For anyone seeking a little inspiration when considering their next luxury cruise holiday should really look at many of the great European destinations available. As today these cruising destination stopovers offer cruise holiday visitors a chance to visit some of the most historic and beautiful locations throughout Europe.
By opting for a luxury European cruise holiday you can not only enjoy an array of fantastic destinations to choose from, but also travel at leisurely pace, giving you a great way to relax, whilst enjoying all the on-board cruise ship facilities, which will cater for all your needs.
Here I’ve short listed just some of my favourite cruise holiday destinations in Europe and give you a brief idea at what is waiting in store for you.
Morocco and the Canary Islands
The Canaries are a group of islands located just off the coast of the Western Sahara, just off the North African coast.
This wonderful Spanish archipelago are a group of islands which offer cruising tourists a great location for a stop-over, or for day-tours throughout the whole year, especially if you are looking for some welcome sunshine in the autumn and winter months. The Canary Islands are surprisingly popular in the months of January and February, as the climate is particularly warm during this time, often hotter than most summers in the UK.
Some popular places to add to your shortlist would be San Sebastian in La Gomera, Santa Cruz on Tenerife and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria will give you a real taste of the Spanish islands life and local culture. These lovely locations offer visitors a great way to experience some of the islands historical Spanish communities and local architecture, whilst enjoying holiday sightseeing on the island at a relaxing pace. Obviously if you are a seafood lover, then you will be able to enjoy many of the local cafes and restaurants serving some great locally caught fish and seafood dishes, as well as wide range of Spanish wines.
A few of the popular cruise companies who specialise in sailing to Morocco and The Canary Islands and worth taking a look at include; MSC Cruises, Reader Offers Cruises, Thompson Cruises and Virgin Cruises.
The Baltic Sea
Taking a Baltic Sea cruise is a fantastic way to experience places some far flung northern European places like Finland’s Helsinki, or Russia’s beautiful St Petersburg, or the lesser seen destinations like Tallinn in Estonia.
The Baltic region provides one of the world’s most dramatic coastlines and offers ever-changing scenery, although unlike many sea cruises you will be unlikely to be out of the sight of land. Whilst cruising along this picturesque coast, you will be treated to a different scenic view in each historical location, which offers a taste of each of the country’s unique culture.
In this part of the Baltic Region you will be able to enjoy the difference between the more temperate climes of Norway’s western coast and in contrast to the glacier-covered Svalbard Islands, which are located on the edge of the Arctic region. So you will have a complete contrast of locations to that of which you will find in the Mediterranean.
For Baltic Sea cruises take a look at the following cruise companies who are specialists in cruising throughout the Baltic region include; Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises to find out more about what on offer.
Norway and Iceland
A Norwegian Sea cruise is another great option for cruising holiday, offering visits and stopovers on both Norway and Iceland’s coastlines. Both Norway and Iceland not only offers some fantastic historical visitor locations, but also some unique natural sights to be seen in this part of Scandinavia.
In recent years Norwegian Sea cruises have become something of a unique and desirable experience for cruise travellers, as many cruise holidaying visitors come to the region in the winter months especially to experience the natural occurring phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights as they are commonly known.
On arriving in Norway’s waters, you will soon discover some of countries main attractions covering the varied landscapes that extend across to the Arctic Circle. You will experience cruising through the picturesque Norwegian Fjords; the country is also its mountains, numerous ski resorts, lakes and woods which stretch across the length of the country.
So much of the nature of Norway remains unspoiled, and thus attracts numerous hikers and skiers throughout the year. Norway’s main tourist cities in are Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromsø, which offer welcome stop-over point during your cruise holiday.
In contrast Iceland also offers a unique holiday & visitor experience, with places to visit like the Great Geyser at Strokkur; the Golden Waterfall at Gullfloss and the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier. Iceland’s beautiful capital Reykjavick is the world’s most northerly capital city and will giving you the perfect place discover Icelandic culture and history.
Opting for a luxury cruise holiday can offer you much more than many conventional package holidays, as you can opt to travel to a combination countries and places, which can ultimately give you a vast array of options during your cruise ship holiday. In addition to this, if you opt for an all inclusive luxury cruise holiday you will be able to enjoy all the comforts, amenities, food, drinks and excursions during your journey, but you won’t have to worry about any hidden costs along the way.
There are many cruise companies who offer cruising holidays in the Norwegian and Artic region. Here we have highlighted just a few to help you research your perfect Norway, or Icelandic or Northern Lights cruise holidays, so check out; Hurtigruten Cruises, Voyages of Discovery, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line (or NCL), which should help give you plenty inspiration for your next holiday.