Culture packed cities, historic sights and a variety of excursions await during your Baltic Explorer cruise onboard the Marella Explorer. This no-fly cruise, setting sail from Newcastle, will take you on an epic adventure to discover some of the most intriguing cities in Europe. Highlights include Russia’s imposing St Petersburg and wonderful Copenhagen in Denmark. Incorporating four full days at sea to relax between sightseeing, this Baltic Explorer itinerary hits the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 - Newcastle, England
Your cruise departs at 4pm from the Port of Tyne in Newcastle, giving you plenty of time to arrive at the terminal and get your bearings onboard the Marella Explorer. If you decide to arrive early, Newcastle has all that you’d expect from a modern UK city. The town centre is packed with museums, galleries and shopping opportunities.
Day 2 – At sea
You’ll wake onboard Marella Explorer with a full day at sea ahead of you. With an inviting pool and trio of hot tubs, you’ll find plenty of scope for relaxation.
With 10 restaurants and 10 bars to choose from, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to dining. You’ll enjoy everything from pan-Asian dining at the Kora La to steak, lobster and grilled chicken at the Surf & Turk Steakhouse.
Day 3 – Skagen, Denmark
Time in port: 08:00-16:00
You first port is Skagen in Denmark. This pretty seaside town, with its sun-bleached dunes, has inspired many an Impressionist painter. In fact, Skagen Museum features over 1,800 artworks by Danish and international artists from the 18th and early 19th centuries who lived and created here. With such natural beauty, you’ll have plenty of backdrops for photography as well as an array of galleries and craft shops providing perfect souvenir shopping.
Day 4 – Kiel, Germany
Time in port: 08:00-17:00
Kiel offers a modern city centre, splendid buildings and historic landmarks to enjoy. Kiel’s seafaring history is evident at every turn with an imposing 72 metre-high naval memorial and waterfront parade featuring boathouses and a U-995 German submarine. The latter is now a museum and popular tourist attraction. Kiel’s pedestrianised Holstenstraße provides a spot for shopping and dining. Popular excursions include a trip to the Medieval town of Lubeck with its charming old quarter and Gothic-style town hall.
Day 5 – At Sea
Day five will give you a full day at sea to continue your exploration of Marella Explorer’s extensive facilities. For a spot of pampering, head to Chamneys Spa where you can treat yourself to facials, body wraps and massages.
In the evening, try your luck at the Indigo Casino or take in a dazzling show at the Broadway Show Lounge where you’ll be handed a drink on arrival.
Day 6 – Tallinn, Estonia
Time in port: 08:00 – 16:00
Day six will see you arrive in Tallinn, Estonia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site city, with its red-roofed houses, onion-domed churches and cobbled streets won't fail to delight. Explore the winding streets of the old town or take in the splendour of the Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Toompea Castle, the seat of Estonia’s parliament, is another top visitor attraction.
Day 7-8 – St Petersburg, Russia
Arrive in Port: 07:00 (Day 7)
Depart from Port: 18:00 (Day 8)
Any Baltic Cruises worth their salt includes a stop in St Petersburg. There’s so much to see in this museum-packed Russian city, so it’s been assigned a two day stopover on the Baltic Explorer Itinerary.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral is a highlight with its glistening gold dome and ornate statues. This 19th-century cathedral is the third largest domed cathedral in the world and visitors willing to climb its knee-trembling 300 steps will be rewarded with spectacular city views.
Palace Square, with its eye-pleasing Baroque Winter Palace, is another attraction to tick-off your sightseeing list. Fans of fine art should also head to The State Hermitage Museum to see its staggering art collection. See works by Titian, El Greco and Rembrandt.
As you’re staying overnight, head to the Conservatoire Theatre to enjoy an outstanding ballet performance.
Day 9 – Helsinki, Finland
Time in port: 08:00-16:00
You'll arrive in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, a sleek city with a distinctly nautical feel. The centre of town is just 10 minutes from the cruise terminal, so you’ll be well placed for exploration.
Uspenski Cathedral stands watch over the city. This impressive red-bricked religious building is worthy of your time with its green-topped turrets and opulent interiors. If time allows, other attractions for your sightseeing hit-list should include Senate Square, the Presidential Palace and Opera House.
Day 10 – Stockholm, Sweden
Time in port: 08:00-17:00
When it comes to Scandinavian cities, it doesn’t get much better than Stockholm. Sweden’s capital, spread across 14 small islands, brims with charm. A stroll through the medieval quarter is an immersive experience offering streets lined with lively cafés and independent shops.
Time allowing, check out The Royal Armoury, Sweden’s oldest museum and host to royal carriages, weaponry and clothes dating back five centuries.
Day 11 – At Sea
Relax on your day at sea and enjoy what Marella Explorer has to offer. Destination Services by the reception area is the place to find out more about your ports of call and excursions. They’ve also got guides and maps to help with independent exploration. The Lounge, with its colour-changing bar, hot pink piano and ring-shaped seats provides the perfect venue to admire sea views while planning your remaining few days.
Day 12 – Warnemünde, Germany
Time in port: 07:00-19:00
As your Baltic Explorer cruise draws to a close, Warnemünde in Germany offers the option of a beach day or sightseeing. The cruise port is just 300 metres from the city centre, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore. The sandy beach is a short walk away, if you’re in need of a rest.
Warnemünde’s Medieval streets will provide a welcome distraction. Be sure to check out St Mary’s Church to see its baroque organ and astronomical clock, thought to be the oldest in the world.
Day 13 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Time in port: 10:00-19:00
Last but by no means least, charming Copenhagen will fill day 13 with history and culture. Contemporary buildings blend seamlessly with 10th-century charm in this pristine and welcoming city. Christiansborg Palace is a top attraction. Now the seat of the Danish parliament, it’s a fine example of Baroque and Neoclassical architectural styles. For a joyous experience, Tivoli Gardens is not to be missed. This old-style fairground has a delightfully vintage vibe with ornate carousels and the adrenalin-inducing swing ride, the Star Flyer.
Day 14 – At sea
Day 14 at sea will give you time to re-charge after all that sightseeing. If you’re the active type, head to the gym for a workout. Families should check out the Sports & Family Deck with its mini-golf course and ping pong tables. If you haven’t yet managed to pick up any goodies for the folks back home, head to Broad Street Shops. The onboard boutiques are packed with duty-free products such as souvenirs, jewellery and perfume.
Day 15 – Newcastle, England
Day 15 concludes your Baltic Explorer cruise as you head back to Newcastle to disembark. As you wave goodbye to the Marella Explorer, it’s time to reflect on your cruise experience and maybe start planning your next cruise adventure. You’re sure to have created life-long memories during your Baltic Explorer cruise.