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Cruises to Gothenburg

Gothenburg (Photo:Alexei Novikov/Shutterstock)

About Gothenburg

The 203-foot tower of Masthuggs Church pierces the skyline of Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden. Situated on the country's west coast, about halfway between Copenhagen and Oslo, this city of 543,000 is becoming a go-to destination on sailings in the Baltic Sea. In 2002, just five vessels carrying 2,400 travelers stopped there; now more than 100,000 cruise passengers on more than 50 ships disembark at this cosmopolitan university town.

The city is Goteborg in Swedish, pronounced "yur-te-borry." It might not be the port that inspired your dream trip to the Baltic, but it will likely be a pleasant surprise, and it's an easy place to wander on your own.

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Island Princess

22 Night
Cruise to GothenburgDetails

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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Sirena

10 Night
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Leaving:Portsmouth
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Norwegian Star

10 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Marina
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Marina

9 Night
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Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Norwegian Star

10 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Voyager of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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MSC Poesia

10 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Island Princess

10 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Costa Diadema

8 Night
Cruise to GothenburgDetails

138 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
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MSC Poesia

11 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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MSC Poesia

4 Night
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Leaving:Le Havre
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Queen Victoria

10 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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MSC Poesia

12 Night
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Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Carnival Pride

12 Night
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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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MSC Poesia

11 Night
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Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Aida Bella

13 Night
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Leaving:Kiel
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Le Dumont d'Urville

7 Night
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Leaving:Oslo
Cruise Line:Ponant
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MSC Poesia

12 Night
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Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Seven Seas Splendor

18 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Seabourn Ovation

21 Night
Cruise to GothenburgDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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Seven Seas Voyager

12 Night
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Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Seabourn Ovation

10 Night
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Leaving:London
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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Seabourn Ovation

28 Night
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Leaving:Stockholm
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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Seven Seas Voyager

24 Night
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Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Island Princess

12 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Why go to Gothenburg?

Pros:

Sweden's second-largest city is home to impressive museums, pretty canals and Scandinavia's largest amusement park

Cons:

The primary cruise port for larger ships is in an ugly commercial area about a 25-minute ride from the city center

Bottom Line:

There's plenty to see in town. But an excursion to the nearby Gothenburg Archipelago is worth a trip, too

Getting Around?

Once you've arrived into downtown Gothenburg, there's a variety ways to get around: the hop-on, hop-off bus (currently 195 Swedish krona or about $25USD), traditional open-top paddan canal boats ($165 SEK or $20USD) and an old-fashioned trolley ($110 SEK or $15 USD).

But there's no need to spring for any of those in compact Gothenburg, since it's easily covered on foot. Armed with a tourist map -- we like the color-coded one called "The Best of Gotheburg in One Day" -- use the green swath of Tradgardsforeningen (park) as a visual reference point, and explore neighborhoods like the Haga and Aveny districts and the Inner City.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The Swedish krona is the unit of currency. For up-to-the-minute rates, check www.xe.com or www.oanda.com. Denominations of paper krona are 20, 50, 100 and 500. Amounts below 20 krona are settled with coins.

Language?

Swedish is spoken in Gothenburg, but most people in the tourism industry speak English.

Where You're Docked?

If you dock at Quay Skandia, where the largest ships go, your first reaction is likely to be "Ugh." It's an unattractive industrial zone of oil drums and container ships. But a 25-minute shuttle ride, offered gratis by many cruise lines, gets you into the attractive city center. Other local cruise ports include Freeport, just five minutes from the heart of town, and Arendal, about a 20-minute ride into the city. Tip: There's no reason to be the first one off the ship if you're exploring on your own, since the city doesn't really get going until 10 a.m.


Gothenburg Cruise Reviews
The Gothenburg Panorama excursion was a bus tour that went over the 3,060-foot-long Alvsborg Bridge and past some local landmarks. After a photo stop by the sculpture of the Greek god Poseidon created by Carl... Read More
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Happy Cruising Together
Walked off and toured on our own. Nice tour.... Read More
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Arizona340
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TNichols
A USD$15/person bus ride will take you into Gothenburg. A pretty city to walk around... Read More
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