Western Europe Cruises 2018 -2019
Western Europe is a region brimming with history. Experience the charm and beauty of the British Isles, France and more.
Cruise to Western Europe to experience a kaleidoscope of culture and charm like no other. Cosmopolitan cities, picturesque old towns, glittering beachside metropolises and charming villages await you at every turn, with boundless opportunities to sample some of the world’s most renowned cuisines, immerse yourself in local traditions and experience the magic of Western Europe.
Whether you dream of admiring Paris’ statuesque Eiffel Tower, marveling at London’s handsome Big Ben or cruising through Amsterdam’s iconic canals, a v variety of climates provide you a variety of exciting cruise experiences to Western Europe year-round. Whatever takes your fancy, there is something for everyone on board a cruise to Western Europe. Cruise to Western Europe on board MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Viking River Cruises from a variety of ports including Southampton (London), Hamburg, Lisbon 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
Southampton is situated on the south coast of England and is a popular cruise destination due to its proximity to London. It is also a popular departure port for transatlantic cruises. Southampton has a beautiful modern marina by the cruise terminal, featuring designer boutiques, fine dining restaurants, bars. The port city also has a great variety of attractions and museums to explore.Highlights of Southampton
- Discover an original collection of James Bond vehicles at the fantastic Beaulieu, the world’s largest automobile museum
- Visit the SeaCity Museum to experience its unique interactive Titanic exhibit
- Take in some local history with a tour around Southampton’s 14th century medieval city walls, reportedly the longest stretch of all in all of England
Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and is situated on the country’s Atlantic west coast. The charming coastal metropolis is best-known for its unique mosaic architecture, charming pastel-painted Bairros, beautiful beaches and an abundance of historical and cultural attractions. Big in character, Lisbon is graced with long, hot summers and short, mild winters making it the ideal cruise destination year-round.Highlights of Lisbon
- Expand your palate as you sample exquisite wine and delectable tapas at the famous BA Wine Bar in Lisbon’s edgy Barrio Alto district
- Admire the ruins of the Gothic 14th century Carmo Convent, which commemorates the devastating earthquake of 1755
- Ride the iconic Bica funicular railway, which connects the elegant Principe Real quarter with the famous Santa Catarina viewing platform
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
Gibraltar, also known as the ‘Key of the Mediterranean’, is a small island situated a few kilometers off the southern coast of Spain. The British colonial territory is famed for the iconic Rock of Gibraltar, a towering 1397-ft high limestone ridge surrounded by cliffs that stagger dramatically into the Mediterranean Sea. The island is a curious mix of British and Spanish, architecturally, culturally and linguistically.Highlights of Gibraltar
- Venture to the Apes’ Den to admire the tailless Barbary Macaques, the only wild, free-living monkey’s in Europe
- Visit the World War 2 tunnels and discover the strategic importance of Gibraltar throughout ancient and modern history
- Indulge your palate with Gibraltar’s Andalusian-British-African fusion cuisine, with unique dishes such as Rolitos, Panissa or Calentina