Top 5 European cruise types to enjoy
Wednesday, 26 January 2022
From Hamburg to Iceland, the Northern Lights to Festive Markets, European Cruises are a must-have for those who love the cruising experience and want to enjoy the beauty of the European continent. Europe is so diverse with everything from the winter-wonderland cities to scorching beaches, there’s certainly no lack of things to do at each destination. Vast mainland ports and tiny island stops can all be found on your trip, but one question still remains… Which 2022 or 2023 cruise do you try first? Below, we have explained a little more about some of our favourite European destinations and some of the very special experiences you can enjoy whilst there.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit Bergen or Flåm or, hey, even both, this is the cruise for you, full of Fjordland Cruise delights and hidden, waterside towns, there is plenty to explore when at the port. These Norwegian cities are the epitome of European culture and promise stunning scenery and quaint, colourful and wooden houses. Our Fjordland Cruises take you to some of the prettiest locations in Europe, wander around Bergen and discover its historic wharf and ancient trading empire.
If you want to get a glimpse of some of the best Norwegian Fjords in Norway, then Flåm is the perfect pit stop for you. The 17th century Flåm church is a popular location for passing visitors and the dramatic Stegastein viewing platform offers panoramic views across the watery landscape.
READ MORE: A Guide to Norway’s Cruise Ports
While cruises around the Baltics are fairly new to the industry, the likes of St Petersburg and other Russian ports aren’t. Try a little of the new and the traditional all in the same trip! See Russia’s imperial city, enjoy the highlights of Copenhagen and get lost in the medieval and gothic architecture of the Baltics. The Baltic Treasures gives you unprecedented insight into the jewel of the European crown.
Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, is another water-side city with charm and character. Its historic centre is world-class and home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. Other Baltic locations include Helsinki, Stockholm, St Petersburg and many more.
The British Isles Discovery
If you want an experience a little closer to home, a British Isles cruise could be a great way to see more of the UK! Our British Isles Discovery around the coast will take you to some of the more far-flung islands you could think of, and the iconic cities and coastal towns that give the isles their charm. There is a wide range of cultures and diverse customs and traditions to enjoy, and with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the UK and Ireland, you can uncover some of the best history the islands have to offer.
With a smaller cruise ship, you can stop at more of the ports, giving you the best of both worlds. Enjoy shore excursions in some of the best British locations including the Orkney Islands, Isles of Scilly and St. Peter Port. Enjoy medieval castles, Georgian mansions and pre-historic rock formations.
READ MORE: Exploring the castles of the British Isles
If it’s a winter break you’re looking for, then a Festive Markets cruise could be just the right option for you. Visit some of Germany’s most traditional and visually stunning markets, sample the mulled wine in Hamburg’s impressive town hall and stock up on your Christmas shopping with the wide range of gifts and decorations available at each market. You could see the Belgian Christmas Markets, stroll Antwerp’s side streets adorned in fairy lights, and fill yourself up on Belgian waffles. What could be better than that?
What better way to get festive than exploring a location alongside a loved one? Setting sail from London Tilbury and heading to festive locations including Hamburg and Antwerp our Festive Markets cruise is magical.
Did you know you can go on a cruise just to see the Northern Lights? Well, you can! The Aurora Borealis is a stunning natural light show that can be spotted from Norway, Iceland, Greenland and more. A Northern Lights Cruise will take you through these icy destinations for the best opportunity to see this spectacle in all of its glory. Dazzle yourself with the lights, before immersing yourself in the luxury of a cruise ship that will warm you up after an excursion. We can’t think of a more magical cruise.
Hot springs, craggy ice caves and frequent snowfall are just some of the things you can expect to experience on a Northern Lights cruise. It isn’t just the Northern Lights you can expect to see on this cruise, our cruise ship passes through the likes of Orkney Isles, Torshavn, Reykjavik and Tromsø to name just a few.
READ MORE: The top 5 countries to witness the Northern Lights
If you’re looking to enjoy a cruise vacation in 2022 or 2023 and don’t want to venture too far from home, then a cruise to Europe is the perfect option for you. Explore the rest of our cruise destinations and find the perfect package for you.
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