Best cruises in Europe for 2021, 2022 and beyond
After a pandemic year with no European cruises available to Americans, sailing options are returning for the summer 2021 season. Cruise lines are testing the waters with a limited number of ships and new health and safety protocols are in place, most cruises are reserved for passengers who have been vaccinated.
There are benefits to being on the front lines after a pandemic. Ships will operate at reduced capacity and popular attractions are unlikely to be crowded. You might find that you have a museum or a cafe practically to yourself. As restrictions ease, traffic is expected to resume in 2022, which already looks like a year when ships will be cruising at full speed due to pent-up demand.
Here are our cruise choices this summer and beyond.
Best Norway Cruises
Seeing the Northern Lights is virtually guaranteed on Seabourn’s new winter routes in Norway debuts in December. The 12-14 day crossings also feature the line’s first polar-class expedition yacht, the 264 passenger Seabourn Venture, equipped with two custom six-seater submarines, two dozen zodiacs and expedition kayaks for an intimate exploration of the Norwegian winter landscape. The excursions, which include the option of camping on land overnight for optimal viewing of the Northern Lights, are led by a 26-person expedition team. Alternatively, you can choose to stay comfortably in your chic suite and receive a wake-up call if the lights appear. Most departures are from Tromsø, Norway or Copenhagen, with fares for 12-night crossings starting at $ 10,999 per person.
Best cruises in Greece
With its historic sites, whitewashed towns, popular Mykonos beaches, and views galore in the cliffside towns of Santorini, Greece opened its doors to international travelers in May. Nearly a dozen cruise lines return to the Aegean Sea this summer and fall, so there are plenty of options for those looking to cruise the Greek Islands.
Ultra-luxury lines such as Seabourn and Silversea are in the mix for summer 2021, as well as boutique lines such as based in France Ponant and Wind Star, with its 148-seat four-mast Wind star sailing ship. Or explore for a week on a Greek property Variety Cruises’ sailboat of 157 feet and 49 passengers Galileo, going beyond the norm to lesser-known Cyclades and Dodecanese islands such as Levitha, where a summer restaurant for sailors is run by the only family that lives on the island.
Best Adriatic Cruises
When Viking Ocean Cruises returns to cruising this summer, it will have three ships sailing from Valletta on Malta to Greece, Italy and Spain. Our pick is Viking’s 10-night Cruise Malta and the jewels of the Adriatic, round trip from Valletta. The ship takes you to Kotor, Montenegro (you’ll want to be on the bridge as you navigate a river valley surrounded by peaks); the fairytale old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia; the Croatian city of Split with its 4th century Roman palace; and Gozo, Malta, where, according to legend, the giants built the prehistoric palace, predating Stonehenge. There is also the option in Croatia and Malta to see HBO filming locations. Game of thrones. Sail on the 930 passengers Viking Venus, a new Viking ship. Rates starting at $ 3,599 per person.
The best cruises in the Basque Country
New from Lindblad Expeditions in April 2022 is a unique cultural exploration cruise from Lisbon to Bordeaux. The itinerary begins in Porto, Portugal, and continues through the Basque Country to the epicenter of French wine, Bordeaux, with an emphasis on food and drink throughout the cruise. Sail on the new 126-passenger Polar Class National geographic resolution, where you can work out in the yoga studio or linger in the endless-style hot tubs when off shore sipping port in the Port wine cellars. During the cruise you will have the opportunity to spend a day collecting mussels with local fishermen in Galicia, Spain, visit the Guggenheim Art Museum designed by Frank Gehry in Bilbao, and taste tapas and sparkling wine. in a French Basque fishing village. Rates from $ 6,870 per person.
The best river cruises
River cruises return this summer, with Viking, Uniworld, Scenic and AmaWaterways among the lines relaunching ships – but not all of their fleets – on rivers that include the Douro of Portugal, the Seine and Rhone of France, and the multi-country Rhine and Danube. A great way to cruise the Danube is on the impressive, double-width, 196 passenger AmaWaterways AmaMagna, traveling between Budapest and Vilshofen, Germany, stopping in Bratislava, Slovakia, and with an overnight stay in Vienna. Sip local grüner veltliner and riesling in the Wachau Valley or dance like you’re there The sound of music in Salzburg. Back on the ship, attend wellness classes on the spacious rooftop deck or dine at onboard restaurants that include a chic chef’s table (where you could sample Siberian caviar) and a wine bar. Seven-night cruise starting at $ 3,099 per person.
The best cruises in Iceland
The Land of Fire and Ice is open for cruising this summer, and several lines will explore the coast, taking guests to lava fields, gigantic waterfalls, seabird colonies and other striking landscapes beneath the sea. midnight Sun. Luxury line Cristal Cruises launches its new polar class of 200 passengers Crystal Agreement, outfitted with two six-passenger helicopters, a six-passenger submarine, and the only casino on an expedition ship, on 10-night cruises (rates start at $ 16,499 per person). Circling Iceland from Reykjavík, the itinerary includes stops on the mainland and islands including Grimsey Island, above the Arctic Circle, where you can spot rare little penguins with black plumage and White.
The best cruises in Italy
Notice to Disney and Pixar fans. If after seeing the film Luca, which starts on June 18, your family wants to visit Italy, Disney Cruise Line has you covered. The 1750 passengers Disney magic will sail in Europe in the spring and summer of 2022, with several stopovers in Italy. A six-night departure from Barcelona to Rome on June 4, 2022 (rates for a family of four sharing a cabin start at $ 6,732 per person), brings you to Genoa, which is essential. The scenes of the film, a coming-of-age story from the 1950s, are inspired by the region south-east of Genoa. An ultimate shore excursion to the Italian Riviera ($ 159 per person) takes you to the town of Camogli and other sites that will feel familiar to you. Luca Fans. Disney is silent on all possible appearances and possible experiences of characters related to the film.
Best cruises in all of Europe
If you are uncomfortable going back to Europe this year, consider making up for lost time all at once. Ultra-luxury line Silversea affected its 596 passengers Silver moon towards a Greater Europe itinerary departing from Athens on March 30, 2022 and touching virtually all major attractions accessible by water – 72 ports of call in 22 countries in total – on a three-month itinerary that ends in Stockholm. Can’t be away that long? You can also book a 37-night segment to visit 33 locations in the Mediterranean, or a 53-night segment that will take you from Lisbon to Stockholm, including the British Isles, Scandinavia and Russia. Rates for the entire shebang start at $ 57,060 per person.
Best cruises to the British Isles and Ireland
norwegian line Hurtigruten explores remote areas of the British Isles on a 12-night itinerary (starting at $ 6,741 per person) next spring and summer, with the recently updated 532 passengers Maud. Departing from Dover, UK, passengers will visit places known for their Neolithic sites, bird colonies, whiskey and woolens. Destinations include Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland, with easy access to the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, and the Inner and Outer Hebrides of Scotland, including the rocky and rugged archipelago of St. Kilda , which is home to the second largest northern gannet colony in the world. . Plan to sip on the Isle of Islay, Scotland, home to nine distilleries, and have the option to shop for crystal in Waterford, Ireland. For those looking to reduce their footprint on their return trip, it should be noted that the ship has recently been reconfigured to run partially on biofuel and reduce emissions.
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