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Uncover the best of the Baltic…

Explore the best of the Baltic at a time when the crowds have started to diminish. Visit the capitals of Sweden, Finland and Latvia, enjoy an overnight mooring in St Petersburg and see the fairy-tale towers of Tallinn. You can also spend a full day in the German city of Rostock where you can uncover its Hanseatic past.

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Gdynia, Poland

Gdynia, Poland

Poland’s Baltic Coast port city, Gdynia is a young city, having been formed just about a century ago by the Treaty of Versailles. As a matter of fact, the port was constructed first and the city afterwards, with houses built to accommodate those who worked for public utilities, like the railway, as well as employees of private companies. As a German naval base and location of a small Nazi concentration camp, the city suffered a dark period during World War II and took some time to recover. Today, it’s known for its modernist architecture and is home to several small but notable museums. For shopping, head to the Market Place, where you can purchase local handicrafts and sample culinary delights. For food, check out busy Swietojanska Street, the main drag through town and the location of some of Gdynia’s best eateries.

Arrive 0800. Depart 2000.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

The most populous city in Scandinavia, spread out over 14 islands connected by 50 bridges, Stockholm sparkles from end to end. With a history that dates to the Stone Age, Sweden’s capital city is the economic and political center of Scandinavia and a cultural mecca for those looking to immerse themselves in history and the arts. With architecture that ranges from medieval 13th century offerings to internationally-acclaimed Modernist structures, the city is a joy to photograph. Museum lovers will be kept busy visiting attractions such as the popular maritime-themed Vasa Museum, the Moderna (Modern Art) Museet, the spectacular Nationalmuseum - with its massive art collection, and – for something a bit more lighthearted – the ABBA! Museum, dedicated to the famous Swedish pop ensemble. When you’re hungry, Stockholm gives you about 1,000 restaurants from which to choose, including many with Michelin stars. The nightlife in the capital city is quite bustling as well, with activities ranging from orchestra concerts and operas to a live music scene that offers everything from smooth jazz to indie rock.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Situated in the southern portion of the country on the Bay of Finland, Helsinki is a vibrant capital city that plays an important role as a major political, educational, and cultural center of Northern Europe. Often dubbed one of the world’s most livable cities, Helsinki’s cityscape includes neo-classic treasures, art nouveau designs, and – most recently – a smattering of brand new skyscrapers. Buildings of note include the 1902-designed Finnish National Theater and the early 19th-century neoclassic-style Helsinki Cathedral. Museum goers will be treated to a wealth of options for a day of browsing including the vast National Museum of Finland, the expansive Finnish National Gallery (three art museums in one), and the fun-to-explore Design Museum. Cultural options include an excellent philharmonic and national opera as well as three lovely theaters serving up a host of productions. Foodies will enjoy a very international restaurant scene in Helsinki, which includes lots of seafood as well as traditional food such as Finnish blinis.

Arrive 1200. Depart 1700.

St Peter Port, Guernsey

St Petersburg, Russia

Truly Russia’s cultural center, stunning St. Petersburg exudes the beauty and majesty of days gone by. Home to architectural treasures, like the Kazan Cathedral and the amazing Winter Palace, the city brings visitors face-to-face with world-class attractions such as The Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, founded in 1764 and home to a three million-piece collection of artifacts including the world’s largest assortment of paintings. Numerous other museums dot the landscape of this city of about 5 million as do many other notable cultural institutions, including the Mariinsky Theater (formerly the Kirov Theater) and the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where the likes of Dmitri Shostakovich and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov studied and taught. In addition, the so-called Historic Centre of St. Petersburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite its rich history, however, St. Petersburg is much more “westernized” than most Russian cities, with many younger residents embracing American and European pop culture and ways of life.

Arrive 0800 on September 5. Depart 1800 on September 6.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia’s largest city sits on the Gulf of Finland, a 2.5-hour ferry ride from Helsinki, Finland. It’s Old Town area is touted as one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An important port for trade between Russia and Scandinavia, Tallinn was founded in the 13th century but archaeologists have located artifacts in the city dating back to about 3,000 BC. Yet despite all the city’s ancient structures and monuments, it’s a very modern place, now the political and financial hub of Estonia and the birthplace of many well-known cutting-edge technology companies, like Skype It’s often called the Silicon Valley of Europe! More than 60 museums dot Tallinn’s landscape including the excellent Estonian History Museum, the Estonian Maritime Museum, and the intriguing Museum of Occupation, focused on the city’s rule by the Nazis and Soviets. Lovers of sweets might be interested to know that sugary marzipan has been produced in Tallinn since the Middle Ages and is still a local favorite along with creative seafood dishes and, of course, vodka.

Arrive 0900. Depart 1800.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Arrive 0800. Depart 2000.

Wismar, Germany

Wismar, Germany

Arrive 0800. Depart 2100.

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