A Little Inspiration for Great European Cruise Holidays

Anyone looking for a little inspiration for their next cruise holiday would do well to consider many of the great European destinations, which offer some fantastic locations to visit on a relaxing luxury cruise.

Not only will you enjoy a great array of destinations to choose from, but you also won’t have to worry about any hidden or additional charges, as you will be sailing on an all-inclusive holiday which caters for all your onboard needs.

To give you some inspiration for your next luxury cruise holiday, here we take a brief look some of the best destinations in Europe.

The Mediterranean

Take a cruise holiday through the Mediterranean Sea and discover some of the historic and wonderful places throughout some of the most famous regions of Europe.

As a passenger you will be able to choose a cruise featuring some of the best locations in the Mediterranean, like the beautiful Greek islands of Katakolon, Santorini and Mykonos. The island of Mykonos has become the most famous of all the Cyclades Islands, thanks to its magnificent natural beauty, rich cultural history and cosmopolitan character.

Other places that are well worth considering for your holiday itinerary would have to be Split in Croatia, Tunis in Tunisia, Limassol in Cyprus, Palermo in Sicily, and Kusadasi inTurkey, all offering wonderful places for stop-over’s or day trips.

Egypt

You will have the opportunity to visit and experience places like Alexandria in Egypt, which was founded by its namesake Alexander the Great in 332 BC. In the modern-day the city has a distinctly Mediterranean feel about it, with occasional reminders of its ancient Roman connection in its ancient architecture and monuments, like the Roman Amphitheatre which is a must-see place when visiting this magnificent city.

Black Sea

The Black Sea is an inland sea bordered by Europe, Anatolia and the Caucasus, which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

Many of the countries featured along the Black Sea cruises will take you to places like Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, Georgia and Russia.

These Balkan nations will offer an entirely different feel in terms of their historic culture and wonderful scenery, compared to the lower Mediterranean countries. Romania, for example, is a country of great natural beauty and offers a wealth of diverse rich historical culture.

As a visiting tourist it will be hard not to be enchanted by Romania’s scenic mountain landscapes, its unspoilt rural areas, its magnificent historical cities steeped in heritage and its wonderful capital of Bucharest.

Luxury Small Ship Cruises Offer Glamour and Romance

Sit down, close your eyes and imagine this! The warmth of a tropical island sun on your body, you are standing on the deck of your small luxury cruise ship, you have settled into your spacious cabin, you are enjoying a cold drink and with the promise of glorious weather and indulgent behaviour for the days stretching ahead, you are more than ready for some serious pampering in a natural and unspoilt environment. The only sound you hear is the swish of the boat as it glides through blue sparkling waters and casts off for an island holiday of your dreams.

You pass white ocean beaches with sand so clean it squeaks, beautiful local villages with that lazy relaxed feeling and wide-eyed children that wave to you as they jump up and down on the beaches trying to catch your eye.

As your cruise ship glides past remote villages nestled into a natural unspoilt environment with lush tropical vegetation, you can hear somewhere in the distance the barely audible sound of ukuleles and soft singing – it is starting to feel like you are in paradise.

Does this sound like the sort of holiday you might like?

It’s been a big year, lots of challenges have presented themselves, you been working really hard, the kids have been sick with colds and flu, the winter blues are not over yet and Spring has just started to show us she is on her way. You are more than ready for some soft sun, balmy nights and the pure luxury of an island holiday is beckoning.

Can you think of a better way to ease yourself into the spirit of summer than an island cruise to lift your spirits and get you excited about life again?

What’s your idea of a perfect holiday?

We all love holidays and they represent different things to different people. Some of us want to lie on the beach, swim in warm waters, go shopping or laze around and read a book under a beach umbrella.

Others prefer a more energetic holiday and want to go hiking and exploring new landscapes.

Some see a fishing holiday as the best thing to do and others crave the glamour and romance of life on a small luxury cruise boat with nothing to think about except the next glorious beach, a visit to a local island community to buy some souvenirs, what’s on the menu for dinner tonight and is it time for my next swim yet? Pure luxury…

Nothing will rejuvenate your senses more than a sun-filled holiday on board a small, but perfectly formed luxury island hopping cruise that has been designed with your total comfort in mind and all the pleasures you could ever want in a holiday.

Luxury travel – designed to spoil you right down to the smallest touches

These small ships are all about pampering and spoiling you to the point where you are so relaxed it’s difficult to remember a time where you were feeling this good.

When you book a holiday on a luxury cruise ship you will want for nothing – every little whim has been thought about very carefully and catered for in the best possible way, right down to the lovely touches like the best quality fine linen on your bed, your own ensuite bathroom, even your own deck right outside your generous sized cabin with individually controlled air conditioning.

As the sun goes down the night lights up

When it’s time to turn in for the night after a glorious day, your king size bed is waiting to envelope you gently after a day of swimming, fishing, shopping, walking or just lying on the beach. The finishing touches of fresh flowers and exquisite chocolates delivered daily to your cabin complete the picture of indulgence and luxury as you turn out the light on a day that you will remember as magical.

You awake after the most restful sleep to another beautiful day and your bathroom is stocked with a selection of beautiful natural soaps and shampoos. The only decision looming is what to have for breakfast, which is usually served on the deck to enable you to take advantage of the beautiful scenery.

Did we talk about the food yet?

It’s wonderfully relaxing to be in the fresh air taking in the smells and flavours of other cultures. And we know that all this relaxing and lying around gives you an appetite.

The crew know how important the food and wine is on your holiday and for this reason some of the finest chefs from around the world are on board to bring you magnificent meals day after day.

Local delicacies, seafood and organic produce are sourced from local farmers’ markets and matched with a selection of award-winning wines and cheeses to produce your evening dinner which you can choose to have under the stars!

On a luxury cruise the crew are fully trained and equipped to make your holiday the best it can be from the moment you step on board.

Great Cruise Holiday Trips to Consider

Whether you are looking for a holiday which offers an enjoyable relaxing pace, or if you would prefer a great way to see a range of destinations throughout the world, maybe it’s time you enjoyed the relaxing experience of a cruise holiday.

A cruise holiday can offer much more than conventional package holidays, as you can travel to a combination countries and places, giving you a far greater variety of options during your holiday. Plus there is a whole array of things which will be inclusive during your stay on a luxury cruise, so you won’t have to worry about any hidden costs.

Here are some great cruise holiday destinations to consider for your next cruising experience:

The Baltic Region

Taking a scenic cruise across the Baltic Sea offers a wonderful way to experience places like Helsinki in Finland, St Petersburg in Russia or Tallinn in Estonia.

The Baltic region is steeped in history, but unlike many cruises you will rarely be out of the sight of land. A Baltic Cruise offers ever-changing scenery which is provided by one of the world’s most dramatic coastlines. You will be able to enjoy the more temperate climes of Norway’s west coast to the glacier-covered Svalbard Islands situated on the edge of the Arctic region.

Norwayand Iceland

For another great cruise holiday, why not head to Norway and Iceland? Both of these beautiful countries offer some fantastic historical locations to visit.

First stop is Reykjavick in Iceland, the world’s most northerly capital city, which offers some great sights in this unique place. You will get an opportunity to visit places like the Great Geyser at Strokkur; the Golden Waterfall at Gullfloss and the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier.

After leaving Iceland and arriving in Norway, you will cruise through the magnificent Norwegian Fjords, like the beautiful Aurlandsfjord, before arriving in the in the lovely west coast city of Bergen, Norway’s second largest city.

The Canary Islands & Morocco

Just off the coast from the Western Sahara in North Africa are the group of islands known as the Canary Islands, which offer some warmer cruising. This beautiful group of islands offers a wonderful location for a stop-over or for day touring at any time of the year, especially if you are looking for some sun in the autumn or winter months.

Visit wonderful places like San Sebastian in La Gomera, Santa Cruz on Tenerife and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. This gives you a great way to experience these historical Spanish communities while enjoying your holiday at a relaxing pace.