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Cruises around Europe are the most popular choice for UK cruisers. From the sunshine of the Mediterranean to the stunning scenery of the Baltics, you will find so much to explore. Many European cruise holidays depart from Southampton - great for an easy start to your holiday.
Walk within the walls of history as you visit Prague’s Old Town or follow the footsteps of ancient philosophers as you climb the steps to Athens' Acropolis, taking in the wealth of cultural sights. If you are more of a foodie than a culture vulture, the menu of Europe is incredibly flavoursome! Enjoy Belgian beer, Italian ice cream, French cheese and German bratwurst, with some of the best culinary experiences in the world.
Cruises visit these regions and more, seeing some of the most popular landmarks across Europe. The Mediterranean is a playground of paradise ports, with shopping in Barcelona and sunbathing on Grecian beaches; the Baltics are home to Scandinavian splendour, including major cities such as Latvia, Germany and Finland. Why not head to Northern Europe and sail to the nation of Norway where the fjords are a visual treat for any cruisers. You can even enjoy a cruise around the British Isles, seeing many more places than possible in a land holiday of the same duration.
Cruise from the UK for as little as two or three nights and you can visit nearby countries such as Holland, Belgium and Guernsey.
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Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast. It’s home to the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specialises in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire. Tudor House & Garden displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike.
Isle of Portland
Newcastle upon Tyne
Saint Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Cowes, Isle of Wight
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Portree, Isle of Skye
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Saint Petersburg (ex Leningrad)
De Long Islands
Goritsy, Kirillovsky District
Rüdesheim am Rhein
Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you'll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.
Palma de Mallorca
Believed to be the oldest town on the Iberian Peninsula, the Andalusian port of Cádiz enjoys a stunning location at the edge of a six-mile promontory. The town itself, with 3,000 years of history, is characterised by pretty white houses with balconies often adorned with colourful flowers. As you wander around be sure to take a stroll through the sizeable Plaza de Espãna, with its large monument dedicated to the first Spanish constitution, which was signed here in 1812. Cádiz has two pleasant seafront promenades which boast fine views of the Atlantic Ocean, and has a lovely park, the Parque Genoves, located close to the sea with an open-air theatre and attractive palm garden. Also notable is the neo-Classical cathedral, capped by a golden dome.
Vega de Terrón
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
A Mediterranean city and naval station located in the Region of Murcia, southeastern Spain, Cartagena’s sheltered bay has attracted sailors for centuries. The Carthaginians founded the city in 223BC and named it Cartago Nova; it later became a prosperous Roman colony, and a Byzantine trading centre. The city has been the main Spanish Mediterranean naval base since the reign of King Philip II, and is still surrounded by walls built during this period. Cartagena’s importance grew with the arrival of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century, when the Navidad Fortress was constructed to protect the harbour. In recent years, traces of the city’s fascinating past have been brought to light: a well-preserved Roman Theatre was discovered in 1988, and this has now been restored and opened to the public. During your free time, you may like to take a mini-cruise around Cartagena's historic harbour: these operate several times a day, take approximately 40 minutes and do not need to be booked in advance. Full details will be available at the port.
Santa Cruz de La Palma
Roudnice nad Labem
Kralupy nad Vltavou
Ustí nad Labem
Agios Nikólaos, Kríti
Heraklion (Iraklion), Crete
Ponta Delgada, Azores
Neuhofen an der Ybbs
Lepenski Vir Archeological Site
Oro Fortress Island
Bay of Bothnia, Gulf of Bothnia
Gulf of Bothnia
Kristiansund is a town and also name of the municipality on the western coast of Norway. It is known as the dried codfish capital of Norway.
It is a city situated in the middle of the sea, located over four islands. The small local ferry Sundbaten takes visitors and locals alike between the Kirkelandet, Innlandet, Nordlandet and Gomalandet.
The Norwegian Clipfish Museum is located at Milnbrygga wharf. The town was built partly on the fishing heritage of clipfish, which is split, salted cod dried traditionally on the cliffs along the sea.
Kraftkar cheese is from here, and Snadderfestivalen is the annual food festival every June, which celebrates local food, craft beer and aquavit.
Finnsnes is a small town in the municipality of Troms og Finnmark county.
Finnsnes has an avid fishing and agriculture industry, with fish farming growing in importance, and popular week-long summer festival. Its central park has a natural lake within it.
It is known as the gateway to Senja, being located on the mainland near the Island of Senja just across the Gisundet Strait.
Senja is known as an adventure-filled island and a minuature Norway, with mountains, fjords and small communities.
Sortland, Vesteralen Islands
Nesna is a pretty, former trading post village on the mainland of Norway that is part of the Helgeland traditional region in Norway's Nordland area.
The picturesque islands of Hugla, Handnesoya and Tomma are seen from the village and by cruise ships sailing in the area. The village still runs in quite a traditional way and locals can be seen going about their daily lives, mainly involved in the local fishing industry.
The small fishing village of Øksfjord in Finnmark lies in the far north of Norway, in the Artic above 70°. It is an ideal port to see what real rural Norwegian life is like, with a population of merely 500 in the whole district of Loppa, which Øksfjord is the administrative centre for.
Øksfjordjøkulen, the fifth largest glacier in Norway is nearby, to the southeast of the village, and stands at nearly 4,000ft above sea level. It is the only glacier in mainland Norway which calves directly into the sea. This is something that only happens with glaciers in the Arctic, and nowhere else in the world, so is a facinating and unique event to see.
12,000 years ago, the Komsa, a tribe of Meolithic hunter-gathers lived in the area.
Øksfjord grew in the nineteenth century, when huge shoals of herring arrived. The main industries there today are fish processing plants and shipyards, showing the importance of maritime industry to the area.
Osijek is located on the River Drava, where the lovely boardwalk spans for several miles along the riverside. It also offers many outdoor pursuits. Cycling is popular along the riverside, while nearby Kopacki Rit national park is nearby and great for hiking. Osijek Zoo has 80 species of animals that roam freely in a safari-like set up.
Osijek is the gastronomic capital of the Slavonia Baraja region of Croatia, famous for its slow cooked stews, meats and game. Fruit and vagetables with heavily paprika-spiced meats and popular Slavonia flavours.
Croatian wine varietals of babic white wine, and malvazija red wine is grown in the region and recommended for wine lovers.