Renowned as one of the world’s leading ultra-luxury cruise lines, a Crystal Cruise through Europe is bound to fulfill your travel dreams. Whether you’d prefer to journey through fairy-tale lands of kings and castles or spend your time enjoying the art and culture of Europe’s urban meccas, the most difficult part about planning a trip to Europe is narrowing down what you’d like to see. With a European cruise, you won’t have to worry about missing out on anything- the itinerary will include a little bit of everything so you can experience Europe in style.
Traveling through Europe on a cruise is like sailing through time, with your ship stopping at important historical and cultural sites. From the vistas and vineyards of Western Europe to the design houses and art galleries of Antwerp and Amsterdam, a cruise through Europe is sure to delight seasoned cruisers and first-timers alike. Depending on the cruise chosen, you can frolic along the beaches of Costa del Sol, tour a vineyard in Bordeaux, or discover Skagen on foot. For more information on which shore excursions are offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise or contact an All-Travel travel agent for more information.
Crystal Cruises’ Cruise Ships
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Crystal Cruise will take you on board the Symphony, Esprit, or their collection of ships intended for river cruising. The Crystal Esprit is the newest ship, which debuted in December 2015. Designed to be intimate and ultra-luxurious, the Crystal Esprit hosts only 62 cruisers. Its compact size makes it the perfect vessel for visiting scenic coastlines up close. The Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, with amenities that include grand lounges, full-service fitness facilities, and a Feng Shui inspired spa for each of its 940 guests to enjoy. Intended for river cruising, the Crystal Mozart, Debussy, Bach, Mahler, and Ravel are compact in size- perfect for cruising Europe’s beautiful coastline.
Things to Do in Europe
No place in the world can rival the living museum that’s Europe: from ancient castles to bustling city squares and everything in between, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on a European cruise. History buffs will be captivated by Europe’s many museums while those who prefer spending their time outdoors will enjoy nature hikes and days spent at the beach. Whether it’s exploring the many historical attractions in Rome or sailing into the deep harbor of Kotor Bay in Montenegro, there are a variety of excursions for cruisers to choose from.
With a variety of cruises to choose from, including trips to the Mediterranean, Croatia, Baltic Sea, and the Danube River just to name a few, you have the freedom to choose the cruise that speaks to you. If you’re concerned about being entertained while onboard, don’t be- Crystal Cruises delivers the highest in luxury with delicious meals, nightly entertainment, and the unique opportunity to form lasting friendships with fellow cruisers. With cruises that range from 5 to 112 nights in length, you can explore as much or as little of Europe as your schedule allows.
European Cruise Tips
If you’re heading to Europe for a cruise, leave those stilettos at home. Many of the streets throughout Europe are made of cobblestone, so sturdy shoes you’ll feel comfortable walking in all day are a must. When planning your trip, seasonal timing is important in choosing the right itinerary. If you hate crowds and don’t mind cooler weather, opt for a cruise that sets sail April through early June or September and October. During July and August, which can be prime months to visit Europe’s ports, many restaurants and attractions may be closed for annual vacations.
Currency can be an issue on a cruise through Europe, as you could be dealing with the British pound, the Danish kroner, the Russian ruble, the Norwegian krone, and the euro. To avoid the hassle of constantly exchanging currency, use a pre-loaded debit card or a credit card without international fees. Pack extra layers for in case the weather changes, as the temperatures in Europe can be highly varied even in the prime summer months.