Tour Europe by Ship
ABOVE: Passengers from Holland America Line's
ms Rotterdam explore the Akershus
fortress in Oslo, Norway.
Have you ever:
- Put off a European vacation
because you lack the patience to plan an itinerary, haul yourself and your
belongings from city to city, and cope with foreign languages along the way?
- Thought about an escorted tour, but rejected the idea because touring
with a group seems too much like a class trip?
- Wished you could visit places like Corsica, Dubrovnik, or Spitsbergen that
sound intriguing but aren't convenient to reach from where you live?
- Complained about the need to unpack every night and pack again the next morning?
If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," it's time to consider
touring Europe on a ship or boat.
The idea of cruise-based travel is simple: You sail along Europe's coastline
or inland waterways, stopping frequently for shore excursions. It's like staying
in a moving hotel that takes you around Europe: You unpack once at the beginning
of the voyage, and you never have to touch a suitcase again until it's time to
leave the ship. And when you're finished with each day's sightseeing, you can return to the familiar
cocoon of your cruise vessel for dinner, conversation with your fellow
passengers, and a good night's sleep.
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