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Harwich International Port in Essex lies on the south bank of the River Stour and there has been a port on the site since the mid-1800s. Until 1948, the Great Eastern Railway Company (which later became the London and North Eastern Railway) owned the port and passenger steamers sailed from Harwich to Europe regularly.
Today, Harwich is one of the major cruise ports in the UK and passengers can travel from Harwich to a multitude of beautiful locations all over Europe and beyond.
Harwich Port is the perfect starting point for cruise passengers. It has a large, comfortable pre-boarding lounge and the local transport links are excellent, which should get your cruise holiday off to a wonderful start.
Why limit yourself to just one destination when you can enjoy all of the delights of Scandinavia in one fell swoop? Explore Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
Stockholm in Sweden, with its colourful Old Town and extensive network of islands, is a beautifully picturesque city all year round. Copenhagen is famous for its architecture and cobbled streets and in the springtime it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Cosy up in a charming and friendly Copenhagen bar during the winter months.
Helsinki is full of wonderful Art Nouveau buildings, quirky restaurants and lots of interesting museums. The port is right in the centre of the city so from the moment you arrive, you are thrust into the heart of Finland.
St Petersburg is a top cruise ship destination. Built on a swamp and criss-crossed with a network of canals, St Petersburg is full of rich culture and beautiful architecture.
The gorgeous baroque and neoclassical buildings will leave you with a strong sense of Italy, which is hardly surprising given that Italian architects designed many of them.
The city has always been at the forefront of Russian historical events. The Russian Revolution began in St Petersburg and the winds of change that ushered in the end of communism blew once again in St Petersburg 70 years later.
Modern St Petersburg has it all - great restaurants, fabulous art, and the world famous Hermitage Museum.
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