Stockholm

Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, is like no other of the world’s major cities.

Rises gracefully from water so clean that you can go swimming in the very heart of the city

Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, is like no other of the world’s major cities.

Stockholm rises gracefully from water so clean that you can go swimming in the very heart of the city and fishermen haul in their catch just off Drottninggatan, the equivalent of London’s Oxford Street.

Perched on 14 islands at the point where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea, Stockholm is a breathtaking beauty. With twinkling, panoramic vistas greeting you around every corner this truly is one destination that really is worth leaving your luxury MSC Cruise ship!

With a fun and action-packed selection of excursion packages, you can choose from different itineraries that provide you great deals on all the local sights and which will help you quickly get a feel for this magical city.

Stockholm merits a whole holiday in itself but you can make the most of your vacation here by joining our city tour – you’ll be guided round the key attractions including the historic centre, the Baroque-style Royal Palace and a chance to take some snaps from a panoramic view point.

Stockholm, the ‘Venice of the North’ is also conducive to tours along its picturesque canals – a relaxed way to view the city from a unique vantage point. Alternatively, why not leave the ship for a day that combines a guided tour with time on your own to lunch and soak up the atmosphere of this Swedish gem.

Cruise to Stockholm - Sweden - Northen Europen - MSC Cruises

Directions


When cruising from the Port of Stockholm, your ship will be docked in one of 3 locations. Generally MSC ships will dock at Stadsgarden pier in one of the canals about a mile or so from Old Town. Sometimes ships can dock right at Old Town at the pier called Skeppsbron, and when traffic is heavy ships can dock in the commercial harbor some three to four miles from downtown Stockholm. Transportation options are abundant throughout the city and most natives will tell you that walking through the city is by far the best way to see all of the beautiful attractions.

Port average temperature

Stockholm has a humid continental climate or maritime. Due to the city's high northerly latitude, daylight varies widely from more than 18 hours around midsummer, to only around 6 hours in late December. Despite its location, Stockholm has relatively mild temperatures.

The city enjoys 1,981 hours of sunshine annually. Summers are warm and pleasant with average daytime high temperatures of 20–22 °C and lows of around 13 °C, but temperatures frequently exceed 25 °C. Winters are cold with average temperatures ranging from −5 to 1 °C, and rarely drop below −15 °C. Spring and autumn are generally cool to mild.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Stockholm was 36 °C, the lowest was −32 °C. Annual precipitation is 539 mm with around 170 wet days and light to moderate rainfall throughout the year. Snow mainly occurs from December through March

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

STOCKHOLMMonths
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 SKT01 - CITY TOUR, VASA MUSEUM AND ROYAL PALACE ( approx. 4 hours ) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  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. This tour includes walking on cobblestone streets and there are steps in the Royal Palace so is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Taking photos or shooting videos inside the Royal Palace is prohibited.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $63.00 Children

   


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 SKT02 - CANAL CRUISE (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  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.  No guide available  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.

Price per person $58.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 SKT03 - DROTTNINGHOLM PALACE & PANORAMIC OF STOCKHOLM ( 4 hours ) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  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. Taking photos or shooting videos inside Drottningholm Palace is prohibited.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 SKT05 - ONE DAY IN THE SWEDISH CAPITAL ( approx. 6 hours, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  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. This tour includes walking on cobblestone streets and there are steps in the Royal Palace so is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Taking photos or shooting videos inside the Royal Palace is prohibited.

Price per person $117.00 Adults $82.00 Children

   


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 SKT06 - COSY STOCKHOLM AND THE FABULOUS ICEBAR ( 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Drink included  Cultural  “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°. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as walking on uneven ground is involved.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $63.00 Children

   


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 SKT07 - VASA MUSEUM & SKANSEN OPEN AIR MUSEUM ( 4 hours ) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  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.  Cultural  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.

Price per person $86.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 SKT11 - MILLENNIUM TOUR & TOWN HALL (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Cultural  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: this tour includes walking on cobblestone streets and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $73.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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 SKT12 - STOCKHOLM AND THE MAGICAL WORLD OF PIPPI LONGSTOCKING (3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Recommended for families  Cultural  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.

Price per person $63.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 SKT13 - STOCKHOLM AT A GLANCE (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  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.  Recommended for families  Cultural  New  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.

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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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.