Northern Europe Cruise Holidays

The ultimate city break calls
Ready to take your city break to the next level? Imagine strolling beneath the medieval architecture of Bruges, sipping an icy beer in a canal-side café in Hamburg and admiring the many masterpieces of Amsterdam. Now imagine doing all that in a week on our Northern European cruises.

Find your ultimate Northern European Cruise Holiday

On a Northern European City Escape, you'll explore three charming European cities on one epic holiday. These iconic cities are bursting with local quirks, history, culture, fine wines and plenty of good times. Enjoy an endlessly enchanting network of winding cobbled streets and tranquil canals lined with medieval buildings

Northern Europe Cruise Ports

Always on the hunt for foodie haunts? Inspired by awesome architecture? From Hamburg to Amsterdam – this corner of the world is bursting with local quirks, history, culture, fine wines and plenty of good times.

Bruges (tours from Zeebrugge), Belgium

Fancy a treat? Look out for the orange and red cocoa bean motif, it’ll be one of the Bruges Guild of Chocolatiers. Thirsty? Sample some local beers at a cosy bar or brewery, but don’t try to tackle them all – there are over 1,000 varieties!

Hamburg, Germany

Germany’s ‘Gateway to the world’ has more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined (over 2,300). See the baroque St Michaelis Church or pay homage at the Kaiserkeller club, where The Beatles cut their teeth.

Cherbourg, France

Cherbourg’s must-see landmarks include The Basilica of the Holy Trinity and the Museum of Liberation, which offers WWII insight and stunning views. Don’t forget the city's must-try delicacies; creamy cheeses and sumptuous French wines!

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Discover cutting edge architecture – from the reimagining of the former docklands at Kop van Zuid, to the iconic Erasmus Bridge. Or, if you want to get a feel for Rotterdam of old, a visit to the picturesque port of Delfshaven is a must.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is famous for many things: beer, tulips, great art galleries and museums, a relaxed café scene and, of course, its Red Light District, which is actually in one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city.

Reasons to visit Northern Europe on a cruise holiday

History and Culture

Northern Europe cruise holidays are full of memorable experiences from Hamburg's thought-provoking Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial to Amsterdam's art-lover’s wonderland, offering the chance to see world treasures galore. Museumplein, in Amsterdam, is home to the incredible Van Gogh Museum, the vast Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, all set around a splendid green space. While, Rotterdam's historic old port area boasts windmills, museums and canal houses now hosting cosy shops, art houses, trendy cafés and artisan breweries.

Striking Architecture

Northern Europe offers striking architecture throughout it's cities displaying the medieval to the modern. The historic city of Bruges boasts medieval buildings and intricate network of canals, while Rotterdam’s unique new constructions include the dizzying Cube Houses with structural cubes that tilt at a 45-degree angle, the monumental Erasmus Bridge, and the Euromast Tower with its panoramic city views.

Fabulous Food and Drink

Belgium and beer go hand in hand, and you’ll find every variety imaginable in Bruges, which boasts more than 1,000 varieties to try. You'll find no end of cosy pubs and breweries. Don't miss the 2be Beer Wall (there are fabulous views from its terrace bar, too). Or head to the 16th-century De Halve Maan brewery for a great tour and tasting. From sizzling sausages fresh off the grill; cosy pubs; welcoming cafés; glamorous cocktail bars and fine dining, Rotterdam is the peninsula for local culinary experiences and a relaxed street-food vibe.

Discover Amsterdam & Rotterdam

Discover Hamburg

Our favourite Northern European city escapes

Experiences on shore

With year-round sailings there’s ample opportunity to soak up the best the seasons have to offer.

View a selection of Northern European cruise shore experiences

Set sail on the ultimate Northern European cruise escape on board your favourite ship

Brand New Ship

Iona

As the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), Iona is our greenest, largest and most innovative ship yet. With her luminous glass-roofed SkyDome, on-board gin distillery and whole world of dining and entertainment on board. Iona has a host of surprises in store.

Family Friendly

Britannia

Inspired by our past. Designed for the future. There has never been a more stylish way to see the world! Whether you're new to cruising, or a veteran of the high seas, your moments on board Britannia are sure to be truly memorable.