Europe is a continent rich in history and cultural diversity. Each nation has its own climate, population, social structure, political system and economy. This is what makes European cruise travel so alluring. Discover something new and try something different at each port-of-call.
Venture north to Iceland and discover the true origin of “the Viking spirit.” Island hop your way across the Mediterranean, take a wine tour through Tuscany, pick truffles in the south of France or escape west to the Canary Islands. It’s all possible on a European cruise holiday.
Experience the Northern Lights and untapped beauty of Scandinavia during a summer cruise or enjoy the year-round sunshine of southern Europe. Head east or west across the Mediterranean, down to North Africa and across to the Madeira. European cruising offers sights, sounds, tastes and experiences for people of all ages.
Currency - The Euro is recognised as the official currency in 19 out of 28 Eurozone countries. It is used by nearly 340 million people every day. Travellers can exchange their Euros for local denominations when visiting nations that do not use the Euro as their primary currency. Some countries accept the Euro, as well as their own official currency at point-of-sale.
Population - The total population of Europe is approximately 740 million. Germany is the largest country by total population, with around 81 million.
Language - Europe has 24 official languages, with English and French the most widely used. There are also dozens of ‘unofficial’ languages and dialects practised. Many European citizens are multilingual. While Basque Country covers land on both sides of the French-Spanish border, the language used there is entirely unique to the region.
Who goes there?
Norwegian Cruise Lines, Viking Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Sea Cruises, and MSC Cruises are just some of the cruise lines that operate routes throughout Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Western Europe, the Mediterranean and Baltic region. Trip lengths vary between carriers. Room types vary from modern, well-furnished cabins to deluxe suites, with a host of accommodation options available for families.
Best time to go?
Mediterranean and Western Europe cruises operate year-round due to the favourable weather conditions and high demand from customers. Bear in mind, that if you plan on travelling to Northern Europe, your cruising options will be limited to the warmer months. After all, it gets pretty cold in Scandinavia and across the Baltic Sea during winter time.
NOTE: Summer is peak travel season in Europe, so expect large crowds at most ports-of-call. Consider booking your cruise at the beginning or tail-end of the summer season. In south-west Europe and the Mediterranean, it’s not uncommon to see people swimming during the early and later months of the year.
Mediterranean – Regional cuisine, fresh seafood, local wines, warm weather and phenomenal scenery all compete for your attention on board a Mediterranean cruise. Sightseeing in Rome, island-hopping in Greece, Tapas in Barcelona - the list of highlights never ceases to amaze. Longer journeys allow passengers to immerse themselves in the ultimate Mediterranean experience.
Europe’s West – From rainforests and giant lakes to desert sand dunes and tropical beaches, there’s no better way to explore Western Europe and beyond than on a cruise ship. Besides the main islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Madeira, many summer cruises include Portugal’s Algarve region, as well as French wine country. There’s also cruises that take in Morocco, as well as circumnavigating the Spanish and Portuguese coastlines.
Northern Europe – Experience the rich history, warm hospitality and natural wonders of Scandinavia and the Baltic region on board a northern European cruise. Bathe in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, eat Reindeer salami in Stock