11. BALTIC SEA – The old Hanseatic trade route, full of history

The Baltic Route is without doubt our favourite. Here are the most popular stops.  BRUGES COPENHAGEN HELSINKI RIGA SKAGEN ST PETERSBURG STOCKHOLM TALLINN A Baltic cruise is not a ‘lay in the sun’ route, this is a ‘get up and visit’ route. That isn’t to say that you can’t just enjoy the pool, but it offers great historic cities nearly every day. Here are all the stops used by the main UK ships and passengers. AABENRAA AARHUS  AARLBORG BRUGES COPENHAGEN FREDERICIA  GDANSK GOTHENBURG HAMBURG HELSINGBORG HELSINKI HUNDESTED KALUNDBORG KIELE KLAIPEDA MALMO MARIEHAHN MURMANSK OSLO RIGA RØNNE SKAGEN ST PETERSBURG STOCKHOLM TALLINN TRAVEMUNDE VISBY WARNEMUNDE From Bruges (though technically not in the Baltic Sea it is part of the Baltic route), to St Petersburg and beyond. You will discover gems like Tallinn and smile at pop in the Abba museum when many dress up that night. Many cruisers have great knowledge to share, so please join the Baltic chat site. Click above or see the slider menu below.Find your ship’s chat site  +  share your pictures  +  experiences to help others       IF YOU HAVE A VIDEO OF A TOUR, EXCURSION OR EXPERIENCE THAT DORIS VISITS FOLLOWERS MIGHT ENJOY, PLEASE SEND THE YOUTUBE LINK THROUGH TO US AT [email protected]

Gothenburg, Sweden

Often mentioned and visited in the TV drama The Bridge, Gothenburg, is a major city in Sweden.

Helsingborg, Sweden

Helsingborg has a metro and bus system and you will need to buy a YoYo card, like a one day travel card which you can get in many places and central station. Then you can use public transport.

 

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Malmo, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark by THE BRIDGE

If you dock in Malmo with the intend of seeing Copenhagen, you can’t walk it but the train from central station to central station is easy. The journey across the Øresund (Danish) or Öresund Bridge (Swedish) is on the under tier / level, cars travel on the top. It will take 39 minutes on either train 029 […]

Malmö, Sweden – one side of the great TV series THE BRIDGE

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Vasa Museum, Stockholm – wow, wow and wow again !

Maybe the best thing to do in Stockholm!

Stockholm Old Town

Stockholm is famous for 3 things, Abba, Ikea and Nobel. The Nobel Peace prize is still presented in Stockholm each year, and there is a Nobel Museum. There is also an Abba Museum which is fantastic. Ikea do not have a museum to our knowledge, not yet!Stockholm Old Town Map Stockholm Printable Tourist Map Stockholm OLD TOWN is […]

Stockholm Palace, Changing of the Guard

Though it is said to be famous for 3 things, Abba, Ikea and Nobel, the Changing of the Guard to the music of a Swedish Armed Forces marching band at the palace is a spectacle. It is easy to find as it is inside the main palace and can be combined with a leisurely walk […]

Stockholm, Abba Museum / Mamma Mia – here we go again, on a tour

The Abba Museum in Djurgården in the Country that gave us the TV series The Bridge, is mega popular.

 

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Visby, Gotland in the Baltic Sea on a Baltic Cruise for Doris Visits

At one time the most important Hanseatic town,

VISBY, the capital of Gotland, the largest Swedish island in the Baltics

Gotland is a relaxing calming island in south East Sweden

 

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Hans Christian Andresen – Copenhagen, Denmark

Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) spent much time in Copenhagen, we retrace his footsteps and share what you can find of him here.

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus is a cruise port you can walk to town from, it is almost across the road. You may be greeted by local folk musicians. It is getting more popular with more ships, and is so popular with those who live there that it is known as the city of smiles. It’s a cosmopolitan university […]

 

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TIVOLI – the fun theme park in Copenhagen with something for everyone

Given the King granted permission to open Tivoli Gardens in 1843, it is unlikely they used the name because it spelt I LOV IT backwards

Hans Christian Andresen – Copenhagen, Denmark

Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) spent much time in Copenhagen, we retrace his footsteps and share what you can find of him here.

Copenhagen Guide, Free Walking tour and so much more

The Old Town of Copenhagen has a number of free walks, you just tip the guide.

Copenhagen Hop On + Off Bus Tour

The bus does get you to places you won’t see walking.

Copenhagen Changing the Guards daily parade at the palace

Unless the weather is very bad, the guards change each day at the palace.

Copenhagen, Little Mermaid statue, where is it hiding?

A statue you might miss off your list, Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, is far from Disney’s image and there is a copy much nearer as we show at the end of our Hans Christian Andersen film.

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen. Denmark

Originally built as a summer house in 1606, the 400-year-old Renaissance castle was Christian IV’s favourite castle. 

Copenhagen Christmas Market

Copenhagen is the land of fairy tales.

 

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Fredericia and Middelfart, Denmark

Fredericia (and Middelfart) joined since 1935 by a bridge across the Little Belt, is used by Marella & Oceana ships and a few others. It is a port in Denmark on some Baltic routes and has some blue flag beaches and a very special model town.

 

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Kalundborg, Denmark

Kalundborg is a charming town, founded around 1150 by historic war hero Esbern Snare, and is within easy access to some of the grandest Viking historic sites in Denmark.

SKAGEN – museums to the right – Ancher’s House and Hunst Art

Skagen is one of the cleanest places you will ever visit, the most popular holiday place in Denmark, and yet so clean.

SKAGEN TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM – Bamsemuseum

The Teddy Bear Museum in Skagen is in the shadow of the large round

Skagen, the northern-most tip of Denmark – trip to Grenen

Do not underestimate the distance to Grenen.

Skagen, Denmark – DRONE film. Skagen seen from the sky

Great ariel overview of Skagen which features in book 2 of Solo Cruiser,

 

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Hamburg had the largest Jewish community in Germany before the second world war. There are many commemorative cobblestones (Stolpersteine). Some buildings preserved from the concentration camp that was based at Neuengamme now serve as a memorial – in total contrast there is the Wunderland. The model railway HAS absolutely HAS to be booked in advance and do it early, our film shows how to get there. If you are on a tour with it included it will guarantee entry but your time there will be limited by the tour. It is a must, whether you like models or not !

The Reeperbahn is not near the centre, it may be bear where your ship docks. MAP HERE.

Hamburg cruise center HafenCity    Hamburg cruise center Altona    Kronprinzkai   Cabs and trains are easy, the main centre from the shuttle bus is an easy walk as we show you on the guide film.

 

Hamburg City Walking Guide

Famous for the red light district and the Beatles, Hamburg

The Beatles Hamburg

Hamburg is on the banks of the Elbe River, from the UK it can be a short party cruise

HAMBURG – Tours and research

Your Ship Will Probably offer a door to door service on many similar tours like these,

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg – a modern wonder of the world

We think just about everyone will enjoy Wunderland, but

Hamburg – City Hall, Town Hall, Rathaus

What is in the 5 Euro tour? 

Hamburg, an unusual find – a coffee roasting coffee house

Finding things you might not be offered on a normal tour is something that exited us.

Hamburg Christmas Market

Probably our favourite Christmas market, it does find itself on many Christmas market itineraries.

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Kieler Woche, BBQ at Tall Ships Festival in Kiel

Many Baltic Cruise ships go through the Kiel Canal,

Travemunde & Lübeck Guide and film, Baltic Cruise destination

Did you ever sing sea shanties at junior school and was there a song about a German fisherman? That can be relived in Travemunde each June as there is a sea shanty at this port on the banks of the Elbe River. A cross between a sea faring party and tall ships festival it has much singing […]

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Rostock port – Warnemunde’s other port – see Jean’s great film for Doris Visits

Warnemunde and Rostock are about 20 minutes apart, either side of the huge inlet and can be at the start or finish of a Baltic Cruise.

Warnemunde on the Baltic Cruise route

Warnemende is German seaside resort

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Bruges Canal Boat Tour – Baltic Cruise

One of the best ways to see Bruges is on a simple and very cheap

Tours available in Bruges

As always tours and their description show what the locals are proud of and wish to show.

Bruges City Guide, Zeebrugge to Bruges by train then the historic Hanseatic city

The name probably comes from the old Dutch name for bridge, ‘Brugga’.

In Bruges, Chocolate, Chocolate and more Happiness – press ideas for Father’s Day & Mother’s Day

Chocolates and Happiness – Yes, those roses are all made of chocolate.

 

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Gdansk

The will be a warm welcome in Poland. The port of Gdynia is only 80 years old but some of its churches and palaces date back as far as the 13th Century like St. Michael the Archangel’s church. It also has two museum ships, so there is much to see without going far. It makes the Old […]

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Helsinki, Finland. A great Baltic city on a fabulous cruise. Jean Heard takes you round the city.

Helsinki, Finland is another great Baltic Cruise stop.

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Helsinki – the changing of the guard gets photobombed

One could bravely suggest Helsinki is always on a Baltic Cruise itinerary,

 

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Klaipeda, Lithuania on a Baltic Cruise

Pronounced Clay-peda, Klaipeda is an unusually ice-free port situated at the edge of the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon.

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Klaipeda, on Baltic Cruise

Pronounced Clay-peda, Klaipeda is an unusually ice free port situated at the edge of the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon in Lithuania. Baltic tribes have inhabited the area since the 7th century which more recently has been controlled by successive German states until the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. In 1923 the Klaipėda Revolt saw it added […]

OSLO GUIDE – Jean braves the cold to show you what is there

Jean braves the cold of Oslo to put together a great explanation of what is there.

Oslo Christmas Market

Oslo is a beautiful city, and they are likely to have snow

OSLOFJORD – The style and Cuisine that is Fred. Olsen – started in a Fjord

Fred. Olsen started in this Fjord, at the start of the Baltic cruise. They take immense pride in their boutique fleet of smaller-scaled vessels

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FRED OLSEN LATE DEALS + UPGRADES

Fred Olsen always has some kind of sale or deal.

 

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Solo Cruising, travelling as a single does not mean cruising alone – our new Single Cruisers Chat Site.

Single, and cruising solo?

First Cruise? New cruiser? What ship? Where to go? Dress Code?

This also explains fly-cruise into Barbados? 

Pacific Princess – a very friendly small ship.

Small ships get into unique destinations.

Skjolden, TV drama in a favourite Norwegian Fjord – where Doris started

Surrounded by steep mountains, with spectacular waterfalls, Skjolden is located at the head of the longest navigable fjord in the world – Sognefjord.

Bahamas, Half Moon Cay – the private island cruise resort & Classic Nassau

Half Moon Cay – The P&O brand have been introduced to

MS Magellan, a small distinctive ship from Cruise and Maritime

The pleasantly called Holiday-Class cruise ship, MS Magellan was built in 1985 and known as the Holiday, then the Grand Holliday.

Riga, Latvia on some Baltic Cruise itineraries.

The capitol of Latvia like so much of the Baltic coast has been controlled by the Swedes and fought over by many others.

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Riga, Latvia drone film – a port destination on many Baltic Cruises and even more hen nights

This film is shot by a drone, so it gets up and looks down at Riga, a feast of early 20th century ornate buildings in wide streets with a population of just under a million.

 

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A Cruise is an education. Language, History, Culture, Art and more. Russia is just amazing!

LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings

Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo, St. Petersburg – full video or Tour

The photography ban in Catherine Palace has been lifted

Catherine Palace Park & Gardens, St Petersburg, Russia

The Park and Gardens fail to get described in most searches of Catherine Palace, that is because the Palace is so overwhelming.

Peterhof Palace or Petrodvorets in St Petersburg – Tour

Peterhof means “Peter’s Court” in German. Their royal family, like ours was infused with Germans.

Peterhof Gardens and Fountains – St Petersburg, Russia

The Grand Cascade Peterhof is modelled on one constructed for Louis XIV at his Château de Marly.

St Petersburg Private Tours

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St Petersburg, EMPERORS AND ASSASSINATIONS

St. Petersburg in Russia is probably an overnight stay on your Baltic Cruise. This is an overview that will help you figure St Petersburg out, because there is a lot on offer. The first thing that hits you about Russia is that it is just the same as everywhere else, people and places and the Roman old […]

St Petersburg, Russia – Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

CHURCH OF THE SPILLED BLOOD – This church is situated along

 

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TALLINN – walk the old town, and views from St Olafs

There are likely to be six or so ships at the popular port in Tallinn, it is a fantastic busy port!

TALLINN – 14th Century restaurant food and beer – Olde Hansa near the Square

Tallinn is one of the most beautiful cities

Tallinn Under ground – the secret tunnels under the old town

Beautiful Tallinn has been war torn throughout history, so it won’t surprise you it is riddled with tunnels. Kiek In De Kök.

Kadriorg Palace and Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

Kadriorg Palace looks like many of the opulent Russian Palaces around St Petersburg, and that is because it was built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great in Tallinn, Estonia.

Soviet Tallinn Museum, best seen here first

This might be one you are glad you saw here and avoided going to? 

 

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Aabenraa, Denmark – a Baltic cruise stop used by Fred Olsen

A Fjord in the Baltic, Aabenraa in Denmark is a tiny port that only the Braemar goes into.

 

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Aarlborg, Denmark

Aarlborg, Denmark is a university town, famous for a Viking cemetery, a zoo, parks and messing about on the river.

 

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