If you are planning your next family cruise, don’t overlook Europe! The Eastern and Western Mediterranean itineraries from Italy to Spain are the easiest to sample for first-time family cruise vacationers. Book the “Med” early to take advantage of reduced rates with greatest availability. Cruise lines that cater to families on a European cruise are Princess Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, NCL, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line. Italian lines like MSC and Costa run year round and offer an authentic Italian experience. If luxury cruising is more to your family’s taste, then choose Crystal Cruises.
Classic Eastern Med itineraries inlcliue stops in Greece and Turkey. Perfect for the sun worshippers, these cruise destinations are wonderful from May to September. Warm waters and cloudless skies are the norm as one approaches a port with history as old as Troy and authentic food that has not changed in as many years. Island hopping in the Aegean or Adriatic Seas is perfect for those who love to explore small villages and talk with residents about their wonderful heritage. Visit Athens and Istanbul for sure, but don’t miss the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes.
Perhaps a Western Mediterranean cruise is more to your liking. Classic ports include stops in Barcelona, Naples, the South of France, the Italian Riviera and calls to ports that allow visits to Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Corsica, Malta and Tunisia.
Head to north Europe and Scandinavia to explore the land of the Czars and the wonderful cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo. For the sightseers, fjords and handcraft shops abound. For those looking for history, there is plenty to learn.
Cruising Europe is gaining a lot of attention for family travelers. The value of paying for lodging, food, entertainment, and transporation up front in US dollars as part of your cruise fare, allows for maximum savings when comparing the same land based trip. Contact Cruise Buzz at Cruise Holidays of Mission Viejo to discover your perfect European family cruise adventure.