Helsinki cruises

Sail in past the island fortress of Suomenlinna to Finland's clean, bustling capital. Gaze at the neo-classical architecture of Senate Square and the copper dome of Rock Church. Shop along the Esplanade for Finnish crafts. Or visit architect Saarinen's studio.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Flavours of Helsinki – Small Group Tour

    Join a small group to experience the history of Helsinki through its food and thriving local markets.

    Flavours of Helsinki – Small Group Tour

    A great way to get to know the history and culture of any destination is through its food.

    Your first stop will be at the historic Old Market Hall, where you will find everything from both Scandinavian and Lappish culture. Your local guide and fellow culinary enthusiast will show you around the cornucopia of products on offer and you will have the opportunity to sample Finnish treasures, such as smoked fish and warm butter pastries. Designed by Finnish architect Gunnar Nyström and in use since 1888, the hall has been recently restored and is more popular than ever with locals and tourists alike.

    Next, you will head to the nearby open market square, whose stalls are overflowing with seasonal berries and vegetables, where you will again make some stops to sample the freshest local produce. You will have free time to browse the stalls for more culinary delights or locally-made souvenirs and handicrafts, before heading to the iconic Senate Square for a photograph stop.

    Your return drive to the ship will include a panoramic tour of the city.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour, comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    HEL_190

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Helsinki by Vintage Tram

    Discover the historical sights of Helsinki by vintage tram.

    Helsinki by Vintage Tram

    Regular tram traffic began in Helsinki in 1891 and the first carriages were open sided and pulled by horses. In 1901 electric powered trams took over and through the years the city has seen different styles of tram in all weird and wonderful colours.

    After a short transfer to Helsinki's central Railway station, you'll continue your city tour on a unique vintage tram from the 1960's. Sit back and admire the scenery as you travel along Mannerheimintie where most of the cities important sights are located. During your panoramic tram ride you'll pass by the Finlandia Hall, the National Museum and Parliament House to name but a few.

    Your final destination is the stunning neo-classical Senate Square. Time permitting, you may wish to remain in the city to enjoy a spot of shopping or alternatively a coach transfer will take you back to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach, vintage tram and on foot. Guests must be able to negotiate the steps of the coach. There is approximately ten minutes of walking over flat ground included.

    Tour code

    HEL_031

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2¾ hours

  • Free Time at Three Sites

    The perfect way to explore Helsinki independently. Enjoy free time at 3 of the main visitor areas.

    Free Time at Three Sites

    Once onboard your three stop transfer, you’ll be given a map of Helsinki, so you can plan your free time.

    Venture into the heart of the city centre to indulge in a spot of retail therapy or visit the famous Temppeliaukio Church. ‘The Rock Church’, as it is more commonly known is an architectural masterpiece, the interior was excavated and built into the rock and the ceiling clad in copper.

    At Sibelius Park, view the magnificent Sibelius Monument dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, which caused some controversy when it was first unveiled; the 600 hollow steel pipes in a wave-like pattern capture the spirit of Sibelius’s music. Enjoy some time to make your own mind up about this piece of abstract art.

    Enjoy refreshments of tea and biscuits at a local hotel with a difference, formerly the local prison the historic building has now been converted into a modern hotel but has retained many of the original features which you will have a short time to ‘break out’ and explore.

    Finally call at the thriving Market Square where you can discover a myriad of local produce and goods for sale or take a short walk to the neo-classical Senate Square with its elegant public buildings and imposing Lutheran Cathedral.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. A tour assistant will be on hand to provide practical information about where and when to meet for the onward transportation. Please note that the assistant is not a tour guide. The entrance fee for the ‘Rock Church’ is included in the cost of your tour, all other entrance fees are not included and are payable locally. A map of Helsinki will be provided. There is a five minute uphill walk to reach the ‘Rock Church’ from the drop off point. The order of stops may vary.

    Tour code

    HEL_176

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Helsinki on Foot

    Discover tree-lined avenues, graceful parks and distinctive architecture in the capital of Finland.

    Helsinki on Foot

    After a short transfer, arrive at Senate Square, the historical centre of Helsinki. From here, stroll past formidable buildings that make a strong impression on the Helsinki skyline, such as the Railway Station, Sanoma Building, the Finlandia Congress Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    A stop will be made at a waterfront café for some light refreshments.

    Continue your walk up to Toolo residential area and through Hesperia Park. Then head to The Rock Church, a unique church blasted into the solid rock. The walking part of the tour will conclude at the Rock Church, where a coach will await to return you to the ship.

    Alternatively, you may choose to remain in the city for further independent exploration and shopping. If taking this option, you will be responsible for your own return to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a total of 2½ hours’ of walking over mainly paved and gravel surfaces. Please be advised that the Rock Church may close without prior notice. The order of sites may vary.

    Tour code

    HEL_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Helsinki Highlights

    See Helsinki's city highlights on a guided drive that visits Senate Square and The Rock Church.

    Helsinki Highlights

    See the city’s focal point, Senate Square, with fine 19th century neo-classical buildings and the impressive Lutheran Cathedral of St Nicholas. Pass the Uspenski Cathedral and the North Harbour where the icebreaker fleet is stationed.

    The Rock Church (Temppeliaukio), a unique creation carved out of solid rock and topped with a copper dome is a striking example of modern Finnish architecture. En route you will see the Presidential Palace, the colourful Market Square and the beautiful Kaivopuisto Park, where many of the foreign embassies are situated.

    Stop to admire the massive, stainless steel Sibelius Monument dedicated to the musical vision of Jean Sibelius and situated in the beautiful Sibelius Park. View the Olympic Stadium, where the Olympic games were held in 1952 and travel past the new Opera House, Finlandia Hall, the Parliament Building, the National Museum and the Railway Station.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Olympic Stadium is currently undergoing renovation work, and may not be visible during your tour. Should you opt to remain in the city for independent sightseeing, you will be responsible for your own return to the ship. Please note that the Rock Church may close without prior notice. The tour does involve some walking, with gravel walkways at the Sibelius Monument and steps at Senate Square. The order of sites may vary. Due to parking restrictions there will be a ten minute uphill walk to The Rock Church.

    Tour code

    HEL_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Winter Wonderland and Helsinki Highlights

    Brrrr....enjoy the chilly temperatures at the world’s first all-year-round indoor Winter Wonderland and view the Highlights of Helsinki.

    Winter Wonderland and Helsinki Highlights

    Only a short drive from the centre of Helsinki is the only all-year-round indoor winter wonderland. Before you can enjoy some winter fun in the middle of summer, you’ll be kitted out with thermal clothing in the dressing hall. The weather forecast is always -5ºC and no wind!

    Explore the individual igloos in this Winter world, where guests can admire the ice carvings and have some fun in the snow. During your visit there are several activities to enjoy, tobogganing, kick sledging and tandem skiing, there are also the friendly arctic husky dogs to meet. In the middle of this unusual complex is a 300 metre long track, where you’ll hop aboard your sled for a short husky ride passing winter scenery. In the Ice Bar and Restaurant, sample Finland’s finest vodka or a refreshing soft drink, before enjoying some free time to shop for Lappish souvenirs at the gift shop.

    After this unique experience you will continue your tour by coach, passing several of Helsinki’s main sights, while driving towards Senate Square, adjacent to the open market. Enjoy a little free time before returning to your ship.


    This tour is not suitable for guests with medical problems that could be affected by the extreme cold.

    Tour code

    HEL_182

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Helsinki & Tea Tasting – Small Group Tour

    See Helsinki’s most stunning sights on this panoramic tour, and enjoy a tasting of fresh Finnish teas and snacks.

    Helsinki & Tea Tasting – Small Group Tour

    Your scenic coach tour heads straight into the heart of Helsinki, pausing for photographs at Senate Square, in the oldest part of the city. As you marvel at the neo-classical square, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, you’ll find that the Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace and the main building of Helsinki University all provide wonderful backdrops for memorable holiday snaps.

    >Back on board your coach, you’ll pass the verdant Esplanade, before driving to Mannerheim Street, passing several historic buildings and parks which your guide will point out. You’ll also pass by idyllic Töölö Bay and the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, which hosted 70,000 spectators for the 1952 summer games.

    Now, it’s time to experience the Finnish tea culture! What is a Finnish cup of tea like? How has the culture in Finland developed? What kind of local herbs and berries are used to make the deliciously healthy tea blend? At Forsmann, the largest tea store, factory and tea school in the northern countries, you’ll find out the answers to all these questions and more.

    For 40 years, Forsmann has been a pioneer in crafting its own unique blends of high-quality, loose leaf tea. You’ll taste five varieties, along with some small sweet and salty local snacks.

    Take some time to browse the factory shop to purchase souvenirs, before the return journey to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is minimal walking required on this tour.

    Tour code

    HEL_192

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Helsinki & Archipelago Sail

    Enjoy the sights of Helsinki by land and sea. Under sail, cruise around the archipelago onboard a fabulous sailing yacht.

    Helsinki & Archipelago Sail

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on this panoramic journey through Helsinki's city and coastal sights. You'll experience the unique and beautiful sights of the capital of Finland, with its impressive wealth of architecture. The most striking is Carl Ludvig Engel's neo-classical Senate Square, surrounded by public buildings. En route you'll pass by the Parliament Building, the National Museum and the Finlandia Hall, a concert and convention centre designed by the world-famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. A photo stop will be made at Sibelius Park, to admire the magnificent monument in honor of the best-known Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

    Afterwards, it's all aboard your sail yacht to enjoy views of Helsinki's beautiful archipelago. As the crew hoist the sails your guide will tell you about Helsinki and the importance of the sea for this coastal city. As you sail around the islands, look out for the Baltic Seals that play in these waters. Whilst onboard, enjoy tea and coffee with tasty traditional Finnish cinnamon buns.


    This excursion will operate by coach, sailing yacht and on foot. To board the yacht there are approximately four steep steps to negotiate with a further four steps to reach the saloon and bathroom facilities.

    Tour code

    HEL_034

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Speedy Sea Tour

    Enjoy an exhilarating adventure onboard a RIB, admiring the beauty of Helsinki’s archipelago.

    Speedy Sea Tour

    View the beauty of Helsinki from an entirely new perspective, by taking an exciting and exhilarating RIB ride through the Finnish archipelago.

    An escort will accompany you from the quayside to the boat pier, where you’ll receive an orientation and safety briefing, as well as being kitted out with your lifejacket, ready for the ride.

    On boarding your RIB, your Captain will take you out into the archipelago, demonstrating the RIB's capabilities and cruising at speeds of up to 40 knots through channels of open water, under bridges and past several of the islands, scattered throughout the archipelago, with their distinctive Finnish summer cottages. Enjoy the surrounding landscape and pass the city’s ship building area, where huge vessels are constructed in the heart of Helsinki.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by Rigid Inflatable Boat. The RIB ride lasts approximately 45 minutes. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn. Guests should wear warm clothing and must be good swimmers. This tour is not suitable for those guests who are pregnant, have back or neck injuries, or are under ten years old.

    Tour code

    HEL_179

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    1¼ hours

  • Panoramic Helsinki and Reindeer Feeding

    Take a selfie with a reindeer and have tea in a tepee! Your opportunity to see Finland in a whole new light.

    Panoramic Helsinki and Reindeer Feeding

    Experience a touch of northern magic at Nuuksio Reindeer Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to get close to the creatures we all dreamed of as children – reindeer!

    During your visit you’ll get to pat and feed these magnificent animals who reside at Nuuksio throughout the year. Whilst at the park, like the reindeer, you’ll be well fed and watered, with coffee and tea, accompanied by local buns and all served over a hot open fire in an atmospheric Lappish ‘kota’ (tepee). The kota itself is comfortably furnished with rustic wooden tables and benches, typical of the traditional furnishing and décor of Lapland.

    Enjoy some time to browse the gift shop before returning to Helsinki where a panoramic drive will introduce you to some of the main highlights of the city. Pass by Parliament House, The National Museum, Finlandia Hall, the new Helsinki Music Centre and the Contemporary Art Museum to name a few.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour, over uneven ground. Guests are advised that although they will be up close to the reindeers, there will be a safety fence in between. During the spring the reindeer shed their antlers so some may have their antlers missing. Please do not touch the antlers as these are highly sensitive. Strict rules prevent guests from feeding the reindeers anything other than the feed provided.

    Tour code

    HEL_183

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Beauty on Water

    Surrounding the city of Helsinki is an archipelago of beautiful green islands surrounded by blue seas.

    Beauty on Water

    Sit back, relax and enjoy a 1½-hour-long narrated cruise through the beautiful island-studded sea surrounding Helsinki. Begin by passing the old Yacht Club, a landmark of the city and view the diplomats’ area, located on a peninsula jutting into the sea. Continuing out to sea, you’ll cruise by the old Suomenlinna Fortress, built during Swedish rule to defend Helsinki from the Russians; today it serves as an outdoor museum. As you glide through the Finnish Archipelago, enjoy views of cottages, villas and waterfront saunas.

    A stop will also be made at the open-air market, where you can then enjoy some free time to browse for souvenirs and local products.


    This excursion will operate by coach and by boat. A coach will take you on the short journey from the pier to the landing area to board your sightseeing boat. Return to the ship will also be by coach. Operation of this tour is weather dependent. Numbers are strictly limited and early booking is recommended. There are a few steps to negotiate when embarking/disembarking the sightseeing boat. Refreshments can be purchased on board. If the Market Square is closed, an alternative shopping venue will be visited. The order of sites may vary.

    Tour code

    HEL_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Old Town Porvoo

    See the main highlights of Helsinki before heading into the countryside to the delightful town of Porvoo.

    Old Town Porvoo

    Helsinki boasts a wealth of stunning architecture, and Carl Ludwig's neo-classical Senate Square is one of the most graceful squares in Europe. Enjoy a panoramic tour of city before heading out to discover Finland's second oldest town - charming Porvoo.

    The City of Porvoo originated as a trading hub for Porvoo Parish inhabitants at the point where the sea meets the Porvoonjoki River. The town was named after the ancient fortress Borgå, the Swedish name for Porvoo, and was granted town rights by Swedish King Magnus Eriksson in 1346. Old Porvoo is one of the treasures of Finland, and the town looks the same as it did during the middle ages.

    The town has lovingly-preserved a section of the old part of the city and a guided walk through this area will take you over cobbled streets, past weathered wooden houses, the town hall and the main square.

    Enjoy some welcome refreshments at the Haikko Manor House before returning to Helsinki.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves walking over uneven and gravelled ground. The order of sites may vary.

    Tour code

    HEL_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Panoramic Helsinki

    The perfect tour for guests who prefer to see all the highlights from the comfort of a coach.

    Panoramic Helsinki

    Helsinki is known as 'Daughter of the Baltic' or the 'White City of the North'. Start your city panorama by passing the shipyard along the coastal road, Embassy Park and the colourful open-air market. Stop for a photo at Senate Square to capture the elegant Lutheran Cathedral, then pass Uspenski Cathedral and see the Icebreakers, docked for the summer season.

    Traverse the main street of the city, Mannerheim, and pass by the Parliament House, National Museum, Finlandia Hall, the new Helsinki Music Centre and the Contemporary Art Museum. Take a look at the new Opera House and the Olympic Stadium, venue for the Games in 1952.

    At Sibelius Park, stop for a short while to see the Sibelius Monument, before heading back.


    This excursion will operate by coach. No entrances are included in this tour. Short photographic stops of approximately five minutes, as indicated, are included. The order of sites may vary.

    Tour code

    HEL_018

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours