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Northern Europe Shore Excursions

Begin a new vacation each time you set foot ashore!
No matter where you are in the world, shore excursions offer you the opportunities to experience international cultures, sample local cuisine, sightsee and more.
Cruise shore excursions are also unique because of their flexibility. You can take guided tours or customize your sightseeing by renting transportation or embarking on walking tours.
Hit all a port of call's local highlights or focus on one or two extended activities. It's your cruise!

 

Northern Europe
Introduction

Northern European countries, like Ireland, Britain, Norway, Sweden, Poland and a host of others, are all charismatic and diverse. From grand-scale edifices like the Edinburgh Castle and the Nidaros Cathedral, to casual diversions like Irish pubs and sea-bordered parks, Northern Europe is home to some of the most sought-after attractions in the world.

When cruisers become overwhelmed by museums and churches, there is no better place to turn to than the natural environment. Norway offers stunning fjords, lakes and waterfalls, and both the English and Irish countryside are emblazoned with swelling hills, verdant pastures and craggy forests.

Of course, time must be reserved for shopping. From the pulsating streets of Picadilly Circus in London to the stoic roads of St. Petersburg, Russia, craft shops, boutiques, jewelry stores and galleries are close at hand.

Getting Around

When traveling to Northern Europe follow the same guidelines you would when traveling to Mediterranean Europe. In short, use a guide. A guide will help you consolidate several days' worth of sightseeing into several hours, and transportation, which can be a bear, is usually prearranged.


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If you been to Europe, you might have a good feel for which attractions are really worth a visit and you may even have a beat on off-the-beaten-path highlights. For such people, feel free to plot your own itinerary, but do so before you arrive at port.

Examples of shore excursion opportunities in Northern Europe include:

Shopping Districts
  • Shop for glassware, stainless steel and elegant gifts in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Haggle over the prices of flowers, vegetables, fruit, souvenirs and gifts at the Torget in Bergen, Norway.
  • Purchase reputed Waterford crystal when you visit Dunmore East, Ireland.

Nature Trips

  • Stand in awe before the Giants' Causeway, million-year old rock formations in Belfast, Ireland that have stood as a natural rampart against Atlantic storms.
  • Travel via train through some of the most beautiful stretches of countryside in southern England.
  • Trek to Geirangerfjord, Norway's most popular fjord, and view snow-capped mountains whose sheer cliffs usher cascading waterfalls.
City Tours
  • Explore Tallinn, Estonia and see St. Bridget' Convent, St. Kaarli's Church, the Estonian Opera and Pirita, site of the 1980 Olympics.
  • Journey to Dublin and take in the Customs House, the National Gallery, Trinity College, the National Museum and Moore Street Market - famous for its boisterous pubs.
  • Observe the Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace during a tour of London.
Cultural Attractions
  • Witness acrobatic Siberian Cossack dances, Ukraine choral singing and live balalaika music at the world-renowned St. Petersburg Music Hall.
  • Head to Diamondland in Antwerp, Belgium and watch cutters at work and learn how diamonds are valued.
  • Tour the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin and sample renowned whiskey, scotch and bourbon.

Religious Structures

  • Tour Trondheim, Norway and view the 12th century Nidaros Cathedral, one of the finest and largest Gothic structures in Scandinavia.
  • Visit the famous Rock Church of Helsinki, Finland, a grandiose modern-day structure composed of bedrock and quarried stone.
  • See the Church of the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, a marvelous Old Russian-style church built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated.

Museums

  • Marvel at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, a world-famous landmark built in 1798 that houses 5,000 paintings, 30,000 sculptures and 17,000 historical objects.
  • Stop at "The Story of Berlin" museum, which depicts the divided history of Berlin, the Prussian era, the roaring twenties and the Third Reich.
  • Travel to the Museum of Viking Ships in Oslo, Norway, a marvelous exhibit of massive, wooden century-old wooden vessels.
Enhance your travel to Northern Europe by reading about its culture, people and history in these novels:
Broke Through Britain - Peter Mortimer
Home Truths, A Jaunt Around the Decaying Heart of England - Bill Murphy
The Kingdom by the Sea - Paul Theroux
Orchid Fever, a Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust & Lunacy - Eric Hansen
Two Degrees West, An English Journey - Nicholas Crane


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Cruises can take you to so many places. With 350 Embarkation Ports and hundreds of Ports of Call around the globe, there’s something ashore for everyone. Where in the world do you want to go?

 

CARIBBEAN: Bury your toes in sugar-white sand, unearth Mayan ruins and shop at outdoor markets for duty-free handicrafts.
BAHAMAS & BERMUDA: Soak up electric blue waters, track the pursuits of legendary pirates and unravel the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

MEXICO: Tour ancient villages, old-world factories and traditional plantations. Or daydream in a hammock on a sun-drenched beach.
SOUTH AMERICA: Encounter mummies, active volcanoes and pink dolphins in a country that celebrates both ancient tribes and sophisticated cities.
PANAMA CANAL: Sail through this $350 million man-made wonder en route to fascinating countries like Costa Rica and Aruba. ALASKA: Trek across the "Great Frontier" and explore mile after mile of stunning fjords, glaciers, forests and mountains.
CANADA & NEW ENGLAND: Breathe in the life of rugged seaside villages and the spirit of the American Revolution.

MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE: Stand at the feet of Michelangelo's David, stare into the eyes of da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and take in the most inspired works of art ever created.
NORTHERN EUROPE: Toast to the wonders of lofty castles, grandiose cathedrals and pastoral countryside in an Irish pub.

HAWAII: Relax on Waikiki Beach and snorkel amidst lava rock in Nawiliwili Kauai. Or explore Hawaii's memorials and monuments.
ASIA: Experience a kaleidoscope of Oriental cultures and landscapes and walk the meandering Great Wall of China.
AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC: Trek past boiling mud pools and powerful geysers in Tahiti and then attend a world-class performance at the Sydney Opera House.

TRANSATLANTIC: Visit the most geographically diverse regions of the world during a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean.
AROUND THE WORLD: Voyage to several continents across the globe and sightsee lively capitals and rustic villages.

River Cruises:
UNITED STATES: Get a closer look at America by sailing its most legendary rivers, including the Napa, Hudson, Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi.
WORLD: Sail alongside medieval castles, ancient ruins and luxuriant vineyards on rivers such as the Nile, Murray, Danube, Yangtze and Rhine.


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Don't just see the world. Explore it and discover new places, new foods, new experiences. Now you can go online and view cruise line shore & land excursions. Programs that let you will get you up close and personal with some of the most exciting destinations in the world.

Please remember that the cruise lines have certain rules and restrictions regarding your purchase of shore & land excursions online. Please be sure to read and understand their policy before you make any online purchase.

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There’s so much to do on — and off — a Carnival cruise. Sure, you know the ship’s gonna be a blast. But what happens when you walk down the gangway into a port? Well, we’ve got the answer: a full-fledged fun bonanza! We’ve tracked down the coolest stuff in every port — which means you can be sure the good times won’t slow down just ‘cause you’re leaving the ship. So go ahead… snorkel, zip-line, ride a 4X4, swim with dolphin, shop or just relax on the beach. We’ve got tons of great shore excursions for you to try. Land ho!

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Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo. Celebrity Cruises
   
shore excursions that have been specially selected by Disney Cruise Line—provide you and your family with the very best recreation, leisure and sightseeing each destination has to offer. By adding a Port Adventure to your cruise, you'll receive an unforgettable experience ashore along with the peace of mind that comes with having Disney do all the planning. Whether sailing into the horizon, exploring an under the sea world, pillaging with pirates or splashing through the waves on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Port Adventures set the course for a whole new way to add even more magic to your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

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Holland America Line offers a wide variety of shore excursions to fit your lifestyle, ranging from easygoing activities to high adventure. Each of our tours provides the highest level of quality, safety, convenience and value. Once you have booked your cruise, you can easily book your shore excursions online; we recommend you book early for the best selection. Holland America
   
Surfing in Hawaii. Dogsledding in Alaska. Scuba diving in Belize. Exploring ancient medieval cities. You can book your adventures ashore up to two days prior to sailing, so take a look and book now, as the favorites sell out fast. Norwegian Cruise Line
   
Learn more about the 330+ ports Princess visits each year, as well as key points of interest, favorite activities and the full range of excursions we offer to help you explore. Princess Cruises
   
Add Explorer to Your Resume! Discover new places, new foods, and new experiences. Travel to some of the most exciting places in the world and do things you never dreamed you would. This is your vacation and with our Shore & Land Excursions, you can be sure it'll be one of the best ever. Royal Caribbean
   
See and experience more while in port. To make your vacation even more memorable, Windstar® Cruises offers an extensive shore excursions program. Windstar Cruises

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Our goal is to provide access to exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have gathered three of the most experienced sightseeing tour operators, who have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. These companies are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. They understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, they provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, site inspections, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe you should check these three companies out and determine for yourself, if their expertise and approach set them apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. Visit shoretoursgroup.com for more details.

 

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