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There’s no better way to experience Europe than with Celebrity Cruises, awarded “Best Cruise Line in Europe” for the past 11 years.* Our 2023 Europe sailings introduce experiences from discovering the blue lagoon of Iceland to exploring Italy’s Amalfi Coast—and everything in between. We’re taking the Old World to new heights of luxury. New is not an understatement for this season in Europe, because our newest ship, Celebrity Beyond SM , will be sailing these waters. New itineraries and a new Scandinavian port have been added to our already exciting roster of sailings, including more 7-night itineraries than ever. So, there’s never been a better time to plan a journey filled with wonder in Europe.

We’re also excited to announce our return to some of the most popular cities in the world, including Flam, Norway, and Alexandria, Egypt—with overnight stays in Alexandria that give you the chance to explore the nightlife of the largest city on the Mediterranean. These overnight stays give you the opportunity to visit the great Pyramids and Sphinx—a bucket list experience for all world travelers. With more than 45 overnight stays in 11 dynamic cities, including Istanbul, Turkey, and Florence, Italy, you’ll find exploring these places under the stars is as thrilling as you imagined.

Our 2023 Europe sailings are open for booking now. No matter which itinerary you choose, you’ll discover the Old World on a luxury vacation filled with wonder.



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European cruises.

Jump on a satisfying study in contrasts, from the black Baltic to the azure Aegean, and from medieval castles to modern skyscrapers with a cruise to Europe.

As you Cruise to Europe, peer over the side of your ship as it approaches the weathered spires of old-town Copenhagen, the sun-bleached houses of Santorini, the colourful cliffs of the Mediterranean or the Celtic cliffs of the British Isles. Dive into Croatia's waterfalls and France's famous rivers and let the eclecticism of Europe delight you again and again. Culinary excellence also awaits, from familiar favourites like Italian pasta and Spanish tapas, to lesser-known cuisines from Amsterdam to Zagreb. Discover the magic with a Europe cruise.

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It's no coincidence that many of the best European cruises call in the most beautiful ports in the world. Eat your way through the cobbled streets of Italy, contrast the timeless beauty of Greece's ruins with the modern chic that's come to define its islands or hike through forlorn caverns and up lush waterfalls in captivating Croatia.

Rome, Italy Colosseum


From the storied streets of Rome to the charming canals of Venice, Italy is a country that needs no introduction. Whether you pose with Michelangelo's David in Florence or indulge in to-die-for Pizza in Naples, it's no wonder why so many cruises to Europe visit la bella Italia.

Crociera Mediterraneo Grecia


Greece is remarkable, from the ancient Acropolis of Athens to the blue-roofed houses of Santorini. Whether you trek through the limestone hills in the north or swim through the cobalt waters around the Cyclades, it's easy to see why this is one of the best places to visit in Europe.

Cityscape Walls and Coastline in Dubrovnik, Croatia


The hit TV show might be finished, but "Game of Thrones" fans will recognize dozens of locations in the walled city of Dubrovnik , the jewel of Croatia's Adriatic coast. Farther afield, explore the countless waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park or pair European cruises with tastings at underrated wineries.

Beach with Boats in the Mediterranean


Endless possibilities are what the coasts of France, Spain and Portugal have always been about. Generations of painting greats from Van Gogh to Picasso have found inspiration from the crystalline coasts of the French Riviera, to the craggy mountaintops of the Canary Islands. Of course, the best European cruises also dock in timeless cities like Barcelona, Cherbourg, Lisbon and beyond.  

French Riviera Botanical Garden


The only thing better than strolling into Paris as the Eiffel Tower lights up at night? Sitting down for a meal of fresh-caught seafood as the sun sets into the harbor of aptly-named Nice. France has got something for every traveler, which is why so many cruises to Europe dock here.

Spain Barcelona Sagrada Familia


Sitting down for Spanish tapas is one of the most satisfying food experiences in the world, especially when you wash it down with fruity sangria. Plus, the Jurassic topography of the Canary Islands and the storied streets of Barcelona are just a few of the best places to visit in Europe you'll find here.

Lisbon, Portugal, Pena National Palace


Portugal is where many of the first expeditions to the New World start, but most people on European cruises bound for Lisbon wonder why anyone would leave. Explore the mysterious Quinta de Regaleira castle in Sintra, pour port wine in Porto or practice your surfing skills in the Algarve.

Northern Europe Water Canal and Buildings

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Amsterdam, Netherlands Canal Bridges


Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands


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There’s no vacation like a summer cruise in Europe. Meander through cobblestoned streets lined with cafes and shops. Go from exploring the awe-inspiring at the Colosseum in Rome to wandering along the Acropolis in Athens. Admire the architectural splendor of marvels like Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and the blue-domed churches of Santorini. And eat your way through the Mediterranean and beyond — like pasta in Italy, tapas in Spain, fresh seafood in Norway and grilled meats in Greece. Pack a lifetime of adventure into one legendary Europe vacation next summer.

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Rotterdam, Netherlands, Oude Haven Harbor


You can feel warmth in your heart no matter the temperature outside, and the northwestern reaches of Europe illustrate this beautifully. Join the best European cruises through the British Isles and along the coast of the Netherlands, where enchanted country charm and royal, old-world cities offer endless possibilities for memories that will last a lifetime.  

Amsterdam, Netherlands Tulip Field


The Dutch have managed to keep the sea at bay for hundreds of years, but many of the best European cruises still make their way into Amsterdam . If you tire of the tranquility you find amid tulip fields and beneath towering windmills, make your way to the hipster capital of Rotterdam.

Ireland Rock of Cashel


Life is but a dream in Ireland , whether you down a pint of Guinness and trace tales told by James Joyce in Dublin, or careen along the Cliffs of Moher along the west coast. Many cruises to Europe also stop in Northern Ireland's Belfast, a city that's a testament to rebirth and reconciliation.

Cityscape in Glasgow, Scotland


When you visit Scotland, it can be difficult to discern legend from real life. Strolling down Edinburgh's Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle might feel like a dream, while the fabled and mythical Loch Ness may surprise you with its charm and stunning scenery. Scotland's one of the best places to visit in Europe, period.

Aurora Borealis Activity, Norway


Scandinavia  is dark for much of the year, but light is what defines its polar nations, from the Midnight Sun that rises high above Demark in mid-summer, to the aurora that dances above Norway and Iceland amid winter's deepest freeze. Find endless possibilities and the best European cruises along the Baltic, from the savory seafood eateries of Oslo, to the cold cityscape of Reykjavik.  

Copenhagen, Denmark Nyhavn Pier Sunset


Many of the best European cruises dock in Denmark, and it's no wonder why. From colorful Nyhavn harbor in Copenhagen to storied castles like Amalienborg and Frederiksborg, Denmark more than makes up for the fact that its more famous neighbors often eclipse it.

Iceland Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa


It's easy to be intrigued by Iceland , whether you walk through Reykjavik's riveting Hallgrimskirkja church, or watch the northern lights dance over Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls. Plus, there are few better ways to cap off cruises to Europe than a dip in the aptly-named Blue Lagoon.

Norway, Stavanger Majestic Cliff


Norway is a country in beautiful balance. Had enough of the orderliness of Oslo? Head west to beautiful Bergen, where finger-shaped fjords jut into and out of thousands of miles of coastline. Or contrast a fresh fish dinner at sea level with the view from towering Trolltunga cliff.

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Learn more about Baltic ports like Klaipeda, Lithuania and Tallinn, Estonia, or read up on Bergen, the gateway to Norway's stunning fjords. The Mediterranean provides many options but start by exploring Malaga on Spain's Costa del Sol or the exciting Monte Carlo, Monaco. The most popular ports in the British Isles are Edinburgh in Scotland and the cities of Belfast and Dublin in Ireland. No matter what you like, you will find your favourite European cruise.

Rotterdam, Netherlands, Delfshaven Historic Center

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Canal Boat Traditional Houses

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Aerial View

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Barcelona, Spain Park Guell Architecture

Barcelona, Spain

Copenhagen, Denmark Rosenborg

Copenhagen, Denmark

Venice, Italy Grand Canal

Venice, Italy

Argostoli, Greece Kalamia Beach

Argostoli, Greece

Croatia Banje Beach Coast Aerial

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mykonos, Greece Windmills From Restaurant

Mykonos, Greece

Santorini, Greece Oia White Blue

Santorini, Greece

Bologna (Ravenna), Italy Piazza Maggiore

Bologna (Ravenna), Italy

Zadar, Croatia Islands

Zadar, Croatia

Bergen, Norway Colorful Waterfront Homes

Bergen, Norway

Aarhus, Denmark Colorful homes on a canal

Aarhus, Denmark

Picturesque Coastal View, Ajaccio, Corsica

Ajaccio, Corsica

Alesund, Norway Rocks and Seawall

Alesund, Norway

Amalfi Coast (Salerno), Italy Homes Lining A Lush Mountain

Amalfi Coast (Salerno), Italy

Multiple Pieces of Ice Floating through the Sea, Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle (Cruising), Norway

Belfast, Northern Ireland Tollymore Park Gate

Belfast, Northern Ireland

A Green Coastal Lighthouse in Rostock, Berlin (Rostock), Germany

Berlin (Rostock), Germany

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany Two Lighthouses At Harbor Entrance

Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany

River Running Through City, Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, Spain

Brest, France Coastal Cliff

Brest, France

Bruges, Belgium Old Brick Homes On Canal

Bruges/Zeebruge (Brussels), Belgium

Aerial View of Harbor, Cannes, France

Cannes, France

Chania, Crete Pristine Beach

Chania (Souda), Crete

Cork (Cobh), Ireland Cityscape

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

A Replica Viking Boat with Mountains in the Background, Flam, Norway

Flam, Norway

Fredericia, Denmark Egeskov Castle

Fredericia, Denmark

Geiranger, Norway, Snowcapped Fjord

Geiranger, Norway

Gibraltar, United Kingdom, Rock View From Beach

Gibraltar, United Kingdom

Gijon, Spain, San Lorenzo Beach

Gijon, Spain

Hamburg, Germany, Historic Buildings

Hamburg, Germany

Holyhead, Wales, Aerial View of South Stack Lighthouse

Holyhead, Wales

Northern Lights Over Arctic Terrain in Norway, Honningsvag, Norway

Honningsvag, Norway

Katakolon, Greece, Ancient Pilar Ruins

Olympia (Katakolon), Greece

Klaipeda, Lithuania, Aerial View of Baltic Sea Coast

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Lisbon, Portugal, Cityscape

Lisbon, Portugal

Reykjavik, Iceland, Aerial City View

Reykjavik, Iceland

Sardinia (Cagliari), Italy, View Of City From Sea

Sardinia (Cagliari), Italy

Agadir, Morocco, Kasbah Oufella Fortress

Agadir, Morocco

Alicante, Spain, Aerial View

Alicante, Spain

Athens (Piraeus), Greece, View of city and Acropolis

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Cartagena, Spain Lighthouse

Cartagena, Spain

Cherbourg, France, Tip of Cotentin Peninsula

Cherbourg, France

Dover, England, Seven Sisters National Park

Dover, England

Dublin, Ireland, Howth Head

Dublin, Ireland

Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland, Holyrood Palace

Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, Celsus Library Close Up

Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Gdansk (Gdynia), Poland, Old Town

Gdansk (Gdynia), Poland

Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland, Aerial View

Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Coastline

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Helsinki, Finland, Aerial view of Suomenlinna Fortress

Helsinki, Finland

Ibiza, Spain, Es Verda Island

Ibiza, Spain

Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland, Urquhart Castle

Inverness / Loch Ness, Scotland

Kotor, Montenegro, Boats in the bay

Kotor, Montenegro

Kristiansand, Norway, Coastal Mountain

Kristiansand, Norway

La Palma, Canary Islands, Volcanic Terrain

La Palma, Canary Islands

Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Coastal terrain and bay

Lerwick / Shetland, Scotland

Madeira (Funchal), Portugal, Coastal Village

Madeira (Funchal), Portugal

Molde, Norway, Panoramic View

Molde, Norway

Nice (Villefranche), France, Aerial Beach View

Nice, France

Olden, Norway, Jostedalsbreen Glacier

Olden, Norway

Oslo, Norway, Coastal Buildings

Oslo, Norway

Paris (Le Havre), France, Panoramic City View

Paris (Le Havre), France

Rhodes, Greece, Beach

Rhodes, Greece

Riga, Latvia, House of Blackheads Statue

Riga, Latvia

Sete, France, Panoramic harbor view

Sete, France

Sicily (Messina), Italy, Cityscape

Sicily (Messina), Italy

Sicily (Catania), Italy, Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolo l'Arena

Sicily (Catania), Italy

Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland, Scenic Dean Village

Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

Genoa, Italy, Boccadasse district

Genoa, Italy

La Coruna, Spain, Tower of Hercules

La Coruna, Spain

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Coastal natural pool

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Sete Cidades Lagoa

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Sicily (Palermo), Italy, Panoramic view

Sicily (Palermo), Italy

Skjolden, Norway, Mountain Landscape

Skjolden, Norway

St. Peter Port, Channel Islands, Castle Cornet

St. Peter Port, Guernsey

Southampton, England, Houses in city center

Southampton, England

Stockholm, Sweden, Aerial panoramic view

Stockholm, Sweden

Tallinn, Estonia, Cityscape

Tallinn, Estonia

Tenerife, Canary Islands, El Duque beach

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Valletta, Malta, Coastal view

Valletta, Malta

Vigo, Spain, Hilltop city view

Vigo, Spain

Palma De Mallorca, Spain, La Seu Cathedral

Palma De Mallorca, Spain

Provence (Marseille), France, Chateau d'If

Provence (Marseille), France

Skagen, Denmark, A beach with lighthouse in distance

Skagen, Denmark

Tromso, Norway, Mountain landscape

Tromso, Norway

Visby, Sweden, View of the building rooftops

Visby, Sweden

Waterford, Ireland, Coastal cliff

Waterford (Dunmore East), Ireland

Stavanger, Norway, Cliff Preikestolen

Stavanger, Norway

Málaga, Spain Aerial View

Málaga, Spain

Provence (Toulon), France, Boats anchored in a bay

Provence (Toulon), France

Valencia, Spain, Panoramic view

Valencia, Spain

La Spezia Portovenere Cliffs

Florence / Pisa (La Spezia), Italy

Florence - Pisa, Italy Aerial View

Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy

Italy Naples Positano Couple Jumping in Ocean

Naples / Capri, Italy

Bremerhaven, Germany Sailing Ship

Bremerhaven, Germany

Split, Croatia Waterfront Panoramic

Split, Croatia

Corfu, Greece, Paleokastritsa Beach

Corfu, Greece

limassol cyprus old ruins

Limassol, Cyprus

Porto (Leixoes), Portugal Old Town Skyline

Porto (Leixoes), Portugal

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Best Europe Cruise Deals

While European cruises typically come at a higher price point than sailings to other regions, there are still ways to hunt for a good deal and find a cruise for a good value. These cruises typically last at least seven days, which will hike up the price – but because of that, you will also get to explore a number of destinations all in one trip.

Popular Mediterranean cruise itineraries include stops throughout Greece, Italy and Croatia, while Baltic sailings often visit ports in Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Norway. Shore excursions in these locales vary widely by destination. Travelers can tour major architectural sites like the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, or the Royal Palace in Stockholm; take gondola rides in Venice, Italy; or savor local food on a culinary tour through Barcelona, Spain. Most European cities are packed with things to do, so you may be perfectly happy exploring the ports on your own instead to save some money.

You'll find some of the best Mediterranean cruise deals in the early spring and late fall, before peak season sets in. Though not all budget cruise lines consistently sail throughout the Mediterranean, searching for itineraries on larger ships with budget-friendly inside staterooms can help you save some money. For example, Celebrity Cruises' ships carry around 3,000 passengers and offer Mediterranean sailings starting as low as $150 per person, per night, while comparable itineraries on Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises start under $100 per person, per night. In contrast, high-end cruise lines like Viking Ocean Cruises start at about $400 per person, per night, partly because many luxury lines only offer travelers the choice of balcony rooms or suites.

When it comes to Baltic sailings, you can expect inside cabins to start around $100 per person, per night on budget-friendly cruise lines like Carnival and Norwegian. Fares on luxury lines like Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises typically begin around $600 for balcony rooms or suites, depending on the line. The most affordable time of year to sail the Baltic Sea, regardless of cruise line, is typically in the fall and early spring.

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Why should i go on a cruise to europe.

The continent's many well-developed waterways make cruises one of the best ways to visit favorites like Budapest and Paris cruises. Embarking on a European 5-day cruise in 2023 or 7-day cruise lets you explore everything the old country has to offer. Europe's diversity and rich history mean you can pack a baker's dozen of cultures and countries into even a short 3-day cruise. Some river cruises in Europe may even stop at more than 50 cities before the journey is made. Travel within the European Union is remarkably easy and cruise lines take full advantage of that.

How can I find cheap cruises to Europe?

The best way to find cheap cruises to Europe from the United States on Expedia is to sort your search results by price, automatically putting the most affordable cruises to Europe from the US at the top of the list, such as a 3-day all-inclusive cruise. It can also be helpful to be flexible with your travel dates, letting you choose from various options. A common strategy to save money is to book Europe cruises far in advance.

Which cruise lines to Europe are available?

Some of the best cruise lines to Europe include Viking and MSC cruises to Europe, both of which are famous for luxury offerings like lavish suites and world-famous live entertainment. Choose your desire length, a 3-day cruise, a 5-day cruise or 7-day cruise. Many cruise lines offer journeys through the continent, beginning at ports like Paris and traveling throughout Europe to visit countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, and even Greece. The Viking grand tour of Europe cruise takes you through the heart of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest , and the Cunard Queen Mary 2 offers a wealth of short Europe cruises.

How can I find Europe cruise deals?

To find Europe cruise deals, look for the green discount indicator text above the price estimate on the search results page. This shows the discount available for any given cruise on offer. You can also sort your options by everything from cabin experience and itinerary to specific ports of call such as Amsterdam or Paris , or longer experiences such as a Danube river 7-day cruise in 2023to Budapest.

What should I look out for on a boat cruise to Europe?

Make sure you check your cruise itinerary details to see if your favorites are included. Whether you choose to travel the Rhine and Danube cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest or float along the French Riviera from Spain to Italy, the best part of a Europe cruise is how many amazing cities you have to choose from. From a 1-night France to Italy cruise, traveling from Marseille to Genoa , or a 3-day cruise from Italy to Greece to stop by Civitavecchia, Naples , and Piraeus, Europe's got it all.

What are the best Europe cruise destinations?

Europe cruise destinations are as varied as the continent itself, but some of the most popular include the UK, Amsterdam , and the Mediterranean. You can easily fit 50 or more destinations into your European cruise vacation if you book one of the more extended options, such as a 7-day cruise in the Mediterranean from Barcelona. River cruises in Europe are a popular choice, and a 2-day cruise to Marseille or 7-day Portugal river cruise can also allow you to witness stunning riverfront scenery along the continent's storied rivers.

When is the best time for a cruise trip to Europe?

The best times for cruises that go to Europe tend to be the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Spring and autumn prices are generally more affordable during the summer high season, and the weather is mild throughout most of the continent. If you’re considering a 5-day cruise in 2024 in northern Europe, such as a Norwegian fjord cruise or a cruise on the North Sea, going in the summer can offer that much-needed warmth.

How long does it take for a boat cruise to Europe?

The length of a cruise to Europe varies based on where you depart from and the length of your European cruise vacation, but if you want a 2- or 3-day cruise to Europe, you'll need to leave from somewhere on the continent. 7-day cruises to Europe are also readily available if you want to experience a wider variety of stops, but they mainly depart from Europe as well. For example, a cruise to Barcelona from Genoa will only take about a day at sea, if that. Leaving from the states, such as on a cruise to Europe from Florida, will have you on a cruise that easily lasts more than a month.

Can I book a luxury cruise to Europe?

You can find a selection of luxury cruise ships, such as Regent and Holland America Line on Expedia. A luxury cruise to Europe offers old-world extravagance, stunning amenities and high-end features, such as spa treatments and 24-hour room service in elegant, multi-room suites. The Zuiderdam ship , for example, lets you enjoy top-tier service, live performances, and even a jazz club on board, which allows you to make the most of your 4-day all-inclusive cruise

What are all-inclusive cruises to Europe like?

You'll find some of the best all-inclusive cruises to Europe from cruise lines like Celebrity and MSC . For example, you can enjoy specialty restaurants, an onsite casino, and even poolside bars that can be booked in advance on the Celebrity Constellation . A 3-day cruise in 2023to explore Europe on the MSC Virtuosa offers a full-service bar staffed by robots, circus-style performances, and even an on-board water park.

Can I get a family cruise to Europe?

A family cruise to Europe is easy to find, especially when you book with cruise lines like Carnival or Disney , where you'll find activities for adults and kids alike to enjoy featuring costumed characters and live entertainment themed around famed Disney properties representing anything from Cinderella to Aladdin or possibly even Star Wars. The Disney Dream , for example, boasts an impressive on-board water coaster, the first of its kind. Choose the length of the journey, a 3-day cruise or a 4-day cruise, according to your family’s needs. Once the adults have had their fill of the games, they can retire to the adults-only areas, such as the bar and lounge, while the kids continue with their activities.

Can I book a honeymoon cruise to Europe?

It's easy to create honeymoon cruise memories that will last a lifetime with cruise lines like Oceania and Viking . The Viking Lofn , for example, is a relatively small ship, with room for just 190 passengers. It offers sweeping river views and gourmet food for you and your partner in a supremely romantic setting, accompanied by suites of Scandinavian design. For your honeymoon, book a 7-day cruise deal in 2023 to Europe that takes you and your partner to some of the most romantic destinations in the world, including iconic hubs of romance such as Paris, Rome, and cozy cabins in the snow-covered Swiss Alps.

How do I book a cruise to Europe on Expedia?

To book the best Europe cruises on Expedia, simply use the filters and sorting function to narrow down the array of results to find the perfect cruise for your needs, whether it's a 7-day cruise or 3-day cruise in the Mediterranean, an Amalfi coast cruise in 2023, or a multi-city excursion along inland rivers. Once you've found the right cruise, you can book directly from Expedia after clicking the entry on your search results page. Keep an eye out for discounts marked with green text.

Do I need a passport for cruise tickets to Europe?

American citizens need a passport for a Europe cruise, especially since a lot of the most commonly booked cruises in Europe require you to fly there first. Considering the distance, a closed-loop cruise to Europe generally isn't available. If your 7-day cruise will bring you to multiple countries, be sure to check the regulations for each one and secure your passport well in advance of your travels.

Can I cancel my cruise to Europe?

If you changed your mind about traveling, go to the My Trips page of your Expedia account to cancel. Before this, check the cruise line information page for the service you booked. Many cruise lines charge cancellation fees or may only offer partial refunds and checking in advance can save you unpleasant surprises. The refund amount typically depends on how far in advance you cancel your cruise to Europe.

Why should I book a Europe cruise with Expedia?

Whether you book a 4-day cruise or 7-day cruise in 2023 with Expedia, you'll have access to a wide range of cruise lines and ships to choose from that let you customize your experience. It's easy to see which cruises to Europe are offering discounts by looking for the green text in the search results. One Key members may even earn points on eligible bookings, so sign up for free today if you haven't already.

About Europe Cruises

Europe is a land of breathtaking beauty, cultural charm, fine dining, and rich history. In just one European cruise, you can experience Nordic hospitality in Oslo, stroll around the Colosseum in Rome or take a shore excursion to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

This beautiful continent is surrounded by water on its three sides which gives the cruisers incredible opportunities to choose an itinerary that best suits their dream vacation. Your Europe cruise can depart from Barcelona , Copenhagen , Southampton, Le Havre, Hamburg and many other European ports.

With so much to see and do, cruise lines often separate their European itineraries by regions:

Baltic and Scandinavian Cruises

There’s no better way to explore Northern Europe than with a Baltic cruise. Drift through the awe-inspiring fjords of Norway, wander around the fairytale town of Tallinn in Estonia or admire the architecture of St. Petersburg’s canals.

Cruises to the Baltic and Scandinavia are largely limited to the sunny summer months of July and August.

Mediterranean Cruises

The Mediterranean is probably one of the most popular regions in Europe. You can choose to explore the Western Mediterranean by pulling into port in Barcelona or Civitavecchia, taking you to the south of France and Spain. The Eastern Mediterranean may take you to the ancient ruins of Athens, the charming towns of Montenegro and the atmospheric islands of the Cyclades.

Many cruise lines offer itineraries of 7- 10 days or longer, but for those seeking a shorter vacation, MSC and Costa also offer 3-4- or 5-day cruises .

British Isles Cruises

Don’t forget that the glorious, green British Isles also welcome cruise liners throughout the year. Sail past medieval castles, charming coastal towns and spectacular highland vistas. Your Europe cruise could also take you to majestic Iceland, where days ashore promise the chance to glimpse breathtaking waterfalls and dramatic volcanoes.

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The 16 Best Cruises to Book in 2023, According to T+L's Expert

Travel + Leisure hand-selected 16 different types of on-the-water adventures to consider in the year ahead.

Paul Brady is the news director at Travel + Leisure and the brand's expert on cruise travel. He has been covering the travel industry for more than 15 years for outlets including Condé Nast Traveler , Skift , and The Huffington Post .

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Cruising is in the midst of an epic comeback . Travelers are turning to trusted lines to help minimize the hassles of country hopping and maximize relaxation time in each destination. With 2023 poised to be a big year for both new and frequent cruisers — thanks in part to an abundance of new ships and itineraries — Travel + Leisure has hand-selected 16 different types of adventures to consider in the year ahead.

The Nile on Viking Osiris

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Viking Osiris is the line’s newest on the Nile, with just 41 suites and staterooms, a pool deck, and cool Scandinavian design. The ship sails between Aswan and Luxor, with pre- and post-sail touring in Cairo included with the 12-day itineraries.

Alaska on Ocean Victory

The Alaska trips on Ocean Victory , a fuel-efficient, 93-cabin ship from American Queen Voyages, come with the opportunity to kayak past glaciers and spot bald eagles and grizzlies. The vessel, which first debuted in 2021, represents an evolution in ship design for American Queen, with its cutting-edge X-Bow design (which helps reduce fuel burn) and chic suites, including many with private verandas.

The Galápagos Islands on Quasar Expeditions’ Evolution

In June, Quasar Expeditions is offering a Galápagos cruise on the 32-passenger Evolution for children with autism spectrum disorder, hosted by an expert in supporting families with special needs. The trip, which departs June 24, is a seven-night expedition that takes in many of the most notable sites on the islands, with programming specially tailored for both kids and adults.

Cruising Antarctica on Silver Cloud or Silver Endeavour

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Silversea gives Antarctica travelers the option to skip two days of sailing the often-rocky Drake Passage. Instead, they can fly in comfort over the waters separating South America from the continent, then hop aboard the 127-suite Silver Cloud and 100-suite Silver Endeavour for trips along the frosty coastline.

The Caribbean, South Pacific, and Australia With Windstar Cruises

Windstar has a series of 2023 itineraries on the 156-cabin Star Pride and 171-suite Wind Surf that hit yachty Caribbean ports like Jost Van Dyke, in the British Virgin Islands, and Anguilla. The small-ship line, which is known for both its sleek “Star Plus Class” ships and its classic vessels with their dramatic sails, also has an array of itineraries along the coast of Australia and in the South Pacific.

Cold-weather Cruises on Le Commandant Charcot

A game changer in lowering emissions, Ponant’s brand-new hybrid-electric Le Commandant Charcot can operate on less-carbon-intensive battery power and liquefied natural gas and has room for 245 guests. The game-changing ship, which has already hosted eclipse watchers on a trip to Antarctica and sailed to the geographic North Pole, also offers adventures in places such as Iceland and Svalbard.

Cruises Closer to Home With American Queen Voyages

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American Queen Voyages will offer the longest trips in the line’s history in 2023, with two 23-day river itineraries on the Mississippi and Ohio aboard the 123-stateroom American Countess . “The ship will sail more than 1,700 miles from Minnesota down the Ohio River and Upper Mississippi River , calling on more ports and offering more guided tours than ever before,” as T+L reported in August .

The South Pacific on Paul Gauguin

Just refurbished, the 165-cabin Paul Gauguin will be exploring the Pacific in 2023, with trips to the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Marquesas, and the Society Islands. The single-vessel brand was voted the very best small-ship cruise line in the World’s Best Awards 2022 , as T+L readers gave particularly high marks to the Paul Gauguin ’s on-board staff.

Mystery Cruising With Uniworld

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Next year, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises will offer two nine-night “mystery cruises ,” with the European destinations revealed only as guests depart: similar trips in 2022 sold out. Travelers on the June 2023 trip will meet in Amsterdam, while the July 2023 sailing rendezvous in Nice, France — from there, the itinerary is anybody’s guess.

Expedition Cruising With Seabourn

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Seabourn Venture , the luxury line’s first 132-suite expedition ship, launched in late summer with itineraries in northern Europe; trips in Japan, the South Pacific, and Antarctica are on tap for 2023. Seabourn Pursuit , which will be a sibling ship to Venture, is scheduled to arrive in 2023, the second in Seabourn’s growing expedition fleet.

Seeing Europe’s Gems by Small Ship

Slated to launch in the spring, the 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse II will visit ports from Dublin to Lisbon, as well as both polar regions, in 2023 and 2024. The innovative vessel, which is similar in design to Scenic Eclipse , will have luxurious suites complete with butler service and all sorts of extras, including helicopters (plural) and a submarine.

Visiting Wild Places With Fewer Impacts

Aurora Expeditions, whose newest vessel is the 71-cabin Sylvia Earle , guarantees that all operations are carbon neutral, pledging to offset all emissions. The newly launched ship, with its fuel-saving X-Bow design, doesn’t skimp on expedition necessities: guests on Antarctica expeditions can explore by Zodiac or snowshoe and even, when conditions allow, go scuba diving in polar waters or camping on the ice.

Solo Cruising With a New Line

Upstart cruise line Atlas Ocean Voyages offers all-inclusive fares on its two 98-suite vessels, and, in a departure from industry norms, the brand doesn’t charge solo travelers a single supplement. The line’s second ship, World Traveller , launched in November 2022 . It will sail nine-, 10-, 11-, and 12-night round-trips from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Antarctica through March 2023 before heading to the Mediterranean to hit Spain, France, and Portugal.

The Galápagos Islands on Celebrity Flora

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Another ship that sails the Galápagos, the Celebrity Flora , has 50 suites, many with large verandas, plus a stargazing deck and a fleet of comfortable tenders. Two itineraries are available, the first of which is a seven-night “northern loop” that visits the volcanic island of Santiago and has guests spotting red-footed Boobies on Genovesa Island, a place sometimes called Bird Island thanks to its famed animals. The line’s “outer loop” also includes plenty of wildlife watching, plus a stop at the less-frequented Daphne Island.

Doing Wine Country on Seadream II

SeaDream Yacht Club has two Wine Voyages in 2023, which include vineyard visits in Greece, Italy, and Spain and a winemaker-hosted dinner on the 112-guest Seadream II . The highly regarded intimate-ship line wins frequent accolades from T+L readers for its on-board service and well-appointed vessels.

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  • Mediterranean cruises:  Sunshine, sparkling beaches, delicious food…the Mediterranean is the most classic destination for Europe cruises . Visit posh Monte Carlo for five-star dining and luxurious shopping; relax over a caffé con panna in the sidewalk cafes of Italy. The Mediterranean is bound to be everything you expected and more.
  • Northern Europe cruises : England, Ireland, Germany, and Iceland have become some of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. You can book cruises to northern Europe that go to all your favorite places, from the castles of the British Isles to the biergartens of Germany.
  • Canary Islands cruises : This archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa is home to some of Spain’s most dramatic vistas. Spend a day sunbathing on the golden sands of Santa Cruz De Tenerife or daydreaming in the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, and you’ll see what we mean.
  • Inland Europe cruises : On river cruises , you’ll see all the places large cruise ships can’t reach, and all you have to do is walk out on your balcony. Set sail on one of our river cruises, and the opera houses of Vienna and theatres of Basel are just steps away from your port.
  • Transatlantic cruises : Are there cruises from the US to Europe? You bet. You’ll need to block off a couple of weeks on your calendar, but we’ve got transatlantic cruises that depart from New York or Florida and land you in Europe with plenty of time for relaxation.

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  • Royal Caribbean: One of the world’s largest cruise lines, this respected company is known for roomy ships, family-friendly amenities, and diverse itineraries. The majority of cruises depart from Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, with several from the Netherlands and Sweden as well.
  • MSC Cruises : Founded by an Italian and headquartered in Switzerland, MSC Cruises knows Europe. It comes as no surprise that Italy is their specialty, plus the Greek Isles and Spain. Immerse yourself in the culture of the sun-soaked Mediterranean coast on this cruise line.
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Best transatlantic cruises for 2023, plus tips and what to expect

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A transatlantic cruise ranks high on many travelers' bucket lists, especially those who love the camaraderie and adventure of a voyage by ship. Today's roughly 4,000-nautical-mile transatlantic crossing is more akin to the pre-aviation "Grand Tour" enjoyed by wealthy Americans than the immigration journeys many of our European ancestors made from the 17th to early 20th centuries.

Leisurely and luxurious, a one-way sailing offers fine dining, wellness-oriented pampering, enlightening lectures, glamorous nightlife and plenty of time to relax. Transatlantic cruises are also a solution for travelers who prefer not to fly and a tempting option for cruise lovers seeking a longer itinerary at an affordable price.

Is a transatlantic cruise right for everyone? Not necessarily, especially for anyone prone to moderate to severe sea sickness. But for those who love sea days — and many cruisers do — a crossing can offer an uninterrupted "floating resort" experience with the added bonus of delivering you to Europe or returning you home without a cramped transatlantic flight.

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Here's everything you need to know about cruising the Atlantic — plus a selection of the best transatlantic cruises you can book in 2023.

Which cruise lines offer transatlantic crossings?

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While Cunard Line is most famous for its weekly crossings between Southampton, England and New York City, which sail from April to December on its ocean liner Queen Mary 2, pretty much every major cruise line offers transatlantic crossings. These generally take place in the spring (late March to early May) as ships are repositioned from the Caribbean to Europe and in the fall (September to November) when vessels sail from Europe to the U.S. to begin Canada/New England and Caribbean itineraries.

Also known as repositioning cruises, these sailings are usually longer than a traditional crossing and often include several port calls beyond the city of embarkation and disembarkation. Even better, cruise fares for these itineraries are typically one-third to one-half the price of a cruise of the same length that visits a new port every day. This makes them a great deal for travelers looking to settle into shipboard life rather than just sightsee.

These types of transatlantic/repositioning itineraries are offered by Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, MSC, Norwegian, Oceania, Regent, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Seabourn, Sea Dream Yacht Club, Silversea, Star Clippers, Windstar, Viking and Virgin.

When is the best time of year for transatlantic cruises?

The best time to take a transatlantic cruise depends on what you're looking for: great weather, smooth seas, the best price or specific ports of call.

Generally speaking, May, June and July are recommended for warmer weather and gentler seas — before the Atlantic hurricane season peaks in August, September and October — although storms can arise any time of the year.

March, April and November, while not ideal due to cooler temperatures that can limit on-deck and poolside enjoyment, are a good option and a terrific value, especially if the ship's route is a southerly one between Florida and the Mediterranean rather than between Northern Europe and New York.

As noted above, the best prices are generally in spring and fall for repositioning cruises. These itineraries may also visit several appealing ports in the Mediterranean or Caribbean as well as call on the Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Iceland or Bermuda in the Atlantic.

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How long does the crossing take?

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It varies. The classic nonstop transatlantic itinerary aboard Queen Mary 2 is a seven-night voyage between New York and Southampton (and vice versa). On the other hand, transatlantic repositioning cruises generally range in length from 11 to 21 nights, with an average of 14 nights (seven or eight of them typically sea days).

Will the seas be rough?

It's up to Mother Nature. At times the Atlantic can be smooth sailing, even in spring and fall, and yet unpredictable wind and water current patterns can create rough seas seemingly out of nowhere any time of year.

Captains can generally maneuver around storms — and try to do so whenever possible for the comfort of all onboard. In addition, modern cruise ships are equipped with stabilizers that reduce a ship's rolling motion due to wind or waves.

However, if you're even slightly prone to seasickness, don't throw caution to the wind. You'll be better off on a larger ship (pick a cabin located midship on a lower deck) and be sure to pack medication, patches, bands or whatever works best for you. While it may seem counter-intuitive, having a window or balcony actually helps offset seasickness since it offers fresh air and a horizon view, so opt for an ocean-view or balcony cabin over an inside one.

Which side of the ship is best for a transatlantic crossing?

It honestly doesn't make much difference whether you book a cabin on the port (left) or starboard (right) side of the ship since most daytime views will be of the ocean. If, however, you're departing from a Mediterranean port, say Rome or Barcelona, for a southerly crossing, booking a starboard cabin might offer a view of the Rock of Gibraltar if your ship transits between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic during daylight hours. For a U.S.-to-Europe eastward crossing, you'd want the opposite, a port-side cabin.

Similarly, if your crossing takes you from Northern Europe on a northerly route to the U.S. and you want to be among the first to spot land, perhaps Greenland or Newfoundland, book a starboard cabin. But if you are cruising into New York Harbor just before dawn and want to see the Statue of Liberty from your cabin, you'll need to book on the port side.

More important for an Atlantic crossing location-wise is the deck your cabin is on and whether it is situated forward, midship or aft. In general, the ship's movement as it cruises through any rough seas will feel less severe if your cabin is located midship and is on one of the lower or middle decks versus the top-most decks.

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Which ports do transatlantic cruises visit?

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Where you embark and disembark will determine your route and the ports you potentially call on. Ships repositioning to or from the Baltic and the British Isles generally take a northerly route and vessels sailing from the Mediterranean cross on a more southerly route, especially if they are repositioning to or from a winter homeport in Florida.

On a northerly crossing, you can expect to embark in a port such as Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Southampton or New York and, depending on the length of the cruise, call on ports in Ireland (Dublin or Cork), Iceland (Reykjavik), Greenland (Qaqortoq or Nuuk), Atlantic Canada (St. John's in Newfoundland or Sydney or Halifax in Nova Scotia) and Bermuda (King's Wharf).

On a southerly crossing between Barcelona or Rome in the Mediterranean and Miami or Fort Lauderdale, typical ports of call include Madeira, Grand Canary or Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Ponta Delgada in the Azores, and one or two islands in the Caribbean, such as St. Maarten or Puerto Rico.

Is it better to book an eastbound or westbound cruise?

Which direction you book really depends on whether you're aboard for the experience or you're using the crossing as a substitute for a flight to get to or return from a European vacation. Just keep in mind a few factors:

Aside from Queen Mary 2 crossings, westbound transatlantic repositioning cruises (from Europe to the U.S.) take place in the fall during the Atlantic hurricane season, although some are scheduled for mid-to-late November when storm formation has generally diminished. Eastbound cruises (from the U.S. to Europe) happen in spring, a season also often known for periods of gray skies and rain.

When considering westbound versus eastbound crossings, factor in the time change. While a transatlantic cruise is a terrific way to avoid the jet lag caused by flying across multiple time zones in a single day, you will be subject to almost daily reminders to reset your clock.

On westbound cruises, you'll have to set your clock back at night, thus gaining an extra hour of sleep on most days. On eastbound cruises, you'll set it ahead an hour and lose an hour of leisure time or sleep.

Another factor to keep in mind is that unless you plan to return home on another transatlantic cruise, you'll also need to book a one-way flight. Before committing to a specific eastbound or westbound itinerary, always check your flight options because one-way tickets can sometimes be more expensive than round-trip fares.

Best transatlantic cruises for 2023

There are dozens of opportunities to cross the Atlantic by cruise ship, but here are some of the best itineraries in the coming year:

Cunard's transatlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2 (April to December 2023)

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There's nothing quite like it. Cunard 's weekly transatlantic crossing between New York and Southampton (or vice versa) aboard the 2,691-guest Queen Mary 2 celebrates the grand age of ocean liners. These seven-night voyages are all about the sea, with interludes of culinary enjoyment and evening entertainment designed for travelers who appreciate formality and glamour.

A typical day might include time in the library perusing the largest book collection at sea, an illuminating astronomy lesson in the onboard planetarium and traditional afternoon tea.

The evening lineup generally starts with a multi-course dinner (same table and same waiter nightly) followed by a Broadway-inspired show, an abridged Shakespeare play or even a magic act. The ship is also famous for its Gala Evenings capped off with Champagne sipping and dancing to a live orchestra. Yes, pack those ballgowns and tuxes.

Cruise fares start at $949 per person for an inside cabin and $1,276 per person for a balcony cabin.

Virgin Voyage's 15-night Miami to the Med cruise (April 22–May 7, 2023)

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With an onboard ambiance that rivals a youthful beach club, Virgin Voyages ' 2,770-guest Valiant Lady will keep the party going day and night on its 15-night Miami to the Med transatlantic crossing .

The ship's 20 excellent dining venues, cutting-edge entertainment (campy and a bit naughty — think drag queen bingo), impressive lineup of wellness classes (from yoga at sunrise to On-the-Upswing bungee aerobics) and fun activities ('90s boy band dance class anyone?) provide plenty of ways to pass the time.

This sun-seekers itinerary heads from Miami to Virgin's Beach Club at Bimini in the Bahamas, followed by a leisurely eight-day Atlantic crossing and calls on Lisbon, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; and Palma de Mallorca before guests disembark in Barcelona. A Sea Terrace cabin with a balcony starts at $2,378 per cabin—or less than $1,200 per person.

Disney's 13-night eastbound transatlantic cruise (May 7-20, 2023)

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For certain Disney fans—namely childless adult couples and empty nesters — who love the brand's storytelling and Imagineering but who prefer not to share a two-week cruise with hundreds of kids and teens, this 13-night eastbound transatlantic cruise itinerary from Miami to Barcelona aboard the 2,500-guest Disney Dream is a solution. It happens when almost everyone ages 5 to 18 is still in school. Yes, some kids will be on board, but not in overwhelming numbers.

On top of the crossing's seven sea days — when Disney Cruise Line offers all kinds of immersive entertainment, excellent onboard dining and plenty of pool time on this southerly route in spring — the sailing includes six culturally rich ports: Ponta Delgada, Azores; Lisbon, Portugal; and Cadiz, Malaga, Cartagena and Barcelona in Spain.

With fares for verandah staterooms starting at $4,237 for two adults (or about $2,118 per person), that's a brand immersion that's far more affordable than any two-week Disney theme park vacation.

Related: 5 reasons why Disney cruises aren't just for kids

Holland America's 20-day Viking Passage (July 2-22, 2023)

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For a northerly transatlantic cruise taking place in summer and visiting 12 ports in six countries — making it a true hybrid of an ocean crossing and traditional cruise — check out Holland America's 20-day Viking Passage aboard 1,964-guest Zuiderdam.

The ship departs from Rotterdam in the Netherlands and visits Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Canada (Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia) before calling on Portland, Maine and concluding in Boston. There are only seven sea days and three of those include scenic cruising.

There are, however, a few caveats. Even in July, temperatures will be on the cooler side in most ports and Holland America passengers, especially on longer sailings, tend to be mostly older retirees. For sea days, Zuiderdam has an indoor pool with a retractable roof and onboard programming that includes HAL's BBC Earth in Concert, Billboard Onboard and a lineup of shows on the World Stage with its 270-degree LED screen.

At $2,799 per person for an inside cabin and $5,299 per person for a balcony cabin, fares are on the pricier side, mainly because it's mid-summer and a three-week itinerary.

Celebrity's 14-night Italy, France & Bermuda Trans (Oct. 30–Nov. 13, 2023)

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Celebrity Cruises ' transatlantic crossings are timed to seasonal ship repositioning. Its Italy, France & Bermuda Trans sailing offers 14 nights aboard its newest ship, Celebrity Beyond, as that ship switches from its summer homeport in Rome to Fort Lauderdale ahead of the winter Caribbean cruise season.

The sailing features port calls in La Spezia, Italy (for Florence/Pisa); Nice, France; Malaga, Spain; King's Wharf, Bermuda; and Nassau, Bahamas, along with eight sea days.

Accommodating 3,260 guests, Celebrity Beyond is a megaship designed with grown-ups in mind. You'll find multiple hot tubs but no waterslides, as well as contemporary décor, 32 sophisticated food-and-beverage outlets (including Voyages, the first Daniel Boulud restaurant at sea), an indoor Solarium pool and a glittering Grand Plaza housing the line's signature Martini Bar.

Inside cabins start at $1,499 per person and balcony cabins at $2,329 per person.

Viking's 14-day Atlantic Ocean Passage (Nov. 3-16, 2023)

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Guests aboard Viking Sea's Spain to West Indies sailing will cross the Atlantic from Barcelona to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ship will call on the Spanish coastal cities of Valencia and Cadiz, Funchal on the scenic Portuguese island of Madeira, and Phillipsburg on the beach-rimmed Dutch-Caribbean island of St. Martin.

The 930-passenger Viking Sea is an adults-only ship featuring a sleek Scandinavian design. Viking guests can enjoy elevated (and complimentary) dining in eight venues, as well as daily activities that include lectures by guest speakers and resident historians, unlimited access to the thermal suite at the Liv Nordic Spa, a main pool with a retractable roof (plus an aft Infinity Pool and hot tub), and complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

Better still, the transatlantic cruise fare is almost half that of a typical two-week Viking itinerary, with balcony cabins starting at $3,299 per person.

Princess Cruises' 15-day Tropical Passage (Nov. 10-25, 2023)

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To snag a great deal on a Princess cruise and enjoy a southerly November crossing that culminates with a five-day swing through the Caribbean, check out the 15-day Tropical Passage aboard the 3,660-guest Sky Princess.

The sailing begins in London (Southampton) and ends in Fort Lauderdale. In between, the ship will visit Ponta Delgada in the Azores and Antigua, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and Grand Turk in the Caribbean, with a total of nine days at sea.

Sky Princess, which debuted in 2019, features three pools, a glittering Italian-style Piazza (home to Alfredo's Pizzeria — some of the best pizza at sea), a main dining room with menus that change daily and include delicious Chocolate Journeys desserts, four specialty dining venues (at an extra cost), poolside Movies Under the Stars and original production shows in the Princess Theater.

Inside cabins start at $948 per person; balcony cabins are priced from $1,478 per person.

Related: The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Princess Cruises ship

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 21-night Rome-to-Miami cruise (Nov. 13–Dec. 4, 2023)

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Regent's 21-night Rome to Miami itinerary on the 750-passenger Seven Seas Splendor begins with a low-season jaunt around the Mediterranean and continues with a visit to the scenic Canary Islands. After a five-day Atlantic crossing, the luxury ship calls on a pair of Caribbean islands before reaching Miami.

While not a bargain by any means, this three-week cruise aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises ' newest ship is an all-inclusive splurge. Business-class airfare, transfers, five-star cuisine and unlimited beverages, gratuities, Wi-Fi and most shore excursions are all included.

The first week takes in the beauty of Rome, Tuscany (from Livorno) and Cinque Terre (from La Spezia). Then it's on to Nice and Toulon in France and Palamos, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona in Spain. Seven Seas Splendor will call on Lanzarote and Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands before heading across the Atlantic to the islands of St. Maarten and Puerto Rico before disembarking passengers in Miami.

All-inclusive fares start at $14,099 per person.

Bottom line

No matter your reason for considering a transatlantic cruise, you're guaranteed to experience the secret magic of sea days, with ample time to relax and unwind. With no land in sight for roughly a week, you can enjoy the ship's amenities without feeling rushed. Make new friends over coffee or a game of bridge, watch movies in your cabin, learn more about the world during lectures by onboard experts or treat yourself to rejuvenating massages and facials in the spa.

Even better, per-night rates are typically lower on crossings than on round-trip, port-intensive cruises, so you can enjoy a longer sailing at a fraction of the usual cost. No matter which transatlantic cruise you deem best for your travel style and interests, it is sure to be a memorable bucket-list trip.

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The Best Europe Cruises for 2021 and Beyond

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If you want to see the Northern Lights in Norway, Seabourn’s wintertime Norway cruises are your best bet.

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After a pandemic year without any European cruises available to Americans, sailing options are returning for the summer 2021 season. Cruise lines are testing the waters with a limited number of ships and new health and safety protocols in place with most cruises restricted to passengers who have been vaccinated.

There are benefits to being first in line postpandemic. Ships will sail at reduced capacity and popular attractions are unlikely to be crowded. You may find you have a museum or café practically to yourself. As restrictions ease, the traffic is bound to pick up in 2022, which already is looking like a year when ships will sail full due to pent-up demand.

Here are our picks for cruises this summer and beyond.

Norway: Seabourn wintertime cruise

Seeing the Northern Lights is practically guaranteed on Seabourn’s new wintertime Norway itineraries debuting in December. The 12- to 14-day sailings also introduce the line’s first purpose-built, polar-class expedition yacht, the 264-passenger Seabourn Venture , equipped with two custom, six-seat submarines, two dozen Zodiacs, and expedition kayaks for intimate exploration of Norway’s winter landscape. Excursions, which include the opportunity to camp on land overnight for optimal Northern Lights viewing, are led by a 26-person expedition team. Alternatively, you may opt to just stay cozy in your fancy suite and get a wake-up call should the lights appear. Most departures are from Tromsø, Norway, or Copenhagen, with fares for 12-night sailings starting from $10,999 per person.

Greece: A crusie with Seabourn, Silversea, Ponant, Windstar, or Variety Cruises

With its historic sites, whitewashed towns, the popular beaches of Mykonos, and views galore in the cliffside towns of Santorini, Greece opened its doors to international travelers in May. Nearly a dozen cruise lines are returning to the Aegean this summer and fall so there are ample options for those seeking to sail the Greek isles.

Ultraluxury lines such as Seabourn and Silversea are in the mix for summer 2021, along with boutique lines such as France-based Ponant and Windstar , with its 148-passenger, four-masted Wind Star sailing ship.

Or explore for a week on Greek-owned Variety Cruises ’ 157-foot, 49-passenger sailing yacht Galileo , going beyond the norm to lesser-known Cycladic and Dodecanese islands such as Levitha, where a summertime restaurant for sailors is run by the one family who lives on the island.

Adriatic: Viking’s 10-night Malta and Adriatic Jewels Cruise

Viking’s Malta and Adriatic Jewels Cruise includes port stops in Croatia.

Viking’s Malta and Adriatic Jewels Cruise includes port stops in Croatia.

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When Viking Ocean Cruises returns to cruising this summer, it will have three ships sailing from Valletta on Malta to Greece, Italy, and Spain. Our pick is Viking’s 10-night Malta and Adriatic Jewels Cruise, roundtrip from Valletta. The ship gets you to Kotor, Montenegro (you’ll want to be on deck as you sail through a river valley surrounded by peaks); the fairy-tale-like Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia; the Croatian city of Split with its 4th-century Roman palace; and Gozo, Malta, where according to legend giants built the prehistoric palace, which predates Stonehenge. There’s also opportunity in Croatia and Malta to see filming locations for HBO’s Game of Thrones . Sail on the 930-passenger Viking Venus , a new ship from Viking. Fares from $3,599 per person.

Basque Country: Lindblad Expeditions Lisbon to Bordeaux cruise

New from Lindblad Expeditions in April 2022 is a unique cultural exploration cruise from Lisbon to Bordeaux . The itinerary begins in Porto, Portugal, and continues through Basque country to the epicenter for French wine, Bordeaux, with a strong focus on food and drink throughout the cruise.

Spain and France: National Geographic Resolution

Sail on the new, polar-class, 126-passenger National Geographic Resolution , where you can work out in the yoga studio or linger in the infinity-style hot tubs when not on shore sipping port at the wine cellars in Porto. During the cruise, you will have the opportunity to spend a day collecting mussels with local fishermen in Galicia, Spain, visit Bilbao’s Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim art museum, and sample tapas and sparkling wine in a French Basque fishing village. Fares from $6,870 per person.

River Cruise: AmaWaterways’ AmaMagna cruise

Get into the heart of great European cities such as Budapest on a Danube river cruise.

Get into the heart of great European cities such as Budapest on a Danube river cruise.

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River cruises return this summer , with Viking, Uniworld, Scenic, and AmaWaterways among the lines relaunching ships—although not their whole fleets—on rivers that include Portugal’s Douro, France’s Seine and Rhône, and the multi-country Rhine and Danube. A great way to sail the Danube is on AmaWaterways ’ impressive, double-wide, 196-passenger AmaMagna , traveling between Budapest and Vilshofen, Germany, stopping in Bratislava, Slovakia, and with an overnight in Vienna. Sip the local gruner veltliner and riesling in Wachau Valley or dance like you are in The Sound of Music in Salzburg. Back on the ship, check out in wellness classes on the spacious roof deck or dining in onboard restaurants that include a fancy Chef’s Table venue (where you might score a taste of Siberian caviar) and a wine bar. Seven-night cruise from $3,099 per person.

Iceland: Crystal Cruises’ new Crystal Endeavor

The land of fire and ice is open for cruising this summer, and several lines will be exploring the coast, bringing guests to lava fields, gigantic waterfalls, seabird colonies, and other striking landscapes under the Midnight Sun. Luxury line Crystal Cruises is debuting its new 200-passenger, polar-class Crystal Endeavor , equipped with two six-passenger helicopters, a six-passenger submarine and the only casino on an expedition ship, on 10-night sailings (fares from $16,499 per person). Circumnavigating Iceland from Reykjavík, the itinerary includes stops on the mainland and islands including Grimsey Island, above the Arctic Circle, where you might catch sight of rare little auks with their black and white plumage.

Italy: Disney’s Disney Magic cruise

If the upcoming Disney and Pixar movie “Luca” has the family hankering for Italy, get the crew on a Disney cruise that includes Genoa.

If the upcoming Disney and Pixar movie “Luca” has the family hankering for Italy, get the crew on a Disney cruise that includes Genoa.

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Attention Disney and Pixar fans. If, after seeing the movie Luca , which debuts June 18, your family gets a hankering to visit Italy, Disney Cruise Line has you covered. The 1,750-passenger Disney Magic will sail in Europe spring and summer 2022, with several sailings stopping in Italy. A six-night departure from Barcelona to Rome on June 4, 2022 (fares for a family of four sharing a cabin start at $6,732 per person), gets you to Genoa, which is key. Scenes from the movie, a 1950s coming-of-age story, are inspired by the area southeast of Genoa. An Ultimate Italian Riviera shore excursion ($159 per person) takes you to the town of Camogli and other sites that will look familiar to Luca fans. Disney is being mum about any possible movie-related character appearances and experiences.

All-Europe: Silversea’s Grand Europe cruise

If you are uneasy about returning to Europe this year, consider making up for lost time in one fell swoop. Ultraluxury line Silversea has assigned its 596-passenger Silver Moon to a Grand Europe itinerary embarking Athens on March 30, 2022, and hitting basically all major water-accessible attractions—72 ports of call in 22 countries in total—on a three-month itinerary that ends in Stockholm. Can’t be away that long? You can alternatively book a 37-night segment to visit 33 places in the Mediterranean, or a 53-night segment that will get you from Lisbon to Stockholm, including the British Isles, Scandinavia, and Russia. Fares for the whole shebang from $57,060 per person.

British Isles and Ireland: Hurtigruten

Visit Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway on a Hurtigruten cruise.

Visit Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway on a Hurtigruten cruise.

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Norwegian line Hurtigruten explores remote parts of the British Isles on a 12-night itinerary (from $6,741 per person) next spring and summer, with the recently updated 532-passenger Maud. Sailing roundtrip from Dover, United Kingdom, passengers will visit places known for Neolithic sites, bird colonies, whiskey, and woolens. Among the destinations are Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland, with easy access to the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, and Scotland’s Inner and Outer Hebrides, including the rocky and wild St. Kilda archipelago, home to the second-largest gannet colony in the world. Plan to sip on Islay Island, Scotland, home to nine distilleries, and have an opportunity to purchase crystal in Waterford, Ireland. For those looking to reduce their footprint as they return to travel, it’s worth noting that the ship was recently reconfigured to run partially on biofuel and lower emissions.

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4 Budget-Friendly European River Cruises That Won’t Break The Bank

Posted: November 8, 2023 | Last updated: November 9, 2023

Cruising European rivers is a marvelous way to explore some of the continent’s most beautiful and historic destinations. Discover the romance of the Rhine Valley and the culture of France or explore the art and history of Italy. Countless river cruises offer a perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and adventure. With spacious staterooms, scrumptious cuisine, and world-class service, European river cruises are perfect for anyone who loves to travel in style.

Consider one of these four that will provide the cruise of a lifetime without breaking the bank.

1. Amsterdam To Basel

Embark on a 10-day adventure through the heart of Europe with Viking Cruises’ Treasures of the Rhine itinerary. Starting in Amsterdam and ending in Basel, this cruise takes you through some of the most beautiful and historic cities along the Rhine River.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the delightful city of Cologne with its iconic cathedral. Stroll through Strasbourg’s picturesque streets and discover Heidelberg’s rich history. Along the way, you’ll also experience the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Valley, with its romantic castles, vineyards, and charming villages.

On board the ship, you’ll enjoy the luxurious amenities that Viking Cruises is known for, including spacious staterooms, delicious cuisine, and world-class service. You’ll also be able to participate in activities and events, from wine tastings to guided tours of the cities you’ll be visiting.

The Treasures of the Rhine itinerary perfectly blends history, culture, and natural beauty. Anyone who loves cruising is sure to have a memorable experience.

2. Budapest To Munich

Emerald Cruises’ 10-day Danube Explorer river cruise is an unforgettable journey that takes you through some of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities. Starting in Budapest, you’ll sail along the Danube River, stopping at charming towns like Bratislava and Durnstein before arriving in Vienna. Here, you’ll explore the city’s fascinating history, including the famous Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

The cruise also includes a stop in the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov, where you can wander through the winding streets and relish the striking views of the Vltava River. Next, you’ll visit the historic city of Prague, where you can explore the famous Charles Bridge, the Prague Castle, and the Old Town Square.

On board the ship, you’ll be able to participate in activities and events for all tastes and interests. The Danube and Highlights of Prague river cruise is the perfect way to dive into European culture and will surely be an unforgettable journey.

3. Nice To Paris

Emerald Cruises’ 10-day Sensations of Lyon and Provence and Paris river cruise is an incredible journey that takes you through some of France’s most beautiful and iconic destinations. Starting in Nice, you’ll sail along the Rhône River, stopping at beautiful river towns like Arles, Avignon, and Viviers before arriving in the city of Lyon. You can explore the city’s history while here, including the famous Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica and the Roman amphitheater.

The cruise also includes visiting the picturesque city of Aix-en-Provence, where you will discover the famous Cours Mirabeau and the historic city center. Next, you’ll see the stunning French Riviera town of Saint-Tropez. Explore the narrow streets or lounge on the beautiful beaches here.

Finally, you’ll arrive in Paris, the City of Lights, home to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the famous Champs-Élysées.

On board the ship, you’ll be able to participate in excursions like wine and food tastings or guided tours of the cities you’ll be visiting. The Sensations of Lyon and Provence and Paris river cruise is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of France while cruising.

4. Milan To Venice

Uniworld’s 10-day Milan, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto river cruise is a journey through the heart of Italy that offers a perfect blend of art, culture, history, and out-of-this-world scenery. Starting in Milan, you’ll explore the city’s long history and lively culture, including the iconic Duomo di Milano and Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper . Next, you’ll sail along the Po River, stopping at historic towns like Verona and Padua, where you will discover the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony and the historic Basilica of Saint Anthony.

The cruise also includes visiting the mysterious city of Venice, where you’ll survey the canals by gondola and tour St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Along the way, you’ll also experience the natural beauty of the Venetian Lagoon and the Po Delta, with their unique landscapes, birdlife, and charming fishing villages.

On board the ship, you’ll appreciate Uniworld’s signature elegance and style, luxurious amenities, world-class service, and exquisite cuisine. Excursions will include guided tours and a sampling of local cuisine and libations.

Uniworld’s Milan, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto river cruise is a perfect way to immerse yourself in all things Italy and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Fares for cruises can change from day to day. Amenities offered, cabin types, and destinations all affect what you pay. Compare different cruise line offerings for the destinations you want to experience to find your bargain that won’t break the bank.

European river cruises offer a lovely way to experience the continent’s rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and charming cities. With no crowds or long lines, travelers can sit back and relax as they float down the continent’s most iconic waterways and enjoy the scenery, local cuisine, and cultural immersion these cruises offer.

One of my favorite places to compare cruises is Vacations To Go . Happy sailing!

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  • I've sailed on every Disney cruise ship and visited Disney's private island multiple times. My favorite Disney experiences with my family have been Norway and Pixar-themed cruises.
  • These are the new and returning Disney cruise itineraries I'm looking forward to in 2024, including the launch of Disney's newest ship and its newest private island destination.

Disney Cruise Line is synonymous with family vacations at sea, so you might think that every Disney cruise in 2024 will be a good choice for families. And having sailed on every one of Disney's cruise ships myself, I can say the simple answer is yes, that's absolutely true. But some Disney cruise experiences hold an extra special place in my family's heart, and they've made me realize that certain Disney cruises can go above and beyond even DCL's usual family-friendly standard. 

I'm thinking about when we met Disney’s "Frozen" friends in person on a Norway sailing or laughed to tears over dinner with Crush the Sea Turtle ("cha dude!"), or completed a 5K race with my daughter on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay . That's why my picks for the best Disney cruises for families in 2024 are all about these kinds of extra special experiences, the ones that aren't just the usual level of Disney cruise line magic but will elevate your family vacation into once-in-a-lifetime "cherished family memory" territory.

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There will be no shortage of these kinds of opportunities on Disney Cruise Line (DCL) in 2024. From being among the first to visit Disney's brand-new private island destination to enjoying an immersive Pixar-themed day at sea to setting sail on the maiden voyage of Disney's newest ship , here are the Disney cruise experiences I think will go above and beyond in 2024. 

1. Disney Magic to Lighthouse Point, DCL's newest private island destination

One thing my family looks forward to during any Disney cruise is a stop at DCL's private island, Castaway Cay. In 2024, Disney Cruise Line will unveil its second private island destination, Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point , on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. And I can’t wait to see how they plan to outdo the already incredible Castaway Cay experience. 

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Similar to when Disney created its Aulani resort in Hawaii , Disney Imagineers have been working with local artists and cultural experts to design an authentic Bahamian island experience at Lighthouse Point. Curvilinear buildings are meant to evoke scattered seashells along the shore, and a Bahamian Art and Culture Pavilion will feature special programs and local artists that celebrate Bahama traditions. 

A special preview cruise to Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point on the Disney Magic departs from Fort Lauderdale in June 2024.  

2. Alaska and Australia cruises on the Disney Wonder in 2024

When my youngest daughter graduated from high school, my wife and I asked where she wanted to go for our family vacation to celebrate her milestone . Her top choice was Alaska. In the summer months, Disney Cruise Line positions one of its smaller ships, the Disney Wonder, out west so families can take week-long sailings from Vancouver to the "Last Frontier." Along the way, you can experience majestic wildlife and stunning scenery while calling on Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and glacier viewing along the Stikine Icecap. 

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But that's not all the Disney Wonder gets up to! In 2023, Disney also began offering Australia and New Zealand cruises onboard the ship, and that will continue in 2023 and 2024. Disney Cruise Line has announced a new season of sailings in the region from October 2024 through February 2025. 

The Disney Wonder is one of DCL's original class of ships, and with a capacity of 2,713 passengers, it remains one of the line's most intimate vessels. That's a reason to love it. Both the Wonder and its sister ship, Disney Magic, are especially great Disney cruise options in 2024 if your family is new to cruising . Far from being a drawback, the smaller size makes it less likely to feel overwhelming to first-timers.

3. European vacations on the Disney Dream

In 2023, Disney Cruise Line sent the Disney Dream across the Atlantic for the first time. The ship will head back to Europe in 2024 with summer cruises in the Mediterranean, Greek Isles, British Isles, Iceland, and Norwegian Fjords. These are the best 2024 Disney Cruises for experiencing new ports of call like Valencia, Spain; Haugesund, Norway; and Hamburg, Germany, along with three Mediterranean destinations (Catania, Italy; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Valletta, Malta) that Disney will visit for the first time since 2014.

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In June, the Disney Dream sails from Civitavecchia (Rome) with stops in Naples and three different Greek Islands, including Mykonos and Crete. In July, the ship transitions to northern European cruises, including a 12-night voyage departing from England (Southampton) on July 24, heading through the Norwegian Fjords, three days in Iceland, and an overnight stay in Reykjavik before returning to Southampton. 

My family sailed on Disney’s inaugural Norwegian Fjords cruise in 2015, and it was hands down our best family vacation because of the Disney-specific experiences no other cruise line can offer, such as Frozen '’s's Anna and Elsa posing for pictures at a Norwegian Village museum in Ålesund.

4. Disney Cruise Line's private island trifecta on the Disney Fantasy

Many fans of Disney Cruise Line’s private island get particularly excited when itineraries include a Castaway Cay "double dip," i.e., two stops at Castaway Cay. But in 2024, the Disney Fantasy ventures on a seven-night itinerary that calls on Disney’s private islands not once, not twice, but three times with a stop at Castaway Cay and two visits to the brand-new Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. 

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I love Disney’s Castaway Cay and have enjoyed so many relaxing stops to the island. I especially remember learning the "stingray shuffle" and holding stingrays during Castaway Ray's Stingray Adventure. I love that this 2024 Disney cruise will give families plenty of time to explore Disney’s brand-new private island destination on the southernmost tip of Eleuthera without overlooking a day at the old favorite. 

5. Disney Wish theme park and cruise vacation

The Disney Wish is DCL's newest ship (for now), debuting in July 2022 and offering three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida . The close proximity of Port Canaveral to Walt Disney World makes it easy to combine an Orlando theme park vacation with a Disney Cruise. 

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Disney land and sea vacations are the best of both worlds for families with theme park lovers who want to go, go, go, and other family members looking for a more laidback experience. My advice is to head to the theme parks first, get tired out from the walking, rides, and stimulation, and then sail off on a four-night cruise to decompress. My wife and I enjoyed the most expansive stateroom ever when we sailed on the Disney Wish last summer and it couldn't have been more relaxing.

6. Themed Cruises – Pixar, Marvel, and holidays

In January, I had the opportunity to experience Pixar Day at Sea , Disney Cruise Line’s newest themed cruise, on the Disney Fantasy . In my review for FamilyVacationist, I called it an " overflowing toy box of fun " and I'm excited for more families to experience it on a Disney cruise in 2024. The cruise was packed with so many Pixar character meets, themed-activities, special shows, foods, and treats that some of it spilled into additional days at sea. In 2024, Pixar Day at Sea returns to the Disney Fantasy on seven-night Caribbean sailings from January through March.

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Disney's themed cruise days aren't limited to Pixar, either. There's a Marvel Day at Sea on five-night Disney Dream cruises departing Fort Lauderdale from January through March, and when the festive season rolls around most of the ships offer holiday sailings with Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime cruises. 

I was so impressed with the Halloween tree in the ship's atrium when my family sailed on a Halloween cruise. Over the course of the cruise, the tree "bloomed" with spooky Jack-o-lanterns. In addition, Disney characters were decked out in costumes, there was trick-or-treating, and other special activities. And of course Very Merrytime cruises have a tree-lighting ceremony, Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party, carolers, special drinks and treats, and appearances by the guest of honor for the cruise, Santa Claus.

7. Disney Treasure Sets Course for Adventure

Last but not least, Disney Treasure joins the Disney Cruise Line fleet with its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024. Adventure is the theme for Disney's sixth cruise ship with spaces and entertainment inspired by "Aladdin," "Coco," "Zootopia," "Jungle Cruise," even "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." 

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As a fan of the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise ride and Skipper Canteen restaurant, I can’t wait to get immersed in the kitschy 1930s adventure vibe onboard the Disney Treasure. The ship will sail seven-night itineraries to the eastern and western Caribbean and have a theater-in-the-round restaurant at the Plaza de Coco as well as a cinematic dining experience at Worlds of Marvel. Because these are longer cruises than those available on DCL's other ship in the same class (Disney Wish), you can experience two distinct shows in each of these venues during a voyage. 

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