Cool, worldly and welcoming, Copenhagen embraces old and new in true Scandinavian fashion. It's picturesque and pretty, but there's an edge under all that old-world charm. The dining, shopping, design and fashion scenes are strikingly modern, and it has a disproportionately huge number of Michelin-starred restaurants. Visit the 100-year old amusement park Tivoli Gardens, the imposing Amalienborg Palace, the beloved Little Mermaid statue, the gorgeous colourful houses at Nyhavn, the incredible Blue Planet Aquarium facility, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and more.
Copenhagen is located at a watery crossroads - overlooking the Oresund Strait, spread across the islands of Zealand (that's Old Zealand) and Amager, it is the link between Scandinavia and mainland Europe. Leaving on a cruise from Copenhagen is a fantastic way to see the city and the surrounding islands and oceans from a different perspective.
Copenhagen cruise lines and destinations
Those looking for a cruise package from Copenhagen are a little spoilt for choice, with so many lines offering departures there. From the major North American-based companies such as Princess cruises and Royal Caribbean to the very European MSC Cruises, there's something for everybody. All-inclusive luxury is on the menu with Silversea, and adventure too with cruises by Lindblad Expeditions. Holland America brings some traditional style to the table with Celebrity cruises, the Carnival line and P&O cruises also occasionally passing through the region.
Copenhagen cruises tend to take one of two directions: into the Baltic Sea or out through the Oresund Strait and up the coast of Norway. Baltic cruises from Copenhagen visit Stockholm, St Petersburg as well as various spots on the coasts of Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Germany. The fjords are the primary destination for Norway cruises, often including a stop at Oslo. You will also find the occasional cruise from Copenhagen heading to Iceland or south towards the Netherlands and the British Isles.
Copenhagen cruise port
Copenhagen is a busy cruise port, with several terminals at the northern entrance to the strait between the two islands. There are three primary areas where your ship might dock: Langelinie Quay, Frihavn (Freeport) and Ocean Quay in Nordhavn.
Langelinie Quay is closest to the city centre, just 1.5 miles away and in a lovely port area with plenty of cafes and shops, close by the Little Mermaid Statue. You can take a bus there from the Kongens Nytorv Square, Copenhagen Central Station and the City Hall square. The Osterport train station is also quite near.
In Frihavn, ships dock at Orient Quay , Sund Quay and Levant Quay. It is a little further away with fewer helpful facilities - but there is a bus to and from the city centre. The train is a 15-minute walk away at the Nordhavn Station.
Ocean Quay is in the North Harbour, Nordhavn. It was opened in 2014 to cater to the modern mega-ships, and is the most commonly used port for embarkations and disembarkations. Buses are available from to and from the city centre which is a little too far to walk.