European Cruise Guide 2015
More than 50 ocean- and river-cruise lines welcome
English-speaking passengers in Europe. This guide has capsule descriptions of
the cruise lines and their European itineraries for 2015, with links to
their Web sites.
A French flag flies on the fantail of Compagnie du Ponant's
L'Austral during a roundrip Adriatic
cruise from Venice. INSET BELOW: Cruise manager Ramona Kurcsics of Uniworld's
River Baroness, 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.
Where possible, we've included links to our own cruise reviews, and you'll also
find a page of links to other cruising sites.
To get started, see our
cruise line index or use the menu
"Best of the Web"
- Forbes and The Washington Post
Click or tap photos for cruise
Venice for Cruisers
Getting to or from your ship,
hotels for cruisers, the Marittima and San Basilio piers, and more.
Trains to and
from the port, plus a 35-page
Civitavecchia city and port guide.
From Durant and Cheryl Imboden:
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