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Cruises are not just for those who want to float around on the sea and end up where they started. They are also a good and fun way to get from one place to another.

And they can be surprisingly inexpensive.

For example, DFDS Seaways sails between the following cities: Amsterdam-Newcastle, England; Esbjerg, Denmark, and Harwich, England; Gothenburg, Sweden-Kristiansand, Norway-Newcastle, England; and Copenhagen-Oslo.

The amenities on board the latter route include indoor pool and sauna, a la carte restaurant, all-night disco, nightclub, deck bar and a lavish breakfast and dinner buffet.

DFDS also offers a “Mini CruiseBreak” at prices starting at just 598 Danish kroner (about $105) per person. You cannot book this cruise online on the U.S. version of the Web site, but can do so on the U.K. or Danish sites, or by calling its offices in Copenhagen at (+45) (0) 33-42-30-00.

The Mini CruiseBreak gives the chance to set sail from Copenhagen on any given day at 5 p.m., arrive in Oslo the following morning, shop and sight-see for the day, reboard the ship at 4:30 p.m. and be back in Copenhagen by 9 the following morning. The same route can be taken in reverse. See www.dfdsseaways.com.

Silja Line offers some interesting cruises. For example, it has a a five-day sail from Rostock, Germany, to St. Petersburg, Russia, at prices starting at 287 euros (about $350) per person in a four-berth cabin, or a cruise between Helsinki and Stockholm on a top-of-the-line cruise ship at 180 euros per person for Sunday to Wednesday departures. Details at www.silja.com.

For a cheaper ride, make the crossing between Swinoujscie, Poland — just over the border from Germany’s Baltic coast — and Copenhagen or Ystad, Sweden with round-trip prices starting at just 650 Swedish kroner (about $92). The cost of bringing an automobile along is also reasonable; be sure to acquaint yourself in advance with Polish regulations for automobiles — registration and proof of insurance is mandatory. Find details on the Web at www.polferries.pl.


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