Stockholm

Gamla Stan, the old town
Kungliga Slottet, the swedish Royal Palace
The Vasa, an extraordinary 17th century warship

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Stockholm

The city of the fourteen islands

Without a doubt Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and a vacation in Sweden with an MSC cruise will prove it.
 
Built on no fewer than fourteen islands, where the fresh water of Lake Mälaren meets the brackish Baltic Sea, clean air and open space are in plentiful supply here. An MSC cruise of Northern Europe will give you the opportunity to appreciate its port front, reach the Baltic Sea and experience the atmospheres with a tour of the town where broad boulevards lined with elegant buildings are reflected in the deep blue water, and rows of painted wooden houseboats bob gently alongside the cobbled waterfront.

But Stockholm is also a hi-tech metropolis, as you will find out on your excursion on land during your cruise, with futuristic skyscrapers and a bustling commercial heart. The old town, Gamla Stan, is a district with cobbled streets and narrow alleyways huddled together on a triangular-shaped island.

Today the area is an atmospheric mixture of buildings surrounded on all sides by a latticework of medieval lanes and alleyways. The district of Norrmalm swaps tradition for a thoroughly contemporary feel: this is downtown Stockholm where you’ll find shopping malls, huge department stores and conspicuous, showy wealth. In the green island of Djurgården you can see an extraordinary 17th century warship, the Vasa, rescued and preserved after sinking in Stockholm harbour.

Cross Norrbron or Riksbron from the Riksdagshuset and up rears the most distinctive monumental building in Stockholm, Kungliga Slottet – a low, square, yellowy-brown construction, with two arms that stretch down towards the water. It’s uniform and sombre outside, but with a magnificent Rococo interior that’s a swirl of staterooms and museums.

Itssheer size is quite overwhelming: you should not miss the Royal Apartments and the Treasure Room. The former are used for royal receptions and the second keeps a collection of crowns studded with precious stones.

Must see places in Stockholm

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  • ONE DAY IN THE SWEDISH CAPITAL

    CITY TOUR

    SKT05

    Your excursion will begin with a visit to the City Hall, a magnificent fortress-like building that has become the symbol of Stockholm; it is here that the annual banquet takes place following the presentation of the Nobel Prize. Walk through the opulent rooms and you are sure to be struck by the grandeur and enormity of the impressive Blue and Golden Halls. Our day trip continues with a visit to some of the rooms in the Royal Palace, from where the King of Sweden currently conducts his royal duties. An homage to the Baroque architectural style, the Royal Palace is a huge compound of buildings set on a hill in the old town and boasts no fewer than 608 rooms. After sightseeing we will walk around the old town before having time at leisure to shop or have lunch on your own. Our outing also includes a visit to the Vasa Museum built during the XVII century and which houses a Swedish warship that sank in Stockholm's harbour on her maiden voyage in 1628. The vessel was discovered in 1956 and raised from the seabed in 1961. Please note: the visit to the Royal Palace can be changed / limited to some rooms in case of official visits on the day of call even with no advice. Even though the tour includes walking on cobblestone streets, wheelchair users can take part in it, as venues are wheelchair accessible. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        6 h

      • AdultsR1735Price per person

      • ChildrenR1262Price per person

    • SKT01 - CITY TOUR, VASA MUSEUM AND ROYAL PALACE

      CITY TOUR

      SKT01

      Spend a few hours off the ship to explore the sights of Stockholm, Sweden’s capital and largest city. Thanks to its civic beauty, appealing architecture, clean and open waterways as well as numerous parks, the lovely city is sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the North”. Your tour of the city will take you past the impressive buildings of the National Museum, the Royal Theatre and the Grand Hotel, before stopping at the Royal Palace to visit some of its beautifully appointed rooms. You can also look forward to a short walk through Stockholm’s picturesque historical city centre, a great place to take some photos. A certain highlight of the tour will be your guided tour of the fascinating and literally ship-shaped Vasa Museum, whose most iconic exhibit is without doubt the wreck of the Vasa, a Swedish 64-gun warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Your last stop on this entertaining tour will be along the Fjällgatan road to enjoy the wonderful views of the city centre from this elevated vantage point. Your sightseeing tour of Sweden’s capital comes to a close with your return to the pier and your ship.Please note: the visit to the Royal Palace can be changed / limited to some rooms in case of official visits on the day of call even with no advice. Even though the tour includes walking on cobblestone streets, wheelchair users can take part in it, as venues are wheelchair accessible. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • Best seller

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • AdultsR1385Price per person

      • ChildrenR1035Price per person

    • VASA MUSEUM & SKANSEN OPEN AIR MUSEUM

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      SKT07

      Enjoy a scenic drive to the old town; journey back hundreds of years as you visit the most charming island in Stockholm, the old district of the city known as “Gamla Stan”. Enjoy a sightseeing tour through narrow, cobbled streets and down winding alleys overlooked by soaring church spires and populated with boutique shops and homes dating from the XVI century. Transfer to the Vasa Museum built during the XVII century and which houses a Swedish warship that sank in Stockholm's harbour on her maiden voyage in 1628. The vessel was discovered in 1956 and raised from the seabed in 1961. Our excursion continues with a short visit around Skansen Open Air Museum and Zoo, the world’s oldest open air museum. Built to depict Swedish life and with replicas of traditional Swedish buildings, children will enjoy seeing the friendly, wild animals whilst you get a taste of traditional customs and life in this country. Return to the port. Please note: even though the tour includes walking on cobblestone streets, wheelchair users can take part, as most of the houses at Skansen have ramps. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements
      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • AdultsR1262Price per person

      • ChildrenR912Price per person

    • CANAL CRUISE

      SCENIC ROUTE

      SKT02

      Situated at the point where Lake Mäleren meets the Baltic Sea and with a city centre made up of 14 islands that form part of the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden’s capital city is an incredibly green metropolis with a third of its surface area given over to parks, woodland and its scenic waterways. After boarding a modern and comfortable motorboat, the tour continues with a relaxing cruise along some of Stockholm’s waterways and canals. A unique and enjoyable vista unfolds before your eyes, letting you experience the city’s elegant architecture, verdant parklands and wide, tree-lined boulevards from a fresh perspective. As there are countless photo opportunities along the way, you are advised to take a camera. Your tour comes to an end with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: a helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • No guide available

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        2 h

      • AdultsR859Price per person

      • ChildrenR615Price per person

    • DROTTNINGHOLM PALACE & PANORAMIC OF STOCKHOLM

      SCENIC ROUTE

      SKT03

      Your sightseeing tour of Sweden’s capital begins in Fjällgatan, a street in the city’s Södermalm quarter whose slight elevation makes for beautiful views over Stockholm and the harbour. Stockholm’s old quarter – the so-called Gamla Stan – is next for a guided walk along its pretty cobbled streets, after which a 1-hour coach drive will take you to Drottningholm Palace, the primary private residence of the Swedish royal family. Originally constructed in the 16th century, the beautiful Palace was later destroyed by fire in 1661 and then rebuilt in a Baroque style – an endeavour that took some 20 years to complete. After the visit, the coach will return you to Stockholm, passing in front of the city hall where the Nobel Prize ceremonies are held on the way. Please note: as this tour involves walking on uneven ground, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • AdultsR1035Price per person

        • ChildrenR735Price per person

      • STOCKHOLM AT A GLANCE

        SCENIC ROUTE

        SKT13

        This comfortable coach-based tour will give you a chance to see all of Stockholm’s highlights, while saving your feet at the same time. Your introduction to the Swedish capital begins in the trendy residential neighbourhood of Södermalm, situated on the southernmost of Stockholm’s islands and known for its gorgeous old houses and creative, Bohemian vibe. Then it’s on to City Hall for an outside peek at the elegant red-brick building, which was constructed from 1911 to 1923 and is the regular venue of Nobel Prize banquets. Other key sights on the drive-by tour not only include the vast complex making up the magnificent Royal Palace, the biggest in the world still used by a head of state, and the – literally – ship-shaped Vasa Museum, but also the Gröna Lund Amusement Park and the Skansen open-air museum and zoo. The latter-named was first opened to the public in the late 19th century and was intended to show how life was lived in various parts of Sweden prior to industrialisation. To round off the tour, you can also enjoy lovely views of the old Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Royal Opera House and Stockholm city centre before you return to the pier and your ship. Please note: external viewings only of the places visited. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3 h

        • AdultsR735Price per person

        • ChildrenR562Price per person

      • COSY STOCKHOLM AND THE FABULOUS ICEBAR

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        SKT06

        “Gamla Stan”, Stockholm’s old quarter will be the starting point of our sightseeing tour where we will enjoy a pleasant guided walk through the narrow cobble-stone streets and alleyways. These historic streets have preserved their ancient air and one could almost imaging being back in medieval times. Your guide will point out the main sites and squares. Continue to the Nordic Sea Hotel, in the heart of the city, for a unique experience of drinking from a frozen cup; we will visit the famous Icebar. Highly fashionable, the interior is made of glass and the temperature is never raised above – 5°. The excursion will also include 30-minute sightseeing tour for an overview of this lovely Swedish city. Please note: this excursion is not recommended for children under 6 years old because the temperature inside the Ice Bar is always kept below 0°. Even though the tour includes walking on cobblestone streets, wheelchair users can take part in it as the Ice Bar is wheelchair accessible. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements. Guests under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult and will receive only a soft drink served in an ice glass. All guests will receive a warm poncho and gloves prior to entering the Ice Bar.
        • Drink included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3 h

        • AdultsR1315Price per person

        • ChildrenR965Price per person

      • MILLENNIUM TOUR & TOWN HALL

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        SKT11

        This is an essential exursion for all fans of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy! You may have read the book ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ or seen the film: either way, this tour covers off the main hotspots of the story! Leave the port for a sightseeing tour of Stockholm, known as the ‘Venice of the North’, enjoying the scenic drive to Södermalm, on the southern island of the city, where Stieg Larsson’s books are set. Join us for a walking tour around Södermalm and see the sites of the book come to life. Next we will reach the Town Hall, a magnificent fortress-like building that has become the symbol of Stockholm; it is here that the annual banquet takes place following the presentation of the Nobel Prize. As you wander through the opulent rooms, you cannot fail to be struck by the grandeur of the impressive Blue and Golden Halls. Our day trip continues with a city tour past the Royal Palace, the Parliament building and the Opera House. A short stop at Fjällgatan viewpoint will conclude our day in the Swedish capital. Please note: even though the tour includes walking on cobblestone streets, wheelchair users can take part in it as the Town Hall is wheelchair accessible. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements
          • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

            Difficulty Level
            Strenuous

          • Duration
            4 h

          • AdultsR1085Price per person

          • ChildrenR789Price per person

        • SNAPSHOTS OF STOCKHOLM BY HELICOPTER

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          SKT19

          Why not add a special touch to your cruise holiday and treat yourself or a loved one to an excursion with a difference? This exceptional tour includes an approx. 30-minute flight in a helicopter over the “beauty on water” as Stockholm is named. A car drive will take you to the helicopter where you will have a short briefing about your flight. Next, wear your earphones and get ready to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of some of the city’s iconic sights; your pilot will point them out as you fly over Stockholm and, if you have a sight of particular interest, you can ask the pilot to fly over it. Have your camera at the ready to ensure you do not miss a thing. After this unforgettable experience, a car will await you for a drive back to the port. Please note: the pilot will provide basic information. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or weighing more than 120 kg. Each flight has a capacity of max 3 guests. This tour is available only during your cruise.
          • Drink included

          • Lunch or dinner included

          • No guide available

          • Possibility of swimming

          • Limited seats

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            2 h

          • AdultsR6162Price per person

          • ChildrenR6162Price per person

        • STOCKHOLM AND THE MAGICAL WORLD OF PIPPI LONGSTOCKING

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          SKT12

          Prepare to spend a few hours visiting the beautiful capital of Sweden and entering the magical world of Astrid Lindgren’s characters. After leaving the port you will enjoy a panoramic bus tour that will introduce you to the beauties of Stockholm. You will admire the City Hall – home of the Nobel Prize Banquet – the Royal Palace. Enjoy a walk along the narrow, cobble-stoned streets of the old town, the winding alleys and past houses, shops and churches. A short bus transfer will take you to Djurgården Island and to Junibacken where many of famous writer Astrid Lindgren’s characters have their home: Pippi Longstocking and her horse, the monkey Mr. Nilsson and Mardie. This is truly a fairytale paradise. Please note: even though the tour includes walking on cobblestone streets, wheelchair users can take part in it as Junibacken is wheelchair accessible. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements. Children under 3 years old should not take part in the Story Train ride as they might find it a bit scary.
            • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Moderate

            • Duration
              3 h

            • AdultsR912Price per person

            • ChildrenR685Price per person

          The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
          Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
           
          Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

          Sweden

          Luxuriant woods and boundless spaces
          Luxuriant woods and boundless spaces

          A holiday to Sweden will show you principally a land of forests and lakes. Its towns and cities are small by European standards and are mostly located in the southern third of the country, where the majority of Swedes live.

          Of its cities, serenely beautiful Stockholm is supreme. Sitting elegantly on fourteen different islands, where the waters of Lake Mälaren meet the Baltic Sea, the city boasts some fantastic architecture, fine museums and by far the best culture and nightlife in the country.

          The 24,000 islands which comprise the Stockholm archipelago are a perfect antidote to the urban bustle, offering endless opportunities to explore unspoilt island villages and to go swimming.
          On the west coast, Gothenburg, the country’s second city, is another of Sweden’s most appealing destinations. Gothenburgers have a reputation for being among the friendliest people in Sweden, and the city’s network of canals and spacious avenues is reminiscent of Amsterdam, whose architects designed it.

          During an MSC Northern Europe cruise to Sweden you will discover that the south is the most cosmopolitan part of the country, owing to the proximity of Denmark and the rest of the European continent, and home to the glorious ancient university seat of Lund, while nearby Malmö, Sweden’s third city, heaves with youthful nightlife around its medieval core.