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Northern Europe - Hamburg to Helsinki

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Sail through some of the most beautiful countries in Europe as Sea Cloud Spirit takes you on a 15-day cruise from Hamburg to Helsinki. Explore the countless canals and harbors of Copenhagen and admire the Nordic design, fashion, art, and modern architecture of Stockholm. Learn about the ancient histories of these Baltic countries and immerse yourself in their distinctive modern cultures. Along the way, visit ports such as Lysekil, Copenhagen, Gdansk, Visby, Stockholm, Mariehamn, and Tallinn.
Night scenery of Stockholm, SwedenSoft light glows over the canals of CopenhagenMedieval ruin of St. Katarina in VisbySt. Petersburg's Hermitage, the former home of the Russian imperial familyThe towering cathedral of Gdansk, Poland
Highlights
  • Enjoy the charming views of villages along the river Elbe
  • Explore the canals, lakes, and harbor basin of historic Copenhagen
  • Visit Visby, the oldest Baltic Hanseatic city
  • Admire Nordic design, fashion, art, architecture, and more in Stockholm
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Hamburg, Germany | Embark

Hamburg has seen many ships in its time. Richly laden Hanseatic cogs, famous 19th-century windjammers and giant vessels have dropped anchor in its port. The beautiful banks of the Elbe form prominent cordons for ships sailing in or out of the port of Hamburg. Moving towards the mouth of the Elbe, they glide by the patrician villas on the Elbchaussee, the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, the Airbus site and the picturesque banks of the Elbe with their green dikes and white beaches. You can catch charming harbor views of the little villages all along the banks of the Elbe.

Day 2: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 3: Arendal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arendal is a Norwegian city in the county of Agder. The city serves as the administrative center of Arendal's municipality and the seat of Agder County Governor. A tiny area in the neighboring municipality of Grimstad is also included in the city.

Day 4: Oslo, Norway

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Oslo, Norway's capital, is located at the mouth of the Oslofjord on the country's southern coast. It is well-known for its parks and museums. Many of these may be found on the Bygdy Peninsula, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, which houses 9th century Viking ships. The Holmenkollbakken is a ski jumping hill with spectacular fjord views. There's also a ski museum there.

Day 5: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 6: Aarhus

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Aarhus is a Danish city on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula. Den Gamle By is an open-air museum in the ancient town with centuries-old timbered homes. The Aarhus Botanical Garden's greenhouses are nearby. In the center, the multistory ARoS art museum shows global contemporary works. The underground Viking Museum explores early local history. Nearby, Aarhus Cathedral has restored 14th- to 16th-century frescoes

Day 7: Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With its countless canals, lakes and harbor basin, water is an essential part of this city. The Inderhavnen (inner harbor) runs through the royal capital of Denmark like a wide river before flowing into the Sound. Once the boundary between the western and eastern districts, the harbor quays have now become the heart of the city. Streets, alleyways, parks, and squares all remain from the days when kings had them built. Each period of history has left its mark on the magnificent cityscape which includes several castles. In the midst of modern-day life, you can take a ride on a carousel in the Tivoli Gardens, follow the royal bodyguards with their bearskin hats as they march through the streets or visit the city's famous magical landmark, the little mermaid in the harbor.
 

Day 8: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 9: Gdansk, Poland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Together with the chic seaside resort of Sopot and the port of Gdynia, the old Hanseatic city of Gdansk has a young and confident vibe. With its eventful past, the queen of the Polish Baltic cities was already prosperous and respected in the middle ages and was a flourishing trading center for many years. Its reconstructed historic old town is a work of art in its own right with sky-scraping brick Gothic edifices and grand patricians' houses boasting magnificent façades and gables which betray Flemish, Dutch and German influences. Everything is overshadowed by the imposing medieval church of St Mary which is the world's largest brick church. In the golden Hanseatic era, the route formed by the famous Long Market and Long Street between the Golden Gate and the Vistula was the lifeline of this prosperous city, which continues to trade successfully in Baltic amber to this day.
 

Day 10: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 11: Visby, Sweden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Surrounded by the deep blue sea, the second largest Baltic island is bathed in sunshine during the brief summer months and has the look of a small country in its own right. Lofty crags, strange limestone formations, broad sand and pebble beaches and forests with wind-bent pine trees form a coastal landscape which extends for almost 500 miles. Similarly diverse are the island's astonishing culinary delights and Gotland's rich history which includes prehistoric sites, unique treasures from the Viking era and Visby, the oldest Baltic Hanseatic city which has remained almost unchanged since its heyday in the middle ages. The old town with its imposing 2-mile, 13th-century circular wall was once christened 'regina maris' or 'queen of the sea' and provided a refuge for legendary pirate Klaus Störtebeker. Since 1805 it has been classified as a protected monument and since1995 it has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 12: Stockholm, Sweden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On its Baltic side, Stockholm looks out to an archipelago of thousands of craggy islands while to the west lies the vast Lake Mälaren. The city itself spans 14 islands connected by more than 50 bridges. In the middle of the city, island are the origins of Sweden's magnificent capital. Yellow-gold townhouses, splendid Renaissance palaces dating back to the city's heyday and the royal palace crowd the old town of Gamla Stan, a heritage site boasting a medieval network of narrow cobbled streets that lead down to the water's edge. With a third of its area occupied by water and another third by green spaces, this cultural city manages to be both modern and traditional. Here you will find Nordic design, fashion, art, modern architecture, boulevards, promenades, royal residences, seats of government and no fewer than three UNESCO world heritage sites.
 

Day 13: Mariehamm and Åland, Finland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Åland archipelago, an autonomous Swedish-speaking province in Finland with its own flag, is situated between Sweden and the Finnish mainland in the north of the Baltic Sea. Mariehamm, the only town in the Åland islands and capital of the archipelago, can be found on the main island of Fast Åland. It was named after Maria Alexandrovna, wife of Tsar Alexander II, who founded the town in 1861 when Finland and Åland were part of the Russian Empire. The second-largest port in Finland was home to one of the last large fleets of windjammers. With its wonderful smooth red granite cliffs, the Nordic landscape on the approximately 6,500 unspoiled islands and skerries remains pristine and virtually uninhabited.
 

Day 14: Helsinki, Finland

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Finnish capital sits on the seafront overlooking countless islands and skerries off the coast. The center is compact and charming. The protestant cathedral styled on St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg overlooks Senate Square with its magnificent neo-classical façades and reflects the splendor of a capital which once served the Tsars. Later, the middle classes showcased their national confidence in Finnish Art Nouveau, its curved lines oozing functionalism and modernism. Indeed in 2012, the trend toward simple, accomplished Finnish style earned Helsinki the title of world design capital. Above all else though, Helsinki is an ever-changing city shaped by the sea - a lively hub in constant flux.

 

Day 15: Helsinki, Finland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The Finnish capital sits on the seafront overlooking countless islands and skerries off the coast. The center is compact and charming. The protestant cathedral styled on St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg overlooks Senate Square with its magnificent neo-classical façades and reflects the splendor of a capital that once served the Tsars. Later, the middle classes showcased their national confidence in Finnish Art Nouveau, its curved lines oozing functionalism and modernism. Indeed in 2012, the trend toward simple, accomplished Finnish style earned Helsinki the title of world design capital. Above all else though, Helsinki is an ever-changing city shaped by the sea - a lively hub in constant flux.

Disembark this morning after breakfast.
 

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Sea Cloud Spirit Superior Single Cabin
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Superior Single
Superior Single Cabins (approx. 13 and 14.5 m²/139 and 156 sq ft) are equipped with a single bed, a small sitting corner with a table and a chair, a dressing table and a wardrobe. The bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
Sea Cloud Spirit Superior Cabin
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Superior
Superior Cabins (approx. 16.5 to 19 m²/177 to 204 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, wardrobe and bureau. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
Sea Cloud Spirit Deluxe Cabin
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Deluxe
Deluxe Cabins (approx. 20 m²/215 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, bureau and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
Sea Cloud Spirit Deluxe Lido Cabin
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Deluxe Lido
Deluxe Lido Cabins (approx. 16.5 to 20 m²/177 to 215 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, bureau and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
Junior suite
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Junior Suite
Junior Suites (approx. 26 to 30 m² /280 to 323 sq ft including balcony) are located on the Panorama Deck and offer a private balcony and panoramic windows. The cabins include a sitting corner with a couch and a table, two single beds (of 90 cm x 200 cm each), which can be placed separately or as a double bed, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom is equipped with a sink, WC and bathtub.
owner suite
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Owner's Suite
Owner's Suites are located on the Panorama Deck, and have a sitting area and panoramic windows as well as a private balcony. Each of the suites (approx. 36 to 39 m²/388 to 420 sq ft including balcony) is equipped with two single beds (of 95 cm x 200 cm each) that can be placed separately or as a large double bed, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom features sink and bathtub; the WC is separate.

Notes

Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • Gratuities
  • Use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge (weather permitting)
  • Free laundry services for cabin categories A & B
Rates Exclude:
  • Flights, domestic or international
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers
Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Welcome bottle of champagne in cabins, welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne, selected wines and beers with lunch and dinner, bottled water on excursions and all soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea throughout the cruise. 
  • Use of water sports facilities such as snorkeling equipment (weather permitting).
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • Excess luggage. Allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger.

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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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