Northern European Cruise Ports

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Northern European Cruise Ports
  • All the info you need to be an independent, informed cruiser
  • Stuffed with self-guided walks and tours
  • Tips for reaching city centers from the cruise port
  • Easy-to-read maps

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    What's Included

    Taking a cruise can be a fun, affordable way to experience Northern Europe — if you choose the right cruise, keep your extra expenses to a minimum…and use this book to make the absolute most of your time in port. Unlike most cruising guidebooks, which dote on details about this ship's restaurants or that ship's staterooms, Rick Steves Northern European Cruise Ports focuses on the main attraction: some of the grandest cities in Europe. As always, Rick has a plan to help you have a meaningful cultural experience while you're there — even with just a few hours in port.

    Do Your Own Thing: Rick's book explains how to get into town from the cruise terminal, shares sightseeing tips, and includes tons of self-guided walks and tours.

    Cruise Smartly: You'll learn which destinations are best for an excursion — and which you can confidently visit on your own. You'll also get tips on choosing and booking a cruise, and plenty of hints for saving time and money on the ship and in port.

    Hop Aboard: Inside you'll find one-day itineraries for sightseeing at or near these Northern European ports of call, including:​

    • Copenhagen (Denmark)
    • Stockholm (Sweden)
    • Helsinki (Finland)
    • St. Petersburg (Russia)
    • Tallinn (Estonia)
    • Rīga (Latvia)
    • Gdańsk and the port of Gdynia (Poland)​
    • Berlin, Rostock, and the port of Warnemünde (Germany)
    • Oslo (Norway)
    • Stavanger (Norway)
    • Bergen (Norway)
    • Norwegian Fjords (including Flåm, the Sognefjord, the Norway in a Nutshell route, and Geirangerfjord)
    • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    • Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, and the port of Zeebrugge (Belgium)
    • London, Canterbury, Portsmouth, and the ports of Southampton and Dover (England)
    • Paris, Normandy's D-Day beaches, Honfleur, Rouen, and the port of Le Havre (France)
    • Essential tips for each port
      • In-depth advice for making the most of your time and money while ashore
      • Detailed tips for a smooth and budget-savvy route from your ship to each city center, and back
      • Self-guided walks and tours
      • Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Helsinki)
      • Recommended cafés and restaurants
      • In case you miss the boat: transportation tips for catching up to your ship, tailored to each port
      • Handy survival phrases for each local language
    • And More
      • In-depth advice on choosing and booking a cruise
      • More on trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, detailed packing advice
      • Detailed tips on making the most of your time and money on board your ship
      • Transportation while ashore: trains, buses, city transit, and car rental
      • How to stay in touch while on board and while ashore
      • Extra tips for those beginning or ending a cruise in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Amsterdam, or London (including hotel listings and airport connections)


    Author(s): Rick Steves & Cameron Hewitt
    Dimensions: 8" x 4 ½" x 1 ¼"
    Weight: 1.25 lbs
    Pages: 1190
    Publication date: October 2015
    Next edition arrives: September 2017

    Updates and Feedback

    Latest updates: When we learn of critical changes to the information in this guidebook, we post them. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

    Submit feedback: Once you've used this book in Europe, we'd love to hear your feedback — good or bad — about our advice on sights, hotels, restaurants, and travel tips. We're also interested in any tips or discoveries you made while in Europe. Your comments help us improve our guidebooks for future travelers.