfers are relatively straightforward. We pick out the very best Scandinavia and Baltic cruises departing from UK ports to book now.

Top cruises from the UK: Scandinavia & Baltic

Capital Cities of the Baltic with Saga

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Tallinn, Estonia

Explore northern Europe’s most iconic cities as you discover Sweden’s history in Gothenburg and Stockholm after sailing from Dover with Saga‘s classic Baltic cruise. Then, call in to the medieval delights of UNESCO-listed Tallinn, the Viking history of Finnish island Kotka, forward-thinking Helsinki and Poland’s beautiful Gdansk.

The colourful harbour of Copenhagen, home to the famous Little Mermaid statue inspired by a 1909 ballet adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name, is your penultimate stop, before a cruise along the Oslofjord takes you to Oslo, all alongside included sightseeing excursions, classic Scandi saunas, afternoon tea and a welcome cocktail party.

Saga’s Capital Cities of the Baltic on Spirit of Discovery departs regularly from Dover. From £4,350 per person for 16 nights based on 25th September 2022 departure. travel.saga.co.uk/cruises/0808 258 2693

Baltic Cities with Ambassador Cruise Line

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Copenhagen, Denmarak

This multi-generational cruise with Ambassador Cruise Line is perfect for all the family. Sailing from London Tilbury, enjoy two weeks of Baltic city exploration during the height of Scandinavia’s summer, from Copenhagen and the Gothic architecture of Estonia’s Tallinn to the lesser-explored destinations of Bonne, medieval Visby on Sweden’s Gotland and the white-sand beaches of Denmark’s Skagen.

Children over six months old are welcomed (though there are no facilities specifically for children) and you can expect Captain’s parties, gala dinners, guest speakers, dance classes and more alongside your voyage.

Ambassador Cruise Line’s Baltic Cities on Ambience departs regularly from London Tilbury (round trip). From £1,219 per person for 14 nights based on July 23rd 2022 departure. ambassadorcruiseline.com/0808 102 8110

Norwegian Fjords with P&O Cruises

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Sognefjord, Norway

Norway’s awe-inspiring glaciers, steep mountainsides and fjords continue to captivate, and it’s all easily accessible from the UK with P&O Cruises, who sail from Southampton to the Norwegian fjords. Whether you want to hike, kayak, cycle, or sit back and let the sights come to you, there are many ways to enjoy this spectacular region.

You’ll call in at beautiful fjord-surrounded Stavanger, Hellesylt and the famed Geirangerfjord, where you’ll explore during two full days. Plus, there’s plenty of time to relax and enjoy all of Iona’s delights, from fusion dining to theatre performances.

P&O Cruises’ Norwegian Fjords on Iona departs regularly from Southampton (round trip). From £699 per person for seven nights based on 4th June 2022 departure. pocruises.com/0344 338 8003

Castles, Palaces & Cultural Landmarks of Northern Europe with Fred.Olsen

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Gdansk, Poland. Sebastian Huber via Unsplash

Some Scandinavia and Baltic cruises from the UK add Germany into the mix, such as Fred.Olsen’s luxury exploration of Northern Europe, from Gdansk’s UNESCO-listed Melbork Castle to Lithuania’s Klaipeda and its mix of centuries-old architecture that survived the war.

Then, discover the history of Fredericia, a Danish fortress town, as well as the picturesque resort town of Sassnitz on Germany’s Rugen Island. Alongside scenic cruising through the Kiel Canal’s countryside scenes, you’ll enjoy stylish cabins, five-course à la carte dinners, evening entertainment and a swimming pool.

Fred.Olsen’s Castles, Palaces & Cultural Landmarks of Northern Europe on Balmoral departs from Rosyth (Edinburgh) (round trip). From £1,899 per person for 10 nights based on 19th Aug 2022 departure. fredolsencruises.com/0800 035 5130

Northern Europe from UK with MSC

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MSC Virtuosa

Contrast charming Oslo and Copenhagen with the medieval history of Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland – all white-sand beaches and Old Ton charm – on this European jaunt with MSC Cruises, before exploring Finland’s Helsinki and Estonia’s capital, the medieval city of Tallin.

After days exploring, enjoy full-board dining in the gourmet restaurants as well as the use of a gym and pools, West End style theatre shows and several children’s clubs.

MSC’s Northern Europe from UK on MSC Virtuosa departs from Southampton (round trip). From £999 per person for 12 nights based on 3oth May 2022 departure. msccruises.co.uk/0203 426 3010

Norwegian Fjords Cruise with Royal Caribbean

Norwegian Fjords

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Royal Caribbean’s in-depth Norwegian Fjords cruise begins in Southampton before calling in at the Norwegian city of Bergen, all narrow streets complete with brightly-painted wooden houses, and charming Olden in Western Norway, idyllically situated between mountains, blue glaciers and thundering waterfalls.

There’s plenty of time to explore one of the world’s most famous fjords – Geiranger, as well as Haugesund, the Langfoss waterfall, mount Himakana and a Viking farm at Avaldsnes.

Royal Caribbean’s Norwegian Fjords Cruise on Anthem of the Sea departs from Southampton (round trip). From £978 per person for seven nights based on 7th July 2023 departure. royalcaribbean.com/0344 493 4005

Northern Europe: Iceland & Norway to Reykjavik with Norwegian Cruise Line

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Puffins in Iceland

For that wow factor, mix in Iceland to your Scandinavian cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line‘s London to Reykjavik: cruise. Soak in the sights on Norwegian Prima’s 360-degree Ocean Boulevard as you contrast charming Brussels in Belgium with gondola rides in Amsterdam and strolls along Bergen’s charming wharf. Then, after calls at Norways’s fjordland, including Geiranger and Alesund, you’ll call in to the land of ice and fire for three days of adventure.

Contrast the black-sand beaches of Akuyeri and fjords of Isafjordureat with a visit Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, and venture into the picturesque Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with mountains surrounding a vast, wildflower-carpeted lava field. Head to the park’s geyser area where you’ll see hissing springs, bubbling pools and other geothermal phenomena as you enjoy the delights of Norwegian Prima each night – the first in a new class of NCL’s ships.

NCL’s Northern Europe: Iceland & Norway to Reykjavik on Norwegian Prima departs from Southampton. From £1,609 per person for 11 nights based on June 2023 departure. ncl.com/0333 2412319

Northern Isles & Svalbard with Seabourn

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Lofoten Islands, Norway

For luxury and adventure all at once, Seabourn‘s 22-night cruise on Seabourn Venture from London Tilbury pairs Scotland and Shetland Isles exploration  – from historic Kirkwall to the birdlife of Lerwick – with stops at beautiful Bergen, Olden and the remote Isle of Runde in Norway.

You’ll then anchor in to the Lofoten Islands, home to rorbu fisherman’s cabins, white-sand beaches and remote inlets,  before heading to the Northern Lights capital of the world, Tromso – though this time, it’s the Midnight Sun on offer. Cruise among the remote, much-unexplored islands of Hornvika, Skarsvag and before heading to the remote North Cape. Svalbard, the world’s northernmost inhabited island, is your final port of call. Home to more polar bears than people, expect everything from husky ‘sledding’, Zodiac cruises to spot polar bears and birdlife and much more.

Seabourn’s Northern Isles & Svalbard on Seabourn Venture departs from London Tilbury. From £21,699 per person foe 22 nights based on 15 July 2022 departure. seabourn.com/0344 338 8615

Norway’s Northern Lights with P&O Cruises

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Northern Lights in Ersfjordbotn, Tromso, Norway

If it’s during the winter months you want to explore Scandinavia and the Baltics and the Northern Lights – which can appear as early as September and as late as May – P&O Cruises‘ Northern Lights cruise starts and ends in Southampton.

From mountain scenery and the Arctic beauty of Tromso to the dramatic landscapes of Stavanger, you’ll sail past natural wonders and beautiful medieval towns as well as spotting reindeer and huskies while you step out to hopefully view the Northern Lights, with a base in a cosy cabin and enjoying delicious regional meals.

P&O Cruises’ Norway’s Northern Lights on Aurora departs from Southampton (round trip). From £1,199 per person for 12 nights based on 9 December 2022 departure. pocruises.com/0344 338 8003

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