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Your biggest difficulty planning a European cruise is narrowing down where you want to go. A Western Mediterranean itinerary usually includes stops in Spain, Barcelona and Monaco, as well as Italy. Eastern Mediterranean cruises encompass Italy, Croatia and Greece, and sometimes Turkey and Israel. A Baltic Sea voyage brings you to Scandinavia and Russia; the Norwegian Fjords carry their own beauty. Don't forget about British Isles cruises, which allow you to visit castles in England, Scotland and London. For sun lovers, it's hard to beat the Canary Islands.
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Ancient histories and antiquities, beaches and villages: Read what makes an Eastern Med cruise awesome.
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Aarhus
The harbor town of Aarhus is off the beaten track -- so much so that ...
Akureyri
The second-largest city in Iceland (yet still small, with fewer than ...
Alesund
Alesund is located on a series of islands along Norway's coast. It ...
Amsterdam
There is a fairytale quality to the tree-lined canal streets of ...
Antalya
Antalya is a cliff-top city in Turkey, set among palm-fronded ...
Antwerp
Flanders, the northern half of Belgium, has four lovely cities to ...
Arnhem
Located at the Rhine's intersection with the Nederrjin (or lower ...
Athens (Piraeus)
Athens wowed the world as host to the 2004 Olympic Games. While ...
Barcelona
Since hosting the Summer Olympics in 1992, Barcelona has gained ...
Bari
Bari, which lies in the Puglia, or Apulia, region of southern Italy ...
Basel
Basel, which lies in the northwest region of Switzerland, near its ...
Belfast
There was a time when the name Belfast raised an immediate red flag ...
Bergen
Bergen, known as the "Gateway to the Fjords," is Norway's ...
Berlin
A visit to Berlin is simply not to be missed no matter how long the ...
Bodrum
Passengers sailing into the Turkish port of Bodrum first see the ...
Bordeaux
The glorious port city of Bordeaux, which lies on the Garonne River ...
Bratislava
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is an up-and-coming cruise port ...
Bremerhaven
At first glance, Bremerhaven doesn't look like the world's most ...
Brugge (Bruges)
Brugge (in Flemish -- it's Bruges in French) is one of the most ...
Brussels
If you've been to Brussels, chances are you were sent on a business ...
Bucharest
The word on Bucharest is that it's ugly, gritty, grimy -- and parts ...
Budapest
It's been called the "Pearl of the Danube" -- and no wonder. For ...
Cannes
Poor Cannes, so underappreciated. Gertrude Stein once said of ...
Capri
Capri, a mountainous island just three miles off the coast of Italy's ...
Cologne
Cologne, the Rhineland's largest city and Germany's fourth-largest, ...
Copenhagen
Sitting on the east coast of Denmark, Copenhagen has been that ...
Corfu
Dream up a wish list of everything you'd want from a Greek holiday: ...
Corsica (Ajaccio)
No doubt about it: Ajaccio is my kind of cruise port -- easily ...
Crete (Heraklion)
It's common for first-time visitors to take one look at Iraklion and ...
Dover
Located 76 miles (122 kilometers) to the east of London, Dover is a ...
Dresden
Dresden's churches, palaces, museums and squares are among the finest ...
Dublin
Imagine Dublin and visions of Guinness, Leopold Bloom, and hearty ...
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a great walking city for lovers of culture and history, ...
Durnstein (Krems)
If you sail in at night, it will be hard to ignore the eerily lit ...
Dusseldorf
The symbol of Dusseldorf is the Radschlager -- a human figure ...
Edinburgh
Historic Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, has so much to offer that ...
Elba
Everyone who gets sent to exile should be as lucky as France's ...
Flam
Flam, meaning "little place with steep mountains," could not have a ...
Florence (Livorno)
On any Western Mediterranean itinerary, Florence is an absolute ...
Fuerteventura
The island of Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's Canary ...
Gdansk
Think Gdansk and think home of Solidarity: the labor union that ...
Geiranger
Geiranger is a tiny little village, situated at the end of the UNESCO ...
Genoa
Sometimes, cities are lucky enough to reinvent themselves. Genoa, ...
Ghent
Brugge (Bruges) may be the better known -- and possibly better ...
Gibraltar
Gibraltar may well be a British Crown Colony but geographically it's ...
Gythion
Two life-size statues on the quayside -- one of a jaunty-tailed ...
Haifa
There's a popular Israeli saying: "Haifa works, Jerusalem prays, and ...
Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany's foremost port and one of its most handsome cities, ...
Harwich
Harwich, on London's east coast, is the quietest of the three main ...
Heidelberg
"The town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of ...
Helsinki
Helsinki is a city with a variety of identities. Maybe it's the ...
Holyhead
Located on the very northwestern tip of Wales, facing out to the ...
Honfleur
The villages along the Seine on the popular river cruises between ...
Hvar
The glittering coastline of Croatia -- known as the Dalmation Coast ...
Ibiza
Ibiza owns a reputation as a boisterous party town where hit the ...
Ilulissat
Ilulissat means "iceberg" in Greenlandic. One look and it's obvious ...
Invergordon
Although it's the most popular cruise ship port of call in Scotland, ...
Istanbul
A geographic and metaphoric melding of East and West, Istanbul is the ...
Izmir
Cradled between mountains and the Aegean Sea to the west, Turkey's ...
Jerusalem (Ashdod)
Jerusalem fits a microcosm of the whole world into less than 50 ...
Katakolon (Olympia)
The scenic seaside Greek town of Katakolon, with a population around ...
Kirkwall
Situated on what's known as the "Mainland" of the Orkney archipelago, ...
Koblenz
Koblenz, Germany, is located at the confluence of the Rhine and ...
Koper
Koper is an ancient city in the Slovenian province of Istria at the ...
Korcula
An island near the southern tip of Croatia, the country to which it ...
Kotor
You will be rewarded if you set your alarm for an early start at ...
Kristiansand
Kristiansand is not an obvious choice for a cruise ship visit, and ...
Kusadasi
Nearly 20 years ago when we first sailed to Kusadasi, our gulet, a ...
Le Havre
Le Havre, which lies along the English Channel on France's western ...
Limassol
Limassol, the largest coastal town in Cyprus, sprawls around Akrotiri ...
Linz (Salzburg)
Linz is the third-largest city in Austria, with a population of ...
Lisbon
Lisbon, Europe's westernmost capital and Portugal's cultural hub, ...
Liverpool
Liverpool is a small but thriving city that is poised to flourish, ...
London (Tilbury)
London is one of the world's greatest cities. Diverse, ethnically and ...
Lyon
The capital of the Rhone-Alpes region, Lyon is the second-largest ...
Madeira (Funchal)
In the early 1400's, Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal sent his ...
Mainz
Germany's Mainz -- a 2,000-year-old city of leafy squares, timbered ...
Malaga
Malaga offers an intriguing blend of culture, history and beaches -- ...
Malta (Valletta)
Sailing into Valletta, Malta, is akin to stepping into the pages of a ...
Marseille
Marseille, the gateway to Provence, is the second largest city and ...
Melk
Melk, a quiet city, is located on the Danube River, just off the ...
Monaco
Arriving by ship into the Monte Carlo harbor is an amazing ...
Moscow
Once a popular setting for spy movies and Cold War propaganda films, ...
Mykonos
In the early 1960s, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis "discovered" ...
Naples
You know instantly when you're docked in Naples. First of all, where ...
Newcastle (England)
One of the most vibrant cities in the north of England, Newcastle ...
Nice
Nice is the biggest city on France's glorious Cote D'Azur and the ...
Nuremberg
Nuremberg, located 110 miles north of Munich, is the second-largest ...
Odessa
Editor's Note: Due to ongoing issues in the Crimean peninsula, stops ...
Oslo
Compared with other Scandinavian capitals, Oslo is a cozy, somewhat ...
Palermo
Palermo is a city of contrasts and most people either like it or hate ...
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, a major port city on the island of Mallorca and ...
Paris
Home to more than 10 million people, the "City of Light" is majestic ...
Passau
Arriving in Passau for the first time, you could be forgiven for ...
Ponta Delgada
The Azores form an archipelago of nine beautiful mountainous islands, ...
Porto (Leixoes)
One of Europe's oldest cities, Porto dates to the 4th century, when ...
Portofino
Portofino is so quintessentially Italian, so synonymous with the ...
Prague
Moody, romantic, historic, mysterious -- it's impossible to put a ...
Regensburg
The largest medieval city in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage site ...
Reykjavik
Europe's northernmost and westernmost capital is a delightful ...
Rhodes
Rhodes, with an average of 300 sunny days per year and mild ...
Riga
Riga, founded in 1201, is the geographical center of the Baltic ...
Rome (Civitavecchia)
The capital city in the land of Leonardo, Michelangelo and the popes ...
Rostock (Warnemunde)
The fine old Hanseatic red-brick town of Rostock and its neighbouring ...
Rotterdam
If Holland's past lives on in Amsterdam's fabled canals and historic ...
Rouen
The capital of Normandy, Rouen is just a bit over an hour's train ...
Rudesheim
Rudesheim (pronounced roo-des-hyme) is a town built for tourism. Its ...
Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez conjures up images of the good life, beautiful people, ...
Santorini
Spectacular Santorini -- scene of one of the world's most violent ...
Sardinia
With its rugged landscape of limestone and granite ranges and oak ...
Sete
If you had never been to the Mediterranean coast, and had to create ...
Seville (Cadiz)
Seville, capital of Andalucia, lies on the mighty Guadalquivir -- one ...
Sorrento
It's almost a pity that most cruise passengers use Sorrento as a mere ...
Southampton
Located on the south coast of England, Southampton served as the ...
Spitsbergen (Svalbard)
Svalbard is the official Norwegian name for the island archipelago ...
Split
Strollers parade along Split's sunny Riva, savoring the breezes along ...
St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
St. Peter Port, the principal town on the island of Guernsey, charms ...
St. Petersburg
There's something eerily fascinating about coming to St. Petersburg. ...
Stavanger
Since the days of the Vikings, Stavanger's fate has been tied to the ...
Stockholm
Named in this century as both Europe's Cultural Capital and also the ...
Strasbourg
The capital of Alsace, France's smallest region, is also known as the ...
Tallinn
Estonia's capital city is only 53 miles across the Gulf of Finland ...
Taormina (Messina)
The French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville called Sicily "the land ...
Travemunde (Lubeck)
There's one word that springs to mind when you visit Travemunde -- ...
Tromso
Tromso, also known as the Arctic Capital or the France of the North, ...
Trondheim
Trondelag, or Trondheim, has been the city of kings ever since Viking ...
Varna
Located on the Black Sea Coast, Varna is the second-largest city in ...
Venice
Of all the cities in the world, only Paris comes remotely close to ...
Vigo
Vigo is the main port for Spain's Galicia region, with Portugal to ...
Villefranche
Lovely, much more laid back than other -- splashier -- Cote d'Azur ...
Visby
To be honest, there's not a great deal to do in Visby. But then, ...
Volos
Few cruise ships call at Volos, though it is the third largest port ...
Yalta
Editor's Note: Due to ongoing issues in the Crimean peninsula, stops ...
Zadar
The craggy Dalmatian Coast, across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, is a ...
Outstanding. carrolldouglas
04/14
We took the 14-day cruise, Vienna to Amsterdam, & found it outstanding. Scenery was beautiful & being so close to the center of towns & cities was fantastic. We were worried about spring rain, but we had only 1 rainy day--the day we ... Read more
Because I have traveled with Oceania several times before, I read the recent reviews of Riviera on Cruise Critic. Our travels are always in PH suites. Most, if not all, reviews from persons that have sailed with Oceania before agree that the ... Read more
05/15
This was our first ever cruise.Our cabin was on A deck. Spacious cabin.Comfortable bed with good quality linen.Bath and shower and balcony ( partial shading) Good quality toiletries.Cabin steward was fantastic, kept cabin spotless daily. We had ... Read more
We recently returned from a fabulous 10 night cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox leaving Barcelona heading for Rome. Boarding was a breeze as always in Barcelona, we were aboard by 11am with a leisurely wander around the ship, lunch at the Bistro ... Read more
We are first time cruisers and were given an incredible opportunity to be treated to a free cruise courtesy of my boyfriends work for long term service. 42 of us were in the party and although I can't speak for everyone - we had the most amazing ... Read more
05/15
This was my first cruise as a solo traveller. I booked late in the day so none of the single traveller studios were available . I , like a number of other solo travellers who also could not get into the studios paid the single traveller premium ... Read more
05/15
We took the Baltic Capitals cruise and really enjoyed it. First the good: We found the ship to be clean, subtly decorated, no problems with smoke drifing into public areas. There are plenty of cozy spots to read a book, sip a drink or people ... Read more
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