Europe is one of the premier cruise destinations in the
world. Its attraction is overpowering - grand cities,
relics of ancient civilizations and breathtaking scenery
await European cruise passengers at almost every port
of call. The variety is such that one visit to this part
of the world is never enough - it'll have you coming back
for more?again and again!
European cruises depart from most major seaports around
Europe. They often cover a specific region of Europe,
although some companies do offer a whirlwind tour of the
major sites right around the European coastline.
Starting in Northern Europe, cruises around Scandinavia
and the Baltic States are popular, especially those that
take in the Norwegian fjords. Here, you can delight in
stunning scenery where mountains rise up like towers in
every direction, and where waterfalls and glaciers are
almost within touching distance. There are majestic cities
too. Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki, home to
the Uspenski Cathedral - the largest orthodox church in
Western Europe - can all be built into a European cruise
Northern Europe also has its fair share of specialist
cruises. You can do a cruise of the Baltic palaces or
simply enjoy Norway's awe-inspiring craggy coastline. A
very popular Northern European cruise is a tour up the
Scandinavian coastline into the Arctic Circle to view
the 'midnight sun'.
A European cruise around Western Europe embraces the
British Isles, Ireland, the Low Countries and France.
Scottish castles, the emerald green landscapes of Ireland
and a visit to a French vineyard and chateaux are just
some of the highlights of a cruise around Western Europe.
You could also build in visits to historic ports of call,
such as Portsmouth in England, where Nelson's 'Victory'
can be toured.
Moving further south into the Mediterranean Sea, a
European cruise takes in the glory of the historical and
beautiful Mediterranean coastline. Portugal, Spain, the
French Riviera, Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey all
have their own attractions. The colosseum of Rome, the
birthplace of Salvador Dali, Monaco's grandiose vista
and the famous Turkish bazaars await all those who elect
for a European cruise in the Mediterranean.
There are a number of specialist tours in the
Mediterranean region too. You can enjoy the delights of
classical Greece and its magnificent islands, or discover
the magic of island hopping from the Balearic Islands in
the west of the Mediterranean to Cyprus in the east.
A European cruise is a true voyage of discovery. Tour this
region and you'll unearth the very soul of Europe and
uncover a past that is rich in intrigue and drama.
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