Princess offer two different fourteen day cruises exploring port cities with a shared Baltic heritage. Embark the Caribbean Princess or the Ocean Princess in Southampton and Dover respectively, and visit many different ports as you voyage majestically on the Baltic Sea.
Facilities on board ship:
Both ships of the Princess fleet offer a range of excellent facilities. The Caribbean Princess took her inaugural cruise in 2004, and was refurbished in 2011 and the Ocean Princess joined the fleet in 2002 and was refurbished in 2012. The Caribbean Princess is by far the larger of the two, with a crew of 1200, a length of 952 ft and several more dining and entertainment options. The Ocean Princess with its crew of 375, and length of 592 ft, will probably offer a somewhat quieter, less busy cruise experience, whilst still providing plenty of food, drink and entertainment to satisfy most cruise-goers.
As well as calling at the staples of most Baltic cruises, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn, the Caribbean Princess tour from Southampton calls at the following ports:
Zeebrugge: (For Bruges, Belgium)
Beautiful Bruges is a magical place of history, culture and misty canals, where you can wander down cobbled streets between old buildings, and be forgiven for thinking that you have stumbled into a fairy tale.
Gdansk is a fascinating city with a long history. Many historical sites tell the story of the oft turbulent past of this Polish city. Gdansk is famous for amber, which you can find in abundance in jewellery and craft items as you browse in the old town.
The Ocean Princess tour with embarkation and disembarkation at Dover also calls at Stockholm, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, and Copenhagen, but makes the following fascinating additions:
Amsterdam is more than just windmills, clogs and tulips. Explore the 700 year old streets of this lovely city on foot or by bicycle, or take a tour on the canals.
Kiel Canal, Germany:
Explore the culture and contrasts of the city of Hamburg, with its bustling, industrial harbour and docks, and well-restored historic centre. Well known for its large red light district, Hamburg is also a stylish city of wealth and commerce, with idiosyncratic vigour.
This, the largest capital of the Baltic states, is a lively mix of ancient and modern, of picturesque mediaeval streets and cosmopolitan night life and cuisine. Wander the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town, with well preserved buildings from the 15th and 16th Centuries, and stroll the wide boulevards of the new town and admire the Jugendstil, Art Nouveau, architecture.
Klaipeda is Lithuania’s third largest city, and most vital port. It has many historic sites, but is also a thoroughly modern city, with innovative architectural design, and friendly welcoming people. If there is time, this city also gives access to the Curonian Spit, a natural wonder and UNESCO world heritage site of vast dunes and pine forests that projects into the Baltic, separating it from the Curonian Lagoon.
These are just two examples from a range of similar two week cruises offered by a range of operators. But whoever you choose to sail with, and whichever ports you visit, you are sure to enjoy your taste of Baltic heritage.