Shore Excursions in the UK and Northern Europe
By Viator, June 2014
Cruises to Amsterdam dock at the Eastern Docklands, about a 10- to 20-minute walk from Central Station (Centraal Station). Explore the city by bike and canal boat, taking in the row houses and leafy lanes, and then visit one of the city’s well-known art museums – the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. The language in the Netherlands is Dutch, but English is widely spoken by most locals. The currency is the euro.
Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is the original home of the Titanic, and there are a few attractions devoted to the planning, building and voyage of the ship. If you’re interested, check out the Titanic Experience in the Titanic Quarter, across the harbor from the port. Ships dock in Belfast Harbour, a couple of miles north of the city center. Take a cab into town to see city sights like St Anne’s Cathedral. Belfast is part of the United Kingdom; the language is English and the currency is the British pound.
The capital and largest city in Denmark sits between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea on the Oresund strait, which separates the country from Sweden. Most cruises dock at Langelinie Pier, within walking distance of the city center; some ships may dock at the Freeport Term, about 2 miles (3.2 km) from downtown. Take a harbor cruise shore excursion to see the city from the water, and then visit landmarks like the Little Mermaid statue and Amalienborg Palace. The language is Danish, but English is often understood. The currency is the Danish krone.
Cruises to Dublin, the Republic of Ireland’s capital city, dock at either Alexandra Quay or the Maritime House on the River Liffey; it’s a quick cab or shuttle ride into the center of town. Check out big-name attractions like the Guinness Storehouse and St Patrick’s Cathedral, or take a walking tour shore excursion to see the city’s historical and literary sights. The official languages are English and Gaelic, and the currency is the euro.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland boasts a long, and sometimes dark, history of kings and queens. Today, the city has a thriving arts and culture scene. Combine the two with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, a walk down Royal Mile and a tour of the city’s contemporary galleries. Then visit George Street in New Town for shopping and a bite to eat. Scotland is part of the United Kingdom; the language is English and the currency is the British pound. Ships dock in Leith, a 30-minute walk or 10-minute cab/bus ride from the city center.
The second-largest city in Germany sits on the River Elbe, and its port is one of the largest in the world. Ships dock at the Altona terminal, about 2.5 miles (4 km) from the center of the city; some ships may dock closer to the city at the new HafenCity cruise terminal. Book a shore excursion with a hop-on hop-off bus pass to visit attractions like St Michaelis church and the warehouse district. The language is German, but English is often understood. The currency is the euro.
The Baltic Sea city of Helsinki – the capital and largest city of Finland – is nearly surrounded by water. Ships dock at either the South Terminal, which is walking distance to the city, or West Terminal, where you can catch a cab. Visit Market Square to pick up souvenirs, and then visit Suomenlinna Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re a museum person, you’ll be in heaven with the Design Museum, Natural History Museum, City Museum, Art Museum… the list goes on. The language is Finnish and the currency is the euro.
Cruises to London don’t actually dock in London, as the city isn’t on the coast, but instead pull into ports in Dover, Harwich and Southampton. Book a private port transfer for a comfortable ride into the city, or book a shore excursion that includes transport from the port with detours to attractions like Stonehenge, Canterbury and Leeds Castle. The language of England is English, and the currency is the British pound.
Oslo, the capital and largest city of Norway, sits at the base of the Oslofjord, an arm of the North Sea. Ships dock within walking distance of downtown, where you can see many attractions on foot, including the Nobel Peace Prize Center. To enjoy the area’s fjords, book a shore excursion that includes a sightseeing cruise. The language of Norway is Norwegian, and the currency is the Norwegian krone.
Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital and largest city, and sits on the southwest coast of the island. Small ships may dock in town, but most cruises pull into the Skarfabakki dock, about 2 miles (1.2 km) from the city center. The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous attraction – take a shore excursion for easy transport there. Or if you’d rather be back on the water, book a whale-watching or puffin-spotting wildlife cruise. The language is Icelandic, and the currency is the Icelandic krona.
Tours & Tickets
No matter what cruise ship you arrive on, this is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion in Tallinn. See Tallinn’s essential sights on a City Sightseeing ... Read more
Duration: Ticket valid for 1 or 2 days from time of first use
No matter what cruise ship you arrive on, this is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion in Oslo. Explore the sunniest capital in Scandinavia with this one ... Read more
Duration: Valid for 24 hours
Spend your time in port in Tallinn discovering this enchanting city with a fascinating past, on this 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Your guide will show you all ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
No matter what cruise ship you arrive on, this is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion in Copenhagen. Find out why they call it 'wonderful Copenhagen' on ... Read more
Duration: 24 or 48 hours.
When your cruise ship docks in Stockholm, explore the up-and-coming island neighborhood of Södermalm by electric, self-balancing Segway! Choose from one ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)