Elsinore cruises

Homeland of Hygge, the art of comfort and cosiness, Denmark is a country of peaceful surroundings and pleasant surprises. It’s hard to imagine the all-conquering Vikings setting sail from these quiet shores. The eastern port city of Helsingor, known as Elsinore in English, is proud to share its 600 year seafaring history with visitors today. The Renaissance four-sided fortress of Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is a popular highlight and now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Helsingor’s Cultural Heritage

Hygge is the Danish way of snuggling up with a roaring fire, some scented candles and big comfy chair in the company of your friends and family. Find your own Hygge happiness with fellow travellers and new friends in the welcoming nautical theme bars of Helsingor and help keep tradition alive with Danish drinking songs and sea-shanties. It’s all about the sea here and the calendar is full of special dates and festivals with musical parades and dancing to celebrate.

The Toldkammeret Culture Centre in the old dockyard hosts concerts, theatre and cinema. Nearby the Spisestuen restaurant of the exceptional ultra-modern Kulturvaerft building serves very good fish and chips and national dishes like Flaeskesteg (roasted pork) and microbrews.

Discover all you need to know about Helsingor’s history at the M/S Maritime Museum. Outside a shining steel statue of a silvery boy called Han (meaning ‘Him’) sits on a rock staring wistfully out to sea, just like Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, 45 minutes down the coast by train in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen

Discover Helsingor

Shakespeare is said to have set his most famous work, Hamlet, in the 16th Century Kronborg Castle overlooking the Oresond Strait. Today, beneath the ornate spires you can explore the royal chambers, the banquet hall, the ballroom and the palace chapel on guided tours led by actors playing the parts from Hamlet.

In more recent times during WWII, fishermen of the Helsingor community smuggled almost all of the country’s 7,800 Danish Jews on the twenty minute crossing to a new, bright future in neutral Sweden.

Take time to absorb all this fascinating history at a café on Axel Torv square in the heart of Helsingor. Coffee and cake is a craze most of us would like to keep and here in the home of Danish pastry, the superb array of sweet delights exceeds expectations.


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.

  • Treasures of Copenhagen

    Enjoy the sight of Copenhagen including Rosenborg Castle and the Crown Jewels as well enchanting Tivoli Gardens.

    Treasures of Copenhagen

    Copenhagen has been the capital of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1417 and has a history as the ‘Royal City’ of Denmark. With royal favour, Copenhagen attracted barons, earls and nobility and with them came the wonderful imposing palaces, mansions and churches.

    The highlight of your tour will be a visit to beautiful Rosenborg Castle, built between 1606 and 1617 by King Christian IV. Today, the castle houses a fine collection of porcelain, silverware and fine art along with the Danish Crown Jewels and Coronation regalia.

    From Rosenborg Castle, you will drive to see the Little Mermaid. The former fairytale creation of Hans Christian Andersen can be seen from land and sea as you board a canal boat to sail the scenic canals of Christianshavn. Have your camera at the ready as you sail past the spectacular winding spire of Our Saviours Church, the Old Stock Exchange, Parliament and the newly built Opera.

    Now it’s time for luncheon as you sit down for a traditional Danish meal in a former noble home. Re-join your coach for a brief drive through Copenhagen before you return to Elsinore.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Your return drive to Elsinore will be un-guided. There will be approximately 2½ - 3 hours of walking during this tour and 100 steps to negotiate at Rosenborg Castle. Transfer time from Elsinore to Copenhagen is around 70 minutes.

    Tour code



    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping



    7½ hours

  • Kingdoms & Castles

    Visit two of North Zealand's most glorious castles. Frederiksborg home to the Crown Prince and Kronborg Castle.

    Kingdoms & Castles

    The magnificent Frederiksborg Castle is considered by many to be the most beautiful castle in Denmark. The castle was built as the Hunting Manor House by King Christian IV and completed in 1609.

    At Frederiksborg Castle you will be guided through several of the interior rooms of the King´s Wing including the Knight’s Hall with its intricate wood carvings along the ceiling, as well as the church where Danish monarchs were crowned from 1671 to 1840. This imposing Castle is situated on three islands in the middle of a lake. From the main courtyard the spectacular Neptune Fountain and numerous 17th century copper spires create a wonderful fairytale ambience.

    Leaving the Castle, drive though the picturesque forest past Fredensborg Palace which is the Queen’s Summer residence. The Palace is attractively located in the middle of a lovely park surrounded by the idyllic Esrum Lake. Here you will have time to stretch your legs, and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the Crown Prince family who reside in one of the wings.

    Before returning to the ship, you will view Kronborg Castle – also known as Hamlet’s castle.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be approximately 1¾ hours walking during this tour and 100 steps to negotiate at the Castle. The order of this tour may vary. The drive to Frederiksborg is around 40 minutes.

    Tour code



    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium


    4 hours

  • Copenhagen On Your Own

    An opportunity to rediscover Copenhagen if you've been before, and the ideal option for those who prefer to explore independently.

    Copenhagen On Your Own

    Enjoy the sights en route to Elsinore as you drive along the Danish Riviera passing by out of town residences and the former royal hunting grounds.

    Arriving in Copenhagen you will be dropped off at ‘Kings Square’ in central Copenhagen. From here, it is just a short walk to many sights, restaurants and shops, like Stroeget, Nyhavn, Royal Palace and more.

    This is the perfect opportunity to tailor your day to suit your needs and make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

    At a time specified by your escort, you will meet up and walk back to the coach park for the return drive to Elsinore.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is non-guided. Practical information about departure time and meeting point will be advised before you leave the coach. Please pay close attention as the coach may not be held for latecomers. Transfer time from Elsinore to Copenhagen is around 70 minutes.

    Tour code



    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping



    8 hours

  • Copenhagen Panorama

    Take in the sights from the comfort of your coach and allow wonderful Copenhagen to unfold before you.

    Copenhagen Panorama

    Sit back and relax during a scenic drive along the Danish Riviera to Copenhagen. The area along the Oresund is the exclusive residential area for many Copenhageners. During the drive, you will pass the deer park and Hermitage, once the royal hunting grounds and castle.

    Copenhagen has a rich history dating back to 1417, and although there have been many modern developments over the years, they far from spoil the atmosphere and old-world charm of this wonderful city.

    This tour is an ideal introduction to the city, as you will pass by the main highlights within Copenhagen including the Town Hall Square, Tivoli Gardens, New Carlsberg Glyptotek, the National Museum, Christiansborg Castle (home of the Danish parliament), the old Stock Exchange Børsen and the beautiful park, Amaliehaven at the seafront.

    During the tour, photographic stops will be made at the Little Mermaid, as well as Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Royal Family.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Your return drive to Elsinore will be un-guided and the order of highlights may vary. There is very little walking involved and some limited time is given for souvenir shopping at Amalienborg. The transfer time from Elsinore to Copenhagen is around 70 minutes.

    Tour code



    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low


    5 hours

  • Taste of Elsinore

    A delightful and insightful tour for those who would like to get a real flavour for Denmark.

    Taste of Elsinore

    Delve into some wonderful Danish specialties and delicacies. Your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to some of the well known shops of Elsinore to ensure you get the most from your time ashore.

    Leaving the harbour, take a walk to the old part of the town, through quaint cobbled and narrow streets. Along the way you will pass some of the old Merchants houses as your guide explains about Danish food traditions to give you a taste of what's to come.

    Visit a fabulous cheese shop, renowned for its wonderful cheeses for more than 35 years. This shop has cheeses like no other with more than 300 varieties in stock. Here, you will have time to savour some of the different products.

    Take a step back in time to a delicious pastry shop and bakery, which has kept traditions and perfected recipes for over 165 years. This shop is well known for its delicious bread and mouth -watering cakes. Your guide will buy you examples of traditional Danish cakes to take away with you.

    Pop into one of northern Zealands's most famous purveyors of ice cream to witness the wonderful variety and quality of this cooling treat.

    Your final stop will be a feast for your eyes. Scandinavia has been known for decades for its appealing designs and this shop is a perfect showcase for curios and goodies and is an ideal spot for souvenir shopping.

    This tour is conducted on foot. Tasting samples will be offered and the order of the stores may vary.

    Tour code



    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping



    2½ hours