- Historic Stockholm
Experience the seasonal ambience of medieval Gamla Stan in Stockholm.
- Stockholm ablaze
Join Stockholm in celebrating New Year with a bang as fireworks colour the skies above the city.
- A Scandinavian winter wonderland
Witness Stockholm's winter sights.
For Christmas and New Year cruise with a difference…
Revel in the Baltic's traditional festive spirit on this unique Christmas cruise calling at some of its loveliest cities. Enjoy Christmas Eve in Oslo and celebrate Christmas Day in style aboard Saga Sapphire… seek out Copenhagen's fairy-tale sights, explore ‘Scandinavia's Christmas City’ of Gothenburg and ring in the New Year in enchanting Stockholm where you'll be in a prime location to enjoy the fireworks during an overnight stay.
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Founded way back in 1040, Oslo - like many major Scandinavian cities - is a blend of the very old and the very new. Situated at the northern end of the fjord that bears its name, this capital city has made great strides towards becoming a cultural capital, spending mega-millions to enrich its galleries and museums. Visitors can get a look at “The Scream” by local son, Edvard Munch, enjoy a Viking Ship museum, browse the Nobel Peace Center, or nab tickets to a concert or show at the magnificent National Theater. Oslo's food scene has received plenty of kudos lately, with new chefs adding a modern twist to traditional Norwegian fare.
Arrive 0800 on Christmas Eve. Depart 0800 on Christmas Day.
Typically Nordic but with a cool vibe that makes it attractive to all ages, Copenhagen is a city to which you'll want to return again and again. With its colorful port, storybook streets, cozy cafes, bike-friendly culture, and much lauded food scene (there are 15 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city!), visitors are nothing short of inspired as they explore Copenhagen. Several galleries touting Danish culture and design are ideal choices for museum lovers, while Tivoli Gardens, especially after dark, provides visitors with one of the most magical experiences in Scandinavia. The hopeless romantic in you won't be able to resist!
Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.
Graced with canals reminiscent of Amsterdam, Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic countries. A university town that’s also Sweden’s second-biggest city, Gothenburg has a rich industrial past and one that has long been tied to the surrounding sea, with generations of residents who’ve made their living from or on the water. That’s not to say that culture is absent. Gothenburg boasts a notable museum of art, a very comprehensive design museum, and another dedicated to the history and manufacture of the Volvo automobile. There’s also a vibrant live music scene here and plenty of spectator sports to enjoy. For those who love nature, the city is dotted with numerous parks and the Gothenburg Botanical Garden has often been lauded as one of the most beautiful in Europe. And when it’s time to eat, there are five Michelin-starred restaurants from which to choose as well as hundreds of others.
Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.
The Baltic Coast city of Gdansk is Poland's premiere seaport and also an important industrial center. A visually-stunning city with breathtaking waterfront scenes along the Motlawa River, Gdansk is a joy to explore and is often described as very un-Polish; it bears little resemblance to the country’s other major cities, including Warsaw. As visitors make their way through the elaborate city gates, they’ll be greeted with a diverse collection of architectural styles including grand Dutch-style buildings rebuilt after World War II, as well as beautiful fountains, narrow cobblestoned streets, huge brick churches, enticing museums, and plenty of places to shop or enjoy a snack or meal. (Don’t miss the potato dumplings and stuffed cabbage rolls!)
Arrive 0900 on December 29. Depart 1200 on December 30.
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 1200 on New Year's Eve. Depart 1130 on New Year's Day.
Bremerhaven (for Bremen), Germany
As European cities go, Bremerhaven is an infant, founded in 1827. This seaport city, a sister city to nearby Bremen, is largely post-war at its city center but certainly worth a few hours of exploration time. Of particular note is the contemporary architecture along the waterfront, the German Maritime Museum, the German Emigration Center, Klimahaus climate museum, the Bremerhaven Zoo, and the harborside aquarium known as Atlanticum.
Arrive 0800. Depart 2000.