Why choose a Northern Europe cruise?
There’s never a dull moment on a Northern Europe cruise. You’ll go on a fascinating journey along picturesque coastline, exploring France’s historic sights, the enchanting cities of Belgium and The Netherlands, and the quaint medieval villages of Germany. Some cruise lines will even take you as far as the icy lands of Norway and Russia.
In France, immerse yourself in history with a visit to the beautiful walled medieval city of Cherbourg. Take a shore excursion to visit the fascinating Bayeux Tapestry or the windswept beaches of the D-Day landings.
Visit Amsterdam, a city criss-crossed with a network of canals. This historic city is jam-packed with attractions, from the Vincent Van Gogh Museum to Anne Frank’s house. The enchanting city of Bruges is another firm favourite on a Northern Europe cruise.
There are some excellent itineraries to choose from, ranging from a week travelling from Germany down the coast to France, or a longer two-week adventure that will take you all the way up the northern coast to Norway, in search of the elusive Northern Lights.
The best time for a Northern Europe cruise
One of the benefits of a Northern Europe cruise is that you’re able to enjoy it year-round – the historic attractions you’ll visit can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
The peak time for Northern Europe cruises is between July and September, when temperatures range from 16°C-21°C. The weather is likely to be sunny without being too hot, which makes it perfect for sightseeing and outdoor lunches.
And in December, Northern Europe transforms into a winter wonderland. Germany is renowned for its Christmas markets, while in Bruges you’ll discover an amazing outdoor ice-skating rink. Visiting at this time of year, you’ll really get into the Christmas spirit.