Europe has so many great cities to visit it is no wonder it has become the fastest growing cruise destination. Explore Paris with the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre. Visit beautiful Stockholm, London, Scotland, Ireland, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, the fjords of Norway, and the opulent palaces of the czars in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the Mediterranean enjoy ports likes Barcelona, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Rome, Florence/Tuscany, Naples, Venice, Sicily, Malta, Athens, Rhodes, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Istanbul, the Greek Isles, Egypt and the Holy Land. There are so many choices because most major cities of Europe are seaports or near a seaport.
The Captain & First Mate sailed to the Norwegian Fjords on Celebrity. The cruise was one of our all-time favorites. The scenery were incredible like this photo of Geiranger Fjord - one of the most beautiful spots in the world. These typically are 12 to 14-day cruises - are very relaxing and focused on great scenery. Cruise lines usually make this trip only once a year so book these early. They always sell out.
Our top rated premium ships to the Mediterranean are Celebrity's Solstice-class (Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, & Silhouette) and all four will be in the Med in 2011. They are our top ranked premium class ships. They do a variety of 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16-night cruises roundtrip Rome, London, Barcelona and more. Celebrity Solstice sails roundtrip Barcelona from May to October - calling on Venice, Dubrovnik, Athens, Santorini, Naples, Rome, Livorno (Florence/Tuscany), Villefranche (Nice & Monte Carlo) and Barcelona. Sailing the canals of Venice on a 15 to 17-story ship looking over and down onto the city of Venice is quite an experience. Celebrity Equinox is offering 10 and 11-night cruises roundtrip from Rome. These cruises alternate between two different Eastern Med. itinerary that includes Greek Isles, Istanbul and Ephesus. Celebrity Eclipse and is offering 14 or 16-night cruises roundtrip from Sothampton (near London) into the Med all the way to the Venice on some and to the Italian Riviera on others. Celebrity Silhouette debuts in July 2011 and will offer 12-night Egypt & Israel cruises roundtrip Rome. Celebrity's Constellation , another top rated premium class ship offers some unique Greek Isles and Turkey cruises in September and October.
Azamara Journey & Quest are our top ranked Deluxe category ship. These small 700 passenger ships offer exciting & unusual 7 to 14 night Med. cruises that differ from cruise to cruise and since they are small they can smaller ports close to the center of town. Azamra also has more overnight calls on popular ports of call and very unusual shore excursion for deep immersoin.
Royal Caribbean has a large number of ships in Europe every year offering a variety of cruises from 7 to 16 nights. There are 7-day Mediterranean on Splendour of the Seas roundtrip from Venice, Navigator of the Seas roundtrip from Rome, Independence of the Seas roundtrip from Southampton (near London) and now Voyager of the Seas is offering 7-night cruises roundtrip from Barcelona. Brilliance of the Seas also does 12-night cruise to the Med. sampler roundtrip from Barcelona. She is an excellent choice for family cruises of 12 or 14 nights.
Scandinavia/Russia and Mediterranean cruise are the most popular itineraries and great European starter cruises. We've cruised to the Scandinavian capitals and St. Petersburg several times. Our favorite premium offering is Celebrity Eclipse that debutted in 2010 for four 14-night Scan/Russia cruises from May to July roundtrip from Southampton (near London). Another big favorite are the 12-night cruises on the Celebrity's Constellation , another top rated premium class ship offers a wide range of wonderful 12-night Scandinavia/Russia roundtrip from Amsterdam from May to August, one 12-night Norwegian Fjord cruise in July, one Arctic Circle - where the sun never sets in July, plus one AMsterdam to Istanbul cruise. Constelaltion was recently "Solticized' with the addition of many of the most popular Soltice-class additions.
Azamara Journey is our top ranked Deluxe category ship (above premium but under luxury). These small 700 passenger ships offer exciting new 12 night Scan/Russia cruises roundtrip Copenhagen (you dock in the middle of St. Petersburg not a long drive away at the commercial port like most). Great new options for Europe.
Royal Caribbean's Jewel of
the Sea is sailing a 12-night this Scandinavia/Russia roundtrip
from Harwich (also near London). Scandinavia/Russia cruises typically calls
on Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (2-days), Estonia, and Copenhagen.
Europe has become the newest hot spot for cruising, and many sailings are full months in advance, especially on the new ships. For the best rates and availability you will need to book well in advance By booking as early as possible you get the best selection, yet you are assured of getting any price reduction or promotion that comes along before you have to make final payment just before you cruise. Deposits are fully refundable up until final payment. Don't wait until the last minute and be disappointed when your choice is no longer available.
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Regent: Voyager & Mariner (#1 in luxury class)
Azamara Journey & Quest (#1 in deluxe class)
Celebrity: Infinity, Constellation, Solstice, Eclipse, Equinox, Silhouette & Reflection (#1 in the premium class)
Royal Caribbean: Jewel,
Independence, Navigator & Brilliance of the Sea (#1 for families)
This 122,000 ton beauty is one of our top rated
premium class ships. She holds 2850 geusts (double occupancy) and have about
the same high space ratio per person as the top luxury lines like Crystal. We
rate the Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse and Silhouette at the top of the premium
Azamara Quest & Journey are two new Deluxe ships offering great high end European options. They offer luxury like service, amenities, and dining choices but with cabins still the same size as premium class ships at half of luxury class ships. They also have no formal nights, no smoking, open seating with 3 great restaurant choices. Gratuities are included with the cruise fare as is wine with lunch & dinner, bottled water and soft drinks.
Azamara Quest offers many new and exciting Mediterranean choices. Journey offers some spring and early summer Scandinavia cruises and then joins Quest in the Mediterranean. There are losts of nice back-to-back options and these new ships are going to a lot of smaller ports the big ships cannot dock at, and they also frequently offer 2-days with an overnight on the ship in popular ports of call like Rome, Livorno (Florence), Naples, etc. For example Journey can dock on the river in central downtown St. Petersburg while the large ships have to dock at the very ugly industrial port far outside the city.
Great new choices at great values. Similar to Oceania but for a lower price!
Royal Caribbean's Brilliance & Jewel of the Seas are some of the Captain's favorite new ships for families and they offer some great values. Brilliance will offer 12-night Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Barcelaon all summer and the brand new Jewel will offer Northern Europe cruises. You can also add on some very interesting land tours to your cruises.
The Captain & First Mate's favorite luxury ship, the new 6-star Regent Seven Seas Voyager took over our top ranking overall when she debuted in 2003. This luxury class ship has 50,000 tons like Crystal Serenity but holds only 700 passengers (250 fewer than Crystal) and every cabin has a private balcony. The smallest cabin on Voyager has 356 sq. ft. including a large private balcony. Voyager is an outstanding value for clients that appreciate the best food and service afloat for prices below Crystal or Silversea. Like Crystal and other luxury cruise lines there will be few children on board and no children's program. Voyager offers open seating for dining and 3 outstanding alternative restaurants. She offeres a large variety of 7 to 11-night Mediterranean and Norther Europe cruise options.
With Regent many shore excursions, airfare, pre-cruise hotel, gratuities, wine with dinner, and select alcoholic beverages are all included.
Click here to see our on-line brochure for the Regent Voyager.
The Crystal Symphony and the new Serentiy are two of our favorite large luxury cruise ship. We rate them #2 large luxury ships overall after Radisson Voyager/Mariner with 5+ stars. They holds 1000 passengers with 50,000 tons. Non-luxury class ships this size typically carry 1700 passengers. Crystal offers all the popular European destinations - but also several more exotic locations such as the Far East, Africa, and South America. All cabins on the Symphony have oceanviews. There will be very few children on Crystal and no children's program. Please see our on-line brochure for more information about Crystal Cruises
Silversea is our #1 small luxury cruise line with only about 300 guests. You can't go wrong with Silversea but Radisson Voyager offers a nicer ship and better service at much lower prices. Silversea has the best food afloat. Luxury lines are more expensive than premium cruise lines but the value is also high considering how much you get. Verandahs, large cabins, airfare, gratuities and alcoholic beverages are all included and the food is the better than large ships can provide.
We loved the single seating open dining you find on Silversea
and Regent.. Dine when you want and with whom you want. You can dine with someone
new every night or dine with the new friends you just made. Even Crystal has
started to offer open seating in part of their dining room.
Some categories (like Verandah Suites) sell out quickly so reserve your space soon. Silversea also offers a range of Mediterranean and Northern Europe sailings. The new Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper both 25,000 tons (smaller than Navigator or Mariner) are the nicest Silversea ships. Be sure to compare these to Radisson Voyager which is a little larger but offers even more.
For more information see our on-line brochure for luxury Cruises.
Embrace the delights of a slower-paced, escorted cruise through the French countryside, the Rhine River, the Romantic Danube, or cruise Holland during Tulip Time. Riverboats and barges are great ways to see the interior of Europe at a slow relaxed pace without having tochange hotels every day.. Savor gourmet cuisine and fine local wines as you cruise aboard a charming riverboat or small barge. Visit medieval villages, storybook chateau's and towering cathedrals. Most cruises have tours included in each port of call. This is a wonderful way to see Europe's charming land locked ports of call.
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