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ABOVE: Nighttime on Costa Magica, with Costa Mediterranea off the port bow.

Final thoughts on European cruising:

Before you book a cruise in Europe, give some thought to your travel goals.

Touring Europe by ship is not a substitute for an extended stay in one city or region. You won't get to know Rome or Paris on a day trip from Civitavecchia or Le Havre, and you'll have less contact with the locals than you would if you were traveling independently and staying in small hotels, pensions, apartments, or cottages.

On the other hand, cruising is a wonderful way to travel under the following circumstances:

  • You want the convenience of an escorted tour without the agonies of bus travel, daily hotel check-ins, and constant packing.

  • You want to sample a variety of countries, cities, towns, or islands before making plans for future vacations.

  • You want to visit places that you otherwise might not get around to seeing.

  • You've been torn between a resort vacation and a European holiday, and you've decided that a cruise offers the best of both.

  • You're combining a cruise with a land vacation, either independently or via a cruise line's optional land package.

  • You miss the days of transatlantic liners (as we do), or you simply love traveling by ship.

In closing, we'd like to make a confession: Before we tried port-intensive cruises in Europe, we tended to look down our noses at cruise vacations. We've since become hooked on cruising--not as a substitute for independent travel, but as a change of pace that lets us relax while visiting European ports as sailors, traders, and invaders have been doing for thousands of years.

More about cruising at Europe for Cruisers:

European Cruise Guide
Our illustrated directory has descriptions and Web links for nearly 50 ocean and river cruise lines in Europe.

European Cruise Articles
Browse through cruise reviews, photo galleries, and more.

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