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Baltic Cruises With Stunning Port Stops

By Julia Barnes

According to travel experts, June is the best time of year for Baltic cruises and Scandinavian cruises. The busy season is just beginning around Europe, but the crowds haven’t quite surged to their July-August peaks yet. The cruises run from May through September to Scandinavia, Russia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden.

The port-of-calls are particularly stunning in Eastern Europe, offering museums like The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, a beautiful archipelago in Stockholm and swanky shopping in Copenhagen. The weather can vary greatly in terms of sun, rain and wind so it’s best to review your options and check out the weather forecast before you go and hope for the best.

7-night Russia And Baltic Cruise

There are many Baltic cruises offered but here are some of the best itineraries. Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers a 7-night Russia and Baltic cruise leaving from Stockholm and wrapping up in Copenhagen (or vice versa) in July and August, spending three days in St. Petersburg. Prices start around $3,604 per person, including gratuities and drinks.

The UK’s Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offers a 14-night "Treasures of the Baltic" adventure leaving from Southampton en route to Berlin, with three days in St. Petersburg starting at $2,266 per person for the cruise only. Costa Cruises’ "Baltic Discovery" offers 12 nights starting in Amsterdam on August 5th, calling at all major ports and spending two days in St. Petersburg for $1,970, including flights and transfers.

Journey To The Land Of The Tsars

Princess Cruises has great Russian and Scandinavian cruises that run 10 nights from May to September, departing from Copenhagen and stopping at Gdynia, as well as two days in St. Petersburg for $1,678 including flight. Lastly, Swan Hellenic’s 16-day "Journey to the Land of the Tsars" cruise departs from Dover in July, spends three days in St. Petersburg and tours the Kiel Canal starting at $3,975 per person, not including flight.

Baltic cruises are appealing because there is so much culture, history and world-class entertainment, all within reach of the other European countries. The downside is that not all the countries have opted for Euro currency, which means you’ll need krone in Norway, krona in Sweden, kroner in Denmark, zloty in Poland and rubles in Russia. The only places where you can use your Euros are Estonia and Finland.

Yet on Scandinavian cruises, you can visit the balsa Kon-Tiki raft and Ra II reed ship used by Norwegian ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl at Oslo’s Kon-Tiki Museum. In Helsinki, Finland, you can shop at the esteemed local markets or visit the Church in the Rock. In St Petersburg, Russia, you can see the massive Hermitage art museum, catch a ballet or opera, visit the Peterhof summer palace or see where Raputin was poisoned at Yusupov Palace.

World’s Best Food And Music In Berlin

Germany houses some of the world’s best food and music in Berlin, not to mention historical locations like Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gates and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. In Poland, you can see where the first two shots of WWII were fired in Westerplatte and Stockholm invigorates with its tour through the archipelago.

If Baltic cruises are new to you, then you might want to try a big cruise liner like the Mediterranean cruise Princess, Holland America, Cunard, P&O, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Oceania, Seabourn, Silversea, Costa, MSC or Crystal; all of which offer "highlight" journeys. On these trips, you’ll only get a taste of the vacation you crave, but it’s a great overview of different cities and countries.

About the Author:
Natalie Glass is an author of dating, travel and relationships articles including Speed Dating, Online Singles Websites, Find A Date, Online Dating Risks, Mysteries Of Dating, Romantic Inns, Romantic Cruises, Honeymoon Trips, Sexy Lingerie.
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More Mediterranean Cruises Facts....

What is included with the price of Mediterranean cruises?
Most Mediterranean cruises will offer a flat rate depending on the cabin size. The price will include your food and non-alcoholic beverages. You will have to pay fees to get off the boat at a port of call and the package price does not include any gratuities or extras. Some of these extras may be massages or gambling. Those you will have to pay out of pocket.

Lower priced cruise lines and packages may not include any shows or special restaurants that are included on deck. You have to carefully review your package to see what is included and what is not included in the overall price. You may decide to go with a luxury cruise simply because more is covered than the basic cruises.

If you can find an all-inclusive cruise that covers everything but you can expect to pay anywhere from $5000 on upwards to $13,000 depending on how many nights you will be cruising and what type of cabin you select.

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