Despite the many years that have passed, I still remember the delightful young lady I met
Fast forward to 2016, and one can see how the Baltic States are thriving, and tourism to the area is growing. A number of cruise lines, including Holland America, Princess, Ponant, Seabourn and Silversea make stops in the Baltics, including Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Klaipeda (Lithuania). Northern Europe - Baltic itineraries are usually combined with stops in St. Petersburg (Russia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden) and Helsinki (Finland).
Klaipeda is Lithuania's third largest city and is the only port that can handle large ships. At one point, Klaipeda was the northernmost city in Germany, when the name of the city was Memel. After Germany lost WWI, it was annexed as part of the New Republic of Lithuania, which later became part of the Soviet Union. Like Riga, Klaipeda is not on all Baltic itineraries.
Combined with St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Oslo, a trip to the Baltics is sure to be a trip to remember!