Each of its cities has a character of its own, from the expansive streets and canals of Gothenburg to the charming cobbled squares and medieval architecture of Stockholm.
With each port of call offering a unique selection of excursions, a cruise to this part of the world is ideal for those longing for an intriguing cultural and scenic mix that will create long-lasting memories.
Popular Ports in Sweden
Sweden’s capital Stockholm mixes cosmopolitan charm with cute lanes and ancient cathedrals, making is a perfect Scandinavian cruise stop-off. Whether shopping for souvenirs and trinkets in the old town or browsing fine arts in the Vasa Museum, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy and engaged. It’s also a great place to try authentic Swedish dishes such as meatballs, herring, and cinnamon buns.
The delightful city of Gothenburg is a gem of any Scandinavian cruise adventure and with its eclectic café culture, a nightlife and sightseeing opportunities there’s plenty to enjoy. Sometimes referred to as ‘little London’, this Swedish city offers the perfect mix of culture and relaxation with a good balance of shops, greenery and museums. It’s also home to Liseberg, Scandinavia’s largest amusement park, and the splendid Gothenburg Museum of Art.
For a taste of traditional Sweden, Helsingborg in the south-west is brimming with charm. Museums, monuments and a pretty harbour make exploration a pleasure, while the beautiful beaches will provide ample opportunity for relaxation. Highlights include the Karnan, a 14th-century medieval tower. The Fredriksdal Open-Air Museum is another top attraction. Those in search of retail therapy will find plenty of choice in the city centre which is packed with shops, bars and restaurants.
Malmo offers a mix contemporary and traditional allure – you’ll find sleek glass modernity alongside traditional architecture. The Old Town, which features a castle and charming squares, is the perfect place to while away an hour or two. Head to the buzzing Western Harbour for trendy cafes, bars and restaurants. Culture vultures may wish to check out the Rooseum centre for contemporary art which showcases fascinating modern and experimental exhibits.
Smaller cruise lines may include Visby on their itinerary, a charming Unesco World Heritage Town on the Swedish island of Gotland. This is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Scandinavia with well-preserved ruins, a charming old town and 17 pretty churches to explore history enthusiasts will be in their element. It also plays host to beautiful botanical garden with beautiful blooms, trees and a delightful herb garden. When hunger strikes head to the atmospheric main square with its street side cafes and restaurants.
What are the best cruise ships for a Sweden Cruise?
Many cruise lines feature Swedish stops on their itineraries so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to picking a cruise line.
Marella Explorer is a sleek liner that offers 10 restaurants and 10 bars, giving you plenty of refreshment options. When you’re not enjoying fine dining enjoy some treatments in the spa, swim in the pool or head to the Sport & Family Deck for more active pursuits. In the evenings, expect live entertainment, West-End-calibre shows and more.
Fred Olsen’s Balmoral is an intimate liner with three restaurants serving a delicious of national and international cuisine. Active guests can enjoy the fitness centre with its floor-to-ceiling windows, while those wishing to practise their swing can head to the golf nets.
Shore Excursions Ideas
Swedish cruises offer a plethora of sightseeing opportunities and organised excursions, so whether you’re looking to explore opulent palaces or charming old towns, you’ll have plenty to enjoy.
Passengers enjoying cruises to Stockholm should consider adding Drottningholm Palace and Gardens to their excursion wish list. A Royal Family residence, this opulent stately home with its ornate state rooms and manicured gardens is a highlight of any cruise to Sweden. Garden enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Baroque Garden with its elegant French-inspired design. Drottningholm was one of Sweden’s first attractions to be put on Unesco’s World Heritage list.
There’s no better way to see Stockholm than by boat. With 50 bridges and attractive network of canals, you’ll get unrivalled views of this scenic and intriguing city. Relax, unwind and enjoy the changing scenery of stately buildings, tree-lined squares and pretty parks.
Many cruisers opt to use Gothenburg as a springboard from which to explore the Northern Archipelago. Enjoy an excursion to Sweden’s ‘sunshine coast’ and island-hop these idyllic gems with rustic beaches, fishing huts and ancient churches. You’ll experience a laid-back lifestyle during this trip – it’s also the ideal opportunity for souvenir-hunting.
During a cruise to Helsingborg, passengers often decide to visit Sofiero Castle. As well as a delightful park and gardens there is a gift shop and restaurant on site. Horticulturalists will want to pay particular attention to the fabulous rhododendron garden!
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