European Cruise Guide: 2013
A French flag flies on the fantail of Compagnie du Ponant's
L'Austral during a roundrip Adriatic
cruise from Venice. Go Barging's
Renaissance in a French canal
lock, and Silversea's Silver Spirit
in Port Mahon, Menorca.
Cruising in Europe has become
enormously popular in recent years, for several reasons:
It's an easy way to visit interesting places along Europe's coasts and
waterways. Once you've boarded the ship and unpacked, your transportation,
hotel, and dining needs are taken care of until the end of the cruise. (See
our Tour Europe by Ship
article for an introduction to "port-intensive" ocean and river cruising.)
- Most expenses are built into the fare, so you know what you're paying up
front. And when fares are quoted in your own currency, you're protected
against fluctuating exchange rates.
- Cruising is simply fun--especially for people who enjoy ships.
To help you plan a cruise in Europe, we've put together this European
Cruise Guide with brief descriptions and Web links for ocean- and
river-cruise lines that welcome English-speaking travelers.
we've included links to our own cruise reviews, and you'll also find a page of
links to other cruising sites. In a number of cases, we've supplied links to
ship videos from our collection of Venice
To get started, see our
cruise line index or use the menu