European cruises offer the chance to see some of the most beautiful and intriguing destinations in the world. From the European cuisine to the Middle Eastern bazaars in Turkey, and from the cool Northern Europe climate to the intricate Asian-designed buildings in St Petersburg, there isn’t a better place to immerse yourself in such diverse culture. From legendary ruins surrounded by myth and grand palaces steeped in royal history, to gorgeous landscapes and diverse cultures, Europe is simply unforgettable.
While all continents vary in their climate, geography, culture, and politics, there is perhaps nowhere quite as contrasting as Europe. This popular cruising region can transport you from one extreme to another overnight – something that really needs to be experienced to be believed.
Cruise passengers can visit hundreds of beautiful and fascinating ports throughout Europe, although these can generally be broken down into one of four categories – the British Isles, filled with charm and tradition, Northern Europe, known for its cool climate and snowy landscapes, the Mediterranean, famous world over for the glorious golden sandy beaches, and Eastern Europe which incorporates a blend of both European and Asian culture, cuisine, and architecture.
Let’s not forget that cruises around Europe are perfect for a short getaways, as an introduction to the cruise way of life, or for those who want to see the world without flying.
The British Isles may well be home, but you’ll be surprised at how much more you can learn about the region by taking a cruise around England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Not only will passengers have opportunities to explore both traditional and up-and-coming cities in the British Isles, there’s also the chance to visit ports in some of Britain’s most remote areas which retain their natural charm, unspoilt by mass tourism. You will have a unique view of Britain’s coastal areas, and you may well discover a few hidden gems, such as the picture perfect beaches of the east coast which wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean!
Northern Europe is, without a doubt, one of the most picturesque destinations in the world. Whether you visit in the spring when the snow and ice is just starting to melt, or later in the season when the lush green foliage is at its peak, the Baltic and Scandinavian countries are simply gorgeous. Along with the one-of-a-kind scenic views here, there’s also tons of history to explore, particularly from the time of the first Viking settlers which really influenced Scandinavia in terms of architecture, work ethic, and even cuisine. Be sure to leave room after your breakfast to enjoy the mouth-watering Danish pastries in Denmark, and sample Finland’s favourite of cold smoked salmon.
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