Cruise season in Baltics
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Baltic and Northern Europe cruise region unites Scandinavia, British Isles, Greenland and Iceland, as well as the coast of Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia,the Netherlands and France. For all of these areas high season begins in May and ends in late August – mid September. The period from July to August is the hottest time. This season on the Baltic Sea is also called "wave season".
Summer on the Baltic Sea is a time when major cruise ports attract tourists not only by its architecture shining in the sun. Numerous festivals in the largest ports of the region Kiel, Hamburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Dover are an additional advantage for cruise ship passengers. And cruise days in Hamburg are considered to be one of the brightest events of the summer season on the Baltic Sea. It is a unique event, when the harbor of the famous German port receives several large ships, sailboats and mega yachts. Queen Mary 2, one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, is among regular participants of the parade. Hamburg Cruise Days are usually held in August. Tickets for cruises on the ships participating in the parade are sold quite quickly in a few days.
A huge number of children on board is plus for some people and minus for others. Anyway, during the high cruise season on the Baltic Sea kids represent a significant part of the cruise liners’ passengers. Those who consider such neighborhood tedious and noisy might choose cruises in June and September when children are in schools and prices for cruises are lower.
June and September are considered to be the low season for cruises on the Baltic Sea. However, it promises a variety of bonuses. In June many companies begin to present their new programs, so during this month future passengers can find a large number of special offers. Thus, luxury cruise liners often offer "2 in 1" cabins or free flights. September might be a little cool, but passengers can travel without summer crowds on the decks and enjoy ports, where life rhythm doubles after European holiday season.
Christmas and New Year on the Baltic Sea is the high season first of all for the ferry companies, such as Tallink, Color Line and others that offer short cruise trips. The average cruise on the Baltic Sea during the New Year season or season of Christmas vacations lasts 4-5 days. Among the main destinations are Norwegian fjords, the capitals of Scandinavia and the Baltic.
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.