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Cruising offers a broad range of destinations to choose from. Whether you are a first time cruiser looking to stay close to home or an experienced world explorer looking for a new and interesting place to seek adventure the cruise opportunities span the globe. Cruise destinations include the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and even full world cruises.
A Europe cruise lets you explore innumerable treasures from Scandinavia’s midsummer nights to the sundrenched beaches of the Mediterranean. Stroll through the quaint villages that dot the coastline and learn about their rich history and culture. Discover ancient ruins and gain a better perspective about Europe’s past and how it has influenced its present. Visit sophisticated cities such as London, Stockholm, Nice and Rome on a Europe cruise and enjoy shopping in some of Europe’s chicest shops. Enjoy incredible works of art in some of the world’s finest museums or take a moment to relax at an outdoor café.
On a cruise to Europe you will marvel at the ancient architecture that surrounds you in every port. Explore the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Athens. Stand in the middle of the Coliseum in Rome and explore grand palaces from St. Petersburg to Venice and beyond. Sample wines from the vineyards along the many European rivers and find incredible bargains in local markets throughout Europe. When at sea a Europe cruise will allow you to relax as you sail past beautiful fjords, brilliant landscapes and quaint villages.
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Embarking on a Mediterranean cruise is like being whisked away on a romantic odyssey. The Mediterranean will greet you with warm breezes, sparkling blue water, fresh seafood, medieval towns and European culture combined to create a relaxing and enlightening vacation. Mediterranean cruises offer plenty of port choices, big and small. You will be able to escape the crowds if you choose a ship small enough to fit into the more intimate ports
Because the Mediterranean ports are so close together, you can visit a different country each day and really get to understand the culture and history of each southern European port that you visit. Most Mediterannean cruises include one or two sea days for rest and relaxation and some sunbathing, too.
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Exciting and exasperating, ancient and modern, seductive and unforgettable — welcome to Athens.
As you explore Athens, try to make the city your own. Walk its streets, take in its scents, linger in its sidewalk cafes, squares, and rooftop terraces. Visit its ancient temples and Byzantine churches, try its food and see as many museums as you can. Take a stroll along the Archaeological Promenade, inside the lush National Gardens and Zappeio gardens.
Athens is a city that has gone through countless transformations throughout history. The ancient sites have been linked together by a promenade, a unique city boardwalk around classical Athens with antiquities on one side and modern-day sidewalk cafes, galleries, renovated mansions, and rotating outdoor art installations on the other. All in all, 10 miles of downtown Athens’s streets have been pedestrianized, transforming the city into a stroller’s delight and into a much more charming, accessible, and enjoyable city than before. Pavements have been widened and squares refurbished or redesigned. The capital’s coastline has also been revived, with a dizzying selection of cafes and restaurants by the sea and in marinas; the coast also has a multitude of sporting facilities, pedestrian shopping districts, and pristine beaches — all a mere tram ride from downtown.
The call to prayer heralds the start of each day and the city comes to life. Joining the noisy throng are over-awed tourists. The splendid city of Istanbul has many unique and fascinating features. It is the only city in the world reaching across two continents, with its old city in Europe and modern Istanbul situated in Asia, separated by the Bosphorus Strait.
The charm and character of Istanbul lies in its endless variety and jumble of contradictions. Its fascinating history has bequeathed the city a vivid inheritance of Byzantine ruins, splendid palaces, ancient mosques and churches, hamams (bath-houses) and exotic bazaars.
Cannes/ Monte Carlo
Something is always happening in Cannes. On the seafront boulevards, flashbulbs pop as the stars and wannabes emerge and pose and pose and pose.
Discover the many facets of the principality. Monte Carlo is a highly cultured place, with numerous museums, incredible gastronomy and some of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Visit its manicured streets, plush palaces and lush fountained parks.
Delve into thousands of years of history in old Naples. Perfectly located between the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, just walking around is the best way to discover the city, not far from the fascinating remains of Pompeii and the island of Capri. The island of Capri is one of the loveliest resorts in Italy, a dramatic island soaring upward from the sea, with sweeping views, whitewashed homes and villas, lemon trees, narrow winding lanes, and flower-filled courtyards.
Rome extends a warm and friendly welcome, wining, dining, and entertaining its visitors. Rome is a city of vivid and unforgettable images, from the Colosseum and Forum of Ancient Rome to the city’s great masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, the emblems of past grandeur and wealth provide a grandiose backdrop for the elegant designer boutiques, pavement cafes, inviting trattorie and countless sophisticated pleasures of today’s vibrant capital. After you’ve done your duty to culture by wandering through the Colosseum and being awed by the Pantheon, after you’ve traipsed through St. Peter’s Basilica and thrown a coin in the Trevi Fountain, you can find a cafe at summer twilight and watch the shades of pink turn to gold and copper before night finally falls. That’s when another Rome comes alive; restaurants and cafes grow more animated, especially if you’ve found one on an ancient hidden piazza. **Please note: Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, is not in Rome, but instead about an hour and a half away via car or taxi. Or you can get a return ticket on the train for approx €10.00 and it only takes one hour and 15 minutes. If you have been to Rome before you may wish to stay and explore the port of Civitavecchia it has some lovely bars, restaurants and shops.
Taste life in Provence on a visit to Marseille. See the famous calanques; steep limestone cliffs jutting out of the sea, discover new taste sensations in local restaurants, browse markets selling fresh seafood and watch life go by in tranquil parks and gardens.
Marseille, with more than a million inhabitants, is the second-largest city in France and the country’s premier port. Marseille is a place of unique sounds, smells, and sights. It has seen wars and much destruction, but trade has always been its raison d’être. The Vieux Port, the old harbor, is especially colourful. Marseille has always symbolized danger and intrigue. It’s a bustling, fascinating city unlike any other in France.
This “city made of stone and light” is as strong and magnificent as the shimmering sunsets that ricochet off its 14th-century ramparts. This UNESCO World Heritage city is a stunner. Inside Dubrovnik’s walls, the you will find almost all the Dubrovnik sights worth seeing–historic churches and public buildings, designer shops and restaurants, ancient sculptures and modern galleries, fountains and bell towers, monasteries and gardens–and the most famous of all, the ancient city wall and its towers.
Northern Europe, Scandinavian and Baltic Cruises
Cruises to Northern Europe are captivating and encompass a diverse variety of landscapes, cultures and customs. On a Scandinavia cruise one can experience breathtaking fjords, spectacular cascading waterfalls and long summer days. Scandinavia’s sophisticated capital cities are modern yet reflective of their ancient history and noble traditions. Amble through the cobblestone streets of their old town areas and view their colorful harbors. On a Baltic cruise guests can sail to the old world Baltic cities and explore grand palaces, medieval cities and rich history. Discover the beauty and warmth of the British Isles as you visit quaint villages and learn about medieval history and take in the beautiful vistas.
Whichever area you choose to explore you will be welcomed by friendly people and historical attractions that will provide enriching experiences which are as varied as your interests. From the British Isles to the North Sea and deep into the Baltic Sea, Northern Europe unfolds beneath winter’s shimmering aurora borealis, summer’s midnight sun and an array of exciting cruise itineraries.
Warnemunde, Germany is the port of call closest to Berlin.
Berlin’s history is dark, not only as Hitler’s nerve center of Nazi horror, but also as the battleground of the Cold War. Post millennium Berlin has recast itself as the Continent’s capital of cool.
West Berlin’s showcase of capitalism with the looming bombed out spire of the Memorial Church before us. Stroll into the history of the Teutonic Knights and Prussian Kings, through the Royal Hunting Grounds and stand before the Victory Column – marking the birth of the German nation and Europe as we know it today – unbridled Prussian military arrogance at its best!
Then follow the route of the Soviet attack up to the final battle ground of the Reichstag Parliament – crowned with Norman Foster’s glass dome, and by the futuristically charged Government Quarter and Federal Chancellory … then comes the East!
Pass over the line of the Death Strip, under the Brandenburg Gate, by the Holocaust Memorial, Hitler’s Bunker, Checkpoint Charlie, and finish with an account of the momentous events which led to the fall of the Wall while standing amongst the heart of the East German Government Quarter and the New Berlin.
Oslo is the seat of the Norwegian Government and Parliament, and the Royal Palace is situated at the end of Karl Johan Street- Oslo’s main thoroughfare.
A relaxed city with an abundance of tourist sights, Oslo boasts world-class cultural amenities and great shopping all set against an eclectic architectural backdrop.
A must-see, is the spectacular Vigeland Park, an outdoor museum that’s home to over 150 stunning sculptures by Norway’s finest sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. History lovers will appreciate the Viking Ship Museum featuring longboats from 900 AD and which also covers Oslo’s main sights.
Oslo is also one of Europe’s most heavily forested cities, and its citizens relish this standing. Oslovians love nature in both summer and winter. When the winter snows fall, they bundle up and take to their nearby ski slopes. During their brief summer, they’re quick to shed their clothes and head to the pine-covered hills in the north for long hikes and picnics, or else for sails on the blue waters of Oslofjord to the south.
St. Petersburg was a planned city from day one, and therefore makes sense to most visitors right away. The center of town is relatively compact, and the increasing use of English on street signs and billboards breaks up the puzzling Russian lettering and helps visitors get their bearings.
The city is Russia’s principal port, and its geography and history make it immediately distinguishable from Moscow. St. Petersburg did not grow gradually from provincial backwater to major metropolis like its southern rival, this city was built up from the bogs, fast and furious, to be an imperial capital, and it served as such for 2 centuries. St. Petersburg is better at celebrating the past than at choosing a direction for the future, which means that museums, palaces, and ballet and opera houses are where its strengths lie; daring modern art and architecture are not. The Hermitage is a crucial stop but far from the only museum you should visit on this trip.
European River Cruises
A Europe river cruise shows a side of Europe that is not seen by many of the coastal European cruises. Relax on board as you pass magnificent scenery, castles, vineyards and quaint villages. On a European river cruise you journey right into the heart of Europe and dock in the center of town making it convenient and easy to explore. Culture and history surround you. In the spring, the Dutch Waterways treat you to a spectacular floral show that should not be missed. Vineyards abound and wine cruises highlight the regions harvests. From quaint villages to large cities a European river cruise immerses guests in the history and culture that makes Europe so spectacular. Visit the many art museums and grand palaces. Enjoy a treat in a sidewalk café or take a stroll in one of Europe’s many beautiful parks or villages.
Dining on a European river cruise also highlights the destination with menus featuring regional specialties and local wines. The rivers of Europe have always been a vital lifeline that has shaped the continent and experiencing Europe on a river cruise is a truly rewarding adventure.
Europe river cruises sail on a variety of European rivers including the Rhine, the Danube, the Seine, the Rhone, the Moselle, the Elbe and the Volga. The sailings range from 3 to 31 days with departures leaving from a number of European ports.
Americas & Canada
Alaska cruises showcase some of the most magnificent and beautiful sights in the world. Alaska speaks to you like no other place can! The people, the places, the beauty – it’s like nothing on earth. On an Alaska cruise you sail past incredible fjords, breath-taking ocean coasts, rushing rivers, green temperate rain forests, majestic mountain peaks, glorious glaciers and abundant wildlife. Alaska is a piece of America that offers great cruising, pure wilderness, fascinating history and a multi-cultural heritage reflected in art, lifestyles and communities throughout the state.
Canada and New England Cruises
Canada and New England cruises offer a wonderful vacation experience. On a cruise to Canada and New England guests can walk in the footsteps of the first American patriots and become immersed in the history where the birth of the United States began. Visit cities like Newport Rhode Island with its beautiful mansions and its lively harbor and downtown area. Explore the historical sights of Boston including Faneuil Hall, Boston Commons, Plymouth Rock and the Old North Church.
A cruise to Canada and New England will take you past picturesque costal villages and up the magnificent eastern seaboard as you visit cities like Portland, Maine and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Montreal. Experience the beauty of New England on a fall foliage cruise and watch with amazement as Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show of colors.