Immerse yourself in the incredible history, culture, cuisine, and undeniable beauty of the Old World on a Celebrity European cruise vacation. Whether you’re traveling in the beautiful Mediterranean, or visiting the iconic cities of Northern Europe, there are plenty of ways to embrace the best of everything in the region.
Linger over a fresh croissant and café au lait in a Parisian patisserie, and then enjoy some fresh seafood paella at a restaurant on La Rambla, Barcelona’s most famous street. Relax in a gondola as you glide through ancient waterways in Venice, one of the most romantic cities in the world, before driving the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, whose picturesque villages, lush gardens and incredible ocean views have inspired artists for centuries.
Experience awe-inspiring medieval architecture in Lisbon and taste wonderful Port wine at the source in Porto, Portugal. Its 25 de Abril bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Europe, looks amazingly like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. We’re also returning to Kusadasi, and Istanbul in Turkey.
Farther north, experience breathtaking natural wonders up close, like the mystical fjords of Norway, the richly forested areas of Oslo, or the unique Blue Lagoon in Iceland, heated with geothermal energy, and full of therapeutic minerals. Tour medieval castles in Ireland, where legendary battles happened, and then pause to reflect on the unspoiled glory of the Baltic forests. Broaden your horizons on a Celebrity European cruise vacation, as you set sail on spectacular new adventures in some of the most exciting cities in the world.
Europe is synonymous with culture and all that comes with it—museums, theatres, fashion, concerts. In fact, the Louvre Museum in Paris is home to more than 35,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa. Florence, Italy has The David, another artwork on many people’s bucket list. Italy, overall, has more masterpieces per square meter than any other country in the world. St. Petersburg is home to the world’s second largest museum, The State Hermitage Museum of art and culture.
Explore Oslo’s fjords, majestic mountains, many forests, and excellent public transportation, and see why it has been chosen the European Green Capital for 2019. Experience the healing properties of Iceland’s mineral-rich Blue Lagoon, whose temperatures range from 98 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Stroll around the small, white streets of Santorini, considered the most beautiful island in the world. Get a Mediterranean tan in the world-renowned beaches of the Amalfi Coast. In Italy, refresh yourself in the pristine waters of the Mediterranean and enjoy the colorful surroundings. Feel like a Hollywood star from the Golden Age at the French shores of Cote D’azur, Cannes and Monaco.
Everywhere you travel in Europe you walk amidst living history. Buildings in Rome date back 2000 years. You can stroll around the Colosseum and learn about the lives of the gladiators. Walk up the Acropolis in Greece, ponder like Socrates, and take breathtaking photos from the top of the hill. Go small with a visit to the villages of Cinque Terre. Cross the stone walls of Dubrovnik and imagine what life was like in the 12th Century. The origins of civilization are everywhere.
Eat like Europeans: Italian cheeses and sausages, French wine and patisseries, Spanish seafood, Portuguese port wine. Savor paellas, tortillas and jamon serrano in the Barcelonetta, overviewing the Mediterranean Sea. Sip ristrettos and indulge in cannolis in Florence, after appreciating the finest pieces of art in the world. Grab some pizza in Naples, before crossing to Capri. And while in France, say “Cheers” to champagne in Nice.
Cork (Cobh), Ireland
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Explore Europe on one of Celebrity’s British Isles cruises and embrace everything from Amsterdam’s 17th-century atmosphere to Liverpool’s art, inspired by the Beatles. Prefer southern seas? Our ten-day Mediterranean cruises are nothing short of amazing—from stunning turquoise waters to famous cuisine; you’ll make memories that will last longer than your tan.
From delicious cuisine to diverse cultures, every region of Europe has something different to offer when you take a European cruise with us. We have a wide variety of itineraries to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect vacation.
You can enjoy the sun-kissed beaches and irresistible food of the Mediterranean, or explore the dramatic landscapes and natural wonders of Scandinavia. Tour castles and monuments in the British Isles, or stroll along the shore of the world’s oldest lake in Russia. It’s entirely up to you.
If adventure is your goal, you can kayak through ancient waterways in the Norwegian fjords, or get close to active volcanoes in Iceland. Can’t get enough of ancient ruins? See the remains of Pompeii in Italy.
Maybe you prefer cultural experiences. Immerse yourself in the local traditions of the Greek Islands, or attend a music festival in the Baltic. Choose what you want to do on your European cruise and then pick the itinerary that takes you there.
Barcelona is a beautiful and mysterious city, unlike any other in Spain, and known for its stunning architecture – made up of Gothic spikes and ultra-modern curves. It’s a great city to explore during a day in port or before you take off on one of the many Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona.
As the capital of Greece and one of Europe’s most bustling cities, Athens is powered by 5,000 years of history. At night, the city of Athens glows from afar, light reflecting off the ancient ruins. Today travelers flock from around the world to experience its history while on a cruise from Athens.
In addition to having ancient ruins, delicious cuisine, and awe-inspiring art, Rome is also simply a beautiful city in which to walk around. Cruise ships that make a port of call in Rome actually pull into port in the city of Civitavecchia, which is located on Italy’s western coast about 50 miles from Rome.
Apart from the cities above, you can start your vacation in some other iconic places in Europe, like Amsterdam, the land of 100 canals, and nearly as many world-class museums. Or Southampton, near London, home of St. Paul’s Cathedral and 350-acre green space Hyde Park.
We also depart from Lisbon, the “city of the seven hills,” which contains the resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama, Jeronimos Monastery, and Venice, if you can bear to leave its spectacular architecture and food behind. No matter what port you leave from on your European cruise, it will be a memorable experience for you and your fellow travelers.
There’s a wealth of ways to explore your ports of call. Whether you’re a parent looking for family entertainment, a foodie out to explore local dishes and wines, or a history buff, we have a European cruise excursion tailored to your interests
No matter where you go, you’ll find exciting experiences for your whole family. See whales and dolphins swimming freely in their natural habitat in Funchal, Portugal. Explore unspoiled beauty on horseback in Dublin, Ireland at Brennanstown Riding School, one of Ireland’s most respected equestrian facilities. Kayak in the pristine waters of Cote Bleue in Provence, France.
When it comes to cuisine, Europe has something delightful for every palate. Take a tour of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s winery, where wine meets art, in La Spezia Italy. Indulge in delicious Catalan tapas while enjoying the beauty of Barcelona. Visit a chocolatier in Bruges, Belgium to learn how fine chocolates are made and discover which ones you enjoy the most.
European culture is vast and varied. Explore the wonder and beauty of Warnemunde, Germany and appreciate its past on a scenic tour, which includes the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Marvel at the the Acropolis and ancient exhibits at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. Visit the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence Italy.
We have five stunning ships sailing throughout Europe, so you can explore ancient cultures in luxury.
In Barcelona, imagine a seaside table filled with fresh Mediterranean seafood, paella, tapas, a charcuterie board. Add some cheer to the warm summer night with sangria.
In Toscana, enjoy some of the finest traditional Italian food pasta, cannoli, and ristrettos. Raise a glass of fine Italian wine, too.
Bruges is home of some of the best breweries and chocolatiers in the world so make sure you enjoy both while there.
As you prepare for your European cruise, there’s a lot to think about, especially if you’ve never been on one before. Try to anticipate the needs that you and your fellow travelers will have and create a checklist of key items you need to bring.
This will help you have great experiences everywhere you go, whether you’re checking out historical sites, absorbing local culture, enjoying distinctive cuisine, marveling at natural wonders you won’t see anywhere else in the world, or doing some souvenir shopping.
Even the most seasoned travelers and best trip planners make lists of things they’ll need to help ensure their trips go more smoothly. With that in mind, here are some suggestions about what to pack and make sure you do before you and your fellow travelers board one of our ships and depart happily on an amazing European cruise.