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									Baltic Specialties
— the Baltic Sea Port’s Unique Selling Points

Baltic Sea port destinations feature history and culture, city sophistication and rural charm, medieval streets
and town walls, Viking villages and fairytale kingdoms, and the palaces and castles of kings and queens.
Design your journey around the predominant themes that characterize this part of the world.

From the opulent palaces of the Tsars in St. Petersburg to age-old castles in Scandinavia follow in the
footprints of Kings & Tsars in search of ―gold, glory and magnificent palaces.‖

Walk the cobblestone streets of medieval old towns situated in the heart of modern cities. Amble along
centuries-old town walls. In the Baltics, Ancient & Modern mix to provide a ―stroll through the centuries.‖

Admire Modern Architecture & Design, and ―let your imagination be inspired.‖ Some of the world’s greatest
architects and designers call the Baltics home. Their inspired design is apparent in city centers, museums
and galleries throughout the region.

Experience the bustle of great cosmopolitan cities. Celebrate outdoors. The Baltic Sea’s City Life & Outdoor
Events allow you to “get out and have fun.‖

You’ll have plenty of daylight too. The region’s ―Northern Light & Mild Climate,‖ not only make for long
sunny days — due to its northerly latitude — but also for ―some of nature’s most spectacular phenomena.‖
Long days also give you lots of time for Great Shopping & Fine Food and the opportunity to ―meet the locals
and enjoy local specialties.‖

Few cruising regions offer such diverse selling points as the Baltic Sea or as many opportunities for an
enriching cruise experience based on thematic interests. Whether you’re a shopper, a history buff or a nature
lover, the Baltics has remarkable appeal.

Homeports/Turnaround Ports

Copenhagen, Denmark
Located in northern Europe between the North Sea and Baltic Sea, Denmark is the only Scandinavian
country connected to the European mainland. The Jutland peninsula shares a border with Germany.
Otherwise, Denmark is an island kingdom (more than 400 islands in all). The Danish capital Copenhagen is
on the island of Sealand.

The beginning or ending port for most Baltic Sea cruises, Copenhagen’s proximity to the airport and port is
excellent — with Europe’s fastest and cheapest airport-to-city-center rail link. Safe, friendly and clean,
Copenhagen is easy to get around on foot or on bike. Bike rentals are available at the Central Station, and
the city also makes available 1,300 city bikes, available for anyone to use free of charge.

As the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen has a cosmopolitan atmosphere featuring international cuisine and
the world’s longest pedestrian shopping street, with tax-free shopping for non-European Union citizens. In the
middle of the shopping district is a Cruise VIP Lounge where guests may have a free coffee or tea and leave
shopping bags to pick up later. Many Copenhageners speak English.

Cruise facilities are well equipped, with a tourist information office at the pier, and close to the city center. It is
possible to walk from the central pier, Langelinie, to the city center in about 30 minutes, passing many of
Copenhagen’s central attractions along the way.
Popular tours and excursions include North Zealand Castle Tour, featuring ―Hamlet’s‖ castle in Elsinore (see
section on Elsinore).

Visit Copenhagen
www.visitcopenhagen.com

Cruise Copenhagen
www.cruisecopenhagen.com

Stockholm, Sweden
The ―City That Floats On Water‖ is built on 14 islands, where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. By ship,
Stockholm is approached through an archipelago of 30,000 islands and skerries, fishing villages, thousands
of sailing boats and quaint red summer cottages.

Cruise ships dock in the city center, just steps away from a wealth of cultural treasures, including medieval
walking streets, magnificent cathedrals, parks, theaters and open-air and indoor markets — all easily
accessible by foot or public transportation. Most Stockholmers speak English.

The beginning or ending port for many Baltic Sea cruises, Stockholm boasts having Scandinavia’s largest
airport. Stockholm’s Arlanda International Airport is located 26 miles north of the city with easy train-to-city-
center connections on the Arlanda Airport Express.

Excursions around Stockholm include Sigtuna, Sweden’s oldest town; Steninge Palace and Cultural
Center, featuring an 18th century palace and a national heritage stone barn; Uppsala, featuring Sweden’s
oldest university and largest cathedral; Mariefred and Gripsholm Castle, with Sweden’s largest portrait
collection and the country’s oldest inn; Skokloster Castle, one of Europe’s best-preserved baroque castles;
and the Stockholm archipelago, with 30,000 islands that can be reached by boat from Stockholm’s city
center.

City of Stockholm
www.stockholmtown.com

Port of Stockholm
www.stockholmcruise.com

Ports of Call

Gdnyia, Poland
Situated in north-central Poland, Gdnyia grew from a small fishing village in 1924 to the largest Baltic Sea
port in 1938. Known as the ―White City,‖ for its 1920s and 1930s architecture that drew largely on ship
elements, Gdnyia is one of few examples of a port giving rise to a city.

Excursions include the Teutonic castle in Malbork; Slowiski National Park, often referred to as the Polish
Sahara because of its huge dunes; the tri-City agglomeration, Gdynia, Gdask and Sopot; and Kosterina, in
the Kashubian Lake District.

City of Gdynia
www.gdynia.pl/

Göteborg, Sweden
Nestled behind a picturesque archipelago, Göteborg is on the west coast of Sweden and is situated between
the Baltic and North Seas at the entrance to the Göta River. The modern and efficient docking facilities with
its proximity to the city’s cultural, commercial and gastronomic centres make it an ideal port of call for any
traveller. As Sweden’s second largest city, Göteborg is the centre of commerce in the region. Göteborg is not
only Sweden’s gateway to the world but also the travellers gateway to Sweden.
Göteborg has a big city feel however its relatively small population of a little over 600,000 people, provide a
warmth and an ease of access that larger cities can’t offer. Göteborg thriving music scene has develop
Göteborg’s reputation as the centre for classical, jazz, blues, folk and independent music. Apart from music
and a great nightlife, Göteborg is known for its great restaurants. Internationally acknowledged and awarded
restaurants are scattered throughout the city with more than a couple of restaurants sporting Guide Rouge
stars of excellence.

City of Göteborg
www.goteborg.com

Port of Göteborg
http://www.portgot.com/

Helsingborg, Sweden/Elsinore, Denmark
Situated on the strait of Öresund (the Sound), Helsingborg, Sweden, and Elsinore, Denmark are separated by
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a mere 2.5-mile stretch of water and a 20-minute ferry ride. Each represents the 10 largest towns in their
respective countries. The similarities and differences of the two towns make visiting each worthwhile. ―Round
the sound‖ allows visitors, particularly those on pre- and post-cruises from Copenhagen, to visit both
countries in one day.

Excursions include the Castle Tour of North Zealand; and North Zealand’s Royal Parks and Public
Gardens; and on the Swedish side: scenic tour of Northwest Skåne and the Kulla peninsula; Castles in
Skåne; and Seal & Speedboatsafari on Kattegat.

Elsinore, Denmark
www.visithelsingor.dk

Helsingborg, Sweden
City of Helsingborg
www.helsingborg.se

Port of Helsingborg
www.port.helsingborg.se

Helsinki, Finland
Situated on the southern coast of Finland, Helsinki is a gate between East and West. Finland’s capital city
embodies much of the Finnish spirit and its progressive hi-tech push but also is unlike any other Finnish city,
due in part to the combination of Swedish and Russian influences.

Popular tours and excursions visit Sibelius’ Home and Art Nouveau locations; the Old Wooden Town of
Porvoo; Mustio Manor and Fiskars Ironworks; or the countryside. A day trip to the Arctic Circle can also
be arranged.

Port of Helsinki
www.hel.fi/port

City of Helsinki
www.hel.fi/

Kalmar, Sweden
Kalmar is situated in the county of Småland, in southeastern Sweden. One port, three destinations (Kalmar,
Öland and Orrefors), Kalmar offers visitors a rich historical heritage as well as world-class art and design,
including handmade Swedish crystal from Orrefors Glassworks. The southern part of Öland is listed as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Excursions include Orrefors Glass Museum & Exhibition Hall, where visitors enjoy watching craftsmen
transform glowing melt into crystal masterpieces and have the chance to purchase crystal products in the tax-
free shop; Himmelsberga Museum, an Öland village preserved as a folklore museum; Paradisverkstaden,
a ceramics center; Vida Museum; Borgholm Castle; Palace of Solliden, an Italian-style white palace, built
by Queen Victoria of Sweden in 1903-06, still used as a summer residence by the Swedish Royal Family; the
Village of Eketorp, an ancient settlement that has been reconstructed within the original ring wall; and
Ottenby, on the south of the island of Öland, one of the top areas for bird watching in Sweden (Visit the tourist
exhibition center Ottenby Naturum to learn more about the wildlife and culture of the area.)

City of Kalmar
www.kalmar.se/

Port of Kalmar
www.kalmar.se/cruise

Karlskrona, Sweden
Situated on Sweden’s southwest coast, Karlskrona has been home to the Royal Swedish Navy since the 17th
century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city features a well-preserved dockyard and fortification, as well
as a town layout that dates back to the Baroque period.

Excursions from Karlskrona include archipelago cruises, featuring a stop at Kungsholm fortress; tours to
Sweden’s crystal center; and Brändaholm, a popular area for walks.

City of Karlskrona
www.karlskrona.se/

Klaipeda, Lithuania
Lithuania’s oldest city, Klaipeda is situated at the mouth of the river Dane, in the country’s western part, a
region famous for its summer resorts, sandy beaches and pine forests, especially along the Curonian Spit.
The inland countryside is heavily wooded and green.

Excursions include Nida, a resort town in Neringa that features Europe’s highest sand dunes; Nerginga
Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Juodkrante, a resort town featuring the Hill of Witches, a
park of wooden sculptures depicting Lithuanian fairy-tales; Palanga, home of the famous Amber Museum
housed in the 19th century mansion of Count Tishkevichius; and Village Life Lapiai, a preserved collective
farm.

City of Klaipeda
www.klaipeda.lt/

Port of Klaipeda
www.portofklaipeda.lt

Malmo, Sweden
Sweden’s third largest city, Malmo is situated in the country’s southernmost county, Skåne. Malmo’s proximity
to Copenhagen makes quick travel to the Danish capital, about 35 minutes by train. The Öresund Bridge also
connects Malmo and Copenhagen.

Excursions from Malmo include Copenhagen and Lund.



City of Malmo
www.malmo.se

Mariehamn, the Åland Islands
The Åland Islands are situated in the very heart of the Baltic Sea. The Islands, often referred to as the islands
of peace, is an autonomous region in Finland with its own flag, stamps and license plates. On the 6,500
islands that make up the Åland Islands, you will find an exciting mix of Swedish, Finnish and Russian culture.
The maritime town of Mariehamn is the perfect antidote to a hectic, big city life style with its compact city
center with quaint wooden houses, award winning museums as well as small galleries and handicraft shops.
The Åland Islands boast spectacular scenery, an array of activities, and in summertime the most sunshine
hours in Scandinavia, and have thus become a favorite holiday destination among Scandinavians.
www.visitaland.com

Oslo, Norway
Oslo is set at the head of the island-strewn Oslo fjord with an area of 96 square miles of forests, parks and
recreational areas — including 343 inland lakes within the city limit. Oslo features a small and compact city
center with most attractions within walking distance. Visitors will find a wide selection of museums, galleries
and shops (including tax-free shopping for both EU and non-EU citizens). Fine and affordable dining abounds
at restaurants, cafes and bars. No fewer than five restaurants have earned Michelin stars. Oslo is home to the
Nobel Peace Prize.

City of Oslo
www.visitoslo.com

Port of Oslo
www.ohv.oslo.no

Riga, Latvia
Located along the Baltic Sea at the southern cost of the Gulf of Riga, Riga was founded in 1201. The
historical core of Riga, Latvia’s capital city, is situated on the right bank of the Daugava River, about six miles
from where the Daugava flows into the Gulf of Riga.

City of Riga
www.riga.lv/

Port of Riga
www.rop.lv/

Rostock, Germany
The large port of Rostock played an important role in the Hanseatic League in the Middle Ages. The
economic power from trade gave rise to culture and education. The city houses one of Europe's oldest
universities, founded in 1419. The university gave Rostock the name ―The Northern Light.‖

Excursions from Rostock include Berlin.

City of Rostock
www.rostock.de/

Port of Rostock
www.rostock-port.de

St. Petersburg, Russia
Situated on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, in the estuary of the Neva River and on the islands of the Neva
Delta, St. Petersburg is the world’s largest megapolis situated so far north. One of the younger cities in the
Baltic region, Russia’s second largest city is just over 300 years old (founded in 1703). During its history,
St. Petersburg accumulated all the grandeur of the Russian Imperial Court. Located on 44 islands formed by
the Neva River and 90 more rivers and canals. St. Petersburg is known as the Venice of the North.

Because many cruise ships overnight (some for two nights) in St. Petersburg, excursions often include
overland adventures and flights to Moscow — the capital of Russia — and other destinations.

City of St. Petersburg
www.saintpetersburgvisit.ru

Port of St. Petersburg
www.pasp.ru/

Tallinn, Estonia
The capital of Estonia, Tallinn is located in the Baltic Sea region across the Gulf of Finland less than 50 miles
south of Helsinki. Tallinn has managed to preserve its thousand-year old beauty. The Old Town has withstood
a series of events ranging from Viking plundering and crusades to wars and occupations. With its miles of
winding cobblestone streets and quaint medieval houses, Tallinn is the best-preserved old town in Northern
Europe and has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1997.

Excursions include Lahemaa National Park.

City of Tallinn
www.tourism.tallinn.ee

Port of Tallinn
www.portoftallinn.com/

Turku, Finland
Situated in the southwest corner of Finland, where two gulfs of the Baltic sea meet - the Gulf of Finland and
the Gulf of Bothnia - Turku is Finland’s oldest city. Once the country’s capital city, Turku boasts a beautiful
medieval castle, a fine cathedral and stylish boat restaurants. One of the most superb archipelagos in Europe
opens up from the coast of Turku and stretches out into the Baltic Sea.

Excursions include Ox Road-Medieval Tour; Middle Ages from the Sauna to the Church; the Route of
War and Peace; an Afternoon with Sibelius; Guided Tour in the City Center of Turku; and Historical
Turku, from the Viking Days to the Manor Era.

City of Turku
www.turkutouring.fi

Port of Turku
www.port.fi

Visby, Sweden
Situated on Gotland, the Baltic Sea’s largest island, Visby (also called ―The Town of Roses and Ruins‖) has
been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. An impressive stonewall surrounds the well preserved
Medieval town. Visby was for a long time the natural meeting point for sailors and merchants from all over the
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Baltic region. Today, visitors enjoy the majestic merchants houses from 17 and 18 century along with
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almost 200 stone buildings – some of them dating back from the 12 century. More than 22,000 people
inhabit the old town, which offers a variety of shops, cafés and restaurants.

Excursions include Northern Gotland and its sea stacks (called Rauk); Lummelunda Caves; Roma Kings
Manor and Monastery Ruin; Ljugarn classic village; Herrvik fishing port; and Hoburgsgubben (The
Hoburg Man), a famous sea stack.
Port of Visby
www.visbyport.com

Gotland
www.gotland.info

								
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