No continent showcases variety when it comes to history, culture, cuisine and landscapes as Europe does. On a European cruise you can sample classic Italian dishes by the Coliseum, sip wine in Bordeaux, explore the Christmas markets of the Rhine, sail through the mighty Norwegian fjords or head to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. From Barcelona to Athens and Rome to Stockholm, whether you’re a culture vulture, foodie or sun-seeker, Europe has a destination for you.
With so many exciting things to see and do, European cruises really do have something for everyone thanks to the diverse landscapes, climates, cuisine and activities. Whether you are a first-time cruiser or looking for a family cruise, a solo voyager or an experienced cruise ship traveller, Europe has everything you need for a cruise holiday of a lifetime. What's more, for those wanting to see a little more on their European cruise, you can opt for a cruise & stay holiday where you can spend a little more time exploring.
Thanks to the size of Europe and the different weather you can find throughout the continent, there's no bad time to go on a cruise, it just depends what you're looking for. Due to the school holidays and hot weather, summer is of course a popular time to embark on a Europe cruise and with long daylight hours and almost guaranteed sun, you'll really be able to make the most out of your voyage.
However, the cooler months are also good times to cruise. If you choose to cruise outside of peak season to somewhere like the Canary Islands you'll be able to enjoy the sun with fewer crowds and cheaper fares. Alternatively, winter cruisers are popular for those wanting to feel festive and visit Christmas markets.
Whether you're a history buff, a sports enthusiast or prefer to spend your holiday lounging about, a European cruise has everything you need to make your voyage perfect for you.
While an ocean cruise is always a popular option, you could also try a Europe river cruise. River cruising is an excellent way to visit the towns and cities of Europe by exploring the continent’s fascinating rivers, while frequent port calls mean you can explore each exciting destination in depth.