2/21/2023     by Amy Mutscher

Four Incredible European Cruise Ports

There’s no shortage of unforgettable experiences to be had on a European cruise, but how do you narrow it down to one itinerary? From Northern European cruise routes that take you to the Scandinavian countries, to southern voyages in the Mediterranean that hit the highlights of France, Spain, Italy and Greece, there are so many good ways to spend your valuable vacation time. We’ve picked four popular European ports to give you a flavor of each region so you can start making your plans for a memorable European tour.

Stroll Venice with a creamy gelato in hand

Venice, Italy

As one of the most iconic destinations on Earth, Venice encapsulates everything people love about Italy. This spectacular setting has a bounty of treasures waiting to be discovered, from well-known landmarks to mouthwatering cuisine to ancient churches set against gorgeous waterfront views. Tour the Doge’s Palace and marvel at the ornamental architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica. After seeing the major historic sites, spend an afternoon wandering Venice’s historic neighborhoods with a creamy gelato in hand. Book a gondola tour down the romantic canals of Venice leaving time for a bite at a canalside trattoria. An abundance of beauty and wonder awaits your visit in Venice.

Sample the best of the French Riviera

Nice, France

The jewel of the French Riviera is home to world-class gastronomy, legendary artwork and a stunning seaside location. Stroll the ultra-famous Promenade des Anglais, taking a minute to rest in the blue lounge chairs along the elegant beach. View masterpieces at the Musée Matisse, dedicated to painter Henri Matisse who made Nice his home for 37 years. Sample a salade niçoise paired with a glass of local white wine or dine on fresh seafood at a Michelin-starred restaurant like L’Atelier or Eau de Vie. Try a Brandy Alexander - the local cocktail, a tasty blend of cognac, crème de cacao, cream and grated nutmeg.

Stop off in picture-perfect Bergen

Bergen, Norway

A cruise of the Norwegian fjords takes you to the quaint seafaring village of Bergen. The Wharf at Bryggen, an important Nordic trade hub, is one of the most famous spots in Norway and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its colorful row of red, burnt orange and white homes looks like something from a postcard. Get on the water for an unforgettable kayaking adventure or stay on land with a ride on the funicular rail to the summit of Mount Fløyen for incredible panoramic views of the city below. Certain cruise itineraries come with special amenities like your own private vehicle and driver with an English-speaking guide so that you can enjoy the destination at your pace.

Visit the sanctuary of Apollo in Greece

Santorini, Greece

On Greek Island cruises, Santorini is a favorite stop for its cobalt-roofed homes and black-sand beaches set against the turquoise Aegean Sea. Archeology enthusiasts will want to explore ancient tombs dating to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo. Soak up the sun at the Santorini Caldera, one of the only places in the world to see submerged remnants of an erupted volcano. The island’s volcanic past has also produced delicious grapes for wines that pair well with fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Book a shore excursion to the island of Nea Kameni for a dip in its therapeutic hot springs rich in iron and manganese. With its white-sand beaches, delicious cooking and fascinating history, it’s no wonder the Greek Islands have been a perennial favorite of travelers.

View the spectacular Roman Colosseum

European Voyages

Celebrity Cruises® sails the continent in unrivalled luxury with more than 45 overnight stays in 11 European cities on seven of its ships. The ultra-luxurious Celebrity BeyondSM sails the Eastern Mediterranean from Rome and offers the visionary design of Nate Berkus and the culinary gifts of Michelin-starred chef and restauranteur Daniel Boulud. Board Celebrity Edge® and experience the incredible new Magic Carpet® to the private plunge pools in the two-story Edge Villas. You’ll feel more connected with the sea and the ports you’ll visit on the reimagined, terraced pool deck that offers even greater views of the destinations along with the backdrop of azure waters. Guests on Celebrity Reflection® are treated to famous Santorini sunsets, thanks to the unique late-night stays. With so many exciting itineraries to the most popular port cities in Europe, you have endless opportunities to explore with friends and family while simultaneously being immersed in the indulgence of an acclaimed resort at sea.


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