Hopping on cruises to Europe is easily one of the best ways to travel to the continent. As compared to traveling by land, cruises to Europe are much more economical. You also have the added benefit of covering several ports of call during a single cruise. One of the all-inclusive cruises to Europe offered by top cruise lines would offer you the chance to pay upfront for most of your expenses as an all-inclusive cost includes accommodations, kids club activities, meals at the primary dining venues, entertainment options, some shore excursions, and more. Cruises to Europe also allow you to enjoy a number of upscale recreation options such as spa treatments, gambling at onboard casinos, theatrical performances, and fitness classes, boutique/fine dining restaurant meals, and much more.
During most cruises to Europe, you will be covering a variety of cities. In some cases, you may also get the chance to stop at three or more countries within Europe, or two regions such as Eastern and Western Mediterranean or the Baltic and Western Europe, during a single cruise. Choosing the right itinerary is of paramount importance when it comes to enjoying memorable cruises to Europe. You will want to sign up for a cruise that offers to take you to ports that have always been on your wish list, as well as those that are considered the best of the best ports of call in Europe. Let us make your choice marginally easy by listing down the best ports of call during cruises to Europe and what exactly makes these ports such famous crowd-pullers.
Rome is easily one of the most popular ports of call on cruises to Europe. Many cruisers make their way to this city to embark on a pilgrimage to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Even if you do not want to go down this touristy way, Rome has plenty of surprises in store for you.
You will surprised to find that you don’t have to go far to see the brilliant monuments in Rome. In fact, you are likely to turn corners and stumble on to some of the best offerings in this city which includes world-famous monuments such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and more.
Head to Trastevere to get a taste of boutique shopping and sidewalk cafés in Rome. One experience not to miss at Rome is having a meal at one of the famous piazzas in the city. Whether you choose to eat at the Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, or Piazza del Popolo, make sure that you order some pasta carbonara, pizzas, and a gelato for dessert – compliment your meal with a glass of red or white house wine.
Cruises to Europe often include Venice as a port of call. This much-loved city is on the bucket list of every die-hard romantic across the globe. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy riding in a gondola at sunset in the arms of someone you love while a singer serenades you with Italian arias?
But this is not all that this city has to offer. San Marco Square and gondola rides are just a couple of the touristy options available to you. Venice is also home to the vaporetto, a city water bus that takes you exploring around Venice’s waters and near the island of Giudecca. With innumerable trattorias littered around the city, you will never be too far away from some great pasta and local wine. Indulge!
Barcelona in Spain is a treasure-trove city that you ought to stop at on your cruises to Europe. Go gallivanting down Las Ramblas, the famous pedestrian boulevard in Barcelona and stop at one of the many cafés for a glass of wine as you shop. This area is a tourist haven – it includes a great food market called Las Ramblas’ Boqueria, as well as the Museu Picasso which contains some of the great maestro’s works in a 15th Century palatial setting.
Stop by La Sagrada Familia which is Barcelona’s most well-known cathedral. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, this cathedral is still in the process of being built even 75 years after the designer’s death! Climb up the 365 steps of the bell towers to enjoy some majestic views of the city of Barcelona. Head to the Barceloneta fishing village if you crave the ocean during your stop here, and don’t forget to enjoy a plate of tapas cuisine.
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