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About Helsinki

Helsinki is a city with a variety of identities. Maybe it's the Russian influence (St. Petersburg is a quick train ride away). Maybe it's the strong appreciation of contemporary design -- the capital of Finland is home to Marimekko, world-renowned for its boldly patterned textiles; Kalevala, known for distinctive bronze and silver jewelry; and Iittala, known for glassware. The city also might be associated with the dark, cold and snowy winters that last half the year (fortunately, this is not the season for cruising). Helsinki embraces a bit of oddball fun, too. One annual festival features the tossing of Finnish-made Nokia cellphones, and another popular mainstay is a wife-carrying competition.

Finland differs from Nordic neighbors like Sweden and Norway because of its near-inexplicable language. (It originated as an oral language, rather than a written one, so it's very difficult to follow; Swedish is also widely spoken.) The country itself is one of Europe's newest; independence from Russia was achieved in 1917 following the Bolshevik Revolution.


Helsinki was founded in 1550 by Swedish King Gustav Vasa and offers monuments such as the Lutheran Cathedral (Lutheranism is one of the national religions), the onion-domed Uspenski Cathedral (Eastern Orthodox) and the neo-classical buildings in and around Senate Square. The city also features Kiasma, the avant-garde Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Design Museum.


Helsinki's other major plus is that it's bounded on three sides by the Baltic Sea. In summer, the city's waterfront is the liveliest place in Finland -- whether you're soaking up the sun at a cafe, riding the ferry to the island housing the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, or taking a boat tour of surrounding waterways.


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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Helsinki

    Leaving:
    Copenhagen
    Visiting:
    Rostock, Tallinn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    9 Night Cruise to Helsinki Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Copenhagen
    • Day 2
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Tallinn
    • Day 5
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 6
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 7
      Helsinki
    • Day 8
      Nynashamn
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Copenhagen
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    Norwegian Escape - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound

    Cons

    A la carte fees and cover charges add up quickly

    Bottom Line

    There's something for everyone on Escape, but you might pay extra for it

    Reviews

    Norwegian Escape Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    There's nothing subtle about Norwegian Escape, which you'll notice before you even board the cr...

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    drsalch
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Oh, the brussel sprouts!
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    Oconnor
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Something for all...
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    • Soft Drinks
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Helsinki

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Copenhagen, Stockholm ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Helsinki Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Copenhagen
    • Day 4
      Copenhagen
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Stockholm
    • Day 7
      Helsinki
    • Day 8
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 9
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Berlin
    • Day 12
      Aarhus
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Southampton
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    Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

    Cons

    Specialty dining charges can run high

    Bottom Line

    Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors

    Reviews

    Celebrity Silhouette Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, the...

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    jivel1
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Return to port
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    Manyfreckles
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Love the updated ship!
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Helsinki

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Skagen, Tallinn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    12 Night Cruise to Helsinki Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Skagen
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Tallinn
    • Day 6
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 7
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 8
      Helsinki
    • Day 9
      Stockholm
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Copenhagen
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Amsterdam
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    Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Few gimmicks, great service, rarely raucous

    Cons

    Costly extras, unimaginative entertainment

    Bottom line

    Uncomplicated classic cruising with all the traditional trimmings

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    Jewel of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

    Jewel of the Seas made its debut in spring 2004. Measuring 90,090 tons and carrying 2,100-plus ...

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    Cindy Sea
    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Panama Canal Cruise was a Bucket List High!
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Hotel of the Seas
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Helsinki

    Leaving:
    Copenhagen
    Visiting:
    Rostock, Tallinn ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    9 Night Cruise to Helsinki Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Copenhagen
    • Day 2
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Tallinn
    • Day 5
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 6
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 7
      Helsinki
    • Day 8
      Stockholm
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Copenhagen
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    Norwegian Getaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Getaway makes the most of outdoor spaces like the Waterfront with its South Beach vibe.

    Cons

    Fees add up for wow-factor experiences, such as upscale restaurants and dinner theater.

    Bottom Line

    Getaway offers an abundance of dining and entertainment options with a Miami flair.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Getaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Getaway simply oozes Miami, and that's exactly what Norwegian Cruise Line was going for when it...

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    nfish
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Poor Layout
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    jimroche
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    DISAPPOINTMENT
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Helsinki

    Leaving:
    Copenhagen
    Visiting:
    Rostock, Helsinki ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Helsinki Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Copenhagen
    • Day 2
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Helsinki
    • Day 5
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 6
      Tallinn
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Copenhagen
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jade Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    margaretandy67
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Superb size of ship and excellent staff; Singapore Phuket Malaysia
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    jf33180
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Poor Management decisions Stay away from NCL
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Helsinki

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Berlin, Helsinki ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Helsinki Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Berlin
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Helsinki
    • Day 6
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 7
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 8
      Tallinn
    • Day 9
      Stockholm
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Copenhagen
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Reflection - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Newest ship in the Celebrity fleet, impressive free and for-a-fee dining options

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for suite guests could make other passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Stylish and contemporary mega-ship cruising with exceptional service

    Reviews

    Celebrity Reflection Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Cool sophistication is the unmistakable vibe onboard Celebrity Reflection, the biggest of the