Cruise Lines sailing to Europe
Every major cruise line offers itineraries to European and Mediterranean ports, some seasonally and others year-round. Whether you’re looking to cruise aboard a ship that holds several hundred passengers or several thousand passengers, one that caters to discerning travelers or one geared to families, a luxury experience or a more moderately priced line, there is a cruise line that is perfect for you!
When you’re bringing the family along you want to be sure you choose a family friendly vessel with amenities such as children’s programs, family suites or connecting staterooms, children’s menus, pools (often with water slides) and lots to do onboard during the day and into the evening. Carnival, Disney, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean would fit the bill nicely. These are among the largest ships that offer European and Mediterranean itineraries, many no longer than seven nights.
Celebrity, Princess and Holland America welcome families as well, but have a more refined ambiance. These cruise lines offer many amenities but with increased focus on gracious service, excellent food and fine wine in a relaxed setting. These ships range from medium to large and are beautifully appointed and decorated, offering greater space and comfort for each passenger. Itineraries range from seven nights to lengthy world cruises.
The sophisticated adult atmosphere of Azamara Club Cruises and Oceania Cruises does not include the amenities that would draw families. Instead, these mid-sized ships are known for their warm clubby atmosphere. Combining extraordinary comfort with varied, destination-rich itineraries, they provide guests with an enriching, rewarding travel experience.
Luxury cruise lines are small to medium in size, offer more all-inclusive amenities, and are tailored to the discerning cruiser. Crystal, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silversea offer highly personalized service to exotic itineraries. Tranquility reign on these ships, so the daily roster of events is more geared to things such as lectures, and other enrichment programs. Cunard is probably best known for the traditional Atlantic crossings, although their itineraries are certainly not limited to just that.
Viking River Cruises offers an option for travelers who enjoy the convenience and comfort of cruising, but wish to travel to locations inaccessible by larger cruise ships. What these ships lack as far as onboard features and amenities found on typical cruise ships, they make up for with port-intensive itineraries. Viking River’s itineraries focus on smaller towns and villages, offering a more personal and in-depth experience within a region.