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Default Europe's Atlantic, Baltic and River Cruises
Europe's Atlantic, Baltic and River Cruises

by Paul Motter, CruiseMates Editor

A guide for people considering a European cruise: The Baltic and Atlantic cruise ports and river cruises.

In part one, we focused on Mediterranean options for first-time Europe cruisers. Click here to read part 1. In this article, we will discuss the Baltic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and river cruising.

Highlights of the Baltic Sea
The Baltic Sea connects to the North Sea and the Atlantic through the Danish Straits, with Denmark and Germany to the south and Norway in the north. Inside the Baltic Sea to the south are Poland; the "Baltic States" of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia; and Russia. To the north are Sweden and Finland. The typical Baltic cruise usually ends or begins in Copenhagen, Denmark or Stockholm, Sweden. The highlight of a Baltic cruise for most people is St. Petersburg, Russia, once known as Leningrad, the "Jewel of the Soviet Union."

Read more: European Cruising Primer - Part 2
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