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ABOVE: Passengers enjoy the view from a cruise vessel on the Moselle River in Germany.


Europe for Cruisers is part of Europe for Visitors, a Forbes and Washington Post "Best of the Web" editorial travel-planning site that has offered unbiased advice to millions of travelers for nearly two decades.

We focus exclusively on European cruising, with in-depth ship reviews and information on ocean, river, and barge cruise lines in Europe.

  • Note: It remains to be seen when European cruising will return to normal levels. Please see the individual cruise lines' Web sites for up-to-date information on itineraries and departures. You'll find links to more than 50 cruise lines in our European Cruise Guide.


Plan your cruise in Europe:

arrow European Cruise Guide

More than 50 cruise lines cater to English-speaking travelers on Europe's oceans and inland waterways. Our illustrated descriptions include links to the cruise lines' Web sites.

arrow Cruise Reviews and Articles

Read our in-depth reports on ocean and river cruises. Also see Tour Europe by Ship, which discusses "port-intensive" cruising as an alternative to cars, trains,  and coaches.

arrow European Barge and Canal Cruises

Explore Europe's inland waterways on a hotel barge or narrowboat. The pace is slow, the atmosphere is cozy and informal, and you'll avoid crowds even during high season. Also see our article on Coastal, Canal, and River Cruises in Britain.

arrow Venice for Cruisers

If your cruise begins or ends in Venice, Italy, read our port information at Venice for Visitors. Also see "Roundtrip Cruises from Venice," our 35 pages about Rome's cruise port of Civitavecchia, and our guide to Paris River Cruise Ports.