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From the minarets and bazaars of Istanbul, to the spectacular fjords of Norway and the romantic waterways of Venice, Europe contains more geographic, cultural and political diversity than any other cruise region.
European Cruises do not just include the Mediterranean - a Baltic Cruise or a voyage to Scandinavia’s medieval cities and fjords offers a completely different perspective on Europe as you sail into historic harbours and experience breathtaking natural wonders.
If it’s the ancient trade routes of Europe or the islands of the Med that call to you, there are a multitude of itineraries to choose from, whether you prefer to cruise from the UK or fly and cruise, and there is ample opportunity to combine a stay on dry land with your adventure on the high seas.
A cruise is a sophisticated travel option, combining modern and often luxurious facilities with an old world experience that’s rich in history and heritage. Explore medieval castles by day and live like a king by night onboard your ship, as you see Europe from a unique angle on an unforgettable journey.
Travel Northern Europe aboard one of Celebrity Cruises’ four modern and exciting ships active in these waters – their varied itineraries stretch between 7 and 11 nights. Enjoy an all-inclusive journey around the Med with Island Cruises offering a more relaxed and informal experience aboard the Island Escape, which is a great option for first-timers trying out their sea legs.
With so many cruise lines sailing around Europe this summer, holidaymakers have the pick of the destinations and ship-styles to suit them. Royal Caribbean offer a 14-night Mediterranean cruise from Southampton aboard the Independence of the Seas, a magnificent ship which contains every onboard facility imaginable to ensure that your holiday is action-packed from dawn until dusk. Days at sea can be spent in the H20 water park, using the Flow Rider surf simulator, or just chilling out in one of the on-deck whirlpools.
Enjoy the frescoes and fountains of Rome’s ancient piazzas before setting sail from Civitavecchia with MSC Cruises. From Italy, you will head to the cosmopolitan delights of Istanbul, where Europe meets Asia for a true blend of eastern and western cultures. Don’t miss bagging a bargain in the Grand Bazaar - recently featured in the opening sequences of Skyfall - before embarking for the Black Sea destination of Odessa. This 10-day adventure also calls at Athens and Sorrento before finishing in Genoa. When in Sorrento, don’t miss the chance to check out the ancient city of Pompeii before ending the day with a glass of wine and some antipasti overlooking the Bay of Naples.
For a European cruise with a difference, head to the Baltic Sea to sail with Norwegian Cruise Line. Fly to Copenhagen, where it is anchors away in a 9 night cruise aboard the Norwegian Star, visiting Berlin, Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. When in St Petersburg, make sure you enjoy an evening at the city’s world famous ballet after a day of sensational sightseeing – the stunning architecture of the Winter Palace will take your breath away.
Skip the flight and set sail from Southampton aboard the Royal Princess on a preview cruise. Perfect if you’re short on time, looking for a break from a hectic lifestyle, or just want to find out if cruising is for you, this 2-day ‘Preview’ cruise will take you to Guernsey’s quaint harbour town of St Peter Port. Here you can visit the relics of the fortifications built by the Nazis during their World War 2 occupation of the island, or just while away a few hours at a table overlooking one of the most beautiful harbours in the whole of Europe. Once back aboard the ship, you can enjoy all of the luxury facilities that are typical of a Princess Cruise as you head back to English shores.