Once, the prime time to cruise the Baltic was in July and August, but voyages on board Balmoral, Braemar, Black Watch and Boudicca now begin in May and run through the summer into October. Temperatures may be a bit more invigorating, but it will be less crowded, thus giving more opportunity to visit the popular points of interest.
Late May to early July is generally the best time to visit St. Petersburg on a cruise, when the ‘White Nights’ (Beliye Nochi) are most prominent, due to the city’s geographical location, being almost on the same latitude as Oslo and the southern tip of Greenland. Due to such a high latitude, the sun never goes deep enough under the horizon to create darkness, and it is so bright that in summer, street lighting is not turned on. It is the only major city where this natural phenomenon occurs every year.
Highlight ports on a Fred. Olsen Baltic cruise usually includes Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and St. Petersburg, and of course a few less well-known destinations, which enable our smaller ships to visit.
Beautiful Stockholm is spread across 14 islands at the head of an archipelago which stretches out into the Baltic Sea. The famous Gamla Stan Old Town District dates back to the 13th century and offers much to explore.
Copenhagen is a stunning city, with the 17th century waterfront and canal area at the heart. Take a tour of the city on one of the many canal boats, taking in a smorgasbord of castles and palaces: Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle in particular, and of course the immensely popular Little Mermaid statue.
Helsinki is situated on a peninsula, also on an archipelago, and is known as The Daughter of the Baltic. The picturesque Senate Square is one of Finland’s most photographed attractions, where the steps are a popular meeting place.
Our ships generally stay in St. Petersburg overnight, giving guests the best opportunity to visit as much of this captivating city as possible. The Hermitage – one of the city’s most visited attractions, is home to over three million works of art; while the distinctive and easily recognisable Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood is renowned for its elaborately decorated onion domes.
A selection of 2019 sailings featuring overnight stays in St. Petersburg:
Sailing from the UK to the Baltic is a unique way to experience some of this region’s best kept secrets, with remarkable and inspiring culture mixed with modern attractions, and our on board teams ensuring your time on the ship is equally as memorable.
Independent Feefo reviews from 2018 sailing:
☆☆☆☆☆"Every destination was new for us. From the little mermaid in Copenhagen, the old town in Tallinn and the Frogner sculpture park in Oslo. The highlight had to be the two days in St. Petersburg, which were just magical."
☆☆☆☆☆"I really enjoyed all the destinations. St. Petersburg was the star, but all the other cities were so interesting and there was plenty to explore in all of them."