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Europe has a range of different climates and weather changes, with Spain greeting visitors with year-round warm weather, while a trip to Sweden can bring cold temperatures alongside beautiful snow. Choices for Europe cruises reflect the continent’s diverse weather and geography, with offerings for all types of travelers.
Summer is Southern Europe’s high travel season, and every year millions of people flock to catch warm waters, sunshine and beaches. Northern and Western European cruises are also popular during November and December, when vacationers can visit Christmas markets and see sparkling winter wonderlands.
The best time to catch Mediterranean weather is during Spring (May to June) or Fall (September to October). The crowds are sparser and the prices are cheaper, but the weather is still beautiful and comfortable. For smaller crowds and lower pricing, winter has great opportunities, such as Costa Cruises’ Mediterranean journey through bustling Barcelona, lively Palma de Mallorca and more.
The biggest ports in Europe include are Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Marseille, and Naples. A European cruise is absolutely jam-packed with amazing things to do and see, with stops including Rome, Venice and the coast of Spain. Sun-seekers will take the winter as an opportunity to catch the year-round sun of the canary islands with a trip to Gran Canaria, Spain or Malta.
There are plenty of off-shore excursions offered on cruises to Europe, from snorkelling off Greece or visiting Dutch windmills, there is something for everyone. From family-friendly activities to adventures suitable for the wildest thrill seekers, no-one in your party will be bored on a European cruise.
Popular cruise lines include Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.
Some of the most popular cruise ships include the Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas, which offers a trip that suits all ages and is filled with activities to keep both adults and children entertained, such as rock climbing and basketball. Alternatively, the Jewel of the Seas is perfect for a romantic getaway for both young adults and seniors - it comes complete with a poolside movie screen to relax alongside West End-style entertainment for the evenings. The Sapphire Princess from Princess Cruises is perfect for those who want a cruise ship with some zest. Complete with a grand casino, as well as an on-board nightclub and a relaxing bar, it's perfect for those who like to party.