We took the overnight ferry last year from Oslo to Copenhagen. During the voyage, we learned many people book a "round trip” returning to Oslo after a full day's visit in Copenhagen. What similar overnight ferries sail from Stockholm, where we could book a round trip, visit for a day in the second city/town and return, again on an over-night sailing to Stockholm on the same ship in the same cabin.
We flew from Copenhagen to Oslo 2 weeks ago on Norwegian Air Shuttle for $71, and we were there in an hour. We'd just gotten off a 9 day cruise and had no desire to spend overnight on a ferry. We visited Oslo and flew back to the U.S. from there.
Tallink Silja Line runs overnight round trips to Helsinki and Talinn. Gives 8 hours in Tallinn for instance.
Part of the popularity of these has to do with high liquor taxes in Scandinavia and on-board duty-free.
Thanks for the prompt replies.
The cruise we're considering ports--as I suppose they all do--at Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and terminates in Stockholm. Since we visited for several days in Oslo and Stockholm last year, we were hoping to visit other places this time.
If you want to visit other places, you'll most likely have to fly. The good news is that with budget airlines now competing with the old standby SAS, you can usually get good fares within Scandinavia. Start with Skyscanner to find flights, and remember to look at both Arlanda and Bromma airports: http://www.skyscanner.com/
Need ideas? Here's the Wikipedia page for each airport, listing destinations served (a trick I leaned on this Forum).
It seems that we are all confused about what you are asking. Your OP seemed to ask about overnight ferries out from Stockholm and returning the next day. The correct answer to that was Tallinn or Helsinki. The time you would have in the city would be pretty tight, but it would give you a good overview and you wouldn't need to worry about dinner as that would be on the ferry. These are technically ferries but essentially seem like cruises and the locals, as noted, use them for a couple night's of fun, cheap boos and a day in town. They leave in the afternoon and arrive the next morning (both coming and going). Not sure if you can book the same room for the return journey and leave your bags, but the docking terminals have lockers.
In your followup post, you seem to be looking at an actual Baltic cruise with ports of call in several cities. That is also a good way to see that area and would allow you to keep your luggage on board while you sightsee each day. And it's an easy way to see St. Petersburg without all the hassles of a visa.
Sorry for the confusion. I have, however, received the information I was seeking. Thanks to all.