A time-saving negotiation of the Kiel Canal pours you into the heart of the Baltic, where pristine ports of call await, and adventure beckons the harder you scratch the surface. With the communist-era cobwebs dusted down, 21st-century culture has been fully embraced, and boy, have they done it in style?
After booking a Baltic and Scandinavian cruise package, expect chic cafés and boutiques rubbing shoulders with medieval masterpieces in Stockholm and Tallinn, vintage trams scuttling through Helsinki’s Art-Nouveau-inspired streets or in Copenhagen, simply people-watch whilst tucking into a delicious pastry. It’s the quintessential Nordic way.
From Neoclassical to Romanesque, Gothic to Vernacular, Baltic Cruises with Cruise and Maritime Voyages serve up a smorgasbord of architectural delights and oozes bundles of character. Succumb to the imperial splendour of St. Petersburg; the dynamism of Oslo, with its uber-contemporary gloss; or perhaps Riga’s Old Town, harking back to its Hanseatic heyday. Alternatively, the 14th century spires, turrets and fortifications paint a fairy-tale scene in Tallinn, Northern Europe’s oldest city.
Scandinavia, dipping its feet into both the Baltic and North Sea, enjoys a more diverse, arguably superior level of gastronomy. Hearty husmanskost (farmer’s fare), coupled with the nouvelle-cuisine craze that has swept the region, ensures a tasty time for all who step off a Scandinavian cruise.
The Scandinavian scenery is equally as varied – look no further than enchanting Norway cruises for evidence. Cradling the region’s westernmost expanse, and the most northerly point of Europe for that matter, this nation bids farewell to the beaten path. Part Scandinavian and part Arctic, this slither of extraordinary wilderness is tailor-made for every outdoorsy type imaginable. Set the heart racing with an exhilarating husky ride, witness the swirling palette of colour of the Aurora Borealis dancing the night away up above, cruise the Arctic Circle, or let the fabulously green and rugged fjords lazily pass you by on a cruise, reminiscent of a fantasy film set.
Links to its ancient antiquity are all readily available, depicted through the numerous museums stirred into the region’s intoxicating melting pot. Scandinavia and The Baltics are evolving fast, but then they always have been, haven’t they? Read more about the many enthralling Baltic and Scandinavian cruise holidays on offer below and take advantage of the multitudinous exciting ROL Cruise deals we have available today.