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The continent of Europe is like a puzzle waiting to be solved by you. The nearly 50 nations each offer something different, perhaps a wonderful delicacy or an exciting tale of conquering knights and quirky princesses. The continent is divided into many regions. There is Northern Europe where you’ll find Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Denmark, with their rugged natural landscapes and ultra-modern architecture. The Mediterranean encompasses nations like Spain, Italy and Greece. These countries have wonderful traditions from flamenco dancing to the creation of pizza, not to mention the beautiful beaches along the coast line. Western Europe offers travelers some of the cultural highlights of Europe, with cities like Paris, London and Brussels.

Those looking to explore the interior of Europe will enjoy a river cruise on the Rhine or Danube sailing into Central Europe’s capitals like Vienna and Budapest. With each trip you’ll assemble another part of the puzzle to get the full picture of this spectacular continent.


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Grand Canal in Venice, Italy


Cruises to the Mediterranean offer a chance to explore the history, art and culture of many countries where you'll find everything from centuries-old architecture to bustling streetside cafes. Whether you're seeking total escape or destination immersion, there’s a Mediterranean cruise for you.

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Northern Europe Cruising

Northern Europe

Northern Europe has some of the most amazing landscapes in the world, from Norway’s majestic fjords to Finland’s famous glacial lakes. With a Northern European cruise, you can visit these sights, learn the history and experience the varied cultures of these proud European nations.

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Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

River Cruises in Europe

Explore the heartland of Europe with a river cruise through the continent's major waterways, including the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Seine and more. You'll sail by rolling vineyards, ancient castles, majestic cliffs and waterfront villages during a completely immersive European vacation experience.

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Things to Do on a Cruise to Europe


Europe may be one of the smallest continents, but it packs a punch with several countries that have had long and famous histories. There are castles, cathedrals and exciting monuments. No matter whether you visit the countries and ports of the Mediterranean, Scandinavia or the cities that line Europe’s famed rivers, you’ll find an interesting piece of history, an incredible site and some food to die for. Featured below are some of the best ways to spend your time cruising through Europe:



Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam
  • Traipse through the fields of tulips in the Keukenhof Gardens, just outside of Amsterdam. Each March through May their site opens up with more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
  • Experience the amazing natural delights of Scandinavia. In the summer time they have extremely long days, where the sun seems to never set. In the winter, head north where you can see the Aurora Borealis on a clear night.


Louvre in Paris, France
  • Live the glamorous life with a trip to the Cote d’Azur and Monaco. Here you can lounge on the beach or get dressed to the nines for an evening of gambling at the famous Monte Carlo Casino.
  • Discover great artwork at sites like the Louvre and the Sistine Chapel. Works include masterpieces by the great European artists Van Gogh, Monet, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Da Vinci, among many others.
Gondola ride in Venice, Italy
  • Spend a romantic evening on a gondola ride under the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice, a magical city where boats replace cars.
  • In England you can spend a full day at the Tower of London, a complex of buildings that houses the royal armory and the royal jewels. This is also the spot where King Henry VIII had his wives beheaded, and where the eventual Queen Elizabeth was imprisoned.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Cruises to Europe


What are the benefits of choosing a European cruise for exploring the continent?

European cruises offer a unique and luxurious way to explore multiple countries without the hassle of constant travel. You'll wake up in a new city each day and have the opportunity to immerse yourself in different cultures, stunning landscapes, and historical landmarks. Onboard amenities like gourmet dining, entertainment, and spa services enhance the overall travel experience, making it both relaxing and adventurous.


What destinations can I expect to visit on a European cruise?

European cruises cover an extensive range of destinations, catering to various interests. You can explore the sun-drenched beaches and ancient wonders of the Mediterranean, the historic cities and scenic beauty of the British Isles, the majestic fjords of Norway, and the culturally vibrant cities of Italy. Each itinerary is designed to provide a blend of iconic landmarks, local experiences, and breathtaking landscapes.


What kinds of shore excursions are available on European cruises?

Shore excursions on European cruises are meticulously planned to offer a wide range of experiences. From guided tours of historic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum to local culinary experiences and adventurous activities like hiking the Norwegian fjords, there’s something tailored for every traveler. These excursions provide an immersive way to engage with each destination deeply and authentically.


What amenities can I expect on a European cruise ship?

European cruise ships are designed to offer a luxurious and comfortable journey. You can expect gourmet dining options showcasing the continent’s diverse culinary offerings, state-of-the-art leisure facilities, spas, fitness centers, and a variety of entertainment options. Many ships also feature private balconies and beautifully appointed cabins to ensure you have a spectacular view of the ever-changing landscape.


Is a European cruise suitable for different types of travelers?

Absolutely! European cruises cater to a wide range of travel preferences and styles. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or an adventurous solo trip, there are itineraries and onboard amenities designed to meet your needs. From family-friendly excursions to leisurely days at sea and cultural immersions, there's something for everyone.


When is the best time to go on a cruise to Europe?

Late spring (April to June) and early fall (September to October) are generally considered the best times for a European cruise due to the balance of good weather, moderate crowds, and reasonable prices.


What currency will I use on my European cruise?

On your cruise, you will use USD and can have most things charged to a credit card associated with your cabin. Ashore, you may use Euros or the British Pound but there are a number of other currencies used throughout the continent along with most major credit cards. For more information on your specific itinerary, your Travel Consultant at 1-800-377-9383 will be able to provide the most accurate currency information.


What are the best walkable European cruise ports?

The best walkable European cruise ports include Dubrovnik, Croatia, known for its stunning medieval Old Town; Venice, Italy, with its iconic canals, bridges, and historic architecture; and Santorini, Greece, offering breathtaking views, charming streets, and easy access to local shops and cafes. Each of these ports allows visitors to explore significant attractions on foot, providing an immersive and convenient experience. These destinations are praised for their compact layouts, rich cultural heritage, and picturesque scenery, making them ideal for strolling.


What are the best family friendly cruise lines in Europe?

The best family-friendly cruise lines in Europe include Norwegian Cruise Line, known for its exceptional children's programs, onboard thrills, and family-oriented activities. Royal Caribbean offers a wide range of entertainment options, including rock climbing, ice skating, and water parks, catering to both kids and adults. MSC Cruises provides diverse family activities, dedicated kids' clubs, and special family cabins, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all ages.


How long should my European cruise be?

A European cruise should ideally be between 7 to 14 days to allow enough time to explore multiple destinations without feeling rushed. Shorter cruises, around 7 days, are great for a taste of the region, while 10 to 14-day cruises provide a more in-depth experience with more ports of call. The duration depends on your interests, budget, and how much time you can allocate for your vacation.


How do I start planning my European cruise?

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Europe: Cruise Lines

The highest forms of Western culture, art and cuisine all come from Europe. This continent with its rich traditions and customs is waiting for you to uncover it. You can experience Europe on luxury or popular cruises and you can get a different perspective of the interior of the continent on a river cruise. 

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Europe: Departure Ports

The continent of Europe is packed with history, art and culture. A cruise here is sure to be memorable, filled with trips to see masterpieces, try authentic dishes and perhaps pick up a new language. You can cruise to Europe on a transatlantic cruise, or you can sail from major ports in the Mediterranean like Barcelona, Rome and Venice or you can explore the countries bordering the Baltic and North Seas leaving from Stockholm, Amsterdam and Southampton, which is just minutes from London. 

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