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The Baltic Sea has always played a central role in the history of Northern Europe. It acted as a parallel to the Mediterranean for the surrounding states, and for a short number of years Denmark – due to her maritime sovereignty – expanded into an empire that stretched around the Baltic Sea all the way to Estonia. But the Danish king soon lost all in fierce competition with Teutonic knights, Swedish rulers, and powerful members of the Hanseatic League's extensive community. On our route east, we visit a couple of the medieval trade association's strongest members, Gdansk and Klaipéda, then called Danzig and Memel. We reach the island of Øsel, now Saarema, Denmark's easternmost possession. Our voyage ends in Finland in the beautiful town of Turku, after which we fly back to Copenhagen from Helsinki.
Old Town in Gdansk, PolandBrightly colored houses decorate the pier.A moment of stillness in CopenhagenExperience numerous must-see sites on your European expedition cruiseThe beautiful acrhitecture of Tallinn, EstoniaStriking skyline of old town Tallinn, EstoniaSoft light glows over the canals of Copenhagen
  • Visit to the old Hanseatic town of Stralsund
  • Stop by the beautiful bishop's castle, which is the best-preserved medieval fortress in Estonia.
  • Explore Europe's best-preserved medieval cities, Tallinn
  • Visit Finland’s Åland Islands and Turku, Finland’s oldest city
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark | Embark

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The cruise begins in the heart of Copenhagen, where Ocean Albatros is moored. After embarkation and mandatory safety procedures the lines are thrown and the captain sets a southern course through Øresund, the strait between Sweden and Denmark. We can then enjoy our first dinner in the ship’s exquisite restaurant.

Day 2: Island of Rugen | Cape Arkona

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rügen is Germany's largest island. High white limestone cliffs, a winding coastline with fjords, headlands, and excellent sandy beaches as well as beautiful historic towns make the island one of the country's most distinguished travel destinations.

In the Middle Ages, Rügen was inhabited by the Wends, a West Slavic, pagan people. Everyone robbed everyone at the time, but in Danish history, the Wends stand as some particularly unchristian pirates who made repeated looting expeditions against Denmark. In 1168, the Wends were defeated on Rügen during a so-called crusade led by King Valdemar I and Bishop Absalon. As a final punishment, a sculpture of the four-headed god Svantevit, was chopped down as fuel for the Danish soldiers' cooking fire.

Ocean Albatros docks in Rügen’s Sassnitz. From here we start our excursion by bus. The trip goes past the Jalsmund with its white chalk cliff to Cape Arkona on the northernmost tip of Rügen. Here we can get an impression of the Wends’ fortifications. We visit to the old Hanseatic town of Stralsund, one of the most important historic cities in Northeast Germany, before returning to Sassnitz and our ship.

Day 3: Gdansk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today it is possible to take part in an excursion by bus to the nearby over 1000-year-old city of Gdansk, Poland’s maritime capital.The beautiful city center and the shopping street between the Golden Gate and the Green Gate is worth seeing. The courthouse and the Neptune Fountain also help to make the city something very special.

Gdansk is probably best known for its tumultuous history and the city was largely razed to the ground during World War II. Today, however, it is not marked by this and has been rebuilt, so that the old traditions of architecture have come into their own.

Day 4: Klaipeda, Lithuania

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Klaipeda or Memel, as the Germans called the city in the period from 1252 to 1918, when they ruled the area. When the first crusaders came, there was only an empty coastline, and they quickly defeated the local pagan Baltic tribes. To fortify the natural harbor area at mouth of the Curonian Inland Lake, the castle Memelburg was built. German artisans and traders gradually settled, not least because of the membership of the Hanseatic League.

Today we offer an exciting optional excursion "The Hill of Witches and the Dead Dunes". After leaving the port by bus, we catch a ferry to cross the Curonian Lagoon to arrive at the Curonian isthmus,. Continuing our tour,  we travel to Juodkrante (Black Coast) to visit the famous Hill of Witches. Juodkrante is a seaside resort which has retained its old charm with historical villas and cozy summer cottages. We discover the important Amber Bay where amber has been extracted since the 19th century. On our way we admire the traditional fisherman’s houses from the 19th century with their special decorations.

Finally we enter the Hill of Witches that tell the legends such as Neringa the giant, Queen of Serpents, the Dragon decapitated by a prince, the goblin, the Furtive Hunter and many other witches and devils who reveal their malevolent characters. This is a special place where the beautiful reality mixes with the mystical world, where the imagination soars and the creative powers too. Before we return to Klaipeda we make a stop to visit the Dead Dunes – a site with beautiful white sand dunes that once buried 14 villages!

During our Klaipeda stop, a joint walk to the city center is arranged, after which you can explore through the narrow streets on your own – maybe followed by a snack in one of the many cosy cafes.

Day 5: Saarema, Estonia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We arrive at Øsel, which is now called Saaremaa, from the south to dock at the main town of Kuressaare. The port is located approximately 5 km from the small town center, and after lunch on board, transport to the city is arranged.

We will stop by the beautiful bishop's castle, which is the best-preserved medieval fortress in Estonia. The Danes built a fortification on the same site, but when Øsel proved impossible to hold, it was burned off again. The castle in Kuressaare was built in the 14th century by the town's bishop, but was subsequently used by Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian occupying forces, who all left the building unchanged (entrance to the castle is not included). 

Day 6: Tallinn, Estonia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the night we have cruised from the Gulf of Riga into the Baltic Sea, and during the morning we entered the Gulf of Finland. We arrive in Estonia's largest city Tallinn after lunch.

Tallinn is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities. With its winding, cobbled streets, the city has retained its appearance since the 14th century. Tallinn's golden age was between the early 15th century until the middle of the 16th, when the city was a power factor in the Baltic Sea region, not least by virtue of its membership of the Hanseatic League. The economic progress led to a need for a strong defence, and enabled large investments in architecture and art.
By bus we take the short trip into the old town. The busses stop at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and from there on we walk, mostly downhill, back to the ship. This will allow us to enjoy the wonderful city sights.

Today, we also offer a more comprehensive guided city walk around Tallinn. Places to be seen are the high-lying quarters at the Kiek in de Kok cannon tower, the narrow, winding streets to the lower part of town with the Danish King’s Garden, the castle, which now houses the parliament, and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The magnificent 15th-century building is one of the best-preserved Gothic town halls in Europe. The guided walk is an optional excursion that needs to be booked separately.

Day 7: Turku | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Turku is Finland's oldest city and has been the country's administrative center for several periods. Under Swedish rule, the city was called Åbo and a large part of the inhabitants still have Swedish as their first language.

After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to the ship's crew. A bus transfer has been arranged from Turku Port to Helsinki Airport


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Single Stateroom (Porthole) - 14 m2 Standard single Stateroom onboard, located on deck 3. This is a conveniently located State Room close to the Mudroom which facilitates access to the Zodiacs during embarkation and disembarkation to begin your adventures.
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Triple Stateroom (Porthole) - 22 m2 There are four Triple Staterooms on board Ocean Albatros featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. Triple staterooms are normally with twin beds however a double bed can be accommodated.
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French Balcony Stateroom - 14 m2 The French Balcony Suite is a standard Stateroom with a French balcony, a double bed, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathroom. All French Balcony Suites are located on Deck 7.
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Albatros Stateroom (Porthole) - 13-22 m2 The standard Stateroom on Ocean Albatros is close to the Mudroom and has quick access to the Zodiac platforms for disembarkation during landings. This is very convenient if you have more limited mobility and would like a short distance to the Zodiacs. The State Rooms are perfect for those who wish a comfortable base during their stay onboard Ocean Albatros. The standard State Rooms all have a double bed or 2 single beds and a bathroom. The State Rooms are located on deck 3 and 4.
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Balcony Stateroom - 18-22 m2 The most abundant type of Stateroom on Ocean Albatros located on decks 4 & 6. They have a balcony, a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child if traveling as a family. If you desire to book two staterooms with connecting doors, this is also a possibility within this category.
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Superior Balcony Stateroom (48) app. 24 sqm, including Balcony.
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Grand Balcony Stateroom (4) app. 30 sqm, including Balcony.
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Balcony Suite approximately - 25-32 m2 Ocean Albatros has 6 Balcony Suites on board located on decks 4 & 6. The suites feature double or twin beds and a seating area, bathroom, and a large balcony. The balcony suites can host 2 people.
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Junior suite - 39 m2 The 4 junior suites aboard Ocean Albatros have a great view from their location high up on the ship on deck 7. The suites feature a double bed or twin beds, sofa bed, seating area, a spacious bathroom and a private balcony. The suite can accommodate up to 3 people.
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Premium suite - 45 m2 – FS (Freydis Suite) The second largest of all the staterooms on board the Ocean Albatros is the Premium Suite. This 2-bedroom suite features a double bed (or twin beds), a sofa bed, table and chair, a balcony and a spacious bathroom. Located on deck.4. This category is available upon request. Please refer to Albatros Expeditions for price.
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Family suite - 52 m2 – BS (Brynhilde Suite) The largest of all the staterooms on board the Ocean Albatros is the Premium Suite. The Double-Bedroom, Family Suite is going to be located on Deck 7, featuring two interconnecting French Balcony Suites, accommodating up to 5 people on two double beds and a sofa bed. This category is available upon request. Please refer to Albatros Expeditions for price.


Kayaking activities available on both Arctic and Antarctic voyages. 
Although kayaking opportunities are possible in most locations during each excursion in the Antarctic region, weather, sea, and ice conditions will dictate the when and where to ensure your safety and improve your experience.
In order to sign up for this activity, you need to have previous kayaking experience and attend a mandatory safety briefing by the Kayak Master. The cost is $345/person per outing and it can only be booked onboard.

Possible shared staterooms for same-gender, single travelers: Category C (Balcony Stateroom) and Category F (Triple Porthole Stateroom)
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  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more.
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
  • Parkas and Boots in assorted sizes, suitable for shore landings
  • Special photo workshop
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  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance of at least $200,000 per passenger is required. Please bring a copy of your insurance onboard.



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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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