Legends of the Baltics
You’ll find plenty to like about the Legends of the Baltics itinerary. Whether soaking up Stockholm’s inviting Scandinavian charm or gazing at the ornate palaces of St Petersburg, this cruise is packed with cultural diversity. When it comes to Baltic Cruises, this epic 16 day itinerary is certainly packed with possibilities.
* 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 Newcastle, giving you plenty of time to get to the cruise terminal. This no-fly cruise means you can take your time and relax without airport check-ins or luggage carousels to negotiate.
If you decide to arrive early, Newcastle has plenty to offer and has undergone something of a renaissance over the last decade. The quayside area has become a trendy meeting spot packed with bars and restaurants.
Day 2 – At sea
Get your bearings and explore Marella Explorer’s extensive facilities. This is the first of four days at sea, so you don’t have to rush to cram it all in. Dining is a highlight of any cruise and Marella Explorer certainly has plenty to offer with a grand total of 10 bars and 10 restaurants. Whatever you fancy, you’ll find it on board from freshly prepared sushi to French inspired dining.
Day 3 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Time in port: 08:00-17:00
Your first stop is Copenhagen, a sleek city brimming with charm. At every turn you’ll see impressive buildings, Renaissance palaces and towering statues. For sheer opulence, Christiansborg Palace offers a visual feast of marble, ornate ceilings and glistening chandeliers.
Copenhagen’s landmark statue of the Little Mermaid is surprisingly diminutive but a definite must-see. An hour or two spent enjoying the retro vibe of Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park still in operation is not to be missed.
Day 4 – Warnemünde, Germany
Time in port: 08:00-20:00
With a full day in Warnemünde, you’ll have lots of time to explore its medieval streets. Take time to check out St Mary’s Church which boasts the world’s oldest astronomical clock and an impressive Baroque organ.
Step back in time by hopping onboard the Molli Train. This charming narrow-gauge steam train will take you on a scenic journey across the German countryside, past little villages and forests to the seaside town of Kühlungsborn.
Day 5 – At Sea
Spend some time at sea enjoying Marella Explorer’s pool and trio of whirlpool baths. The Veranda is another venue for relaxation. With its Balinese day beds and call-for-drinks buttons, you’ll feel like a VIP.
If you’re in need of pampering head to Champneys Spa. This state-of-the art spa offers a selection of treatments as well as a sauna and steam room. Active types can work up a sweat at the gym.
Day 6 – Stockholm, Sweden
Time in port: 07:00 – 17:00
Arrive in Stockholm, an intriguing city spread across 14 islands. Whether you’re after retail therapy or sightseeing, there’s plenty to do in this Swedish city. Packed with museums, art galleries, bars and restaurants, Stockholm certainly packs a punch.
Its easy to lose track of time while exploring the streets of Stockholm’s old town. The Royal Palace is a highlight with an extensive collection of armour and royal carriages to delight any history enthusiast.
Day 7 – Tallinn, Estonia
Time in port: 09:00 – 16:00
Estonia’s World Heritage Site capital is the next stop on your Legends of the Baltic cruise. Tallinn has a fairy-tale quality that is sure to impress. Toompea is a popular part of town with Toompea Castle and the Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral as highlights. To relax, Tallinn’s numerous open-air cafés provide the perfect spot to sip a cold beer.
Day 8-9 – St Petersburg, Russia
Arrive in Port: 07:00 (Day 8)
Depart from Port: 18:00 (Day 9)
With two days set aside to explore St Petersburg, you can take time to appreciate the architecture and unique culture of this exciting Russian city. Experience the gold-domed grandeur of St Isaac’s Cathedral and Baroque Winter Palace. The Hermitage Museum is another must see with its three million strong collection of historic artworks. Expect to see iconic works by big hitters such as El Greco and Rembrandt.
As you’ll be in St Petersburg overnight, you could treat yourself to a night of ballet at the Conservatoire Theatre or head out for a cocktail in one of the bars on Nevsky Prospekt.
Day 10 – Helsinki, Finland
Time in port: 08:00-15:00
Helsinki is one of Scandinavia’s coolest capital cities with a thriving café scene alongside numerous unusual attractions. The Temppeliaukio Church is one such place. It was competed in 1969 and has a vast copper roof and stone walls.
Take an excursion to Porvoo to get a glimpse of old Finland. It’s one of the oldest towns in the country and has a labyrinth of streets with colourful wooden houses and bridges. The riverside warehouses now host museums, restaurants and cafés.
Day 11 – Riga, Latvia
Time in port: 11:00-18:00
Dock in Riga, Latvia and you’ll be just 500 metres from the old town where a number of attractions await. Take a coach tour or explore on foot to seek out Art Nouveau buildings and Medieval masterpieces.
As well as a selection of churches to investigate, the Latvian Museum of Architecture and domed cathedral are worth a visit. To find out more about old Latvia, take an excursion to the Ethnographic Open Air Museum which transports you back to 16th-century Latvia.
Day 12 – Klaipėda, Lithuania
Time in port: 09:00-18:00
The city of Klaipėda is situated on the River Dane. Medieval squares are packed with open-air cafés, and history buffs can check out the Lithuanian Maritime Museum.
Shore excursions include the main attractions of Klaipėda as well as a trip to the Amber Museum in Palanga and its central promenade. Alternatively, you could find out more about village life in Lithuania during a trip to a traditional village.
Day 13 – At sea
After all that sightseeing, you’ll welcome a day at sea. Passengers travelling with kids should head to the Sports & Family Deck for a game of mini-golf or ping pong. Little one’s can join in the fun with sessions at the Kids Club.
As the sun sets, head to the cinema for some family-friendly film screenings. The Broadway Show Lounge offers glitzy shows and music performances for a night of fun filled entertainment.
Day 14 – Fredericia, Denmark
Time in port: 07:00-16:00
Dock in Fredericia and you’ll be a 45 minute bus ride from the heart of town. The pretty waterfront has an inviting stretch of sand, offering a winning combination of relaxation and sightseeing.
The wide avenues, squares and grand buildings make exploring on foot a charming experience. There are nods to Fredericia’s military past with the musket-carrying soldier at the main city gates being an iconic landmark. Excursions to Egeskov Castle with its fairy-tale turrets are popular.
Day 15 – At sea
With your Legends of the Baltic itinerary drawing to a close, it’s time to enjoy Marella Explorer for one last day. To grab souvenirs for the folks back home, head to Broad Street Shops. This onboard mall has boutiques stocked with everyday essentials and duty-free goodies such as perfume and jewellery.
Day 16 – Newcastle, England
Day 16 will see you greet the day back in Newcastle. It’s time to wave goodbye to Marella Explorer for now and head home with great memories of your Baltic odyssey.