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Why a European Cruise is the Best Way to Travel Europe

In Europe, every corner holds an intriguing story. Every building has a legacy, created over thousands of years. The region’s lively history, stunning architecture, and world-famous gastronomy are what draw millions of travelers to Europe every year. With so much to see and do, planning a trip to the European continent can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

We’re here to make things easier for you. Instead of sitting on a tiny bus seat for hours, you can stretch out and enjoy the view on a cruise to Europe. Trade the airport security line for refreshing ocean breezes as you sail to your next destination. And there’s no chance of getting lost on the roads in a foreign country.

When you’re on a European cruise with friends or family, the journey is easy peasy and hassle-free. And life on board is an adventure in itself.

Here’s are some of the reasons why cruising is the best way to travel to Europe:

view of the coliseum in rome during the sun rise

See More, Do More

Europe is so rich with history and culture, you could literally get lost exploring it forever. Many vacationers get stuck on this when planning a Euro trip. Especially if it’s your first time to visit Europe, it can be tough to decide where to go and where not to go. Do you want our vote? Skip less and do more on a European cruise.

Do you dream of the dazzling and mysterious Adriatic coast, Mediterranean adventures, or cool and breathtaking Northern seas? We’ve got you covered. Work your way from the chic Italian coast on up to sunny Barcelona.

Or start your journey in Barcelona and head down to the magnificent Bay of Kotor -with stops in Sicily and Greece, of course! If fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, and Vikings are more your thing, you can head north on an incredible cruise to Norway.

All of Europe’s best destinations are waiting for you. European cruises maximize your time by hitting multiple cities in one trip. So you can make the most of your time exploring museums, castles and cafes. Plus star-gazing, as you sail from country to country, can be nothing short of fantastic.

view of barcelona, spain from the top of a hill

Save your Euros for Exploring Europe

Europe is relatively compact, which makes it very easy to travel around. But you still have to figure out how you’ll get from city to glorious city. Rental cars, train tickets, hotels, taxis and food can add up quickly. Cruising to Europe is a great way to combine costs and streamline your planning.

When you choose to cruise in Europe, you’ve made your trip simpler and more cost-efficient overall.

Instead of paying for all your trains, planes and automobiles separately, booking a cruise wraps them all into one. Transport? Taken care of. Accommodations? Ditto. Your cruise fare even includes meals onboard, with literally a shipful of delicious options.

So, once you arrive onboard, there’s nothing left to do but sit back, relax, and think about how you’ll spend all those extra Euros in your ports of call. Souvenirs, anyone?

view of valleta, malta from the cruise ship

Shore Excursions Make Planning Easy

When it’s time to disembark the ship for some authentic European culture, we’ve taken care of all the details. In-port shore excursions are designed to help you keep things easy and make the most of your time in port. Nature lovers, get ready to explore the great outdoors.

City dwellers can marvel at cathedrals, art, and museums. And who doesn’t want to stop for a nice espresso and a local pastry?

From ancient ruins to today’s bustling cities, our excursions show you the best of Europe. We’ll handle all the logistics, from where to eat to transport (if needed) to making sure you see the most famous attractions. We might even have a few undiscovered gems for you.

ancient ruins in athens greece

Enjoy the Journey

Have you ever heard someone say, “I need another vacation to recover from that vacation”? Of course, we all have. That’s because the most tiring part of a vacation is usually the traveling.

Not on Carnival. How about watching the sun setting over the water on your way to Barcelona? Laughing over dinner with your travel buddies while en route to the Croatian coast? You could be sitting down and looking at the backs of other travelers’ heads, or you could enjoy the journey.

And make it your own, whatever that means to you -sports, swimming, on-deck activities, relaxing with a cocktail or reading a good page-turner.

stone tower on the beach of cagliari

These days, you have a lot of choices when booking an adventure to Europe. It all comes down to your particular budget, timeline, top destinations, travel style preferences and who you’re going with. No matter how you get there, you’re sure to come home with memories to last a lifetime.

For a cost-effective and worry-free journey, cruising could be the best way to see Europe’s famous beaches, snow-capped peaks, cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes, and more. The best part is, “getting there” becomes a part of the adventure. Who knows -it could end up being your favorite part of the trip!

Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.