How to Plan a European Cruise
Deciding how to plan a European cruise is no easy task. There are so many different cruise lines, potential destinations, price ranges, and voyage lengths that trying to narrow down all these criteria to match your dream vacation can be a daunting task indeed. This article will help you focus on the key decisions you need to make to ensure you get the European cruise package that is specifically tailored to your ideal vacation.
Before you do anything you need to decide what time of year you are going to travel. If your work schedule or other commitments limit your time window then that can have a huge impact on choosing a destination. Once you’ve decided when you are going you can start to research which European cruises are best enjoyed during that part of the year.
After you’ve figured out when you are going the next most important consideration is your budget. Cruising in Europe can be incredibly expensive. Yes, there are some discount European cruise lines operating, but there are some compromises if you choose this option. By knowing how much you can spend you can narrow down your options even further. If money is no option, then lucky you! I wish I could say the same.
Decide what amenities and activities you want available to you on your cruise. Though the spectacular sights and ports of call will obviously be the highlight of your European cruise you will still be spending a great deal of time aboard the ship. Make sure the ship offers enough entertainment options to keep you occupied during your voyage.
Check out what shore excursions will be offered with your cruise. Often the best part of a cruise vacation are the adventures you have when you get off the ship and start exploring. If you are the adventurous type then you will want to make sure you have a plethora of shore excursions to choose from that suit your personal interests.
Finally, figure out what ports of call you want to see on your European cruise. Europe has so many historic, magnificent cities to choose from that it is hard to go wrong, whatever itinerary you choose. However, if you’ve always wanted to see Spain, Turkey, Greece, or Malta then you’ll want to choose a cruise that allows you to visit as many of these destinations as possible.
For more information on planning a European cruise please visit our European Cruise Guide website.