How to Make the Most of a Europe Cruise

Bird flying away from hillside covered by buildings, facing the blue shore where boats are sailing.

From Northern Europe’s majestic fjords and castles to the Mediterranean’s sun-soaked sands and the Holy Land, an epic cruise awaits you with Holland America Line. Here’s how you can make the most of a Europe cruise vacation 

Choose Your Adventure and See the World from Your Doorstep

Northern Europe

Whether you’re a fan of fairytales or scenic coastlines, a cruise to Europe can work wonders for adventurers with wanderlust. Just choose the cruise that’s calling your name. Dreaming of castles and medieval towns? Enjoy the beauty of the British Isles. Soak up the sights of the fjords in Iceland and Norway. Travel the path of the Vikings. Turn a dream into reality with a Northern Europe cruise. 


Sun-kissed beaches. Charming coasts. Landmarks that grace the pages of history books. If you’re captivated by the coastal towns of Portugal, a romantic gondola ride in Venice, climbing the steps to the Acropolis in Athens or visiting sacred sites in the Holy Land, then a Mediterranean cruise may be the adventure to choose. 

Green garden with purple and orange flowers behind castle.
Enjoy views of castles in the British Isles, like Cawdor Castle in Scotland. 

Soak Up the Experience 

Don’t just revel at breathtaking sights – experience them by going deeper into destinations and immersing yourself in the culture. Explore more than 100 World Heritage sites across all of our Europe itineraries – sites that represent the best of human heritage and the natural world. Take a guided tour in ancient cities to learn about their history and influence on civilizations around the globe. Venture out on the best hiking trails through the fjords. Stroll the streets of romantic cities full of art, dancing and serenades. Indulge in local European cuisine, share a toast at a local pub or get lost in the aroma of fresh java in a charming café. Consider the many different shore excursions you could go on to explore the best of Europe. 

View of purple flowers and green hillside along blue ocean shore where boats are sailing.
Soak up the sun on the French Riviera.

Extend the Journey

Cruising with Holland America Line to incredible destinations in Europe means making the most of its hidden treasures with more late-night and overnight stays in popular ports. It also means having the opportunity for an extended journey if seven days just isn’t enough.  

Cue transatlantic crossings from Fort Lauderdale, Rome, Rotterdam or Barcelona. With transatlantic journeys, you can immerse yourself in the elegance of ocean travel, enjoying the ambiance of remote islands and incredible coastlines before taking to open Atlantic waters. You can also turn sea days into “me days” by indulging in an endless array of spa services, entertainment offerings and award-winning dining options aboard our perfectly sized ships 

Looking for more? Consider expanding on our thoughtfully curated voyages with Collectors’ Voyages – unique itineraries that combine back-to-back sailings into one seamless journey.  

Small boats sail along the shoreline with bird flying overhead.
Relish the sights of Venice on a gondola ride.

Have It All

Maximize your great getaway by receiving our most popular amenities through the Have It All premium package. Don’t forget to explore other offers and deals that could be available to you at the time of your booking, helping you level up your cruise vacation. 

Crowd visits ancient stone landmark with surrounding buildings and temples while sun sets.
Explore the wonders of the Holy Land.

Ready to set sail on an epic Europe cruise? Check out our upcoming Europe cruise itineraries as well as our YouTube video highlighting all the amazing places you can explore. Don’t hesitate to consult with our Personal Cruise Consultants for more tips to help you make the most of the adventure awaiting you. 


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