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TIMELESS BEAUTY OF THE OLD WORLD EUROPEAN CRUISES

Cruising Europe is a satisfying study in contrasts, from the black Baltic to the azure Aegean, and from medieval castles to modern skyscrapers.
Peer over the side of your cruise ship as it approaches the best places to visit in Europe — do you see weathered spires of old-town Copenhagen, or the sun-bleached houses of Santorini? No matter which of the European cruises you choose, whether you hug the colorful cliffs of the Mediterranean or the Celtic cliffs of the British Isles, the eclecticism of Europe will delight you again and again. Culinary excellence also awaits, from familiar favorites like Italian pasta and Spanish tapas, to lesser-known cuisines from Amsterdam to Zagreb. In Europe, inspiration flows like Croatia's waterfalls and France's famous rivers, so now is the time to dive in.

DISCOVER LA DOLCE VITA
From the storied streets of Rome to the charming canals of Venice, Italy is a country that needs no introduction. Whether you pose with Michelangelo's David in Florence or indulge in to-die-for Pizza in Naples, it's no wonder why so many cruises to Europe visit la bella Italia.

FROM THE ACROPOLIS TO THE AEGEAN
Greece is remarkable, from the ancient Acropolis of Athens to the blue-roofed houses of Santorini. Whether you trek through the limestone hills in the north or swim through the cobalt waters around the Cyclades, it's easy to see why this is one of the best places to visit in Europe.

"GAMES OF THRONES" Lives On
The hit TV show might be finished, but "Game of Thrones" fans will recognize dozens of locations in the walled city of Dubrovnik, the jewel of Croatia's Adriatic coast. Farther afield, explore the countless waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park or pair European cruises with tastings at underrated wineries.

CITY OF LOVE, CÔTE D'AZUR
The only thing better than strolling into Paris as the Eiffel Tower lights up at night? Sitting down for a meal of fresh-caught seafood as the sun sets into the harbor of aptly-named Nice. France has got something for every traveler, which is why so many cruises to Europe dock here.

SAY "SALUD" TO SPAIN
Sitting down for Spanish tapas is one of the most satisfying food experiences in the world, especially when you wash it down with fruity sangria. Plus, the Jurassic topography of the Canary Islands and the storied streets of Barcelona are just a few of the best places to visit in Europe you'll find here.

KING OF DISCOVERY
Portugal is where many of the first expeditions to the New World start, but most people on European cruises bound for Lisbon wonder why anyone would leave. Explore the mysterious Quinta de Regaleira castle in Sintra, pour port wine in Porto or practice your surfing skills in the Algarve.

 

DIVE DEEP INTO
ECLECTIC EUROPE
Shop for the ultimate European getaway. Our best European cruises dock at some of the top places to visit in Europe, from the sun-kissed Mediterranean to the foggy, emerald coasts of the British Isles. Scandinavia and the coasts of France, Spain and Portugal are also among the most beautiful places to visit in Europe — and the easiest to explore, as you'll see below.
View of the Sagrada Familia

SPAIN, PORTUGAL
& THE CANARY ISLANDS

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Sunset shot of bridges over canals during Autumn in Amsterdam, Netherlands

BALTIC SEA
& SCANDINAVIA

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Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands

BRITISH ISLES
& SOUTHAMPTON

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Classic white and blue houses of Oia in Santorini, Greece

MEDITERRANEAN
ITALY & GREEK ISLES

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THE JOY OF GOING DUTCH
The Dutch have managed to keep the sea at bay for hundreds of years, but many of the best European cruises still make their way into Amsterdam. If you tire of the tranquility you find amid tulip fields and beneath towering windmills, make your way to the hipster capital of Rotterdam.

ETERNAL LANDSCAPES ON THE EMERAL ISLE
Life is but a dream in Ireland, whether you down a pint of Guinness and trace tales told by James Joyce in Dublin, or careen along the Cliffs of Moher along the west coast. Many cruises to Europe also stop in Northern Ireland's Belfast, a city that's a testament to rebirth and reconciliation.

STEP INTO A SCOTTISH FAIRYTALE
When you visit Scotland, it can be difficult to discern legend from real life. Strolling down Edinburgh's Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle might feel like a dream, while the fabled and mythical Loch Ness may surprise you with its charm and stunning scenery. Scotland's one of the best places to visit in Europe, period.

SCANDINAVIA'S UNSUNG SISTER
Many of the best European cruises dock in Denmark, and it's no wonder why. From colorful Nyhavn harbor in Copenhagen to storied castles like Amalienborg and Frederiksborg, Denmark more than makes up for the fact that its more famous neighbors often eclipse it.

LAND OF FIRE AND ICE
It's easy to be intrigued by Iceland, whether you walk through Reykjavik's riveting Hallgrimskirkja church, or watch the northern lights dance over Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls. Plus, there are few better ways to cap off cruises to Europe than a dip in the aptly-named Blue Lagoon.

PRICELESS PANORAMAS, FABULOUS FJORDs
Norway is a country in beautiful balance. Had enough of the orderliness of Oslo? Head west to beautiful Bergen, where finger-shaped fjords jut into and out of thousands of miles of coastline. Or contrast a fresh fish dinner at sea level with the view from towering Trolltunga cliff.

Insider Tips

1 Europe is beautiful in every season, but the peak of comfortable weather (especially in the north) is between May and September.
 
2 You should always be prepared for rain and colder weather when you travel to Europe, especially in the North. Dress in light layers for your vacation.
 
3 Europeans speak more English the farther north you go. Your phone's translation app (or, at minimum, learning how to say "Hello" and "Thank You" in local languages) will aid you along the Mediterranean.

RELATED PORTS

Learn more about Baltic ports like Klaipeda, Lithuania, and Tallinn, Estonia, or read up on Bergen, the gateway to Norway's stunning fjords. The Mediterranean provides many options but start by exploring Malaga on Spain's Costa del Sol or the exciting Monte Carlo, Monaco. The most popular ports in the British Isles are Edinburgh in Scotland and the cities of Belfast and Dublin in Ireland.

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