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Karlskrona, Sweden-port

Explore enchanting Karlskrona with its storybook cottages, immense town square, and hundreds of small islands awaiting discovery amid the sparkling sea. Karlskrona boasts the second largest main square in all of Europe, surrounded by historic buildings, including three important churches, unique shops, restaurants and cafés. Visit The Church of Holy Trinity (Trefaldighetskyrkan) featuring an Italian inspired dome-shaped roof rarely seen in Sweden. Then go see Fredrikskyrkan, The Frederick Church from the early 1800’s with its unusual color and décor. Spend time in the Car Museum, the Porcelain Museum and the Marine Museum. Then browse through the wonderful boutiques and galleries. Take home hand-blown glass, porcelain, designer clothing and jewelry. Enjoy international cuisine or delicious Swedish favorites of fresh seafood in an idyllic setting.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Boat Tour to Kungsholm Fortress
    Light Activity /Walking
  • City Highlights With Old Naval Shipyard
    Light Activity /Walking
  • East Coast Drive to Kristianopel
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Guided Walk With Naval Museum
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Naval Museum & Boat Tour
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Tastes of the 18th Century
    Light Activity /Walking

Boat Tour to Kungsholm Fortress

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: KAA-005

Cruise to an imposing island fortress that has lorded over Karlskrona and its invaluable shipyard for more than 300 years.

After a short walk down the pier, you will board a boat and cruise around the archipelago of Karlskrona, which consists of dozens of small islands. This is one of the few ways to see many of the islands because they are controlled by the Swedish military and off limits.

As you skirt the coastline, your guide will point out the most notable landmarks, including the Naval Shipyard, which has fueled Karlskrona’s economy and reputation since the town was founded in 1690. Before long, you will disembark on the island of Kungsholmen to explore the Kungsholms Fort, which was constructed to protect the harbor and shipyard.

Although clearly a deterrent with its imposing towers and stonewalls, the fort has never been attacked. Even so, it has been continually manned for more than 300 years and is still used as a training facility because it serves as part of the only naval base in Sweden. The fort’s storage magazines are fortified with double brick shells, thick walls and heavy iron doors.

While here, you will have the opportunity to stroll through the fort’s gardens, which were created with exotic plants that sailors brought back from their voyages. You might also climb the stairs to the top of a tower for a panoramic view of the archipelago. Afterwards, you will cruise back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be elevated gravel walkways to negotiate on Kungsholmen Island. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.