Europe is home to some of the most fascinating, historic and cultural cities in the world - not to mention its magnificent scenery, including stunning fjords. Yet, it’s all too often overlooked by cruisers in favour of faraway destinations. Redress the balance and enjoy the very best that Europe has to offer.
Celebrated for its world famous music scene, Liverpool was named 2008’s European Capital of Culture, this magnificent waterfront city boasts a striking skyline, setting gleaming skyscrapers against the world-famous Liver Building. With both English and Irish influences, Liverpool offers a unique culture; a powerhouse of the arts, where experimental theatre meets fascinating museums and street performers rub shoulders with up-and-coming bands.
For Irish culture, take a Seabourn cruise to Dublin; a lovely city with a relaxed charm all of its own. Set along the banks of the Liffey and fronting the Irish Sea, it’s home to world-famous Trinity College, the alma mater of Oscar Wilde. Fascinating history, exceptional shopping and several world-class restaurants unite in the capital of the Emerald Isle.
You’ll be equally charmed and captivated by a Europe Cruise to Amsterdam, with its relaxed pace of life, countless bicycles and tranquil canals. Ablaze with colourful flowers, it’s a melting pot of different traditions and is one of the world’s most multicultural cities, with around half the population originating from a huge array of nations.
Scandinavia and the Baltic countries also make for enchanting cruising, being home to countless historic cities. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was formally founded in 1248 but its earliest settlements date back 5,000 years. It is famous across the world as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Taking a Baltic cruise will allow you to experience many of the world’s most fascinating and culturally significant ports of call in the utmost comfort and style.
History-lovers will also find themselves enamoured of St Petersburg in Russia, formerly known as Leningrad. The most Westernised city in the country and its undisputed cultural capital, it is home to The Hermitage, one of the world’s largest art museums, and boasts magnificent architecture that is named as another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A number of cruises to Reykjavík, the capital of spectacularly remote Iceland. The world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavík is visually unique, with its brightly coloured roofs adorning chocolate box buildings. Like many remote communities, it’s a vibrant location, with great shopping, lively bars and a wealth of culture belying its small size. Experiencing it will transform your perspective on the world and your home town.
And, of course, we could not discuss cruises to Europe without mentioning the most widely-visited continental destination of all. Our range of Mediterranean cruises journey to perennially popular spots like Barcelona, Venice, Lisbon and Gibraltar, inviting their guests to experience temperate climates, iconic architectural landmarks and exciting cuisine without having to travel halfway around the world
There are a number of reasons why taking a fly cruise does not appeal to everyone, from anxiety about flying to the significant amount of travelling time it can add on to the overall number of days spent away from home. However, many of the world’s most highly regarded cruise lines offer a wide range of excellent cruises from Southampton and other ports in the United Kingdom, giving every passenger the opportunity to explore beautiful destinations like Northern Europe and the Western Mediterranean without the worry of going through the stressful airport experience.
Our European cruise deals are regularly updated with brand new cruises offering first-rate accommodation, high quality dining and memorable shore excursions, to name just a few highlights. Whichever cruise ship you choose to set sail on – and whether you decide to explore sun-drenched Eastern Mediterranean nations like Cyprus and Greece or the bracing but spectacular scenery of Norway and Sweden – we can assure you that all of our cruise holidays will not only meet but surpass your expectations.