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Northern Europe Cruises
Climb aboard one of our MSC Northern Europe cruises and discover the wonders that can be found in the British Isles, Scandinavian coastlines or the Baltic states and experience Europe like never before.

Start your Polar, Scandinavian or Baltic cruise from the British Isles and visit the coastal towns and cities in countries like Norway, Denmark, Sweden or Iceland. From the bustle of cities like Copenhagen, Tallinn or Hamburg, to the quiet beauty of the fjords or the scenic coastal hamlets, a Northern Europe cruise has it all.

The cities in Northern Europe are distinctly different from any other settlements, this is because they perfectly combine the essence of their culture with the modern features of our current times. Scandinavian cruises will take you to locations such as Stockholm, Bergen or Oslo. Here in particular you will be able to visit awe-inspiring buildings such as the Akershus Fortress, or relax with a stroll around Frogner Park, not to mention the avant-garde building of the Oslo Opera House, located at the harbour.

Northern Europe Countries

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Norwegian fjords? Are you curious about the volcanic wonders in Iceland? Choose a Scandinavian cruise to travel to Norway, Sweden, Denmark or Iceland, and discover how these countries combine a modern lifestyle with centuries of history and culture. You will be able to learn about it and experience it up close during trips and excursions, either to capital cities such as Oslo, Stockholm or Reykjavik, but also to smaller towns such as Trondheim and Andalsnes in Norway, or Akureyri and Isafjordur in Iceland. No matter where in Norther Europe you’d like to go, we can take you there.  

Choose also an MSC Northern Europe cruise and discover all the North Atlantic has to offer in style: from France (La Rochelle) and the United Kingdom (Southampton or Edinburgh) all the way to Greenland (Qaqortoq, Nuuk or Ilulissat), going through the Baltic Sea to Estonia (Tallinn) or Finland (Helsinki, Hamina/Kotka), among many others.

UK Cruises

How well do you know the British Isles? If you need a plan for your 2024 holidays, there are many treasures hidden within Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Portland, you only need to jump on an MSC cruise around the UK and enjoy the local attractions.
The ports for the British Isles cruises serve as gateways to other cities, although there is much to see in them as well. For instance, you could start your cruise from the UK’s very own Southampton, this port city has always been a spot for cultural exchange; why not take a stroll down its medieval town walls?
Enjoy the beauty of Edinburgh during a stop at South Queensferry. Visit the castle for a look at the Scottish crown jewels or amble round the city centre for a bit of shopping or a cup of tea. If you are lucky, you might see – or hear – the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Art Festival or the International Book Festival.
If you wish for a bit of luck in the emerald isle, you can stop at the ports in Cork and Ringaskiddy in the Republic of Ireland.
Discover more with a cruise around the British Isles in Summer!

UK Cruises

Cruise from Southampton, United Kingdom | MSC Cruises

Norway Cruises

Did you know the Vikings used to get around in ships to travel from one fjord to another? You can do the same with an MSC Norwegian fjords cruise that will take you to some of the most beautiful locations in the planet. Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Geirangerfjord (Hellesylt) and the Nærøyfjord (Flaam), a breathtaking landscape you will only be able to see in Norway, so hop onto an MSC fjord cruise and enjoy these wonders of nature, whether as a trip with friends, a family holiday or a couple’s getaway. You will be able to visit fjords such as the Geirangerfjord and the Naerøyfjord and witness the natural beauty of these formations.
Another example of incredible natural formation you can enjoy in Norway is the impressive Briksdal Glacier, near the port city of Olden. There you can visit the picturesque houses, or go for a hike to the Jostedalsbreen National Park. More locations you can visit during an MSC Norway cruise are, among others, Maloy, Stavanger or Alesund in the southern area; and Tromso, Alta at the very north. Find the perfect Norwegian cruise for your holiday with MSC cruises this summer!

Norway Cruises

Flaam, Norway | MSC Cruises

Scandinavian and Baltic cruises

Are you curious to learn about the Baltic Sea and Scandinavian wonders?
Discover them with an MSC cruise exploring Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and much more. Visit Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, with its distinctive old town, surrounded by medieval walls and full of Gothic churches and beautiful squares. With an MSC cruise excursion, you can also visit Toompea Castle and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, two of the city's most imposing buildings. Other capitals included in an MSC Scandinavian cruise are Stockholm, Copenhagen, or Helsinki. In the latter, you can admire the striking Suomenlinna fortress, dating back to the 18th century and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are interested in UNESCO sites or are passionate about the history and culture of Northern Europe, with a Baltic cruise you can discover the wonders of Visby, on the island of Gotland. You will be captivated by its botanical gardens and the beautiful UNESCO-listed medieval old town, where the splendid 12th-century Saint Mary's Cathedral stands out. With a Baltic cruise, there is much more to see, such as Gothenburg, Ronne, or Gdynia, hidden gems of Northern Europe waiting for you on your next adventure!

Scandinavian and Baltic cruises

Cruise to Tallinn, Estonia | MSC Cruises


Northern Europe Cruise Deals

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find the best MSC Baltic and Northern Europe cruise deals and treat yourself to a great holiday this summer. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Northern European countries and discover the treasures hidden in north Atlantic like never before.

Find your last minute Baltic cruise deals and let MSC take you to wonderful locations such as Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn or Riga, a cosmopolitan city combining Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture, the old part of town being the perfect place to sit at a café and enjoy the view and the bustle around you.

As well as the best Baltic cruise deals, MSC offers you the Northern Europe cruises, which will take you around the Norwegian fjords, the volcanic wonders of Iceland or the mysterious Greenland, if you are lucky, you might even see the aurora borealis. Whether as a trip with friends, a family holiday or a getaway for couples, we have all you need: aboard our ships you won’t only discover new locations, you will experience them.

Northern Europe ports

MSC offers a wide range of ports of call for your Northern Europe cruise, some are embarkation ports, and others are ports of call, so you can pick the one that best suits you to start from, and then which ones you want to visit during your holiday. Start your journey in the south of Great Britain, with cruises from Southampton and enjoy your MSC Baltic, Fjords or European Atlantic cruises. We also stop at ports in Ireland, such as Cork, or in the Netherlands, for example in Rotterdam, where we organise mini cruises as well.

If you would rather begin your adventure elsewhere, there are ports across northern Europe, so you could get started in France, choosing a cruise from Le Havre port, near cities such as Paris, Cherbourg or Brest or in Netherlands, choosing a cruise from Ijmuiden near Amsterdam. You could also climb aboard your cruise in Hamburg, or other German ports such as Kiel near Lübeck or Warnemünde.

There are many others spread across the Atlantic coastline, such as Zeebrugge or Copenhagen. Choose MSC Cruises, and enjoy an unforgettable experience exploring the north of Europe.
Cruise from Southampton, United Kingdom | MSC Cruises

Do you fancy a new adventure from the United Kingdom? Southampton's port is a bustling place from where you can discover the beauty of the North Atlantic. Hop onto a MSC cruise ship and discover Northern European gems in France, the Netherlands, Norway or Denmark. Choose the right itinerary for your trip and explore exciting cities like Bruges, Helsinki, or Stockholm, among others.

Climb aboard a Northern European cruise at Southampton and enjoy yourself. Once aboard, you’ll be able to visit many European cities. When docking in Copenhagen, you may book an excursion from those available. You can do the same at the Hamburg, Rotterdam or Le Havre ports.

Copenhagen, Denmark | MSC Cruises

Begin your MSC Northern Europe cruise in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. This bustling city is known for its colorful houses, art, and cuisine. Did you know Copenhagen has Michelin-star restaurants? You can discover them during your visit while the cruise ship is docked there.

Take a stroll and enjoy the sight of the Øresund strait, or book MSC excursions to see the impressive Christiansborg Palace. Enjoy a scenic river cruise from MSC or enjoy the excitement of the Tivoli Gardens, the perfect place to spend time with family or friends. Climb aboard an MSC Baltic cruise at Copenhagen and discover other port cities like Tallinn, Stockholm and Helsinki.

Hamburg, Germany | MSC Cruises

This port city, located on the banks of the Elbe river, connects continental Europe with Scandinavia. Begin your MSC cruise in Hamburg and explore this exciting and bustling German city.

Did you know Hamburg has the world’s largest warehouse district? It’s called the Speicherstadt, and you can learn its history through a MSC excursion.

There is more to do in Hamburg before you embark on your Norwegian Fjords cruise: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lübeck. This charming town is known for its Gothic architecture, medieval streets and alleys, the Holstenstor or the largest mechanical organ at St. Mary’s Church. Embark on an adventure with MSC this Summer!

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Where does a Baltic cruise go?

The Baltic Sea is a part of the Atlantic Ocean, right in the crook between the Scandinavian Peninsula and the continent's mainland. This North European sea begins in Denmark, with ports of call in Copenhagen, for instance, although the embarkation ports for these cruises are in Kiel, Warnemünde and Southampton. On the west is Sweden, and on the east are Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. There are ports of call in all of these countries, including Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn or Riga, among many others.

As well as bustling cities, a Baltic cruise will take you to visit picturesque locations, such as the island of Gotland, with a port in the city of Visby; or to Ronne, a small Danish island with picturesque and colourful streets. Discover the hidden wonders of Northern Europe with an MSC cruise.

What do you wear on a Northern European cruise?

The best time to go on a Northern European cruise to the Norwegian fjords, the Baltic or the northernmost part of the Atlantic is in late Spring and Summer, seasons when the temperatures range between 22 and 12 degrees Celsius (that would be between 72 and 53F, approximately). Understandably, with such a temperature range, you can wear anything from shorts and a T-shirt to jeans with a hoodie, we recommend you choose a varied wardrobe for your cruise, just in case. Also, even though the precipitation rate is lower in May, June and July, we would still advise you take a raincoat with you, because you might encounter light showers during your cruise. Other Northern Europe cruises going to locations such as Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Ijmuiden, Belfast or Rotterdam are also available in colder months like February, March, November or December, when temperatures may be low enough for you to need a warm coat and winter clothing.

Another detail you might want to consider is that, Northern Europe in June has long daylight hours, especially the northern areas of the Scandinavian Peninsula and Iceland, so remember to pack your sleep mask if you think you'll need it. Go on an adventure with MSC cruises.

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

This depends on where exactly you’d like to go, and what you would like to do during your holiday. If you are planning to go on a Northern European cruise to the Norwegian fjords, the Baltic or the northernmost part of the Atlantic, the best time of the year is in late Spring and Summer. During these seasons the temperatures range between 22 and 12 degrees Celsius (that would be between 72 and 53F, approximately) and there is plenty of daylight for you to enjoy your visit.

That being said, if you were considering destinations such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, France or the Netherlands, there is a little more margin. MSC Cruises will take you to these locations in November, December, February or March, as well as in the Spring and Summer. As long as you pack the right clothing, any of these times is a great opportunity to discover Northern Europe.

What is the weather in the Baltic Sea?

The Baltic Sea is characterised by a marked seasonality, that is, a great difference in the weather depending on the month. Winters are long and cold, while Summers are short and relatively warm, albeit still quite variable. Because the Baltic Sea is located between a milder maritime North Atlantic weather and the harsh continental climate, temperatures and conditions can vary immensely throughout the year. This means summers might be warm and dry due to continental influence, but still with some precipitation. Also, fog and cloudy weather are common in Spring and early Summer.

MSC Cruises go to the Baltic Sea when the weather is best, although you should take into consideration how variable conditions might be when packing your suitcase. Discover a unique part of the world with MSC and find your Baltic cruise for this Summer!

What countries are part of a Northern Europe cruise?

MSC Cruises to Northern Europe head off to different areas. You can choose a cruise that will take you around the British Isles, or the Atlantic coast of the continent, including France, the Netherlands or Germany. If you’d rather go further north, there are cruises that visit Iceland, Greenland, or Norway, where you will be able to see the fjords.

And then, there is the Baltic Sea, located in the crook between the mainland and the Scandinavian and Jutland Peninsulas. The countries you can visit there are, on the west Sweden and Denmark, and on the east Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Explore the North Atlantic, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea with MSC and discover its hidden gems on your next holiday, what are you waiting for?

How long is a Northern Europe Cruise?

A Northern Europe cruise can be as long or as short as you want. We have options from 1, 2 or 3 nights to 7, 9, 11 nights or more. For some cruises, such as the Norwegian fjord or Baltic Sea cruises, you will need to choose dates that are available within the months when we go to those areas. If, however, you were thinking more along the lines of a cruise that stopped in France, the Netherlands or the UK, you will have more room to choose, since we have cruises that go there even in some winter months.

Once your dates are set, you can join us for however long you would like, at MSC Cruises we are flexible. You can climb aboard at any moment, either for a long summer holiday with your family, for a short while with friends, or for a romantic getaway with your partner.

Tailor your trip with MSC Cruises and enjoy the best the Baltic Sea, the North Atlantic or the Norwegian fjords, visiting countries such as Sweden, Finland, Iceland or Greenland, and discover all they have to offer this summer, you won’t be disappointed!