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We Welcome You Back!

14 Apr

We are glad to welcome you back to the Nordic Cruises!

We are proud to introduce a collection of new Baltic voyages for for our loyal and new guests.

Also additional voyages are coming soon.

Check out our available cruises and book your cruise today.

Before you go, you should check your local entry rules, because your health and safety is always our priority number one.

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Northern Europe Update

20 Mar

Covid 19

Our world has changed, and I know that you are focused on your families, relatives and friends. We deeply appreciate your loyalty and the trust you place in us as a travel partner. We consider our main duty to inform you regarding the current situation in Northern Europe concerning the COVID-19

Finland, Denmark, Norway, Baltic States and Russia borders are closed till the end of April.

Supporting Your Plans

In order for you to feel comfortable when booking with us we want to give you flexibility given the current situation. Because of that we are waiving any fees for rebooking of Baltic cruises  so that you can rebook your travel to later departures, if your circumstances change.

This applies to all tours booked so far in 2020 and is valid for new bookings up to March 31st. If you change to a higher fare type or select a higher season, you will need to pay the fare difference. The rebooking is possible until 31 December 2022.

We hope this helps you to plan and book any future travel with confidence.

Don’t cancel: Why you should postpone your trip

Postponing your trip might be the kindest thing you can do right now. Please don’t cancel. If you postpone instead, you support the people that rely on tourism for their livelihoods. Not just your booking agents, but the locals who take you on life-enriching experiences of their country and show you places you wouldn’t find on your own.
We know you were looking forward to your amazing trip. You spent months reading up on the destinations and scoured Instagram and Pinterest for days. You were ready to go. And then Covid-19 happened. We understand and share your disappointment, and we promise we’re here for you now, and when this passes.
If you postpone, we’ll convert your booking to credit for a future trip. Consider it a way to lock in your upcoming trip while supporting the people waiting for you on the other side of this situation.

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A Day Cruise to Tallinn

17 Dec

A Day in Estonia While on a Cruise to Tallinn

If you’re on a cruise to Tallinn and only have a day to spare in this charming city, you can still make the most of your time by carefully planning for your one-day itinerary.

With Tallinn being both the cultural and financial hub of the country, there’s no lack of things to do in this excellent part of the country.

Cruise to Tallinn

Places to visit

Even when you’re short on time during your cruise to Tallinn, be sure to visit the Old Town:

  • Viru Gate and Town Hall Square: Start your tour of the Old Town at the Viru Gate, then work toward the center of Old Town all the way to the Town Hall Square (part of Lower Town). Go into the Town Hall and be treated to a museum extensively detailing the history of this fascinating city. Take pictures of the large vane set at the tower of the Tallinn Town Hall, too. Or climb the tower for a scenic view of the city.
  • Freedom Square: Still a part of Old Town (Upper Town), this historic place is right next to St. John’s Church and the city’s famous underground shopping center. Freedom Square is also called Victory Square, and it is where the Independence War Victory Column is located.
  • Toompea Hill: Perched at the top of Upper Town is Toompea Hill. This limestone hill is already covered with buildings, but once you reach it, you’ll find a good view of Lower Town from this vantage point. It also features Toompea Castle, which is a medieval fortress and has several churches, such as the Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
  • St. Catherine’s Passage:  After Toompea Hill, you can head back toward the Old Town center all the way to St. Catherine’s Passage. Here, you’ll find a number of guild shops selling artisanal goods and handmade products such as clothes, baskets, and purses. You can also take a breather and enjoy a snack in one of the cafes in this historic neighborhood.
Visit Tallinn, Estonia

The Old Town, Tallinn

After the Old Town, you can move on to the Kadriorg Palace and the park around it, which was commissioned by the Russian Czar, Peter the Great. The Kadriorg district is actually considered the most beautiful part of the city. Here, you can also visit the Kadriorg Art Museum, which features foreign art from the past.

You can then head on to Kalamaja, which is known as Estonia’s hipster haven, and the hub of Tallinn nightlife. With the large student population in the area, it’s no wonder people consider it to be the hippest part of the city. Here, you’ll also find the trendiest bars and best restaurants in the city.

Baltic Cruise to Tallinn

Petro Palace Hotel in St. Petersburg

09 Mar

Suites at Petro Palace Hotel

Petro Palace Hotel 5 * is located in one of the most unique and beautiful cities in the world. St. Petersburg  is dynamic mix of old and new Russian traditions, of East European  and West European cultures and architectures. St. Isaac’s Cathedra, the Alexandre Garden, the famous State Hermitage Museum, Palace Square  and the Nevsky Prospect are just a few steps from the hotel, located in the historic Admiralteysky district.  So, Petro Palace is an ideal choice for living, recreation and discover of the North capital of Russia.

Every room at this comfortable six-storey hotel are decorated in classic design with a historical style. Our guess rooms are:

  • Superiors (20-22 sq.m)

Petro Palace in St. Petersburg

  • Executives (24-26 sq.m)

4* Petro Palace in St. Petersburg

  • Deluxe rooms (36-42 sq.m)

Room in Petro Hotel, St. Petersburg

  • Rooms for disabled (29 sq.m)

Petro Palace Hotel 5* in St. Petersburg

Guest who book any of our four categories will enjoy:

  • Air conditioning
  • Plug adapters
  • Safety deposit dox
  • Shower (only in Superiors)/Bathtub
  • Toiletries
  • Bathrobe/Hairdryer
  • Irone
  • Pillows, duvets
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Battled water
  • Mini bar
  • TV  
  • Petro Palace’s Specials

    • 6 conference rooms
    • Wireless internet access
    • Fitness
    • Swimming pool
    • Sauna, solarium and Jakuzzi

    Petro Palace Hotel

     

    Bar in Palace Hotel, St. Petersburg

    Restaurants and Bars

    Petro Palace Hotel ensure that all guests can eat healthily. All restaurants and bars have special, healthy dishes of European and Russian dishes using local and seasonal produce.

    • Tonic Bar is a American bar with recipients from all ver the world.
    • Lobby Bar has a wide selection of drinks, hot meals and snacks.
    • Atrium offers a buffet breakfast and business lunches.
    • Tratoria “Settimo Cielo” is the place on the eight floor where opens panoramic view of St. Petersburg.

    Settimo Chelo Bar, Petro Palace

    5 Similarities and Differences between Helsinki and Tallinn

    26 Feb

    Find 5 Similarities and Differences between the two cities

    When you’re on a Baltic cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn, it’s a journey in more than one way. There is not much of the Baltic Sea between the two cities but it doesn’t mean there aren’t remarkable differences. What’s distinct about these two cities is also often what makes them so worthwhile to visit.

    Baltic Cruise, Visit Helsinki

    The Languages

    Finnish and Estonian belong to the Finnic branch of the Uralic language family. Believe it or not, they are not very mutually intelligible and are more distant in relation than Spanish and Portuguese or Swedish and Norwegian. A speaker of one language can recognize some words of the other enough to understand the context and converse with simple sentences. The grammar is similar, but you will find many false cognates, also known as “false friends.” Estonian also has many loanwords from German, Swedish and Russian. Thus, it is a good idea to learn some basic phrases of the other language. Another interesting aspect is that many Estonians speak some degree of Finnish, especially in Tallinn. If you cannot speak either language, don’t worry; a majority of people in both cities speak English.

    Tourist Highlights in Helsinki and Tallinn

    Common tourist attractions in Helsinki include walking trails, religious and other architectural sites, festivals, and the central market square. Tallinn used to have a marketplace at Town Hall Square but it is now a popular spot for events. Both cities have several beaches. While you’re on a cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn, be sure to check out their main squares.

    Architectural Features

    The architecture in Helsinki is modern with a Neoclassical influence. It also boasts the largest number of Art Nouveau buildings. Tallinn has buildings with Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It often juxtaposes the preserved old-style buildings alongside new ones. The charms of the architectural styles in both cities are unique and make for some fabulous photos.

    Cultural Distinctions

    Along with the differences in architecture are those in culture. The culture in Helsinki is younger and more modern, with a dense population. Tallinn is more traditional, indigenous European, and with a small population. Since Estonian culture is older, the language has undergone more changes. Finns are among the best English speakers in Europe and the youth are probably more fluent in English than Finnish. On a cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn, you will notice fewer people speaking English, especially if you visit small towns where there are more elders.

    Traditions

    What about their traditions? Finns are famous for their love of coffee and the countryside while Estonians enjoy the arts, social events, and rustic food. Both enjoy wooden saunas, and both celebrate the Christian holiday of Christmas along with pagan Yule time traditions including a Yule goat, mulled wine, and a feast. In case you’re wondering: yes, it is possible to go on a cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn during the winter to revel in all the Christmas festivities!
    Knowing this information, you can look out for the similarities and differences between the two cities. Such a comparison remains regardless of what you decide to do in each country. You will be going between a large city and a small one, but your experiences will be greater for it.
    Baltic Cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn