Sail to the Mediterranean, stopping in cities such as Barcelona, Civitavecchia (near Rome), Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Venice, plus posh destinations such as Cannes, Monte Carlo, Portofino and Mallorca. Eastern Mediterranean sailings feature ports in Greece, such as Mykonos, Santorini and Athens, Croatia’s famed Split and Dubrovnik, and Istanbul and Izmir in Turkey.
Northern Europe and Baltic cruises provide rich itineraries which include Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, St. Petersburg and Helsinki.
Norwegian was voted Europe’s top cruise line at the World Travel Awards, but many diverse options are also available aboard Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Oceania Cruises, MSC Cruises and Azamara.
For those seeking a more intimate experience, river cruising has quickly become one of the fastest growing trends in the cruise industry. With smaller ships that are able to navigate through inland waterways, river cruises often dock in the heart of cities and villages such as Vienna, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Budapest, Paris and Passau, allowing for seamless exploration of places that large ocean carriers could never reach – including Germany’s popular Christmas Markets. Top river cruise lines include Viking River Cruises, AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways and Uniworld.
Summer is the most popular time to cruise through Europe, but the best Europe cruise deals can be found in the winter, spring and fall months.