January 4, 2023 / 8 mins read / CRUISES / FAMILY / HONEYMOON / ROMANCE

Cruise Europe, Your Way

There is nothing like sailing across pristine waters onboard a floating hotel, and only getting off to visit some of the world’s most wondrous...

There is nothing like sailing across pristine waters onboard a floating hotel, and only getting off to visit some of the world’s most wondrous settings. In other words, there’s nothing like a cruise. And with itineraries that let you explore the continent your way, Celebrity Cruises really puts the “ur” in Europe. Their fleet of ships and attentive staff let you travel in relaxed luxury while exploring some of the world’s most striking locations. From a Nordic adventure to a Mediterranean escape, here are five of our fave ways to cruise Europe this year.

Stonehenge, U.K.
  1. THE BRITISH (ISLES) ARE COMING!

Cross off a few bucket-list locations with one unforgettable cruise, circling the British Isles.

Perfect for: everyone from history buffs to music lovers to art aficionados.

By the numbers: 12 nights, 9 ports

Counties you’ll visit: Netherlands, England, Ireland, Scotland

 

On board the: Celebrity Apex, the second ship in Celebrity’s Edge® series, with its innovative inside-meets-outside design, rooftop garden, the all-inclusive, all-exclusive amenities at The Retreat®.

What you’ll see and do: the best of the British Isles including classical art, pop music, ancient ruins, Vikings, and impressive geological formations. Get your start with the chill vibes of Amsterdam and hit up the Van Gogh Museum for an IRL encounter with the Dutch master; explore some incredible sights including Stonehenge, the White Cliffs of Dover, the historic Viking town of Waterford, and the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool.

When you’ll depart: September 2023

 

Rhodes, Greece
  1. MEDITERRANEAN SIGHT-SEE

The glimmering sea and the sun-drenched beaches are calling. And a Celebrity Cruise makes for a comfortable way to explore this beloved region.

Perfect for: those longing for the golden coasts of the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas

By the numbers: 7 nights, 7 ports

Counties you’ll visit: Italy, Greece, Croatia, and Turkey

On board the: Celebrity Infinity, with new staterooms and the exclusive amenities only available at The Retreat®.

What you’ll see and do: Start with the famous canals of Venice; then onto the ancient fortress city of Dubrovnik; the mythical landscapes of Greece; and Turkey’s UNESCO World Heritage ruins.

When you’ll depart: June and July 2023

  1. ICONIC IBERIAN PENINSULA

Castles, cuisine, and coasts make for one magical adventure.

Perfect for: food, wine, and architecture enthusiasts

By the numbers: 10 nights, 7 ports

Counties you’ll visit: Spain and Portugal

On board the: Celebrity Infinity, where you can dine at three restaurants, toast with a glass of Port at the Constellation Lounge, and bask in the rays at The Retreat’s exclusive sun deck.

Malaga, Spain

What you’ll see and do: Modern meets medieval in Barcelona; Moorish palaces and pristine beaches in Malaga; enjoy some mouth-watering seafood in Seville; explore the rich history of Porto; ooh and awe at Lisbon’s colourful tiles and art scene.

When you’ll depart: October 2023

Aerial Photo of a Fjord in Norway
  1. FOREVER FJORDS

You want fjords? You got it with this cruise jam-packed with Norway’s rugged, mountain terrain.

Perfect for: those who love to mix outdoorsiness with comfort

By the numbers: 7 nights, 5 ports

Counties you’ll visit: Amsterdam and Norway

On board the: Celebrity Apex, where you can sip an artisanal cocktail at the Eden Bar or experience the visual wonder of the Magic Carpet.

What you’ll see and do: Explore Amsterdam by bike before boarding the ship; walk in the footsteps of Vikings in historic Haugesand; explore the world’s largest and deepest fjord in Flam; visit the famous fish market in Bergen; and experience the remote tranquility of Geiranger.

When you’ll depart: May 2023

  1. THE TRUTH NORTH

Unique wildlife, tranquil coastal towns, and ethereal landscapes are all on the itinerary for this wondrous Nordic experience.

Perfect for: those who love bundling up before hitting the road, er, sea

By the numbers: 12 nights, 7 ports

Counties you’ll visit: Canada, Iceland, and Greenland

Myvatn Hot Springs, Iceland

On board the: Celebrity Summit, recently given a sleek new upgrade with new staterooms, The Retreat®’s sun deck and Lounge, and reimagined menus!

What you’ll see and do: Some of the oldest (and most charming) towns in North America; hot springs, dramatic fjords, and whales in Greenland; ancient lava formations, hip nightlife, and fascinating cuisine in Iceland

When you’ll depart: August 2024

Which cruise is your way to experience Europe? Talk to us about planning your Celebrity Cruise in 2023!

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