NORTHERN EUROPE CRUISES

The charm of the great North

Climb aboard one of our MSC Northern Europe cruises and discover the wonders that can be found in the British IslesScandinavian coastlines or the Baltic states and experience Europe like never before.

Start your Polar, Scandinavian or Baltic cruise from the British Isles and visit the coastal towns and cities in countries like NorwayDenmarkSweden or Iceland. From the bustle of cities like CopenhagenTallinn or Hamburg, to the quiet beauty of the fjords or the scenic coastal hamlets, a Northern Europe cruise has it all.

The cities in Northern Europe are distinctly different from any other settlements, this is because they perfectly combine the essence of their culture with the modern features of our current times. Scandinavian cruises will take you to locations such as StockholmBergen or Oslo. Here in particular you will be able to visit awe-inspiring buildings such as the Akershus Fortress, or relax with a stroll around Frogner Park, not to mention the avant-garde building of the Oslo Opera House, located at the harbour.

A Nordic cruise could also take you to Copenhagen, with its famous statue of the Little Mermaid, or Stockholm, home to the Drottningholm palace, a UNESCO-listed building.

If you are also a nature enthusiast, then this is the cruise for you: MSC Baltic cruises will show you the best of the northern coastlines, including the Norwegian fjords or rugged north Atlantic islands such as Svalbard, or explore further and take an Arctic cruise to visit Iceland and Greenland. Whether as a trip with friends, a family holiday or a couple’s getaway, treat yourself to a Baltic or Fjords cruise this 2023, or in 2024 and discover Europe from a new perspective.

NORTHERN EUROPE COUNTRIES

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Norwegian fjords? Are you curious about the volcanic wonders in Iceland? Choose a Scandinavian cruise to travel to NorwaySwedenDenmark or Iceland, and discover how these countries combine a modern lifestyle with centuries of history and culture. You will be able to learn about it and experience it up close during trips and excursions, either to capital cities such as Oslo, Stockholm or Reykjavik, but also to smaller towns such as Trondheim and Andalsnes in Norway, or Akureyri and Isafjordur in Iceland. No matter where in Norther Europe you’d like to go, we can take you there.

Choose also an MSC Northern Europe cruise and discover all the North Atlantic has to offer in style: from France (La Rochelle) and the United Kingdom (Southampton, Belfast or Edinburgh) all the way to Greenland (Qaqortoq, Nuuk or Ilulissat), going through the Baltic Sea to Estonia (Tallin) or Finland (Helsinki, Hamina/Kotka), among many others.

UK Cruises

How well do you know the British Isles? If you need a plan for your 2024 holidays, there are many treasures hidden within Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Portland, the Orkney Islands or the Shetlands, you only need to jump on an MSC cruise around the UK and enjoy the local attractions.
The ports for the British Isles cruises serve as gateways to other cities, although there is much to see in them as well. For instance, you could start your cruise from the UK’s very own Southampton, typically the stop to visit London, although with a rich history of its own. Inhabited since the Stone Age, from the Romans to the Normans and to current times, this port city has always been a spot for cultural exchange; why not take a stroll down its medieval town walls?
Enjoy the beauty of Edinburgh during a stop at South Queensferry. Visit the castle for a look at the Scottish crown jewels or amble round the city centre for a bit of shopping or a cup of tea. If you are lucky, you might see –or hear– the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Art Festival or the International Book Festival.
If you wish for a bit of luck in the emerald isle, you can stop at the ports in Cork and Ringaskiddy in the Republic of Ireland, or in Belfast, in Northern Ireland, where you can visit the hexagonal basalt column formations known as the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO world heritage site. You can also go for a hike around the beautiful Glenariff Forest Park, and its breathtaking waterfalls.

Norway Cruises

Did you know the Vikings used to get around in ships to travel from one fjord to another? You can do the same with an MSC Norwegian fjords cruise that will take you to some of the most beautiful locations in the planet.
Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Geirangerfjord (Hellesylt) and the Nærøyfjord (Flaam), a breathtaking landscape you will only be able to see in Norway, so hop onto an MSC fjord cruise and enjoy these wonders of nature, whether as a trip with friends, a family holiday or a couple’s getaway. You will be able to visit fjords such as the Geirangerfjord and the Naerøyfjord and witness the natural beauty of these formations.
Another example of incredible natural formation you can enjoy in Norway is the impressive Briksdal Glacier, near the port city of Olden. There you can visit the picturesque houses, or go for a hike to the Jostedalsbreen National Park.
More locations you can visit during an MSC Norway cruise are, among others, Maloy, Stavanger or Adalsnes in the southern area; and Tromso, Alta or Hammerfest at the very north. Find the perfect Norwegian cruise for your holiday with MSC cruises this summer!

Baltic Cruises

Are you curious about the Baltic Sea and its wonders? Discover them with an MSC Baltic cruise this 2024 and spend the summer exploring Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and much more.
Discover Tallin, capital city of Estonia, stroll down its cobbled streets, and explore its medieval walls, Gothic churches and squares. You can also book an MSC cruise excursion to visit the Toompea Castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, two of the most impressive buildings in the city.
Other capital cities included in an MSC Baltic cruise are Riga, Stockholm, Copenhagen or Helsinki, an emerging destination where you will discover the Suomenlinna, an 18th century fortress that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you are indeed interested in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or you just enjoy history and culture, choose a Baltic cruise and enjoy the beauty of Visby, on the island of Gotland. Visby’s botanical gardens and its beautiful medieval town centre will charm you; don’t forget to visit the 12th century St. Mary’s Cathedral.
There is much more to see, with more ports in Goteborg, Ronne, Warnermünde or Gdynia, hidden gems in Northern Europe that are waiting for you, don’t miss out!

NORTHERN EUROPE PORTS

MSC offers a wide range of ports of call for your Northern Europe cruise, some are embarkation ports, and others are ports of call, so you can pick the one that best suits you to start from, and then which ones you want to visit during your holiday. Start your journey in the south of Great Britain, with cruises from Southampton and enjoy your MSC BalticFjords or European Atlantic cruises. We also stop at ports in Ireland, such as Cork, or in the Netherlands, for example in Rotterdam, where we organise mini cruises as well.

If you would rather begin your adventure elsewhere, there are ports across northern Europe, so you could get started in France, choosing a cruise from Le Havre port, near cities such as ParisCherbourg or Brest or in Netherlands, choosing a cruise from Ijmuiden near Amsterdam. You could also climb aboard your cruise in Hamburg, or other German ports such as Kiel near Lübeck or Warnemünde.

There are many others spread across the Atlantic coastline, such as ZeebruggeRotterdam or Copenhagen. Choose MSC Cruises, and enjoy an unforgettable experience exploring the north of Europe.

CRUISES FROM SOUTHAMPTON

Historically, the British Isles have always relied heavily on their port cities, and Southampton is a perfect example: it was a centre of activity in the Stone Age, then continued to be an important port for the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons or the Normans, all the way to the present. Choose a cruise from Southampton this 2024 and for 2024 and explore the north of Europe in style with MSC.
From Southampton, you will be able to access London during your cruise, and we needn’t tell you the wonders of the capital city of the United Kingdom. From Southampton you will also be able to book excursions to Windsor Castle; the elegant city of Bath, among the most beautiful places in England to visit, was transformed by the Romans in the first spa resort in England; or Stonehenge, the mysterious Neolithic stone circle that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the treasures of the Atlantic, starting with the British Isles.

COPENHAGEN CRUISE

Begin your MSC Northern Europe cruise in Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen. Discover this bustling city known for its picturesque houses, its love for art and culture, and its cuisine. Did you know Copenhagen has Michelin-star restaurants? You can discover it all during your wanderings around the city while the cruise ship is docked there. Take a stroll around the city on your own and enjoy the sight of the Øresund strait, or book MSC excursions to see the Christiansborg Palace, an impressive building at the heart of the city. You can also admire the city from the water with a scenic cruise with MSC; or enjoy the excitement of the Tivoli Gardens, with an amusement park, the perfect place for a family excursion, a day with friends, or your couple. Climb aboard an MSC Baltic cruise at Copenhagen and discover other port cities like TallinStockholmHelsinki and much more. Treat yourself to an unforgettable holiday.

HAMBURG CRUISE

If there is a famous port in Northern Europe, that is Hamburg. This port city, located on the banks of the Elbe river, is a bridge between continental Europe and the Scandinavian countries. Begin your MSC cruise in Hamburg and take the opportunity to explore this exciting and bustling German city.
Did you know the world’s largest warehouse district is in Hamburg? It’s called the Speicherstadt, and you can visit it through a MSC excursion. Not only can you enjoy its Neo-Gothic style, but you can also learn more about it in its museums. The intricate setting of alleys and canals has earned its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; definitely worth a look. You can also visit the botanical park, St. Michael’s church or the City Hall.
There is more to do in Hamburg before you embark on your Norwegian Fjords cruise: another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lübeck. This picturesque town, on the Trave river, is known for its Gothic architecture, medieval streets and alleys, the Holstenstor or the largest mechanical organ at St. Mary’s Church. Embark on a new adventure with MSC this summer!