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TUI Cruises: Summer 2024 Deployment Breakdown

  • June 14, 2024

Mein Schiff 7

With the new Mein Schiff 7 debuting in June , TUI Cruises is set to offer its largest summer program ever in 2024.

Serving the German-speaking markets, the company is offering itineraries in different parts of Europe, including the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea.

Cruise Industry News looked into the company’s full program for the 2024 summer. Here’s the breakdown:

Northern Europe

Mein Schiff 7 Capacity: 2,900 guests Built: 2024 Homeports: Kiel, Warnemunde and Hamburg (Germany) Length: Two to 17 nights Itineraries: Maiden season in Northern Europe with itineraries departing from three different German ports and visiting destinations in Scandinavia, Svalbard, Iceland, the Baltic Sea and the British Isles Sailing Season: June 23 to September 27

Mein Schiff 1 Capacity: 2,900 guests Built: 2018 Homeports: Hamburg and Kiel (Germany) Length: Four to 11 nights Itineraries: Norwegian Fjords, the North Cape, the Baltic, Western Europe and Scandinavia Sailing Season: May 17 to September 5

Mein Schiff 4 Capacity: 2,500 guests Built: 2015 Homeports: Bremerhaven (Germany) Length: Five to 17 nights Itineraries: Scandinavia and Norwegian Fjords featuring visits to the North Cape, Tromsø, Geiranger, Ålesund, Flåm and more. Sailing Season: April 25 to September 2

Mein Schiff 3 Capacity: 2,500 guests Built: 2014 Homeports: Bremerhaven and Kiel (Germany) Length: Five to 14 nights Itineraries: Different itineraries to the British Isles, Iceland, Norway, the Baltic Sea and Western Europe Sailing Season: February 18 to October 7

Mediterranean

Mein Schiff 2 Capacity: 2,900 guests Built: 2019 Homeports: Palma de Mallorca (Spain) Length: Seven to 10 nights Itineraries: Western Mediterranean, visiting Gibraltar, Spain, Italy, France, Malta and Gibraltar Sailing Season: May 5 to October 9

Mein Schiff 6 Capacity: 2,534 guests Built: 2017 Homeports: Trieste (Italy) and Heraklion (Greece) Length: Seven nights Itineraries: Greek Isles and the Adriatic visiting Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Malta and Turkey Sailing Season: May 3 to October 27

Mein Schiff 5 Capacity: 2,500 guests Built: 2016 Homeports: Heraklion (Greece); Trieste (Italy); La Valletta (Malta); and Antalya (Turkey) Length: Seven nights Itineraries: Week-long cruises to Southern Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta, Sicily and the Greek Isles Sailing Season: June 21 to October 11

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TUI Cruises GmbH (tuicruises.com) is a 50-50 Joint venture company between TUI AG (Germany) and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (US corporation). The Hamburg -based company was founded in 2008 and operational since 2009. On April 22, 2018, the cruise line celebrated its 10th anniversary. In 2018, TUI fleet's capacity was 14,784 berths, serving 0,5+ million passengers annually. By year 2024, TUI will have annual capacity ~800,000 passengers - compared to 2017 (500,000), 2018 (550,000) and 2019 (650,000, berths 17,500),

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TUI Group fully owns three England-registered subsidiary companies (TUI UK Ltd, TUI Airways Ltd, TUI Ireland Ltd) plus one Ireland-registered (Adehy Ltd).

On February 7, 2020, TUI AG announced that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (valued ~EUR 1,2 billion) becomes part of TUI Cruises. The contract with RCCL was signed in Hamburg (Feb 7), the cash transaction from RCCL (~EUR 700 million) was closed on July 6, 2020.

The Hanover Germany-based TUI Group (British-German multinational) is currently ranked the world's largest leisure and travel company. It was founded in 1923 and until 2002 was named "Preussag AG". TUI Group's companies specialize in hospitality and tourism services worldwide, with a portfolio including passenger airlines, cruise shipping (shipowner), package vacations, hotels and resorts, travel agencies, retail shops. TUI Group's current CEO is Sebastian Ebel, who (in October 2022) succeeded Fritz Joussen (2013-2022).

TUI Cruises GmbH's current CEO is Wybcke Meier (since 2014). In March 2023 was created the "Mein Schiff Destinations Department". Other executives include Marcus Puttich (director of destinations), Dennis Tetzlaff (VP of fleet operations and newbuilds), Denis Wiechert (VP of product management and guest experiences).

For 2021-Q1, TUI Group reported 2,8 million bookings (all brands/subsidiaries), or 56% of 2019's, with 20% higher average prices and overall loss EUR 698,6 million (EUR 146,7 M loss in 2019). Cruise shipping revenue was EUR 0,6 million (EUR 238,4 M in 2019). TUI Group secured 3x financing packages (with its major shareholders, banks and Germany's Economic Stabilization Fund). The 3rd package (EUR 1,8 billion) was completed in late January.

For FY2021 (fiscal year), TUI Group reported EUR 27 million (~USD 30,6M) in cruise revenues (~EUR 445,6M less than FY2020), EBIT loss EUR 277,5M (~USD 314M), avrg ship occupancy rates ~40%. By brand, the number of passenger days was 1,227M (TUI), 0,114M (Hapag-Lloyd), 0,153M (Marella). Average daily rates by brand were EUR 132 (TUI), EUR 514 (Hapag-Lloyd), GBP 124 / EUR 145 (Marella).

In September 2023 TUI signed with VIKAND Solutions (Dania Beach Florida-based medical group specializing in maritime healthcare) to deliver fleetwide biomedical equipment and provide support (lifecycle asset management, preventative maintenance, repairs, support).

In January 2024, TUI signed a partnership with Marquard & Bahls (1947-founded, Hamburg-based company specializing in energy and chemicals) to supply with methanol Mein Schiff 7 (fleet's first methanol-powered vessel vessel). The deal was signed by Wybcke Meier (TUI's CEO) and Volker Ebeling (Mabanaft's Senior VP of New Energy, Supply & Infrastructure).

(new brand) TUI River Cruises UK

In April 2019, the shipowner TUI AG terminated the charters of its 3 riverboats and established the UK-focused brand "TUI River Cruises" (tui.co.uk/river-cruises). The new brand was scheduled to start operations in summer 2020 but due to the global health crisis, its inauguration was postponed for August 2021 (delayed ~1,5 years).

The sisterships are named TUI Isla , TUI Maya , TUI Skyla .

In 2024-2025, TUI expands the river fleet with two more boats - TUI Al Horeya (2024/Egypt's Nile River) and TUI Alma (2025/Portugal's Douro River).

TUI river cruise ship (aerial view)

TUI River Cruises is a separate company part (fully-owned subsidiary) of TUI AG (British-German travel and tourism corporation). TUI Group also owns the companies Marella Cruises UK and Hapag-Lloyd-Cruises .

River travel aficionados can choose from various itineraries and optional shipboard and land packages. Standard (basic) TUI river cruise pricing is inclusive of alcohol (beers and wines by the glass) and soft drinks with all meals, as well as of gratuities (onboard tips), service charges and bicycles (offered complimentary to all passengers in call ports of the current cruisetour itinerary). Premium drinks packages are optional (offered at extra cost). All TUI riverboats have balcony suites. Shore excursions range from sightseeing tours (guided by local experts) to bike tours.

The new river cruise company offers GBP 120 (~EUR 140 / USD 155) per person in OBC (onboard credit) towards all land tour bookings. TUI river ships are named TUI Maya , TUI Skyla and TUI Isla , each with capacity 155 passengers plus 40 crew, LOA length 135 m (445 ft), 4 decks (3 with cabins). Standard cabins are sized 12 m2 (130 ft2) and with fixed double beds.

TUI river cruise ship sundeck

TUI riverboats' venues include:

  • (Deck 2) cabins, Lobby (Reception Desk, Tour Desk, Library), wellness facilities (Spa, Gym, Hair Parlor)
  • (Deck 3) cabins, Observatory Lounge, Bar Lounge, Bow Terrace, 2 restaurants (Bistro Buffet, Verdastro Dining Room). Verdastro Restaurant serves buffet-type breakfast and a la carte lunch and dinner (with waiter service). Bistro Restaurant is for buffet-style dining only (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Observatory is the show lounge with live entertainment in the evenings (musical performances, stand-up comedy acts, crew show, themed dance parties).
  • (Deck 4) Sundeck with games area (shuffleboard), shaded seating (Sundeck Lounge), sunbathing area with padded loungers, sunbeds, daybeds.

In December 2019, TUI signed an exclusive partnership with Live Business UK (one of Europe's largest entertainment program developers and suppliers) for the TUI River Cruises company. By this deal, Live Business UK prepared the onboard entertainment programming for the boats and is also responsible for recruiting cruise directors, hosts, ship musicians, guest performers, local tour guides and other experts.

Company history

During the company's 10 years of service (2008-2018), the six Mein Schiffs handled around 2,2 million passengers, visited over 200 seaports and covered around 2,9 million km (1,8 million ml). TUI's sister-brand is Marella Cruises (UK source market).

For FY2018 (fiscal year), TUI Group's earnings (from the 3 cruise brands - TUI, Marella, and Hapag-Lloyd) increased by 10,7% - to EUR 901,9 million. Company's turnover was EUR 324 million (26,8% increase over 2017). Group's average daily rates increased to EUR 178 euro (TUI, up from EUR 173), EUR 141 (Marella, up from EUR 131) and EUR 615 (Hapag-Lloyd, up from EUR 594).

In 2015-2016, TUI Group had a turnover of EUR 17,8 billion (company's record) and operating result of EUR 1B. Corporation's portfolio consisted of 14 vessels (TUI, Thomson-Marella, and Hapag-Lloyd brands), several large tour operators, around 1600 travel agencies (including online portals), over 300 hotels (around 214,000 beds) and 6 airlines (over 150 aircraft).

The list of TUI-owned airlines includes Corsair International (France), TUI Airways (UK), TUI fly Belgium, TUI fly Deutschland, TUI fly Netherlands, and TUI fly Nordic (departures from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway).

In FY2016 (the fiscal year 2016), TUI Cruises had 60% growth (over FY2015) in earnings, with EBITA of EUR 130 million (EUR 81 million in FY2015). The reported growth came from the corporation's two main markets - Germany and UK.

TUI Cruises started operations by acquiring Celebrity Galaxy from Celebrity Cruises - another RCCL subsidiary. The ship left Celebrity's fleet on March 16, 2009. After buying Celebrity Galaxy, the vessel was refitted at Lloyd Werft shipyard ( Bremerhaven, Germany ) arriving on March 27 for 38-day, EUR 50 million conversions. Galaxy was re-christened on May 15th in Hamburg and renamed "Mein Schiff" (meaning "My Ship" in Deutsch)

. TUI planned to build two 100,000 GT, 2500-passenger ships in 2011 and 2012.

  • On May 27, 2010, was revealed that Celebrity Mercury joined TUI fleet as "Mein Schiff 2"(renamed in 2018 to Mein Schiff Herz/now Marella Voyager ). Before the refit, "MS Mein Schiff" was renamed to Mein Schiff 1 (now Marella Explorer ). Schiff 2 entered service in February 2011 after an extensive drydock reconstruction .
  • On September 27, 2011, TUI and STX Finland announced a shipbuilding contract for a 97,000 GT vessel ( Schiff 3 ) with delivery in 2014. The vessel has LOA length 295 m/968 ft, 1250 staterooms (mostly balconied) and capacity 2500 passengers and 1000 crew. The contract included an optional second ship, that was ordered on November 5, 2012 ( Schiff 4 ). Schiff 3 entered service on April 22, 2014.
  • In March 2015, RCI ( Royal Caribbean International ) announced selling Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in 2016-Q2. TUI leased the vessel to Thomson UK (now Marella) replacing MS Island Escape (now Ocean Gala ).
  • In May 2015 TUI Group announced that as part of fleet modernization strategy, Schiff 1 and 2 will be transferred to Thomson/Marella over the next few years to upgrade TUI's UK fleet.
  • In 2018, TUI signed a partnership deal with "Merkur Casino Mare" (part of Gauselmann Group) for the onboard gambling on Schiff 1 (since 2018), Schiff 2 (since 2019) and Schiff 3 (since 2021). The ship Casino features 6x electronic roulettes plus 14x other Merkur gaming machines, and a separate gambling lounge with 4x M-Box Buzzer (multi-gaming machines) and a blackjack table for live gaming. For 2020, Gauselmann AG reported revenue EUR 2,56 billion (~USD 3B / ~GBP 2,2B). Since 2012, Gauselmann owns the British company Praesepe Ltd (now Merkur Casino UK) which owns the Cashino brand (street gambling arcade chain).
  • In mid-October 2021, TUI announced that Schiff Herz will be transferred in 2023 to Marella Cruises UK . Following a drydock, the boat will be renamed "Marella Voyager", starting operations for Marella on June 3, 2023.

The Hannover travel group TUI AG (listed at London Stock Exchange) keeps an upbeat outlook of cruise shipping activities. The company owns 100% of Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten and 50% of TUI Kreuzfahrten.

In August 2015, TUI announced EBITA growth (Q3) by EUR 11 million, which reflected the full-year profit of Schiff 3 (operated since June 2014) and the launch of Schiff 4 (June 2015). In addition, Hapag-Lloyd's remarkable turnaround and EUR 4 million benefits from refinancing ms Europa 2 meant that TUI had EUR 21 million increase in underlying EBITA (earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization).

TUI Mein Schiff cruise ship

In May 2015, TUI AG Supervisory Board and RCCL-Royal Caribbean confirmed the purchase options for Schiff 7 and Schiff 8 (later renamed "Schiff 1" and "Schiff 2", delivered respectively in 2018 and 2019), as the German market reported further growth. The new liners are slightly larger (2860 lower berths each), built by Meyer Turku Finland . The deal was fully financed within TUI Cruises (joint venture) - without further contribution from TUI AG and RCCL.

Schiff 5 was launched on January 15, 2016, following the 14-month construction period. Around 1500 employees are involved in the building of each TUI vessel.

In mid-July 2018, TUI ordered two new ships (161,000 GT-ton, 4000-passenger) - this time from the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. Their scheduled deliveries are in 2025-Q1 ( Schiff Relax ) and 2026-Q2 ( Schiff 9 ). TUI's "Italian" liners are LNG-powered and from the company's new InTUItion-Class (fka TUI XL-Schiff).

TUI Mein Schiff cruise ship

In October 2018, TUI announced the "Wasteless" initiative aimed to eliminate disposable plastic products fleetwide (and also in land-based operations - provision suppliers and office staff) by the year 2020. Plastics will be replaced by alternative products made from renewable resources. The eco-initiative started with the newbuilds, on which in all cabin bathrooms, shower gel and shampoo dispensers are refillable, terry slippers are bathrobe's pockets (not packed in plastic), laundry bags are from bio-based plastic, coffee-to-go cups for crew are from bio-based plastic, drink stirrers are wooden. In November 2019, TUI reported ~30 million single-use plastic items replaced with renewable/sustainable materials-made alternatives.

In 2018, the German travel market reached ~2,2 million cruisers, of whom ~26% were served by TUI.

TUI Schiff Restaurants and Bars

TUI Schiff sonnenbereiche und poolbereiche (sundeck and Lido-deck pool areas)

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021

Due to the COVID pandemic, TUI River Cruises suspended passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures March 15, 2020, through August 15, 2021. TUI Cruises Germany ("Mein Schiff" fleet) suspended operations on March 23 and restarted on August 21 with Schiff 1 (7-day Norwegian Fjords roundtrip from Kiel) and Schiff 2 (7-day Norway from Hamburg). Schiff 6 started on September 13 (through November 7) with 7-day roundtrips from Heraklion (Crete) to Piraeus-Athens and Kerkyra (Corfu Island).

TUI River Cruises were planned to resume on November 26, 2020 ( Christmas and New Year itineraries ) but were eventually canceled through August 2021 (the brand was inaugurated on August 15, with TUI Maya from Frankfurt).

All affected bookings were automatically canceled and fully refunded in FCC (future cruise credit) notes for the full cost of the cruise. The FCCs can be used for paying a new voyage (with rebooking) or fully refunded (100%) in cash after 12 months.

Next are listed all TUI liners and their first departure dates/homeports/regions in 2021 - Schiff 3 (May 10/Norway from Bremerhaven), Schiff 4 (Apr 23/UK-Baltic from Hamburg), Schiff 5 (May 13/Mediterranean from Heraklion Crete), Schiff 6 (May 9/Mediterranean from Palma de Mallorca), Schiff Herz (Sept 3/Mediterranean from Palma de Mallorca). Schiff 1 and Schiff 2 started Canary Islands cruises in January, with 7-day and 14-day roundtrips from Gran Canaria.

The latest cancellations affected Schiff 5's Asian program (Hong Kong) and Schiff 6's Arabian Gulf program (from Dubai).

Itinerary of TUI Cruises

The next table provides a concise review of the TUI fleet's deployments (as homeports and destinations/regions). For detailed itineraries (call ports, port dates-times, and cruise prices) just follow the ship links.

TUI River Cruises

"TUI River Cruises" is a 2019-founded (operational since 2021) brand and a subsidiary of TUI AG. The new company specializes in passenger river shipping in Europe and is generally UK-focused (as source market).

TUI's riverboat fleet consists of three fully refurbished ships - TUI Maya , TUI Skyla , TUI Isla . The boats usually operate roundtrips from the homeports Passau and Frankfurt (Germany), Amsterdam Holland and Budapest Hungary .

In January 2022, TUI announced the restart dates of the riverboats after winter 2021 season was suspended due to Europe's increasing COVID Omicron cases. TUI's Rhine program was first halted before Christmas 2021 when Germany's government imposed travel restrictions on UK tourists.

TUI's river operations were planned to resume with TUI Skyla on March 28th. The "Magic of the Danube" itinerary (7-night roundtrip from Budapest ) visited ports in Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. Prices started at GBP 1120 per person with double occupancy.

TUI's first 14-night voyage started on April 8 ( TUI Isla ). The "European Icons" itinerary started in Amsterdam and visited ports in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, ending in Budapest. Prices started at GBP 2010 pp.

TUI's Rhine voyages started on April 8 with the "Rhine Germs" itinerary visiting Koblenz and Speyer (Germany Rhineland-Palatinate) along with Basel Switzerland . The 7-day roundtrip is from Frankfurt am Main (Germany Hesse) , fares started at GBP 1170 pp.

Themed voyages started on April 1st ( TUI Maya ) with the "Vines and Valleys" Moselle River itinerary.

In December 2023, TUI River Cruises announced a fleet expansion with two new vessels - TUI Al Horeya (Nile River boat/inauguration in 2024) and TUI Alma (Douro River boat/inauguration in 2025).

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TOP SCANDINAVIA AND NORTHERN EUROPEAN CRUISES: Destinations, Ports, Itineraries, and Resources

by development | Aug 3, 2021 | places , Top 21 | 0 comments

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TOP SCANDINAVIA AND NORTHERN EUROPEAN CRUISES:

Destinations, ports, itineraries, alternatives, and resources.

In this article you will find:

It’s a Different World

Scandinavia/northern european cruise region, pros and cons of cruising this region, major cruiselines serving the region, two cruise worlds: mainstream and expedition, popular regional and destination ports, sample itineraries for the region, standard and unique itineraries, recommended resources.

Welcome to the legendary lands of the Vikings, the seafaring warriors of medieval times. Both sparsely populated and highly urbanized, as well as beautiful but frequently chilly and rainy, numerous fairy-tale settings in this breathtaking region instantly connect with travelers in search of special cruise experiences. Few come away disappointed.

tui cruises northern europe

From snow-capped mountains, awesome glaciers, majestic fjords, unusual wildlife, and thousands of islands to ancient castles, imposing palaces, colorful medieval towns, and cosmopolitan cities with gothic cathedrals, canals, and bridges, this region has it all. Cruise Scandinavia and Northern Europe and you’ll quickly get an education on the cities, people, landscapes, weather, waters, and strong shipping and trading traditions of this vast sprawling but always fascinating region. Here’s where the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, English Channel, Baltic Sea, and Baltic region meet and commune around today’s growing tourist trade. The further north you cruise into barren and icy lands punctuated with a few small settlements, the more Mother Nature seems to be in charge of your cruise experiences!

From the perspective of cruise ship companies, the Scandinavia/Northern European cruise region stretches from Greenland (Denmark) in the west to St. Petersburg in the east and from the Netherlands and British Isles (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, ) in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. It includes Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark) and encompasses several Northern European countries facing the Baltic Sea (Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany). Major ports in this region include Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Bergen, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, (Warnemunde (Berlin), Edinburg, Gdańsk (Poland), Flam (Norway), Portree (Scotland), Tallinn (Estonia), Amsterdam, Visby/Gotland (Sweden), Honningsvag (Norway), and Southampton (UK). The 61-mile fresh water Kiel Canal in Northern Germany connects the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. By taking this canal, rather than going around the Jutland Peninsula, cruise ships, freighters, and other vessels can shorten their journey by 280 nautical miles as well as avoid stormy seas. The Kiel Canal is the world’s more heavily used artificial seaway, handling nearly 45,000 commercial and cruise ships a year.

While Scandinavia/Northern Europe is the least popular European tourist region (80 million visitors each year versus 350 million in Southern Europe/Mediterranean, 205 million in Western Europe, and 156 million in Central and Eastern Europe), the 14 countries and 3 autonomous territories that define this region have increasingly become popular with both mainstream and adventure cruisers. Indeed, with recent climate changes negatively impacting the frozen far north, this has become the gateway region for expedition cruises into the Arctic Circle and the Northwest Passage that snakes through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. National Geographic, for example, offers an adventuresome 26-day expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage on its new Polar Class 5 Endurance that goes from Oslo, Norway to Nome, Alaska with stops along the way in the Russian High Arctic and Russian Far East and along the Siberian coast – one of the most interesting new cruises originating in this region. But they are not alone nor the pioneer of such cruises. Scenic Eclipse , Quark Expeditions , Hurtigruten , and Abercrombie & Kent also take similar Northwest Passage cruises.

The Scandinavia/Northern European region offers many wonderful destinations, exciting ports, awe-inspiring sights, majestic glaciers, wintery wildlife, colorful coastal villages, medieval towns, aging castles, traditional food markets, world-class museums, and chic design centers. It’s also a region with thousands of islands — 30,000+ in the Baltic Sea alone, although Stockholm claims it has 270,000 islands and Estonia alone points to 2,222 islands in its waters.

This region has one of the shortest cruise seasons – May through September is the best time to cruise in terms of decent weather and long summer nights. The region is known for its cold and rainy weather, turbulent seas, and limited winter daylight hours. Nonetheless, this region is on the bucket lists of many seniors. The Norwegian fjords and the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) alone draw millions of cruisers to this region each year.

  • Visit some amazing places, from beautiful fjords, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and spectacular coasts to charming cities, lovely architecture, rich histories, and appealing cultures.
  • Climate change has opened exciting new luxury cruise adventures that once were the province of great and sometimes tragic Arctic explorers, such as the Northwest Passage and the North Pole.
  • Experience a good sampling of several destinations – a smorgasbord of beautiful places.
  • Good value compared to expensive ground travel.
  • Beautiful fairy-tale destination ports set along majestic fjords, especially Norway’s ports of Flam and Geiranger which are organized to entertain nature-loving cruise passengers.
  • Ports conveniently located near center of major port attractions (within walking distance of the ship). But Berlin is not, and St. Petersburg is complicated because of the expensive ($160) and restrictive visa issue and the cruise ship’s work-around (must take costly ship-sponsored excursion to avoid the expense and hassle of acquiring a Russian visa – the $160 visa may look like a bargain after spending two days on ship-sponsored tours of St. Petersburg!).
  • Nice to arrive by water into a new destination and experience the fascinating nautical scenery (islands, boats, ships) rather than experience the chaos of air, train, bus, or car arrival.
  • Multiple onboard activities to choose from, including the freedom to not do anything.
  • Many things to see and do – sometimes too much!
  • A photographer’s delight – lots of interesting people, places, and wildlife to shoot.
  • Good onboard service and excellent food.
  • Interesting cruise mates and serendipitous encounters.
  • Very educational and intellectually stimulating experiences.
  • The perfect bucket list cruise – but may need to come back for more in-depth exploration of the most interesting places.
  • Wonderful expedition cruising in Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and the Arctic region.
  • Weather can be fickle – very changeable which requires packing appropriate and sufficient clothes (prepare to layer) and accessories (windbreaker and rain gear) for unexpected cold, windy, and rainy days.
  • Weather is often rainy and cold with long dark winters and short summers. Finland and Norway are the least weather-friendly countries given their cold climates.
  • Be prepared for “port fatigue” since cruises to this region tend to be very port-intensive — both tiring and expensive.
  • Cities tend to be very expensive, especially in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, from restaurants to taxis to shopping.
  • Beware of shopping scams, especially for Baltic amber which could be imitation plastic
  • Avoid the Russian visa hassle by taking the ship excursions in Russia – the ship arranges a special 72-hour visa for their tours.
  • Overnight visit constrained by Russian visa requirement in St. Petersburg.
  • Often too crowded onboard and onshore.
  • Very expensive ship-sponsored shore excursions.
  • Most cruise ships don’t stay in ports long enough, especially for those who enjoy high-energy nightlife. Many cruise ships overnight in St. Petersburg – but limited city access for most cruise passengers because of visa issue (see above). Viking Cruises now overnights in other ports.

Most cruises in the Scandinavia/Northern European region run 7- to 14-night cruise tours. Most of the major cruise lines have a presence in this region:

  • Atlas Ocean Voyages
  • Azamara Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Costa Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Disney Cruises
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Marella (TUI) Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Ponant Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Saga Cruises
  • SeaDream Yacht Club
  • Vantage Deluxe World Travel
  • Viking Cruises
  • Virgin Voyages
  • Windstar Cruises

Several senior-friendly tour companies also sponsor cruises in this region. Overseas Adventures Travel (OAT) , for example, which is owned by Grand Circle Cruise Line, offers a 14-day “Grand Baltic Sea Voyage” from Copenhagen to Stockholm on its own 88-passenger cruise ships (MV Clio and MV Corinthian). Tauck River & Small Ship Cruising , a high-end tour company, offers a similar 12-day “St. Petersburg and the Baltic Sea” cruise program from Stockholm to Copenhagen on Ponant’s small luxury ship Le Champlain. Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) offers cruises on the Baltic Sea and to major Scandinavian and Northern European ports on Oceania (Marina) and Crystal (Crystal Symphony) cruise ships.

A few highly specialized expedition cruise companies explore the upper reaches of Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and the Arctic Circle, including the Northwest Passage:

  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Adventure Canada
  • Aurora Expeditions
  • G Adventures
  • Hurtigruten
  • Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic
  • Quark Expeditions
  • Scenic Cruises

Most of these companies include video libraries that feature their cruises to this region.

In many respects, the Scandinavia/Northern European region consists of two distinct cruising worlds. The first one is for mainstream cruisers who want to experience a normal cruise to interesting destinations centering on history, culture, architecture, and shopping. Popular destinations such as St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, Riga, Gdansk, and Bergin more than fit the mainstream cruising bill. The “normal” cruising rituals are well defined – lots of onboard activities, food, entertainment, spas, gambling, music, shopping, lectures, and ship-sponsored shore excursions.

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The second cruising world reflects the unique location of this region and the desire for all-inclusive experiences – no nickel-and-diming of passengers. Similar to the Antarctica, Galapagos, and the Amazon, this is a region filled with some of the most interesting expedition cruises . These are highly specialized small ship experiences built for the challenges of polar regions and tiny coastal towns and ports not normally included on the itineraries of mainstream cruise ships. These cruises also exemplify the trend toward edutainment – combining education and entertainment – and sustainability in cruising. Expedition cruises are typically led by scientists and academic researchers who specialize in various aspects of the region, be it wildlife, climate, geography, weather, glaciers, or history. Some may conduct research while onboard. Such tours may involve exploring areas by zodiacs, kayaks, and helicopters. Onboard experiences may involve presentations on the areas visited or participating in a research project. Unlike mainstream cruise ships, expedition cruise ships are not into flashy entertainment, gambling, dancing, games, and other “fun” onboard activities. Eating, drinking, and lectures/discussions are valued. Expedition cruisers find such cruises to be intellectually challenging, stimulating, and meaningful. Crew members and fellow cruise mates tend to share similar interests and values — concerned with important environmental issues addressed by the expedition cruise including sailing on environmentally-friendly expedition ships such as Hurtigruten’s two new hybrid ships – MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjob Nansen .

While only one percent (300,000) of all cruisers (30 million) take expedition cruises each year, the passenger numbers continue to grow as new luxury expedition ships launch, some with helicopters and submarines ( Seabourn Venture , Crystal Esprit , and Scenic Eclipse ). Some companies are converting their regular ships to expedition-class ships (Silversea’s Silver Wind and Silver Cloud now have ice-class hulls for polar cruises). Viking also has entered this arena.

While this region includes over 200 embarkation ports and ports of call – from very large (Copenhagen) to small (Nuuk), the most popular cruise ports include Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Oslo (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Southampton (London), Dublin (Ireland), Warnemunde/Berlin (Germany), Gdansk (Poland), and Reykjavik (Iceland). Cruises tend to focus on Iceland and Greenland, the British Isles (Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England), the Norwegian fjords, or several ports within the Baltic Sea, such as Stockholm, Visby, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Gdansk, Berlin, and Copenhagen. For a good video introduction to many of these ports, see the following YouTube video by veteran travel writer Cameron Hewitt: Northern European Cruise Ports .

Norway is especially popular with cruisers because of its beautiful fjords, Northern Lights, and gateway ports to the Arctic Circle. The country includes 41 cruise ports over a 1,300 nautical mile area. The most popular ports are Bergen, Stavanger, Olden, Tromso, Flam, Geiranger, and Alesund. Two small ports are literally destination ports , because of their fairy-tale settings along two of Norway’s most spectacular fjords – Flam and Geiranger . While several traditional cruise ships offer Norwegian cruises, several expedition cruise lines, such as Hurtigruten, specialize in exploration cruises from Spitsbergen (Svalbard) to small northern ports of Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and the Arctic Circle in search of natural wonders (glaciers and icebergs) and wildlife (polar bears, caribo, seals, walrus, whales, birds).

Measured by the number of passengers passing through, the following cruise ports are the busiest in this region:

  • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Tallinn (Estonia)
  • Helsinki (Finland)
  • Stockholm (Sweden)
  • St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • Riga (Latvia)
  • Gdansk (Poland)
  • Bergin (Norway)
  • Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Kiel (Germany)

Many are dual-purpose ports – they also function as major commercial ports for handling tons of freight. Some countries, such as Poland (Gdansk), include a major military/naval presence. On the other hand, Russia headquarters its powerful Baltic naval fleet in the small province of Kaliningrad (part of Germany before the end of World War II), which is wedged between Lithuania and Poland (tourists can visit but not cruise ships) and disconnected from the rest of Russia.

The following ports are some of the largest, busiest, and most loved in Scandinavia and Northern Europe:

  • Bergin (Norway’s largest port and gateway to fjords)
  • Oslo (Norway’s capital and largest city of 670,000)
  • Tromso (largest port – 70,000 – above Arctic Circle, the gateway “Paris of the North”)
  • Flam (A small destination port in a fairy-tale setting — take the “Norway in a Nutshell Tour” , which is Norway’s most popular tour)
  • Geiranger (A small but spectacular port – a destination port for many cruise companies)
  • Stockholm (Sweden’s capital of 935,000 spread over 14 islands + mainland, linked by 58 bridges, and visited by 650,000 cruise tourists annually)
  • Gothenburg or Goteborg (Sweden’s second largest port of 550,000 handles over 80 cruise ships and 170,000 passengers a year)
  • Visby/Gotland Island (This city of 25,000 handles 115 ships and 175,000 passengers annually. Gotland Island is the largest island in the Baltic Sea)
  • Copenhagen (Denmark’s capital of 600,000+ handles 950,000 passengers annually)
  • Helsinki (Finland’s capital of 650,000 handles 450,000 cruise passengers each year)
  • St. Petersburg (Russia’s largest cruise port and second largest city of 5.3 million handles 700,000+ cruise passengers each year)
  • Tallinn (Estonia’s capital of 430,000 handles 500,000 cruise passengers a year)
  • Klaipėda (Lithuania’s largest port of 150,000 handles 95,000 cruise passengers a year)
  • Riga (Latvia’s capital of 650,000 handles nearly 100,000 cruise passengers each year)

THE NETHERLANDS

  • Amsterdam (This capital city of 850,000 handles 140+ ocean and 1500+ river cruise ships — 700,000 cruise tourists — each year)
  • London/Dover (UK’s second largest passenger seaport – combined sea and ferry – handles 170,000 cruise passengers a year)
  • London/Southampton (UK’s largest passenger seaport and Europe’s fourth largest, after Barcelona, Rome, and Balearic Islands – handles 500+ ship calls and 1.5+ million cruise passengers annually)
  • Dublin (Ireland’s capital of 560,000 handles over 220,000 cruise passengers annually)
  • Edinburgh (Scotland’s capital handles 115 cruise ships and 155,000 passengers annually)
  • Glasgow (Scotland’s largest city of 600,000+ handles 115,000+ passengers annually)
  • Warnemünde-Rostock/Berlin (Largest cruise port in Germany; located 2 hours by train from Berlin; handles 24 different companies with 190+ ships and 800,000+ passengers)
  • Kiel (One of Germany’s largest cruise ports handles nearly 700,000 passengers a year; operates the Kiel Canal)
  • Hamburg (Germany’s largest seaport of 1.8 million that handles over 215 cruise ships and 900,000+ passengers each year; home port for German cruise companies – AIDA, TUI, Hapag-Lloyd, and Fred Olsen – and CroisiEurope riverboats)
  • Gdansk (A huge port city for commerce and the Polish Navy is also a popular port of call for 70+ cruise ships and 35,000+ passengers each year)
  • Reykjavik (Iceland’s capital of 132,000 is visited by 155 ships and 155,000 passengers each year. Claims to be the “cleanest city on earth”)
  • Nuuk (Greenland’s capital of 18,000 is visited by mainstream cruise lines – Royal Caribbean, Silversea, MSC, Regent, Ponant, Oceania, and Norwegian – and expedition cruise lines – Hurtigruten and Quark Expeditions, which explore other areas of Greenland, the Arctic Circle, and the Northwest Passage; nearly 18,000 cruise passengers visit Nuuk each year – mostly between July and September)

From Amsterdam

  • Windstar (Star Legend): “Amsterdam to Copenhagen.” 8 days. Includes Amsterdam, Stavanger, Flam, Sognefjord, Alesund, Ganger, Geirangerfjord, Bergen, and Copenhagen.
  • Celebrity (Celebrity Apex): “Amsterdam to Amsterdam.” 12 nights. Includes Amsterdam, Berlin, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam.

From Bergen, Norway

  • Hurtigruten (Spitsbergen): “Bergen to Oslo.” 13 nights. Includes Bergen (Norway), Lerwick (Shetland Islands, Scotland), Torshavn (Denmark); Bakkagerdi, Husavik, and Akureyri of Iceland; and Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen, and Oslo of Norway.

From Helsinki

  • Grand Circle Cruise Line/Grand Circle Travel (Havila Kystruten): “Nordic Coastal Voyage: Norway, Finland & the Arctic Circle – Helsinki to Oslo.” 14 days. Includes Helsinki, Saariselkon, Kirkenes, Hammerfest, Vesteralen, Sandnessjoen, Bronnysund, Bergen, and Oslo.

From Oslo/Tromso

  • National Geographic (Endurance): “Northwest Passage: Tromso to Nome, Alaska.” 26 days. Includes Oslo, Tromso, Norwegian Fjords, Russian High Arctic, Siberian Coast, Russian Far East, and Nome, Alaska.

From Stockholm

  • Oceania Cruises (Marina): “Stockholm to Copenhagen.” 7 nights. Includes Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

From St. Petersburg

  • Ponant (Le Champlain): “St. Petersburg to Copenhagen.” 11 nights. Includes St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga, Klapeda, Gdansk, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

From London

  • Viking (Viking Venus): “London (Tilbury), England to Bergen, Norway.” 12 nights. Includes London and the Norwegian ports of Stavanger, Bodo, Tromso, Alta, Norvik, and Bergen.
  • Ponant (Le Champlain): “London to Stockholm.” 9 nights. Includes London/Tower Bridge, Ostend, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Kiel Canal, Berlin, Ronne, Visby, and Stockholm.

From Dublin, Ireland

  • Azamara (Azamara Quest): “Dublin to London.” 10 nights. Includes Dublin, Killybegs, Galway, Foynes, and Cork (Cobh), in Ireland; Belfast and Londonderry in Northern Ireland; and London (Southampton).

From Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Seabourn (Seabourn Venture): “Reykjavik to Reykjavik.” 14 nights. Includes Reykjavik, Grundarfjordue, Vigur Island, Akureyri, Seydisfjordur, Djupivogur, and Heimaey in Iceland; Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresbysund Fjord System, Rodefjord, King Oscar Fjord, Alpefjord, Ella Island, Blomsterbugten and Renbugten, and Kejser Franz Josef Fjord in Greenland.

You’ll find many useful resources on cruising in the Scandinavia/Northern European region and related expedition cruises that use this region as a gateway to the Arctic region. You’ll find many other Scandinavian and Northern European YouTube videos created by travel experts, amateurs, and major cruise companies:

  • Russia and Scandinavia Cruises: Princess Cruises
  • Cruising the Baltic Sea, Copenhagen to St. Petersburg: Abercrombie & Kent
  • Northern European Cruise Ports
  • Scandinavia and Russia Cruise on Regal Princess
  • Baltic Sea Cruise
  • Cruising the Baltic
  • Norway Cruises: Explore Stunning Fjords & Incredible Natural Wonders With Celebrity Cruises
  • Russia and the Baltic Sea: Viking Oceans
  • Northern Europe With MSC Cruises
  • Why We Travel to Northern Europe: Regent Seven Seas
  • Greenland Adventure With Quark Expeditions
  • Hurtigruten in Norway
  • Silversea Cruises in the Arctic
  • Lindblad in Arctic and Iceland
  • Northwest Passage With Quark Expeditions
  • Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard (Polar Bears) With Lindblad
  • Seabourn in Northern Europe
  • Seabourn Expedition Cruises

A few travel guidebooks focus on the Scandinavia/Northern European cruise region. If you’re planning to do independent touring in various cruise ports, you may want to consult these travel guides which are available through the CRUZUS bookstore:

  • Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships
  • Lonely Planet Cruise Ports Scandinavia & Northern Europe
  • Rick Steves Scandinavian & Northern European Cruise Ports

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TUI starts summer season in several European countries

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After a break of several months due to the pandemic, this year’s holiday season has started again. TUI is currently welcoming thousands of guests in several destinations. Incidence rates are decreasing, vaccination rates are rising. Restrictions and quarantine obligations are lifted in many European countries and destinations. In addition, developments are accompanied by positive reports, thus increasing customer confidence and boosting holiday bookings. TUI teams in the markets and the destinations have been working hard on preparations and are now ready. The first flights have taken off and more and more hotels are opening their doors to welcome guests.

In the two weeks from May 14 to the end of the month, almost 900 flights across the Group will take off to more than 40 vacation destinations in eight countries. Spain, Greece, Turkey, Portugal and Egypt are particularly popular destinations in May. The most popular gateway is Mallorca, followed by Crete and Antalya. The five most popular gateways for Europeans in May also include the island of Rhodes and the Algarve in Portugal.

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Great Britain

Portugal is currently particularly popular with British vacationers. Portugal is generally one of the most popular vacation destinations for British guests. This is currently also reinforced by the fact that all travel restrictions for British vacationers have been lifted for Portugal.

For German guests, on the other hand, Spain is the most popular vacation. Mallorca is the front-runner. The travel warnings for the Balearic Islands were lifted by the German Foreign Office at the end of March already. In addition, the Canary Islands are also very popular. There is strong demand in Germany also for Greek destinations. In the last two weeks of May alone, a total of around 120 TUI flights are planned from German airports to Greek vacation regions, in particular to Crete and Rhodes, followed by Kos, Corfu and the Peloponnese. From June 1, the TUI program will include 24 Greek regions on the mainland and islands with more than 4,500 hotels. In addition to Spain and Greece, Portugal and Cyprus are currently also in demand.

Belgium / Netherlands

The situation is similar for TUI's Belgian and Dutch guests. They are drawn to Spain in May, especially to the Balearic island of Mallorca, followed by the Greek islands.

Sweden / Denmark

In Sweden, the first vacation flights took off last week. Holiday travel is also possible again for Danes - for the first time in 217 days. A flight took off from Copenhagen to Mallorca on Friday. The most popular destinations for TUI guests from Northern Europe is Greece, especially the islands of Crete, Rhodes and Samos.

Most popular hotels

Demand for the Group's own hotel brands remains very high this year. Four of the five most popular hotels in May are in the portfolio of the Group's own hotel brands. The most popular one is the Robinson Cala Serena in Mallorca, followed by the RUI Gran Canaria and the RIU Playa Park in Palma de Mallorca. The five most popular hotels from the Group's own hotel brands also include Robinson Club Esquinzo Playa on Gran Canaria.

TUI Cruises kicked off the summer season last week with Greece. The Mein Schiff 5 departs on week-long voyages from/to Crete. In addition to Rhodes, the ship also calls at Piraeus and Souda on Crete. Another route goes via Crete to Piraeus, Corfu and Katakolon/Olympia. TUI Cruises also offers cruise passengers organized shore excursions. Since Whitsunday, 23 May, Mein Schiff 1 has also started "Blue Voyages" from Germany. The 7-day Baltic Sea cruises from/to Kiel consist exclusively of sea days. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has started the summer season with Greece. The Europa 2 sails in seven-day voyages from and to Heraklion and calls at the ports of Rhodes, Volos and Piraeus, among others.

Length of stay

On average, TUI guests book a trip with a length of stay of 7.9 days. British TUI guests in particular stay longer in the sun with an average trip duration of 9.2 days, followed by German vacationers with currently 8 days on average.

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Europe is a continent built on its rivers, with many having played a vital role in the formation and development of its most important cities . From the Thames to the Tiber , they are an ever-flowing reminder of the continent’s long and varied history.

The opportunity to sail along these rivers, among the world’s most beautiful and peaceful waterways, is a temptation that’s easily given in to. Of course, a river cruise is about more than just spending time floating on the water (although that option is available, should you wish). It’s about the towns, cities and landmarks along the way.

These trips will take you on a relaxing and slow-paced journey to vineyards and valleys, tours and excursions, returning each night to your own floating hotel. Each day offers quick stops to discover some of the continent’s most important cultures at your own pace.

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The Danube runs through Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and Vienna

Viking River Cruises’ Capitals of Eastern Europe itinerary is a 16-night trip covering the main cities on the Danube. It sets sail from Vienna, the elegant and sophisticated Austrian capital, and it finishes in Constanta, Romania, before a quick final journey overland to Bucharest to end your trip with a two-night stay.

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On the way you’ll visit a host of towns in Hungary, Serbia and even Bulgaria, but on this trip the bigger cities are the main attraction. Vienna is followed by Bratislava – where Baroque palaces meet a typically Eastern European Old Town – and then Budapest . The Hungarian capital is a highlight: from festooned “ruin bars” and thermal baths to a spectacular neo-Gothic parliament building, the city has a wide variety of architecture, activities and things to do.

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The tour lasts for 17 days, starting from £5,445pp. This price includes return flights, one excursion in each port of call and all meals. vikingrivercruises.co.uk

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Boppard is one of the towns that Rhine river cruise ships stop at

Alongside the Danube, the Rhine is one of Europe’s main cruise rivers. Many operators have several Rhine packages; TUI’s offering covers a stellar range of cities for a very affordable price. Its ships have two dining options (a bistro and a more formal restaurant) with al fresco seating, as well as a wellness and activity area on the top deck. No excursions are included, but this does give you free rein to choose whatever activities you like.

The first two days are spent in Amsterdam , where you’ll have ample time to wander its canals and green spaces, such as the Vondelpark, or visit attractions such as the Anne Frank Museum, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.

Days three and four bring you to Rotterdam and Dusseldorf. You can enjoy the port area in the Netherlands ’ second city or simply marvel at its dramatically different modern architecture, while Dusseldorf provides a variety of museums and concerts alongside a lively Old Town. On days five to seven, you’ll visit four picturesque riverside cities and towns: Bonn, Koblenz, Boppard and Oberwesel. There are waterfront bars and restaurants galore, and each has its own slice of history (think of a Beethoven museum in Bonn and a memorial to the ruler who united Germany in Koblenz).

From £1,639pp for this seven-night trip, including three meals per day (you can add coffee, alcohol and other drinks on an all-inclusive basis for an extra £20 per night) and return flights. tui.co.uk

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Porto sits on the banks of the Douro

A trip along the northern Douro River can offer views to rival even the most idyllic of Algarve beaches. This trip starts in Porto , where bars and restaurants line the banks in the Ribeira (Riverside) district, but it is worth climbing the various hills to see other areas and sites, such as the cathedral and Dom Luis I Bridge.

After setting off along the Douro, your first two stops are Pinhao – a picturesque wine town, famous for being at the heart of the Port-producing region of the country – and Castelo Rodrigo, a 12th-century walled village located in the highlands. Day four will see you visit Salamanca, the Spanish sandstone city famous for its cathedrals and university.

The next two days are spent in Peso da Régua and Lamego – two small hillside towns – before returning to Porto on day seven. The cruise ends here, but the holiday doesn’t; this package also contains a three-night stay in Lisbon . After travelling to the capital by coach, you’ll visit the nearby towns of Coimbra (day eight) and Sintra (day 10), while you’ll have a day in the capital sandwiched in between; while in Lisbon, take in the city’s unique Manueline and Pombaline architecture while wandering through its grand squares, and visit Sao Jorge castle or the city’s famous Time Out Market.

This 11-day cruise is priced from £1,599pp, including all meals on board, excursions, airport transfers and coach travel where necessary.  rivieratravel.co.uk

Idyllic Rhône, Scenic Cruises

The Rhone stretches through Lyon and several French towns

Scenic Cruises’ luxury Rhone sailing takes you through some of the best sections of southern France , starting in Lyon . The regional capital has 2,000 years of history, so it’s blessed with a Roman amphitheatre right through to a Renaissance Old Town. Your first trip will take you north along the Saone River to Macon, a famous wine region in Burgundy.

The next two towns, Vienne and Viviers, offer spectacular views of the Rhone before you arrive in Avignon. You can enjoy a private concert at the Palais des Papes – once a Papal residence – as well as a cooking class onboard, but a visit to the city itself is worth it to wander its narrow streets and charming squares, starting with the Place de l’Horloge. Your final day takes you to Arles, at the mouth of the Rhone – from here, you can travel home, stay in the city or carry on towards Marseille .

Prices start at £2,999pp for the eight-day cruise. The package includes 20 meals, the premium concert experience, cooking lessons and 19 shore activities, ranging from walking tours to wine tastings. scenic.co.uk

Holland & Belgium, Avalon Waterways

Ghent is one of five cities on the Holland & Belgium route

Avalon’s eight-day cruise of the Low Countries is an excellent way to experience some of the region’s best cities in a relaxing way. It starts and ends in Amsterdam , where you’ll have a number of nights to wander its scenic network of canals lined with beautiful 17th-century buildings.

When you move on to Belgium, you’ll visit Ghent , Brussels and Antwerp on consecutive days. More tranquil canals await you in Ghent, and those who enjoy being by the water can continue this in Antwerp’s waterfront area. Brussels has more than its fair share of landmarks and museums (all centred around Grand Place, the main square and Unesco Heritage Site), but the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Antwerp) and St Bavo’s Cathedral (Ghent) are definitely places to visit during the other stops. Day six will take you to Rotterdam before you head back to the Dutch capital.

From £2,453pp. Meals and some activities are included; there are additional excursions in each destination that can be purchased. avalonwaterways.co.uk

Danube Delights, Emerald Cruises

Passau sits on the confluence of three rivers

This trip from Emerald Cruises takes you along the famous river to Regensburg. It starts with two nights in Budapest , with a traditional Hungarian folklore show and tour of Buda Hill on offer, along with any solo sightseeing you’d like to do. Days three and four take you to Bratislava and Vienna, where you can enjoy cycling tours and hikes.

Krems and Durnstein are the last two stops in Austria before you head to Passau, the German “City of Three Rivers”. At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, the city is home to an impressive cathedral and Old Town. After disembarking at Regensburg, you make your way to Munich , where a good plan is to spend time exploring the Bavarian capital before you fly home.

From £1,849pp for this eight-day cruise, which includes five guided tours, 20 meals and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board. emeraldcruises.co.uk

Christmas Markets on the Rhine, Ama Waterways

Cologne is one of several cities that is famous for its Christmas Markets

There’s something quite special about experiencing Christmas celebrations on a river cruise through Europe. On this AmaWaterways voyage, you sail the Rhine, boarding in Amsterdam and with a first stop in Cologne. The Gothic cathedral provides the backdrop for one of the country’s best Christmas markets, where you’ll find dozens of stalls selling festive items, many of them handmade. Other markets include the more elaborate Heinzels Wintermärchen in the Old Town and the Markt der Engel (a more rustic affair in the city’s Neumarkt square). For those who want to mix in a bit of sightseeing, the Museum Ludwig and Roman-Germanic Museum can give you a taste of arts and history.

Next on the itinerary, you’ll visit the German towns of Heidelberg and Speyer, where more markets await, before arriving in Strasbourg, France. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of French and German culture, a warm festive spirit and plenty of opportunities to wander the markets that are spread throughout the town. Wander further afield and you’ll find Petite France, a pretty district known for cobblestone streets and canals. Holidaymakers return to Germany for the penultimate stop in Breisach, before disembarking in Basel (though you can always stay in Switzerland for a taste of Swiss Christmas markets).

From £3.149, including meals and some activities; flights and airport transfer not included. amawaterways.co.uk

European Sojourn, Viking River Cruises

The European Sojourn ends in the Romanian capital, Bucharest

This ultimate itinerary bisects Europe to take passengers from Amsterdam to Bucharest, via sections of the Rhine, Main and Danube among other European rivers. Along the way, passengers will visit some of Europe’s principal cities – think Budapest, Amsterdam and Vienna – smaller (but just as beautiful) riverside settlements such as Passau and Bamberg, and lesser-known towns including Vidin and Kolocsa.

Hidden gems range from Melk, an Austrian town in the underrated   Wachau Valley wine-making region, Osijek, the fourth-largest city in Croatia, and Kinderdijk, a Dutch village famous for its set of 19 windmills. With 23 days, eight countries, 20 towns and cities, and at least 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites, there’ll be plenty to see as you traverse the length of central Europe.

From £8,045pp, including flights, 19 guided tours, all meals, transfers and amenities. vikingrivercruises.co.uk

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What is the best time of year to take a cruise to Northern Europe?

Northern Europe is enchanting at any time of year, but May to September is the best period. You’ll enjoy long, bright days and almost 24 hours of daylight in June. Summer for the locals is a time of festivals, exploring the countryside, and enjoying al-fresco dining.

How long are typical itineraries?

Our Northern Europe itineraries vary from seven to 14 nights, with a vast range of choices, whether you’re looking for a week in the Norwegian fjords or a longer itinerary that explores the capitals of the Baltic. You can even sail from Southampton, England deep into the Arctic Circle, to Norway’s Nordkapp.

Are there any specific visa requirements for cruising to countries in Northern Europe?

It is the responsibility of each guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available at the pier when necessary. Before leaving home, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship. You’ll find more information here .

The vast majority of countries visited by European cruises do not require a visa. From 2024, Americans, Canadians, and British citizens will be required to register for the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to enter 30 European countries. 

This will be easy to apply for, inexpensive, and is simply a pre-authorization system similar to the ESTA that Europeans need to travel to the U.S. and Canada. Once you have the ETIAS, it will be valid for three years. You should make sure you have at least six months before your passport expires, too.

What kind of weather can be expected during a Northern Europe cruise?

You can expect all kinds of summer weather, from bright sunshine to occasional mist, rain, and drizzle. Evenings can be cool. Come prepared for all eventualities, with light layers, a waterproof jacket, and sturdy shoes.

What types of excursions are available?

We offer excursions for a range of interests, from guided hikes to scenic boat rides, in-depth visits to castles and museums, and immersive explorations of local food and drink. Whether you’re traveling as a couple, an individual, a family, or a group of friends, you’ll find a fantastic range of cultural and experiential activities in every port.

Are there any cultural or language tips I should know before cruising to Northern Europe?

On your travels in Northern Europe, you will experience a number of different cultures, currencies, cuisines, and languages. It’s important, and fun, to acknowledge these differences and learn a little about the historical events that have shaped each destination. English is widely spoken in Scandinavian countries, especially in the service industry, although it’s always appreciated if you learn a few words of the local language.

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  • Molde, Norway
  • Narvik, Norway
  • Nordfjordeid, Norway
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  • Oslo, Norway
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