Imagine yourself standing on the deck of a luxury cruise sailing through the Mediterranean as you laugh effortlessly with a cocktail in your hand and not a care in the world. What about bundled up next to a loved one as you view the northern lights in Norway? Perhaps you prefer lounging by the pool as you hop between islands in Greece?
Whatever your fancy, these five European cruises will have you checking your calendar for vacation days.
With room for 4,100 guests, the Norwegian Epic does indeed deliver an epic experience. The elegantly appointed staterooms include butler service as a first class amenity. Acrobats fly across the stage as guest are served mouthwatering culinary delights in the Cirque Dreams and Dinner. Kids will have a blast at the Aqua Park, which features the largest bowl slide at sea. The Seven-Night Western Mediterranean cruise aboard Norwegian Epic leaves from Barcelona, Spain and travels to Rome, Florence, and Pisa in Italy before heading to Cannes, France, Palma De Mallorca, and the Balearic Islands.
The Riviera offers an upscale European cruising experience. Built to comfortable house 1,250 passengers, the Riviera features stunning Owner’s Suites furnished by Ralph Lauren Home. There are six open-seating gourmet dining options available onboard. La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers guests the ability to sample a variety of intriguing food and wine pairings. The Bon Appetit Culinary center is the only cooking school that focus on hands-on training aboard a cruise ship. At the Artists’ Loft, guests can learn techniques in photography, painting, and printmaking from resident experts. The Seven Nights Timeless Treasures cruise heads from Athens, Greece to Civitavecchia, Italy.
Seven Seas Voyager
The Regent Seven Seas Voyager has just been freshly refurbished. The 350 staterooms feature elegant new decor. There are 447 international crew onboard waiting to tend to guests every beck and call. Dinner is served at the modern French restaurant Chartreuse or at the Compass Rose, which features a brand new menu. There’s a range of boutiques to fulfill shopping desires. The spa and fitness center leaves guests feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready to enjoy onshore activities. The Monte Carlo to Barcelona itinerary includes free business class air on all intercontinental flights and free unlimited shore excursions.
Seven Seas Explorer
Regent touts the Seven Seas Explorer as the most luxurious ship ever built. With a crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.36, it is not likely to disappoint. The 375 staterooms are opulently decorated and feature balconies that are a perfect spot to grab a glimpse of the exciting destinations on the horizon. There is even an exclusive top-of-the-ship residence with an in suite spa. Guests can choose from five delicious restaurants and even make their own meals at the onboard culinary school. Gourmet Explorer tours allow guests to explore local markets onshore with expert advice from a Chef Instructor, as well as touring the kitchens of renown chefs of the region. The pool deck is a great place to lounge and relax with a refreshing cocktail. The Barcelona to Lisbon itinerary features free unlimited wifi throughout the ship and free unlimited beverages including fine wine and spirits, so whether work or play is on your mind, they’ve got you covered.
With itineraries in the Western Mediterranean, Italy, and Greece, the Celebrity Reflection has room for 3,030 passengers. The ship, which was voted Best Mediterranean Cruise (Large Ship) by Cruise Critics Cruisers’ Choice Awards, boasts suites with premium mattresses and butler service. Over 20 dining options are available onboard. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub provides a lifestyle and wellness program to refresh even the most weary of travelers. The Lawn Club Grill provides succulent barbecue in a kitschy outdoor setting. Celebrity offers over 85 different on-shore excursions on its European itineraries. Check out art in Spain, taste wine and cheese in France, explore ancient architecture in Rome before heading back to luxury onboard the ship.