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Uncover the many wonders of Scandinavia and Northern Europe’s top ports on an exciting North Sea Cruise with Celebrity. This region is famous for its millennia-old maritime culture, dramatic landscapes, and classically preserved old ports. Visit national museums and art galleries, ice-formed fjords, and walk in the path of Vikings all in one trip.
Discover the best of Bruges as you wander along a network of canals lined with half-timbered buildings dating from the Middle Ages. Learn about the priceless and precise techniques used to build the ships that helped create a trading empire at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. Marvel at the genius of Van Gogh in Amsterdam before spending a rejuvenating day on a luxury cruise around the North Sea with Celebrity Cruises.
Norway’s fjord-indented west coast makes for some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Formed by retreating glaciers over thousands of years, the fjords are characterized by towering cliffs, calm blue water, and quaint villages nestled on lush farmland at the head of each fjord.
While in port in Amsterdam, you can explore the bustling city and the peaceful countryside surrounding it. The Netherlands is known for its cycling culture, pretty windmills, historically important sites like the Anne Frank House, and impressive art museums, such as the Van Gogh Museum.
In Bruges, you’ll be able to admire some of Europe’s finest gothic architecture. From 12th-century churches to the intricate 15th-century City Hall and the famed Belfry, this city exudes living history at every step along its cobbled streets. While you’re there, remember to sample the handmade chocolate truffles for which the city is famed.
Oslo is a city that may seem understated, but actually boasts some of the best sightseeing, entertainment, and outdoor experiences in all of Scandinavia. Take a stroll through Frogner Park to see over 200 local Iddefjord bronze, cast iron and granite statues made by the renowned sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. Learn about the master crafting of wooden ships that the brave Norwegian polar explorers used in the late 19th century at the Fram Museum. Dine on fresh salmon and delight yourself with a glass of aquavit in the stylish, harborside Aker Brygge neighborhood.
Europe’s fun, friendly, northern port city of Amsterdam is a fabulous place to explore, with plenty of great neighborhoods, museums, and shopping. Wander the canal ring around De Wallen, the medieval city center, to admire the beautiful Dutch homes that line the water. Visit the Royal Palace and behold over 200 years of opulent and regal history from one of Europe’s still existing monarchies. Snack on a sweet stroopwafel in the hip and central neighborhood of Jordaan, or sip on a traditional genever drink as you prepare for the day’s adventures.
The small city of Bruges is like a living museum that pays homage to both the middle ages and 400-year Gothic period with almost unmatched precision. Conquer the narrow and winding steps of the Belfry for the best bird’s-eye view of the city as you perch on its 13th-century balcony. Tour the Basilica of the Holy Blood with its colorful Renaissance facade, and see the precious crystal vial that’s said to have the blood of Christ stained on a cloth within it. Remember, too, to make time for a classic Belgian lunch of moules frites – mussels with fries.
These thrilling North Sea cruises depart from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, or Southampton, England. Itineraries last for anywhere between four and 12 nights and operate between April and September.
Celebrity brings you the best of North Sea Cruises with stellar services and amenities, five-star dining, and carefully curated port excursions to delight a wide variety of tastes. Enjoy an artisan cocktail at Eden Bar as you sail through the English Channel. Settle back with a book among the greenery of the al fresco Rooftop Garden. Entertain yourself with a Broadway-level show before turning into your luxury suite as a guest at The Retreat.
The North Sea is considered to be one of the most culturally-rich cruise routes in Europe, and gives you unique access to some of the region’s most famous ports and nature. You’ll visit sheer-sided fjords in Norway, world-famous art museums in Amsterdam and Oslo, and get a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone in Cork, depending on your itinerary. Enjoy the vacation of a lifetime on a North Sea Cruise that you won’t soon forget.