The Adventure of Cruising the Baltic Sea
By Carissa Hickok
Cruise travels have been long known for their exotic, adventurous destinations and the Baltic Sea is one of the newest ones to make the list. Due to the weather conditions, this cruise line destination is available only during the summer months. Baltic Sea cruises are an excellent solution if you want to visit most of the Northern Europe, including Germany, Russia, and Poland. Check it out!
While not all of the Baltic cruise lines will cover the same countries, most of them offer an abundance of connections to many interesting travel destinations. Norway is one of those destinations and even if the country is on the inlet between Baltic and the North Sea, it is usually included in most of the Baltic Sea Cruises. Sweden, Finland, and Denmark complete the Scandinavian Peninsula, which are all the next stops on every cruise line, although you should check what exact ports are you supposed to visit. Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, as well as Germany and Russia and Poland, comprise the rest of the countries that are on most of the cruises, while some of them also port in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, although it’s usually the start or the end line of the cruise.
During most of the season, the weather temperature is directly correlated to the water temperature, which depends on the melting of spring ice. Luckily, during the later stages of the spring and the whole summer, the normal temperatures will vary, but you should expect temperatures to be in the lower to mid-20 degrees Celsius. Thunderstorms are not a rare occasion throughout the year, but during the cruise line season, it varies from 2-3 to 4-5 thunderstorms per month, depending on the geographical location.
The Baltic Sea is a large body of water, but it is still isolated from the ocean to some extent, which makes the effect of the tide minimal and the surface remains still due to the lack of an actual storm. Most of the cruise ships have cruise packages of 10 and 14 day long cruises, but not all of them will have the ability to reach all the countries, so you have to pay special attention to that. That being said, you should expect a day or two without making port, as those have become a fairly regular thing on Baltic Sea cruises. There are some smaller Baltic Sea cruises that last for only a couple of days or a week, but they don’t cover that much territory.
Pick a cruise line that has some extended stays in your desired port, although you’ll have accommodation on the ship. You will not need a visa if you decide to visit Russia. On the other hand, a lot of different cruise lines offer an extended stay in Berlin, which may require some additional fee. Some of the cruises go through the Kiel Canal to go from the North to the Baltic Sea. Terminal cities like these are travel destinations for themselves, so it might be a good idea to extend the stay for a day or two.
Cruising is always a good time – consider cruising the Baltic Sea!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.
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