66Venture deep into the Land of the Midnight Sun, where Vikings ruled the Baltic Sea more than 1,000 years ago. Now, well-preserved medieval “Old Town” districts await your discovery in Stockholm and Tallinn and a little mermaid greets you in Copenhagen. The grand living museum of St. Petersburg, Russia, boasts artistic and cultural treasures, while the stunning Norwegian Fjords offer towering cliffs and spectacular waterfalls.
Sail the Baltic Sea aboard the Sky Princess. She is all new – debuting in Fall 2019. Our group is sailing round-trip from Copenhagen, Denmark in August 2020.
Sunday Aug 2 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen was founded during the 12th century. The city owes much of its charm to the buildings erected by Denmark’s monarchs, and boasts a treasure trove of late-Renaissance and Rococo architecture.
Copenhagen deserves its accolade as the Venice of the North. Founded on a series of islands and islets, the city today is laced with graceful canals and boasts some of the most delightful architecture in Northern Europe. See the fabled statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, a symbol of the city. Stroll along the old harbor of Nyhavn, lined with cafés, restaurants and 500-year-old gabled houses. Browse the superb shops on the world-famous Stroget or view the Rococo palaces lining Amalienborg Square. Best of all, savor the taste of local delicacies while wandering the paths of Tivoli Gardens, one of Europe’s most celebrated pleasure gardens.
Monday Aug 3 – Oslo, Norway
Forest-clad slopes plummet to an island-studded fjord. Welcome to Oslo, Scandinavia’s oldest capital city. The commercial center of Norway, Oslo has been a major trading port for over a millennium. Its harbor is crowded with shipping that ranges from cruise ships to workaday shrimp boats. Though a relatively modest city in size – some 550,000 Norwegians call it home – Oslo is one of the largest capital cities in the world in terms of area. The hills and lakes of its outlying countryside are a paradise for lovers of winter sports. And the city itself boasts a sophisticated, yet cozy charm, with a blend of 19th- and 20th-century buildings, many decorated with woodcarvings and bright frescoes, and wide avenues dotted with public squares and parks.
Oslo is the least populous capital in Scandinavia. The city offers excellent theater, great cafés and quality shopping.
Tuesday Aug 4 – at Sea
Wednesday Aug 5 – Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany
Berlin is a worthy rival to London or Paris in terms of history, art and culture. The city’s highlights include the restored Reichstag Building with its magnificent glass dome, the Brandenburg Gate and the stunning Museum Island. Explore the old Cold War hot spots and view the Brandenburg Gate, restored to its original magnificence. Or, stroll along the Kurfurstendamm and take coffee in a local café.
Warnemünde is a seaside resort near the harbor entrance to Rostock, one of the city-states that formed the medieval Hanseatic League. Originally a fishing village before it became a spa and resort in the 19th century. Warnemünde is also your gateway to Mecklenburg and the German countryside.
Thursday Aug 6 – at Sea
Friday Aug 7 – Tallinn, Estonia
Like Latvia and Lithuania, the Baltic republic of Estonia has survived a turbulent history. The small nation was conquered and ruled by the likes of Teutonic Knights, Polish princes and Russian Tsars. For 51 years, Estonia remained a pawn in the Soviet empire, until the burgeoning freedom movement led to independence for the Baltic Republics in 1991. Like its sister republics, Estonia maintained its ties to the Western tradition, retaining the Latin alphabet and Catholic and Protestant faiths. Once a member of the historic Hanseatic League, Tallinn is the political, commercial and cultural center of Estonia.
Saturday Aug 8 & Sunday Aug 9 – St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg has provided a historic stage since the day Peter the Great ordained its construction on the banks of the Neva. In its relatively short history – the city is younger than New York – St. Petersburg has witnessed the rise and fall of Imperial Russia, three shattering revolutions, and civil war. The city survived a long and tragic siege during World War II – indeed St. Petersburg became a symbol of Russian resistance to Nazi invasion.
Russia’s “Window on the West,” St. Petersburg remains one of the world’s most beautiful metropolises. Perched on the banks of the Neva, the city is crisscrossed by canals. Two great architects helped bring Peter the Great’s vision of St. Petersburg to life: Rastrelli and Carlo Rossi. The rich architecture that resulted features a mixture of styles from ornate Russian Baroque churches to neo-classical palaces. St. Petersburg has also been the cultural soul of Russia, a repository of priceless art and a home to poets, musicians and composers ranging from Pushkin to Shostakovich.
Peter the Great instilled his near-mania for architecture and building in his successors, making the then capital of Imperial Russia one of the architectural treasures of the world.
Monday Aug 10 – Helsinki, Finland
Perhaps their country’s harsh climate encouraged the Finns’ love and respect for design and the arts. Whatever the cause, there’s no denying that Helsinki is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in Scandinavia. Hailed as the “Daughter of the Baltic,” Finland’s capital is a city of graceful neoclassical buildings, striking modern architecture and spacious boulevards dotted with squares and parks. In the past century, Finland has nurtured some of the major creative talents of Western culture, from the composer Sibelius to architects Eliel & Eero Saarinen and Alvar Aalto.
The center of Finnish commerce and culture, Helsinki is home to some 616.000 people. Much of the city’s neoclassical architecture dates from the period of Tsarist rule, which began in 1809 after political control of Finland passed from Sweden to Russia, Finland gained its independence in 1917.
Tuesday Aug 11 – Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden
The small rocky harbor of Nynashamn is your gateway port to Stockholm, the “Capital of Scandinavia.” The city began life over seven centuries ago as a Viking stronghold built on the island of Gamla Stan. Today, Stockholm covers 14 separate islands and is interwoven with bays, channels and inlets. The city skyline is a sea of copper roofs grown green with patina, towers, spires and graceful cupolas stand sentinel over the historic Old Town (Gamla Stan). A city of nearly a million people, Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful, clean, and orderly metropolises.
With a history stretching over seven centuries, Stockholm is not just a beautiful city but also Sweden’s center of art and culture.
Wednesday Aug 12 – at Sea
Thursday Aug 13 – Copenhagen, Denmark
If time allows, extend your vacation for a few days longer in Denmark. If not – well it is time to go home refreshed and renewed.
The Sky Princess
Debuting in Fall of 2019 – the Sky Princess elevates the distinctive, contemporary design and luxurious attractions of Princess cruise ships to even loftier heights. You can look forward to the most exciting entertainment venues yet, the newest dining choices and award-winning chef partnerships, as well as more staterooms than ever to relax in. And that’s just the start!
There are numerous dining options aboard Sky Princess. The main dining room has options for both traditional and Anytime dining. Specialty restaurants include: La Mer – A French Bistro, Crown Grill (voted one of the best steakhouses at sea by USA Today), Sabatini’s for Italian and Mediterranean specialties, Private Wine Cellar dining and Chef’s Table Lumiere experience.
On board, you’ll find so many ways to play, day or night. Explore The Shops of Princess, celebrate cultures at the Festivals of the World or learn a new talent — the entertainment and onboard activities will keep you engaged every moment of your cruise vacation. Options include: The Voice of the Ocean, Movies under the Stars, original music productions, featured guest entertainers, music, dancing and top deck parties.
Relaxation on board is every bit as easy to do as being entertained. Stop by the Lotus Spa for a variety of body treatments from traditional to exotic.
There are stateroom options to fit every budget and traveler’s need. Choose between amazing suites, mini-suites and balcony staterooms.
For more details or to reserve your spot on this special cruise – just give us a call 262.538.2140