Cruising in Europe is very popular as you get a chance to explore so many different countries and cultures in a short period of time – when planning to cruise Europe it can be difficult choosing which region to cruise in if you don’t know what to expect and what makes them different from each other.
Popular Europe Cruise Regions and what they all have to offer
Greenland & Iceland
Although not your most common holiday destination, a cruise around Greenland and Iceland is one of the most adventurous destinations in Europe.
Experience the Northern Lights, soak into hot natural pools in surroundings that are well below freezing temperature, and explore the small villages and local traditions.
The nature in Iceland is among the most beautiful in the world – and not everyone can say they’ve been to Greenland – not everyone does tours to these places has several options for these types of cruises.
While the Brits have known of the country’s beauty for centuries, others are now discovering just how spectacular the UK is, with a great mixture of cosmopolitan cities and rural natural beauty. From the pub culture in Dublin to the Beatles nostalgia in Liverpool, there is plenty for every taste.
The Baltic Sea
The beautiful Baltic is emerging as a popular cruise destination, and understandably so as many of the best places can only be reached by boat. To see the Baltic gems Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga for example, it’s much easier and faster to do the trip on a cruise – there are also some fantastic small places to stop over by, such as the holiday island Gotland and Klaipeda in Lithuania.
Cruising in the Mediterranean remains the favorite among Brits, and it simply has it all; great weather, delicious food, plenty of culture and spectacular old cities.
Greece and Croatia offers gorgeous beaches and small seaside villages, Italy with its historical cities and the glamorous French Riviera are just a few stops you can choose from when cruising in the Mediterranean.
With its year-round mild climate and sunny weather, the Canary islands have long been a favorite destination among European holiday makers. Each island has its own charm, and on a cruise you won’t have to choose just one, but can explore the black volcanic beaches in Lanzarote, the deserts of Gran Canaria, and the lush nature of Tenerife, which also has the largest penguin population outside of the Arctic.
Hopefully this will give you a good indication of what to expect from these different cruises in Europe, and help you decide which one to choose!
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