Discovering Europe by Sea
Cruiseabout's Claire Arujo, a Cruise Specialist at our Burnside store in South Australia, shares her experience of cruising through Europe as a crew member on board Voyager of the Seas, which is set to grace Australia's shores for the first time in November this year.
In 2010 I embarked the gorgeous Voyager of the Seas, as a crew member, for the adventure of a life time. Despite the fact that I had already backpacked Europe for 6 months before – I could barely believe I would be onboard one of the world’s largest vessels – for 9 months!!!
So there I stood, at the pier in Barcelona, looking at this enormous beauty I would call ‘home ‘ for the next few months. This is all after some amazing warm nights in the vibrant city of Barcelona – where Paella, good wine & cobblestone streets are the everyday ‘norm’.
When I was welcomed onto the Voyager of the Seas, I explored the ship for the first time. She was like a treasure chest – a cinema, silver service restaurants, an interior Promenade that made me fondly remember my time in Barcelona, a beautifully equipped gym & spa – but the most re-assuring aspect– my new family smiling at me every time I looked in their direction.
And so we set sail to Vila France (or Monte Carlo), the luxurious port that the rich and famous call home. Rome, the land of history, high end fashion & the best pasta I’ve ever had! Naples the city of Pompeii, The Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri and the worlds worst drivers! And in-between – a couple of days at sea to watch the European waters pass me by. Only to wake up, back at home in Barcelona.
So would I cruise Europe for leisure myself? ABSOLUTELY!! There is nowhere in the world that you will be able to experience the diversity, history & exquisite food that you do in Europe. It truly is the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ opportunity to explore some of the best ports in the World.
And why would you cruise instead of coaching your way around Europe? Having been able to do both options, this answer for me is simple – there is nothing quite like waking up in a comfortable bed EVERY DAY, starting the day with a fully cooked breakfast (yes crew get that too!), in a different city in Europe. Having the opportunity to explore a city for a full day, instead of sitting on a cramped coach watching the scenery pass you by. And then, getting back home to a cleaned room, with your yummy meal waiting to be served to you by someone who seems like they have known you for years. You can then choose to finish the night with a show OR maybe a quite nightcap at one of many amazing bars on your floating resort.
I fondly remember Europe and would be delighted to relive these memories with anyone who has any questions regarding cruises to Europe, the ports in Europe & easy ways to see some of the best the world has to offer.