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Lesson 7: Tour Northern Europe On Baltic Cruises

Baltic cruises are pretty much the furthest you can travel away from a tropical vacation. Instead of going to a very warm Southern climate, Baltic cruises take you to Northern Europe.


The Baltic region normally refers to countries that have access to the Baltic Sea. These include Denmark, Finland, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Sweden.


What You'll See on the Cruise


Considered by many to be the most beautiful location in the world, the Baltic region includes countries that draw those who have often longed for such a trip.


With clean, crisp air and beautiful geography and landscape, this part of the world is a nature lover's dream come true. From Norwegian Fjords to parts of the Arctic, you'll see it all on Baltic cruises.


Additionally, you can observe some of the most historic sites on earth as you visit legendary cities in the Baltic. Cruises will take you to locations that include Oslo, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen.


Choices Galore


Baltic cruises offer diverse options in prices, ships, destinations, and cruise lines. The season for Baltic cruises runs from May into September, with the busiest - and usually most expensive - departing in July and August.
There are a surprisingly significant number of cruise lines that operate in the Baltic region. Some of the more popular include Azamara Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Holland America, MSC, Norwegian Costal Voyage, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International and Silversea Cruises.


As the popularity of Baltic cruises increase, so do the number of cruise lines. There are new lines traveling to this spectacular region of the world just about every summer.


For particulars that may be of interest to you, visit the web sites of a few cruise lines listed above and check out the varying Baltic cruise itineraries they offer. With so many cruise lines and options, there will almost certainly be a selection that suits your fancy for a price that fits your budget.


Things to Remember


You should be aware that the Baltic cruise season is relatively short due to its cooler climate. Itineraries vary from one cruise line to another, so make sure you select one that targets all the sights and ports on your list of priorities.


Though you will be able to unearth some discounts, the per diem rate is unfortunately generally much higher than many other cruise destinations.


Prices on local items you find at port stops in the Baltic region will typically go for a higher price than what you can find on cruises to other parts of the world, such as the Bahamas or the Gulf of Mexico. This makes it even more important to your budget to shop for good deals rather than impetuously.

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