Northern Europe Cruises

Borealis in Bodo, Norway
Tallinn, Estonia

EUROPE'S MAGICAL NORTH

A captivating mix of diverse cityscapes, rich history and culture, and breathtaking scenery to discover, traverse Northern Europe on a cruise from Southampton or one of our other UK cruise ports for a unique and memorable experience.[ReadMore] As we navigate Northern Europe, discover the vibrant cities of Belgium and the Netherlands, offering a unique charm and iconic landmarks. From the romantic river cities of France to the picturesque landscapes of Germany, with its forests, rivers, and stunning North Sea beaches.

NORTHERN EUROPEAN CITY ESCAPES

A cruise to Europe is uniquely-suited to the discovery of the region’s most powerful vistas and natural wonderlands. From history to culture, our small ships present a unique travel experience not to be missed on a Northern Europe river cruise. Venture into Antwerp to tour the diamond district, known for its rich history and exquisite craftsmanship or admire the stunning architecture of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg. Continue your exploration in the Netherlands, where you'll experience the country's traditional values and rural beauty. Picture yourself surrounded by windmills and tulips as you sail through the North Sea canal to Amsterdam and visit charming towns along the way. Your Northern European cruise also offers highlights to explore the breathtaking natural wonders of the Arctic North. Go dog-sledging or explore the unique culture and history of the Inuit communities. From whale watching to hiking, Northern Europe offers an unforgettable travel experience.

WINTER WONDERS ON A NORTHERN EUROPE CRUISE

The region is also one of the best places to get into the Christmas spirit. Experience cities such as Bruges and Hamburg over the festive season on a Christmas cruise, with their traditional markets and decorations, that are simply magical.

Cruises to Northern Europe

Northern lights in Tromso, Norway Northern lights in Tromso, Norway Northern lights in Tromso, Norway

In Search of the Northern Lights • L2405

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Fri 01 Mar 2024
9 nights
  • Seek-out the Northern Lights on a special exploration
  • See the Northern Lights from on board Balmoral
  • Enjoy unique Arctic experiences
Borealis docked in Narvik, Norway Borealis docked in Narvik, Norway Borealis docked in Narvik, Norway
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In Search of the Northern Lights • L2406

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Sun 10 Mar 2024
9 nights
  • Take in some of the most memorable Arctic sights 
  • Go in search of the fascinating Northern Lights
  • During time ashore, husky sled into Arctic wilderness
Balmoral in Tromso, Norway Balmoral in Tromso, Norway Balmoral in Tromso, Norway
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In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights • L2407

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Tue 19 Mar 2024
9 nights
  • Embark on a cruise created for seeking out the Northern Lights
  • Witness Mother Nature’s light show from on board Balmoral
  • Explore Arctic wilderness, or go dog sledding
Hamburg at night , St. Catherine's Church and St. Nikolai, Germany Warehouse district of Hamburg at night with view towards the city center including the St. Catherine's Church and St. Nikolai Hamburg at night , St. Catherine's Church and St. Nikolai, Germany
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Easter Escape to Germany & the Lowlands • T2405

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 Southampton
Bolette
Thu 28 Mar 2024
7 nights
  • Enjoy an Easter break discovering three European cities
  • Delve into the maritime heritage of Hamburg
  • See maritime industry in action as you sail the River Elbe
Sete Cidades, Azores, Portugal Sete Cidades, Azores, Portugal Sete Cidades, Azores, Portugal
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Islands of the Azores, Crossing the Path of the Solar Eclipse • T2406

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 Southampton
Bolette
Thu 04 Apr 2024
13 nights
  • Explore volcanic sites in the Azores 
  • Look for whales and dolphins from Bolette with ORCA
  • Cross the path of the fascinating Solar Eclipse
View on Langfoss waterfall, Norway View on Langfoss waterfall, Norway View on Langfoss waterfall , Norway

Mighty Waterfalls & Norwegian Fjords • L2411

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Fri 26 Apr 2024
7 nights
  • Admire Langfoss and Fureberg waterfalls
  • Enjoy fjordland scenery from the Rauma Railway
  • Enjoy a tour to the Briksdal Glacier from Olden
Dutch windmill and colorful tulips in spring garden of flowers Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands. Dutch windmill and colorful tulips in spring garden of flowers Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands. Dutch windmill and colorful tulips in spring garden of flowers Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands.
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Dutch Tulips & Waterways in Five Nights • S2408

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 Southampton
Borealis
Thu 02 May 2024
5 nights
  • A bank holiday break of traditional Dutch experiences
  • In Amsterdam, see the Keukenhof tulips in bloom 
  • Sail the peaceful Nieuwe Maas
Nordfjord, Norway Nordfjord, Norway Nordfjord, Norway
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Springtime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights • L2412

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Fri 03 May 2024
5 nights
  • This five-night escape provides a taste of fjordland exploration
  • Explore Alesund and climb Mount Aksla for panoramic views
  • Experience scenic cruising of Nordfjord, and a sunset sail by Hornelen 
Bordeaux evening view, France Bordeaux evening view View on Bordeaux in the evening - France
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River Cities of France & Portugal • L2413

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Wed 08 May 2024
15 nights
  • Cruise along the serene River Seine en route to Rouen
  • Sample French wine and cheese, and custard tarts in Lisbon
  • Discover the history of the Age of Discoveries
Amalfi coast, Italy Amalfi coast, Italy Amalfi coast, Italy
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Colourful & Cosmopolitan Mediterranean with the Amalfi Coast • T2410

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 Liverpool
Bolette
Wed 08 May 2024
17 nights
  • Enjoy views of the picturesque Amalfi Coast from the decks of Bolette
  • From Salerno, delve into Roman history in Cartagena and Pompeii 
  • Tour from Sorrento to the active volcano of Mount Vesuvius
Beach in St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall UK. Beach in St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall UK. Beach in St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall UK.
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Discovering Normandy & the Channel Islands • S2411

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 Southampton
Borealis
Sat 25 May 2024
5 nights
  • Sample camembert and Calvados in Honfleur
  • Discover the history of St. Peter Port in Guernsey
  • Enjoy the sub-tropical microclimate of the Isles of Scilly
Colourful houses in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Colourful houses in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Colourful houses in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
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Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun • L2417

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Wed 12 Jun 2024
14 nights
  • Witness the surreal phenomenon of the Midnight Sun
  • See what life was like as a miner in remote Longyearbyen 
  • Search for marine life from Balmoral's decks with OWE
Oxararfoss waterfall summer day view, Thingvellir, Iceland. Oxararfoss waterfall summer day view, Thingvellir, Iceland. Whale tail , Iceland
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Whales & Volcanic Landscapes of Iceland • T2414

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 Liverpool
Bolette
Sat 15 Jun 2024
12 nights
  • Explore the remarkable scenery, wildlife and nature in Iceland
  • Enjoy Scenic Discoveries of Gásadalur and Vestmanna 
  • Spot marine life from Bolette with the help of wildlife charity ORCA
Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany
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Discovering the Castles & Cultures of the Baltics • S2414

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 Dover
Borealis
Thu 27 Jun 2024
14 nights
  • Visit Helsinki for the Tall Ships Races and Kiel for Kieler Woche 
  • Uncover World War II history in Gdansk
  • Enjoy time in the well-preserved cities of Visby and Tallinn
Malbork castle, Poland Malbork castle, Poland Malbork castle, Poland
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Discovering the Cities of the Baltic • L2421

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 Rosyth
Balmoral
Fri 12 Jul 2024
10 nights
  • Visit Schwerin Castle from Warnemünde 
  • Experience Baltic traditions such as fishing or cycling
  • Sail through the Kiel Canal on board Balmoral
Views of Lysefjord and Preikestolen in Norway Views of Lysefjord and Preikestolen in Norway Views of Lysefjord and Preikestolen in Norway
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Summertime Norwegian Fjords in Five Nights • L2423

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 Rosyth
Balmoral
Fri 02 Aug 2024
5 nights
  • Experience the beauty of Norway in just five nights
  • Visit the Swords in the Rock monument in Stavanger
  • Sail under Pulpit Rock and past the Hornelen sea cliff
St Peter's port, Guernsey St Peter's port, Guernsey St Peter's port, Guernsey
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Discovering Normandy & the Channel Islands • S2419

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 Southampton
Borealis
Fri 23 Aug 2024
5 nights
  • Sample a Fred. Olsen cruise over the Bank Holiday
  • Enjoy a Scenic Discovery around the Channel Islands
  • Visit the glorious Tresco Abbey Gardens
Hardangerfjord, Norway Hardangerfjord, Norway Hardangerfjord, Norway
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Norwegian Fjords & Autumn Fruit Harvest • L2428

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Sat 07 Sep 2024
7 nights
  • Marvel at the nature of the Norwegian fjords as the seasons change
  • Experience local fruit produce in Ulvik
  • See the orchard-covered valleys of the Hardangerfjord from Balmoral
Valletta, Malta Valletta skyline, Malta Valletta skyline, Malta
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Exploring the Islands of the Mediterranean • L2429

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Sat 14 Sep 2024
19 nights
  • Visit Valletta and Mahón, known for their impressive fortifications
  • Look for birds migrating south from Gibraltar, and meet the macaques
  • Delive into thousands of years of history in Cartagena
Ulvik, Norway Ulvik, Norway Ulvik, Norway
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Norwegian Fjords & Autumn Fruit Harvest • L2430

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Thu 03 Oct 2024
7 nights
  • Experience Norway as it turns from summer to autumn
  • In Ulvik, sample local fruit produce, such as apple juice and cider
  • Sail past Hornelen - Europe's highest sea cliff
Northern lights over Tromso, Norway Northern lights over Tromso, Norway Northern lights over Tromso, Norway
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In Search of the Northern Lights • L2431

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Thu 10 Oct 2024
10 nights
  • Search for the Northern Lights from the decks of Balmoral in Alta
  • Enjoy a scenic discovery of the Seven Sisters mountain range
  • Spend time with a Sámi community to learn about local traditions
Dog sledding in Tromso, Norway Dog sledding in Tromso, Norway Dog sledding in Tromso, Norway
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In Search of the Northern Lights • L2432

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Sun 20 Oct 2024
10 nights
  • Have the opportunity to spot the elusive Northern Lights in Alta
  • Meet huskies on a tour and learn about traditional dog sledding
  • Capture the views from the top of Mount Storsteinen in Tromsø
Seven Sisters mountain range, Norway Seven Sisters mountain range, Norway Seven Sisters mountain range, Norway
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In Search of the Northern Lights • L2433

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Wed 30 Oct 2024
10 nights
  • Have the opportunity to see the magical Northern Lights in Alta
  • See remote coastal scenery as Balmoral sails the Tjeldsundet Strait
  • Visit a husky yard to learn about local cultures and traditions
Traditional Sami reindeer-skin tents, The northern lights in Norway, Tromso Traditional Sami reindeer-skin tents, The northern lights in Norway, Tromso Traditional Sami reindeer-skin tents, The northern lights in Norway, Tromso
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In Search of the Northern Lights • L2434

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Sat 09 Nov 2024
10 nights
  • Have the chance to see the Northern Lights in Alta
  • Connect with the Sámi people and learn of their cultures
  • Sail through the Tjeldsundet Strait, accessible only to small ships
Dog sledding in Tromso, Norway Dog sledding in Tromso, Norway Dog sledding in Tromso, Norway
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In Search of the Northern Lights • L2435

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 Newcastle
Balmoral
Tue 19 Nov 2024
10 nights
  • Have the chance to spot the Northern Lights in Alta and from Balmoral
  • Experience Crossing the Arctic Circle and the ceremony held on board
  • Spend time with a Sámi community and learn of local traditions
The Great market square in Antwerp, Belgium The Great market square in Antwerp, Belgium The Great market square in Antwerp, Belgium
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European River Cities & Christmas Markets • L2436

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 Southampton
Balmoral
Mon 16 Dec 2024
6 nights
  • Browse stalls at two traditional Christmas Markets in two cities
  • Sample delicious Belgian chocolates in Antwerp
  • Explore the winding medieval streets of Rouen
Northern lights over Sami tent, Tromso, Norway Northern lights over Sami tent, Tromso, Norway Northern lights over Sami tent, Tromso, Norway
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In Search of the Northern Lights at Christmas • L2437

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 Southampton
Balmoral
Sun 22 Dec 2024
14 nights
  • Have the chance to see the Northern Lights during the festive season
  • Celebrate Christmas Day on board Balmoral
  • Experience the maritime tradition of crossing the Arctic Circle
Different color tulips in Keukenhof park in Amsterdam area, Netherlands. Different color tulips in Keukenhof park in Amsterdam area, Netherlands. Different color tulips in Keukenhof park in Amsterdam area, Netherlands.

Floral Amsterdam, Normandy & the Isles of Scilly • S2509

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 Newcastle
Borealis
Thu 17 Apr 2025
8 nights
  • See horticultural highlights in three destinations
  • Meet a local tulip grower in Amsterdam
  • Explore the beautiful Abbey Gardens in Tresco, St. Mary's
Windmills and Tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands Windmills and Tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands Windmills and Tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands

European River Cities with Dutch Tulips • L2506

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 Southampton
Balmoral
Thu 24 Apr 2025
7 nights
  • See the iconic tulips in bloom at the Keukenhof Gardens
  • Explore the famous diamond district in Antwerp
  • Learn about where the Beatles career began in Hamburg
Views of Canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands Views of Canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands Views of Canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dutch Waterways & Works of Art • S2511

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 Newcastle
Borealis
Fri 02 May 2025
5 nights
  • Explore the delights of the Netherlands in just five nights
  • Tour the tulip-filled  Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam
  • Uncover the works of Rembrandt and Van Gogh
Vineyard in Bordeaux, France Vineyard in Bordeaux, France Vineyard in Bordeaux, France

France & Spain with the River Seine • L2508

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 Southampton
Balmoral
Tue 06 May 2025
10 nights
  • Balmoral's smaller size allows her to dock in the heart of Bordeaux
  • Visit a local French vineyard and enjoy a tasting session
  • Enjoy Scenic Discoveries of the River Seine
Morning view of Amalfi cityscape on coast line of mediterranean sea, Italy Morning view of Amalfi cityscape on coast line of mediterranean sea, Italy Morning view of Amalfi cityscape on coast line of mediterranean sea, Italy

Colourful & Cosmopolitan Mediterranean with the Amalfi Coast • T2509

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 Liverpool
Bolette
Wed 07 May 2025
17 nights
  • Sail past Cape Bernat, timed to see the Ibizan sunset
  • Explore the picturesque Amalfi Coast 
  • Visit active volcano Mount Vesuvius from Salerno
The River Seine, France The River Seine, France The River Seine, France

France & the River Seine Bank Holiday • L2510

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 Southampton
Balmoral
Fri 23 May 2025
5 nights
  • Enjoy scenic cruising of the Channel Islands
  • Explore the historic towns of St. Malo and Rouen 
  • Discover the tidal island of Mont St. Michel
View on Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy View on Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy View on Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Italy’s scenic riviera with charming Cinque Terre • T2523

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 Liverpool
Bolette
Wed 24 Sep 2025
16 nights
  • Visit the picturesque gems of Cinque Terre and Portofino
  • Enjoy indulging in local cuisine in a trio of Italian towns
  • Explore the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Genoa