Europe Cruises 2018 - 2019
Cruising Europe offers you a lot - history, architecture, art and culture. From medieval cities to sun-swept beaches, each moment on the European Cruise is more memorable than the next.
Europe is home to some of the world’s most iconic cruise destinations. Cruise to Europe for the opportunity gaze over Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower, float down London’s iconic Thames or take in Berlin’s historic East Side Gallery. To the south, the glittering Mediterranean beckons with charming whitewashed Greek Island villages, the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera and the discovery of ancient Roman civilizations. Voyaging north, nature lovers can indulge in Norway’s breathtaking fjords, experience the charm of the Baltics and behold the architectural jewels of Russia and the East.
Encompassing an eclectic smorgasbord of culture, fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes and a variety of continental climates, Europe promises a unique, culturally-immersive cruise experience. Take an iconic transatlantic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from Miami or New York to Southampton (London) or embark on a Europe cruise from Rome, Amsterdam, Paris or Barcelona on board MSC Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and more.
Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is one of the most famous cruise destinations in Europe. The quaint Dutch metropolis is best known for its charming UNESCO World Heritage Listed canal system and infamous red-light district, attracting more than 20 million visitors annually. However, with its charming cultural heritage, unique architecture and rich history, Amsterdam retains an intimate village-like feel, winning the hearts of tourists the world over.Highlights of Amsterdam
- Hire a bicycle and explore Amsterdam’s historic canals and floating markets by bike – like the locals do!
- Take a tour of the Heineken Museum and discover the history of one of the world’s most loved beers
- Visit the Anne Frank House and accompanying museum and learn about the tragedy of persecution in World War 2
The Mediterranean city of Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city. The sprawling metropolis is renowned for its captivating architecture, charming gothic quarters and the spectacular Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Church masterminded by the great Antoni Gaudi, which has been under construction for more than a century. The cosmopolitan paradise is famous for its picturesque Barceloneta Riviera and the stunning marina.Highlights of Barcelona
- Stroll down the leafy Las Ramblas, intermittently sampling tapas, sipping sangria and marveling at the street artists
- Marvel at the medieval Barrio Gotic, Barcelona’s oldest and most charming neighborhood
- Admire the mosaic art and dreamlike architectural creations at the curious Park Guelle, one of Antoni Gaudi’s most significant works
Civitavecchia, itself a charming port city, is for cruise passengers the gateway to Rome. Founded in 753 BC, Rome is a historical and cultural powerhouse renowned for grand piazzas adorned with exquisite fountains, majestic cathedrals draped in dazzling Renaissance frescoes and an astonishing archaeological and cultural heritage.Highlights of Rome
- Try your luck by tossing a coin over your left shoulder into the iconic 17th century Fontana di Trevi, the largest Baroque fountain in Rome
- Step back in time as you wander the haunting ruins of the Roman Forum, the epicenter of ancient Rome
- Visit the Vatican City and discover world’s smallest city-state, home of the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling
Marseille is a bustling port city located on France’s Provencal Mediterranean coast. France’s second largest city is renowned for its dynamic multiculturalism and rich maritime history, with a wealth of historic landmarks, ancient cathedrals, edgy art museums and cultural scene to discover. The jewel of Marseille is the vibrant Vieux-Port, the city’s old town and harbor, which is adorned with lively bars, charming brasseries, and cute cafes.Highlights of Marseille
- Explore the elegant 17th century Centre de la Vieille Charite, gorgeous neoclassical charity shelter built by local sculptor Pierre Puget
- Take a boat to the former island fortress-prison Chateau d’If, which has a claim to fame as the setting of Alexander Duma’s, The Count of Monte Cristo
- Take advantage of Marseille’s Mediterranean weather and discover the city’s historic landmarks and picturesque beaches with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour
Piraeus (Athens) is situated in southeastern Greece and is the Mediterranean’s most significant industrial and leisure port. Athens was first inhabited in the 5th century BC and boasts an incredible wealth of ancient landmarks, historic sites, spectacular architecture and grungy street culture.Highlights of Athens
- Marvel at the incredible Acropolis, arguably the most important ancient site in the West
- Catch a theatre or festival at the Herod Atticus Odean, an ancient outdoor auditorium built between 160-174 BC
- Wander the twisting, bougainvillea-lined alleys in the charming Plaka district, situated directly beneath the Acropolis
Venice, the Floating City, is situated in Italy’s northeast over the Adriatic Sea. The lagoon city comprises of 118 islands and hundreds of canals, making it one of the most fascinating in the world. Narrow, twisted alleys, historic monuments, marble palaces, charming architecture, hidden squares and the city’s iconic gondolas characterize the unique atmosphere of this extraordinary city. A mild, Mediterranean climate makes Venice a fantastic cruise destination year-round.Highlights of Venice
- Take a cruise tour through Venice’s canals for ultimate view of the city
- Marvel at the spectacular mosaic art at the handsome San Marco Basilica
- Experience the epitome of elegant Al Fresco dining at a restaurant on the Grand Canal