Northern European Cruises

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Words like moor, loch, and geyser were born in this land, because no existing vocabulary could adequately describe these extraordinary landscapes. These regions could just as easily have coined a term for ambrosial summer evenings at seaside cafés, Fabergé palaces of amber and gold, and storybook cities crisscrossed by canals and flower markets, all of which are here in abundance. But as your elegant yacht traces its way through enchanting fjords and forgotten archipelagos, you won’t need words. You are speechless.


London to Lisbon - 12 Days

Journey from the coast that launched a thousand explorers to the bucolic shores of the Channel Islands, sampling ambrosial meals and unique cultures along the way. Listen to the soulful strains of fado music as you stroll the black-and-white calcada sidewalks of Lisbon. Taste Galicia’s famed seafood, hearty Basque cuisine, and fine Bordeaux wines. Explore Brittany’s granite castles and the landing beaches of Normandy. Feed your intellect at the Guggenheim, and your soul amid the Victorian gardens and watercolor seascapes of Guernsey.

Edinburgh to Edinburgh - 7 Days

Precipitous, glacier-carved shorelines, colorful clapboard fishing cabins, and wispy, veil-like waterfalls gently twisting in seaside breezes: The Norwegian coastline offers perspectives and experiences unlike any other in Europe and this 7-day adventure makes the most of every opportunity. Embark from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and quickly traverse the North Sea to Sognefjord, the deepest and longest fjord in Norway. Take a ride on the acclaimed Flåmsbana Railway high into the remote mountains, then breathlessly descend by bike to the village below. Peer tentatively over the sheer face of Preikestolen at the captivating Lysefjord shoreline almost 2,000 feet beneath you. Or, if reflective solitude moves you, spend quiet moments among the intricate carved wood and polished surfaces of the Urnes Stave Church in Skjolden, one of the last surviving wooden structures from the Medieval Era. Sample and savor endless variations of smoked salmon, briny caviar, and plump scallops. Or keep it rustic with a golden dollop of tart, cloudberry jam on a thick slice of dense Norwegian fjellbrod. This is an unforgettable journey of stunning vistas, lingering twilights and enlightening discoveries of arts, foods and Viking traditions that shape our modern world today.

Copenhagen to Edinburgh - 11 Days

Drink in the scenery of Norway’s famous fjords, then lay claim to three of Scotland’s four island groups—Shetland, Orkney, and Outer Hebrides. Stunning scenery is all around—velvet-green moors, jagged mountains, timeless gray castles perched on lonely lochs. And each day brings a new adventure from meeting a Scottish laird to watching for Nessy in Loch Ness to tasting Scotland’s national dish, haggis. Cities large and small punctuate this well-rounded voyage, concluding with an evening in Edinburgh—time to shop for tweeds, kilts, and cashmere along the Royal Mile.

Reykjavik to Reykjavik - 7 Days

Dramatic scenery and curious communities coalesce on this week-long circumnavigation of Iceland. Explore a country few people will ever visit, and go far beyond the tourist hotspots to remote fjords, raging waterfalls, and small fishing villages. Get to know the independent and creative Icelanders, and watch whales and seabirds play offshore. This Iceland cruise is yachting at its most inventive.

Dublin to Edinburgh - 8 Days

From the pubs of Dublin to the castles of Edinburgh, journey through hills and highlands, idyllic islands, and lyrical landscapes. Here in the land of good Scotch and great golf, astonishing natural beauty meets refined elegance in beautiful ports and quaint marinas. Celebrate Scotland's iconic past and lively present – and toast the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

Edinburgh to London - 11 Days

Close in geography, distinct in culture, the countries of the British Isles offer their own unique takes on the United Kingdom. See it all with the perspective only a Windstar ship can give you as you visit small-ship-only ports like Ullapool, Oban, and Fishguard; berth at small-ship-only locations in Belfast  and London ; and stay in key cities like Belfast and Dublin late into the evening. Explore castle ruins and gardens in Scotland. Check the Giant’s Causeway and Blarney Castle off your list in Ireland. Discover the idyllic Cornish village of St. Ives. Even your disembarkation is an adventure as you dock in London right next to HMS Belfast (Tower Bridge), one of the most exclusive cruise ports in the world.

Discover the delectable cuisines and spirits of Spain and France at their authentic best. Treat your palate to Europe’s best seafood in Spain’s Galicia region, to sweet port in Porto, cognac in La Rochelle, and world-famous wines in Bordeaux. Spend time absorbing the culture, history, and landscapes that have gone into the creation of each delicious mouthful. Follow the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela and share conxuro da quiemada with them in a social ritual passed down through the generations. Toast a region so bursting with flavor you wished you never had to leave.

Copenhagen to Copenhagen - 15 Days

Bring your watercolors, your sunglasses, and your thirst for new experiences on this 2-week voyage to Norway and above the Arctic Circle. Fjords—including Trollfjord, a small ship exclusive—whet your appetite for mouthwatering scenery.  Visit tiny ports only small ships can visit like Svolvaer and sail all the way to the North Cape for the ultimate Midnight Sun experience as the sun bows to the horizon but never sets.

Edinburgh to Reykjavik - 11 Days

Cruise beneath the Midnight Sun to sparkling Norwegian fjords, steaming Icelandic geysers, ancient Scottish standing stones, and the bucolic Faroe Islands. Hear the echoes of Old Norse tongues, see lands once lauded in ancient Viking sagas, and witness sights that will stir your soul. As a Windstar guest you experience it all from a uniquely thrilling perspective.

Amsterdam to Stockholm - 10 Days

Discover the radiant beauty of Baltic capitals from the fairytale castles and gardens of Copenhagen to Tallinn’s medieval walls and Helsinki’s charming Old Town. Spend two days in St. Petersburg enthralled by the gold-and-amber excesses of imperial palaces, the Hermitage, a perfectly performed ballet. Then venture to places off the beaten path, including some reserved exclusively for small ships like ours. Cruise through the middle of the German countryside as you cross the Kiel Canal. Nose into the tiny port of Harlingen with its 600 historic homes and UNESCO-designated wetlands. Stand on deck as your luxurious ship arrives in Mariehamn, Port of the Last Windjammers, and docks next to a lovely windjammer from ages past. Go to sleep each night with stars in your eyes, even as the Midnight Sun is slow to set.

Copenhagen to Stockholm - 10 Days

Visit seven magical countries and nine delightful cities as you travel through the Baltic's most fascinating cultures and breathtaking scenery. Your ship docks close to the center of most ports placing you just steps away from major sights, while an overnight stay in St. Petersburg gives you time to savor more of the imperial city’s wonders.

Copenhagen to Copenhagen - 8 Days

More than a thousand fjords lace the west  coast of Norway, carved by glaciers and filled by the Norwegian Sea. One of the world’s natural wonders, Geirangerfjord and Signefjord are stunning from every angle—from the top of Lysefjord’s anvil-shaped Pulpit Rock, from the Flam Railway as it winds through the mountains and past waterfalls high above Aurlandsfjord, and from the fjords themselves as you cruise on Star Breeze. Tiny hill farms, half-timbered houses, and stave churches pass by, leading the way to the Art Nouveau architecture of Alesund, the colorful Hanseatic pier in Bergen, and sights too beautiful to imagine.

Stockholm to Copenhagen - 7 Days

Marvel at the sheer magnitude of it all. The charming Old Towns of Stockholm, Tallinn, and Helsinki. Copenhagen’s picture-perfect Nyhavn wharf. St. Petersburg’s imperial grandeur and treasure trove of visual and performing arts. Marvel again at the ever-changing panorama of emerald archipelagos, fairytale castles, and immaculately manicured gardens. Six countries in a week, yet nothing feels hurried. There’s time to stroll the Nevsky Prospect for amber earrings, explore the golden age of sail on Mariehamn’s classic windjammer, and spend a day at sea relaxing with a good book and a perfect massage in the WindSpa.

A perfect adventure for anglophiles or anyone with a desire to explore the British Isles, this 19-day cruise lands at major destinations and pastoral, often-overlooked settings throughout Ireland, the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom. Hone your skills at pulling the perfect pint at the Gravity Bar high above the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland. Learn about the 5,000-year-old mysteries of Scotland’s Stonehenge, the Ring of Brodgar, near Kirkwall, and sit back and sip a cup of rich Cornish Cream Tea as you admire the steep slopes and coastal views surrounding Kynance Cove in Cornwall, England.

The precipitous stone walls of Edinburgh Castle have defined the skyline of Scotland’s capital for more than a millennium, and even if you miss the many pipe-and-drum performances of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, or the chest-thumping blast of the One O’Clock Gun, walking along the storied parapets remains the best view of the city and the perfect place to ponder the courageous feat of withstanding 26 sieges. After exploring and shopping the Royal Mile during the height of Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe, you’ll cross the North Sea to scenic Sognefjord and glide between the sheer, 5,000-foot-high cliffs that define Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Don’t miss a trip up to the imposing, 2,000-foot-high ledge on Pulpit Rock, and follow the worn cobblestones to Stavanger Cathedral, Norway’s best preserved cathedral. Gaze out from the stacked slabs that make up the village walls of Skara Brae, the oldest and most intact Stone Age settlement in the world. our adventure concludes in Dublin, where you can take in a pint of rich Guinness stout as you contemplate the 360-degree view of slate rooftops, church spires and Ireland’s rolling green hills in the distance.

Stockholm to Copenhagen - 22 Days

Bask in the longest summer days in Europe during this 22-day cruise through Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Denmark and Norway. Your memorable journey takes place during July, so count on long daylight evenings and early morning deck views of dizzyingly steep fjords, expansive forests, and rugged coastlines all the way to the North Cape. Shore excursions include wandering the Russian fortress ruins of Bomarsund on the Aland Islands of Finland, watching a classic ballet performance in St. Petersburg, Russia and walking Nordic style with trekking poles among the emerald hills and sheer summits surrounding Geiranger, Norway. Explore Scandinavian and Northern European cultures on a distinct adventure that expands far beyond sailing fjords and gazing at waterfalls.

Explore the finest small ports in Scotland, Norway, and the Faroe Islands (Denmark) before circumnavigating Iceland on this 18-day summertime adventure from Edinburgh to Reykjavik. Your first 11 days cover the shorelines of Scotland and Norway, stopping off to see Denmark’s Faroe Islands. The following week explores Iceland’s majestic fjords, imposing volcanoes and remote rocky reaches. Discover the challenges faced by Iron Age communities near Kirkwall, Scotland, sample almond ring cake and other Norwegian culinary delights at a historic farm near Bergen, Norway, and kayak among sea birds and urban artistry in Alesund, Norway. Iceland excursions include flights above waterfalls and volcanoes on Heimaey Island, detailed archaeological examinations of a medieval farm near Seydisfjordur, and relaxing moments immersed in the natural geothermal waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths outside Akureyri.

Dublin to Reykjavik - 19 Days

Savor 19 days of sailing and adventures among the northern latitudes of Ireland, Isle of Man, UK, Norway, Faroe Islands (Denmark) and Iceland in this exceptional journey featuring 15 stops in diverse and scenic settings that range from remote fishing villages to bustling seaports. Wander the windswept northern Scottish reaches once inhabited by Iron Age families outside of Kirkwall. Watch nesting sea birds and listen to the calls of grey seals along the coastline of Spanish Head on the Isle of Man. And step inside the Rosenkrantz Tower at Saint Mary’s Church in Bergen, recognized as the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Norway. In Reykjavik, Iceland you can visit the stately white Höfdi House where Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev discussed peace in 1986 before sampling Icelandic meat soup at the Viking World Museum.

Lisbon to Edinburgh - 18 Days

Reenergize and indulge in ales, wines and amazing cuisine as you sail north along the Atlantic Coast of Europe from Lisbon, Portugal to Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s a 14-port, 18-day journey through some of the most storied vineyards and urban centers in the world. Drift along Portugal’s celebrated Douro River and learn about the early wine trade prior to sampling deep red aged port in a famed Porto wine cellar. Spend two unforgettable days among Bordeaux’s famous vineyards and sip tea and nibble on Scottish shortbreads and locally sourced cheeses in the tea room of 400-year-old Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull.

Dublin to Reykjavik - 26 Days

Nights are either short or nonexistent when you sail the North Sea in early summer, so you see more in Ireland, the Isle of Man, UK, Norway, Faroe Islands (Denmark), and Iceland. This 26-day cruise winds throughout the northern expanses and smaller ports throughout UK and Norway before touching on the remote Faroe Islands and eventually circling all of Iceland, giving you plenty of time to explore storied Scottish castles in Portree, sample unique goat cheeses in Geiranger, Norway and ride charming Icelandic horses close to the Arctic Circle in Akureyri, Iceland.

This 29-day back-to-back cruise offers more than 20 port stops in Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, Isle of Man, UK, Norway, the Faroe Islands (Denmark) and Iceland. With extra days spent in Bordeaux, France and Kirkwall, Scotland, so you have additional time for French cooking classes, vineyard visits, Scottish whisky samples and Iron Age archaeological site visits. Other excursion opportunities include exploring the labyrinth-like streets inside the walls of the abbey at Mont St. Michel, France, learning how to pour a perfect pint of stout in the Gravity Sky Bar above the historic Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland, and riding a cable car to the summit of Ulriken Mountain, the highest of the seven peaks above the port city of Bergen, Norway.

Escape the summer crowds on this autumn adventure through western France, Portugal, and Spain. With 20 days ahead, you have time to relax on sunny Costa del Sol beaches, follow the explorers to highlights along Portugal’s coast, and sip fine wines in France’s most famous vineyards. Tune your ear and your taste buds to the diverse cultures you encounter, from the Basque Lands to Celtic Brittany to Andalusia’s Moorish influence. And discover you can have delightful adventures even as your small white ship draws envious glances wherever you go.

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