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Northern Europe & BalticsAarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Gdansk, Greenland, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn
My wife and I have been on many cruises as you can see. For our next trip (2013) we are hoping to combine genealogy research in Poland with our love of cruising.
Are there any English speaking lines that start or end in Poland? That way we can visit, on our own, some towns of our ancestors in Poland and then start the cruise or finish the cruise and then visit Polish towns.
Thanks in advance
RCCL, Song of America, September 1984
Carnival, Tropicale, November 1987
Princess, Grand Princess, February 2000
RCCL, Explorer of the Seas, February 2001
Princess, Coral Princess, February 2003
RCCL, Adventure of the Seas, February 2006
Princess, Star Princess, February 2007
NCL, Pride of America, July 2008
HAL, Nieuw Amsterdam, January 2011
Princess, Crown Princess, January 2012
Celebrity, Millennium, July 2012
Princess, Ruby Princess, October 2013
I am not an expert, but I have not seen any cruises that start or end in Poland. Several cruise lines, including Princess, embark or disembark in Warnemünde Germany and this city is very close to the Polish border. There is good public transportation between the countries.
2014 Royal Princess - Eastern Caribbean
2013 Ruby Princess - Greek Isles
2012 Emerald Princess - Scandinavia and Russia
2011 Ruby Princess - Grand Mediterranean
2010 Norwegian Epic - Eastern Caribbean
2007 Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean
2005 Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean
1999 Disney Magic - Eastern Caribbean
1998 Carnival Fantasy - Eastern Caribbean
1993 Holland America Maasdam - Eastern Caribbean
Gdansk is really the only major port in Poland, and I've never seen any cruises published that use it as their primary embarkation/disembarkation port.
However, I've seen in the past that Costa tends to be fairly flexible when it comes to embarking or disembarking at alternate ports on a regular route. The Costa Pacifica sails to Gdansk near the end of its Kiel-to-Kiel sailings, so you might be able to arrange early disembarkation in Gdansk.
Alternatively, if you're interested in river cruises, some tour companies like Gate1 offer an overland pre-cruise extension from Warsaw to Krakow before traveling on to Budapest for a Danube sailing.
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We docked in Gdynia/Gdansk on a Princess cruise 2 years ago. Since then, I think most of the cruise lines pulled out of Poland, not sure why. It was a great port. I would investigate European lines if you want to begin or end in Poland.