Cruise Transatlantic

Cruise Transatlantic

Transatlantic cruises from the USA to Europe depart from New York and Florida, and destinations include England, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Spring and autumn are the peak seasons for Atlantic crossings when cruise lines reposition ships.

Our guide includes the details of every Transatlantic cruise on all cruise lines, including Cunard, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean. Most Atlantic voyages are one-way to Europe from the United States and can be excellent deals, although there are a few round-trip cruises too.

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Transatlantic and Transpacific Cruises


Transatlantic & transpacific cruises.

Reposition your view of paradise with a transatlantic or transpacific cruise.

Have you ever thought of traversing an entire ocean from coast to coast? You can go further than you ever thought possible on a transatlantic cruise, crossing the waves between the U.S. and Europe. Departing from Florida, Barcelona, Southampton and Copenhagen, these cruises include both tropical and cultural island stops, in ports such as the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Greenland and Iceland. Meanwhile, transpacific cruises go from Sydney to the U.S., with plenty of white-sand-beach-filled South Pacific ports in between. Take in sweeping views of the Pacific while stopping in exotic ports to see the secluded beaches of Vanuatu or the volcanic vistas of Hawaii.

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South Pacific Sun Or European Charm

Reposition your view of paradise with a transatlantic or transpacific cruise

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Immerse yourself in the historic architecture and cultural achievements on either side of the oceans. 

Museums in Europe


Are you a museum buff? Stop in Copenhagen for both the National Museum and National Gallery of Denmark. Or hit up the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and enjoy a field of sunflowers while pondering why this mysterious man cut off his ear.

Historic Buildings in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico


There are historical sites across the Atlantic and Pacific to behold, such as  Old San Juan in Puerto Rico  with streets lined with blooming green trees. Or get an intimate look into Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam.

Sea Turtle Swimming in the Ocean

Wander European Gems

A transatlantic cruise lets you see the architectural and cultural influence of Europe on the Americas and then view the original masterpieces for yourself on the other side of the ocean. See the Cathedral of San Juan in  Puerto Rico  and the 14th-century Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria in  Barcelona .

Coast Beach


Whether you're lounging on the beach or on board the ship, the oceans of the Atlantic and the Pacific hold plenty of opportunity for adventure. 

Sea Turtle Swimming in the Ocean


Snorkeling is a popular activity in island ports across the world. In the South Pacific, many islands are surrounded by fringing reef as well, which is a haven for tropical marine life such as dolphins, squid and sea turtles.

Water Bungalows in the South Pacific


Make the most of island ports on a transpacific cruise and enjoy some beach time. Lounge in the white sand and turquoise waters of  Mystery Island in Vanuatu . Enjoy the combo of urban and volcanic views at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.

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With so many days at sea, take advantage of the ship's many activities and attractions, including spa treatments, rock climbing, ice skating, musical performances and Casino Royale.

Large Ocean Wave


Transpacific and transatlantic cruises offer plenty of relaxing days at sea, plus exciting stops at idyllic, beach-filled islands and cities bustling with life and culture.

Oleta River State Park Aerial, Miami, Florida


Starting in Florida,  New York  or one of several European ports, a transatlantic cruise may include several city stops, Caribbean ports or a combination of both.

The Unmistakable Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco


From Sydney to either  Honolulu  or Seattle, be prepared to cross hemispheres and visit the best (and most beautiful) South Pacific islands.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO The Best Time to Cruise

For transatlantic cruises, the best time to set sail is either spring and fall, when the weather is still warm but prices are more affordable. However, transpacific cruises are recommended during the Southern Hemisphere's winter, from May to October. This is because summer is the South Pacific's cyclone season.

Remember to pack for all weather conditions, as you will have warm summery port days, as well as cooler nights at sea. On transpacific cruises, you'll also cross hemispheres, so may need clothing for summer and winter conditions if cruising from  Sydney  to  Seattle

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Although most Pacific and Caribbean islands have different currencies, many ports accept Australian or American dollars, and larger cities will also accept credit cards.

Consider bringing your own snorkeling equipment and reef boots to save on rental fees, if you're planning on snorkeling at multiple destinations.

With so many days at sea, try something new onboard, but also bring your own entertainment — whether that's an e-reader or a good book.


From Australia to the Azores, transatlantic and transpacific cruises expose you to several cuisines, including Caribbean, American and Pacific Islander. From fast-food favorites to rice-based comfort food, here are a few must-try foods.

Meat Pies from Australia


Found in bakeries and convenience stores, Australians love their savory meat pies. Visit the iconic Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Sydney and tuck into one of their flaky pies filled with curried beef or chicken with a side of classic mushy peas.

Traditional Lunch from Hawaii


Plate lunches are very popular in Hawaii, and traditionally feature scoops of white rice, macaroni salad and a meat-based entree like succulent kalua pig or a lau lau pork, with a smoky taste from its preparation in an underground oven.

Traditional Cuban Sandwich from Florida


Tuck into some popular Floridian dishes before your transatlantic cruise departs. Savor a salty, satisfying Cuban sandwich piled high with pork and pickles. Try a Bahamian-inspired conch fritter, and key lime pie for dessert.

Related Ports

In the South Pacific, paradisal ports include Vanuatu, Fiji, French Polynesia and New Caledonia. In the Caribbean, choose from ports like the Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti and Antigua. Or spend more time in the great cities of Europe: Pop from Amsterdam over to the fjords of Norway or the natural volcanic spas of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Akureyri, Iceland City View

Akureyri, Iceland

Brisbane, Australia Aerial View of Sunshine Coast

Brisbane, Australia

Prins Christian Sund, Greenland, Landscape

Prins Christian Sund, Greenland

Qaqortoq, Greenland, Tundra

Qaqortoq, Greenland

Adelaide, Australia, Rocky Beach

Adelaide, Australia

Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Aerial Landscape

Airlie Beach, Queensland

Bora Bora, French Polynesia, Aerial view of overwater bungalows

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Lautoka, Fiji Islands, Beachcomber Island

Lautoka, Fiji Islands

Moorea, French Polynesia, Aerial view of Opunihu Bay

Moorea, French Polynesia

Cairns, Australia, Aerial view of Port Douglas Beach

Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia

Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia, Oro Bay

Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia

Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Cliffs of Jokin Coral Reefs

Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Mare, New Caledonia, Clear Blue Water

Mare, New Caledonia

Akaroa, New Zealand Yellow Flower Bushes

Akaroa, New Zealand

Bay of Islands, New Zealand Pacific Ocean Landscape

Bay Of Islands, New Zealand

Darwin, Australia, Rocky coast

Darwin, Australia

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand Mountains

Doubtful Sound (Cruising), New Zealand

Esperance, Australia, Lucky bay

Esperance, Australia

Geraldton, Australia Indian Ocean Cliffs

Geraldton, Australia

Hobart, Tasmania Landscape Beach

Hobart, Tasmania

Melbourne, Australia Colorful Houses

Melbourne, Australia

Mystery Island, Vanuatu Aerial View Paddle Boarding

Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Noumea, New Caledonia Saint Josef Cathedral

Noumea, New Caledonia

Nuku'alofa, Tonga Beach Shore Nature

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Papeete, Tahiti Black Sand beach

Papeete, Tahiti

Champagne Bay, Vanuatu Palm Trees

Champagne Bay, Vanuatu

Dunedin, New Zealand ViewOf Bay

Dunedin, New Zealand

Dusky Sound, New Zealand Stream

Dusky Sound (Cruising), New Zealand

Tauranga, New Zealand, Aerial view Mount Maunganui

Tauranga, New Zealand

Vava'U (Neiafu), Tonga, Archipelago

Vavau (Neiafu), Tonga

Wellington, New Zealand, Hillside homes

Wellington, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand Pathway Nature

Milford Sound (Cruising), New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand Coast Tree Cape Kidnappers

Napier, New Zealand

Newcastle, Australia Lighthouse Beach

Newcastle, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand, Waitemata Harbor

Auckland, New Zealand

Perth, Australia Beach Aerial

Perth (Fremantle), Australia

Picton, New Zealand View from Tirohanga Track

Picton, New Zealand

Port Douglas, Australia Beach Vegetation

Port Douglas, Australia

Port Hedland, Australia Eight Mile Beach

Port Hedland, Australia

Port Vila, Vanuatu Sky Deck View

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Suva, Fiji Islands Small Waterfall

Suva, Fiji Islands

Sydney, Australia, Aerial View

Sydney (White Bay), Australia

Sydney, Australia, Opera House

Sydney, Australia

Willis Island (Cruising), Australia Great Barrier Reef

Willis Island (Cruising), Australia

Wollongong (Port Kembla), Australia Beach

Wollongong (Port Kembla), Australia

Nuuk, Greenland, Coastline

Nuuk, Greenland

New Zealand Christchurch Mountains

Lyttelton (Christchurch), New Zealand

Eden Australia Aerial Panaroma

Eden, Australia

Australia, Tasmania Port Arthur Harbor

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Cairns, Australia Aerial View Noah Beach

Cairns, Australia

Snelling Beach Aerial Panorama, Kangaroo Island (Penneshaw), Australia

Penneshaw, Australia

Beach in Town of 1770, Queensland, Australia.

Gladstone, Australia

Aerial photography of Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth Western Australia

Exmouth, Australia

Bungalows at raiatea Island, French Polynesia

Raiatea, French Polynesia

Aerial View of Coral Reef in New Caledonia Lagoon

Havannah Boulari Passage (Cruising), New Caledonia

Emu Point Marina, Albany Australia

Albany, Australia

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European Cruises

The best europe cruises: history, culture, cuisine.

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On a European cruise with Princess®, unpack once and venture through lands where history and tradition converge. Explore cities and wonders you’ve always dreamed of visiting, like Italy's palaces, Ireland’s castles and Iceland’s lagoons. Revel in world-class experiences both on board and on land.

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Where cuisine and culture converge

Once home to ancient civilizations and famous philosophers, the Mediterranean continues to define tradition. Departing from Rome, Athens or Barcelona, sail into Marseille and bask in the beauty of Provence’s lavender fields. Explore Pompeii’s ruins while visiting Naples. Or taste cuisine as rich as the culture with fresh vegetables in Santorini and hand-thrown pizzas in Naples.

British Isles

Legendary tunes and storybook tales

On a European cruise to the British Isles, walk in the footsteps of royalty, like the kings, queens and musical empires before you. Travel along the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle, where bagpipes greet you. See the world’s oldest book, The Book of Kells, at Trinity College Library. Or walk along Abbey Road and visit the old stomping grounds of one of the world’s most famous boybands. With Princess, fortresses and musical memoirs await.

Scandinavia & Baltic

Viking history as deep as the fjords

Legendary tales come alive on a European cruise to Scandinavia. Explore Baltic heritage with an overnight visit to Stockholm, where you can visit the Royal Palace or sail the sparkling waterways of its 14 islands while learning about Sweden along the way. Walk Tallinn’s cobbled streets and admire the preserved medieval architecture from its 13th-century origins.

Norway & Iceland

Natural splendors abound

Natural attractions abound in Norway and Iceland, your gateway to dazzling fjords, cascading waterfalls and black-sand beaches. Navigate through Geiranger’s winding waterways to Seven Sisters Waterfall where currents rush 800 feet down the rugged cliffside. Or take a dip in the rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik. Admire Mother Nature’s masterpieces on some of our best European cruises.


The best of land and sea

Indulge in a classic sailing experience and revel in life at sea as you travel across the Atlantic. While on board, luxuriate in the best that your ship has to offer — like the Princess Luxury Bed and cuisine made from scratch. Then explore ports from Iceland to Greece and cities between. Get to know the unique personalities of your ship and the destinations visited, only on a Transatlantic European cruise with Princess.


More time to explore

European cruisetours combine our traditional cruises with four to eight nights on land exploring world-famous regions. As a part of your trip, enjoy expert guides, hotel stays and daily meals. Experience seamless transportation from land to ship before setting sail to the dream destinations on your itinerary. See Europe in a way that only Princess can show you.

European Cruise Departure Ports

  • London (Southampton)

Rooted in Greek mythology, Athens is alive with stories from civilizations of the past. On a cruise to Europe departing from Athens, arrive early to tour the remains of ancient lores — like the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis — dine at the city’s lively tavernas and admire iconic sculptures bathed in natural light within the Acropolis Museum.

Until it was popularized by the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona was a hidden gem amidst Europe’s diverse landscapes. Now it’s widely recognized for its architectural masterpieces and spirited customs. On European cruises from Barcelona, leave enough time before you depart to visit Park Güell — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and feel inspired by the colors and unique artistry that lies in the park and throughout the entire city.

Copenhagen boasts equal parts charm and culture. Before you set sail on your European cruise, indulge in thrills at Tivoli Gardens, and ride a bike along Nyhavn’s waterways, passing multi-colored homes on the way. Tour ancient fortresses, like Kronborg Castle, which inspired Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Or make a stop to see Copenhagen’s most famous symbol, The Little Mermaid.

From double-decker buses and telephone booths to medieval castles and monuments, experience the best of the city and countryside on a European cruise from Southampton. Ride on the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Then head west and walk the hallways of Windsor Castle, or travel even further to learn about the mystery of Stonehenge.

Italy’s capital city is something of a dream. Grand chapels and stone angels line the roads, whispering secrets of Rome’s past. On a cruise to Europe from Rome, arrive early to toss a coin into Trevi Fountain. Legend has it, you’ll be guaranteed return to The Eternal City. Then walk in the footsteps of Emperors at the Colosseum, and receive a blessing from the Pope at St. Peter’s Square.

Why Cruise in Europe

With Princess, travel effortlessly through Mediterranean beaches, British Isles, Russian palaces and Norwegian fjords. On a European cruise, meet locals who call these destinations home, see world-famous landmarks and relive stories of the past.

Cruising vs Land Vacations

The value of vacation

Revel in first-class experiences without the first-class price tag. On a European cruise, unpack once and save on transportation and baggage fees as well as dining and entertainment costs. Independent land travel through Europe adds up fast — between accommodations, restaurants, train travel, taxis and more. But with Princess, you can spend more time exploring Europe and less time checking into your next hotel.

Experience Different Seasons of Europe

Sail into the season

See the many faces of the world with seasonal European cruise sailings from Princess. In the spring, shop France’s colorful outdoor markets for hand-crafted souvenirs. Frolic through Norway’s landscapes when they fully bloom in summer. Or visit Italy in the fall to taste the first wines of the season.

Sail Aboard Our Newest Ships

Your best-in-class travel companion

Built in Italy, our newest ships first set sail in international waters for their inaugural season. On a European cruise, you can be one of the first to travel aboard these vessels, adding a whole new level of excitement and opportunity to your trip. Plus these are the first ships designed with Princess® MedallionClass®, making them the best European cruises at sea.

See Famous Landmarks

Where history books come alive

Between the castles, towers and ruins, Europe is teeming with ancient architecture. On a European cruise, sail into Le Havre and choose to visit the beaches of Normandy or ascend the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Walk through the Colosseum in Rome, and stop by Livorno to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Or explore hidden gems — like Belfast’s Giant’s Causeway.

A Vacation for Every Generation

Adventures for all

In Europe, there are activities for all. With exciting tours through age-old cities, kids can see textbooks come to life and return with their own stories to tell. Parents can relish in romance and relaxation amidst fairytale landscapes, and grandparents can relive stories of memories past with their loved ones. Whether on board or ashore, find activities created with every type of guest in mind on a cruise to Europe.

Enjoy the Convenience of Cruising

Travel reimagined

See multiple international cities without the hassle of transportation or additional planning. Cruise from one destination to the next with world-class entertainment, fresh food and relaxing accommodations at your fingertips. When you return to the ship, continue your exploration with unique activities and global cuisine, or enjoy the familiar comforts of home with your favorite foods — all on our best European cruise ships.

European cruise excursions

From thrilling kayak voyages in Flåm to relaxing beach days in Mykonos, find shore excursions that match every guest’s preference with Princess. In Rome, taste local delicacies like wood-fired pizza, fine wines and homemade gelato. Walk past medieval buildings in Bergen, stopping by the Schøtstuene Museum on your way back. Or hike Mt. Fløien and revel in panoramic views of Norway’s woodlands, fjords and cityscapes.

Local connections

Don’t just cruise to Europe, experience it alongside those lucky enough to call it home. Our Local Connections program introduces you to each region with award-winning shore excursions. Enjoy a food and wine pairing in the home of a local Tuscan farmer. Capture snapshots of Glasgow’s breathtaking scenery with the help of a Scottish photographer. Or set out on a guided beer walk through Copenhagen.

More ashore

Dive even deeper into the flourishing cultures abroad with More Ashore late-night departures and overnight stays on select European cruise itineraries. Visit one of Dublin’s pubs and enjoy a night of Irish song, dance and Guinness. Go glamping in Alta and spend the night under the evening sky for a chance to see the Northern Lights. Or dance into the evening at a party in Mykonos — an island famous for its nightlife.

European Cruise Onboard Experience

Experience Europe right on board. Our onboard activities bring the diverse cultures of the region directly to you. Sing, dance, feast and celebrate in a way that only Europe — and Princess — knows how.


Your home away from home

Your stateroom is where you rest and recharge between adventures. That’s why every room is equipped with the expertly designed Princess Luxury Bed, 100% Jacquard-woven cotton linens and our SLEEP program created by a board-certified sleep expert. From interior cabins to full suites, unwind in any of our staterooms, and enjoy peace of mind with the option of connected rooms for families of four or more traveling together.

A sensory tour of Europe

From the spice of Moroccan tagine to the sweetness of Greek Baklava, Europe’s flavor profile is incredibly diverse. On board your European cruise, enjoy English favorites — like bangers and mash or shepherd’s pie — during a British-style pub lunch. Then head ashore to savor fresh ingredients and iconic dishes, including fresh Greek salads and Italian gelato. From ship to shore, taste the best of abroad with Princess.

Sip and savor

Home to some of the best vineyards in the world, Europe knows a thing or two about wine — and so does Princess. Visit Vines wine bar, one of the best-stocked cellars at sea, and sample an assortment of reds and whites. Unwind with a drink in hand at Crooners, a vintage Sinatra-era cocktail lounge. Or enjoy a glass from the comfort of your stateroom balcony while taking in views of Europe’s most inspiring shorelines.

Cultural Immersion

Dive even deeper

On a European cruise, explore destinations even at sea. Learn from local experts — like musicians, dancers, athletes and chefs — who come on board to show you the unique personality of each region. Or listen to stories from international crew members, many of whom call these lands home. Even kids can awaken their sense of wonder with our Youth and Teen Centers, created in partnership with Discovery™ and Animal Planet™.


Find your joy

Embark on adventures by day, and indulge in entertainment by night. Watch Movies Under the Stars® at our 300-square-foot outdoor theater. Attend original productions from Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, composer of  Wicked . Or learn traditional moves, like Flamenco or Irish stepdance, and listen to popular music from the destinations on your itinerary. On a European cruise with Princess, the choice is yours.

Celebrations & Romance

Love blooms on The Love Boat

It's difficult to imagine something more romantic than sailing through the alluring cities and charming countryside of Europe. While on board your European cruise, we cater to your sentimental side with private dining on your balcony — like breakfast for two or a sunset dinner — honeymoon packages, flowers and chocolates delivered to your room and couples-only massages in the Sanctuary.

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Read about storied attractions, charming history, diverse cultures and preparation advice for cruising Europe.

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Stress-free airfare

Remove the hassle from air travel and give yourself the gift of flexibility, time and a thicker wallet with Princess EZair flights. We negotiate lower rates with the airlines, allow you to modify your flight up to 45 days prior with no penalty and protect you if your flight is late or canceled.

EZair flight quotes are available on our cruise search result details pages.

Airplane to Ship Transfer

We get you where you need to go

Let Princess pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your ship or hotel when you arrive, even if you didn't book your airfare through us. A uniformed Princess representative meets you at the airport after you've retrieved your luggage and transports you directly to your ship or hotel without you having to worry about the logistics of navigating a new city.

Cruise Plus Hotel Packages

Stay longer and relax

Extend your cruise vacation, and simplify your travel plans with a hotel stay at the beginning or end of your cruise. With a Cruise Plus Hotel Package, a Princess representative meets you at the airport and pier, transporting you to and from your hotel. The package includes the cost of your hotel stay, transportation, luggage handling and the services of the representative.

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Princess Cruise Vacation Planners are a dedicated resource to help you every step of the way through the planning process of your cruise vacation. And the best part is, they are absolutely FREE!

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Find our top sales, deals, partnerships and promotions for our destinations all in one place. We run promotions throughout the year and sometimes run sweepstakes where you could win prizes!

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Europe Cruises

Explore Europe’s history, cultures and breathtaking beauty on an unforgettable cruise vacation. Choose from an array of carefully crafted itineraries offering more time in port to explore unique destinations and iconic landmarks. A lifetime of memories awaits.

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Explore the Different Regions of Europe

Mediterranean Cruises

A Mediterranean cruise transports you to bustling cities, secret escapes, and even back in time. Explore the birthplace of democracy on a cruise to Greece. Tour influential architecture in Barcelona. Marvel at Renaissance art on a cruise to Italy.

Northern Europe Cruises

Voyage in the path of Vikings to incredible Northern Europe destinations. Enjoy a rich array of itineraries from the colorful, fashion-forward Copenhagen, to the glass-like waters of Norway’s fjords.

Scandinavia & Baltic Sea Cruises

Romantic seascapes and fairytale cities await in Scandinavia. Amble medieval town centers and squares. Stroll among centuries-old, spired churches and castles. Sample simple, yet flavorful cuisine and see inspirational design.

Transatlantic Cruises

Channel your inner explorer on a transatlantic Europe cruise. Unwind as you take in the beauty of the Atlantic and enjoy more time at off-the-beaten-path Europe destinations and remote islands.

Make the Most of Your European Cruise Vacation

Peruse our convenient Europe departure ports. Whether you’re interested in a 7-day cruise or a long voyage, your dream port is where the adventure begins.

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Cruises from Barcelona, Spain

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Europe Departure Ports

Featured european cruise ports.

Eidfjord, Norway

In the shadow of snowy peaks and near stunning blue-green fjords, Eidfjord is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Norway.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, the jewel in the crown of Greece's Cyclades, is best known as the island with the giant volcanic caldera at its heart.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Rome is both a modern bustling city and an ancient open-air museum. You can walk in the footsteps of emperors, have coffee in Renaissance piazzas and see contemporary art all in one afternoon.

Barcelona, Spain

On the northeast coast of Spain, overlooking the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a vibrant port city, packed with centuries of iconic art and architecture—Gaudí and Picasso both called it home—and lined with sunny white-sand beaches. Explore the Catalan capital.

Istanbul, Turkey

Arriving in Istanbul by ship is unforgettable. Take in views of Istanbul’s best attractions—the shores of Asia to the east, the first Bosphorus Bridge to the north, and the “old Istanbul” to the south.


Featured europe shore excursions.

From cooking classes to architecture tours and thrilling outdoor adventures, our shore excursions are the easiest way to explore the Old Continent.

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Here’s what to pack for a European cruise and shore excursions, so you can feel comfortable and prepared for your adventures.

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Europe Cruise Onboard Experience

Travel to Europe’s most fascinating destinations on perfectly sized cruise ships offering unmatched service and an award-winning onboard experience. Enjoy entertainment for every preference and the best live music at sea. 

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How to Travel from USA to Europe by Ship

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It is possible to travel from the United States to Europe without flying. This guide explains how to travel by ship from the USA to Europe. 

For one reason or another, you came here to look for information about crossing the Atlantic from America to Europe. This guide covers three different ship travel options from USA to Europe:

  • Freighter Travel

I’ve previously written about flightless routes from Europe to America , but this guide focuses on the opposite direction. The examples in this post were checked in 2023.

Traveling from the United States to Europe without flying is not always easy. I know some of you will choose to fly anyway because it’s easier. In that case, I ask you to consider donating 10% of your ticket cost to a high-impact climate charity. Carbon offsetting isn’t very effective , so it’s better to support charities suggested by Giving Green instead.

Cruise ship routes from the United States of America to Europe

1. Cruise from the USA to Europe

How can i find a transatlantic cruise from the usa to europe.

Plenty of travel companies offer cruises from the United States to various European destinations. As of now, the website Seascanner listed 108 one-way cruises from the United States to different parts of Europe .

Where do transatlantic cruises to Europe depart from?

Most transatlantic cruises from America to Europe leave from Florida. Fort Lauderdale – a part of the Miami metropolitan area – is the most popular port of departure. New York also serves as a departure point for many cruise ships, and there are even departures from Massachusetts (Boston), New Jersey (Boston), and even Texas (Galveston)!

Which are the most popular ports of entry in Europe?

For transatlantic cruises, Southampton in England, Barcelona in Spain, and Lisbon in Portugal are the top destinations. Other cruises also travel to countries like Germany, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands.

How much does it cost to travel from the USA to Europe on a cruise ship?

The cheapest cruises from the United States to Europe start at around $1100-1500 for a cabin, including meals. For example, a 7-day voyage from New York to Southampton on the luxury cruise ship Queen Mary 2 start at approximately $1400. 

How long does a cruise from the United States to Europe take?

The duration of the journey varies depending on the departure and arrival points. The fastest transatlantic cruises to Europe leave from New York. Cruises from New York to Southampton, England, take around 7 days, while cruises to Hamburg take two days longer.

On the other end of the spectrum, cruises from Florida to Europe generally last about two weeks.

Is traveling on a cruise ship better than flying?

While this guide focuses on flightless travel routes it’s important to note that cruises and ferries may actually produce way more CO2 emissions than commercial flights .

However, there are sustainable ways to cross the Atlantic as well.

Freighter travel from USA to Europe without flying

2. Travel on a Cargo Ship from the USA to Europe

Can you travel from the united states to europe on a cargo ship.

Yes, you can! At least if COVID restrictions allow it.

Compared to cruises, freighter travel is considered nearly CO2 neutral . To book a freighter voyage, you can use specialized travel agencies or contact shipping companies directly, though the latter may be more challenging.

Popular freighter travel companies include Cargo Ship Voyages , Freighter Travel (NZ) , Slowtravel , and Voyages en Cargo . I have personally used Freighter Travel, but I’m sure other companies work just as well.

What about COVID? Does the global pandemic limit freighter voyages?

Unfortunately, yes. At the time of writing (early 2023), many freighter companies around the world were not taking passengers. Some sources expect passenger sailing to resume normally in January/February 2024.

How much does it cost to travel from the USA to Europe on a freighter?

On average, traveling on a cargo ship costs $100-150 per day. A transatlantic journey typically takes around 10-15 days, resulting in a total cost between $1000-3000.

Which are the most popular ports of departure for cargo ship travel from the United States to Europe?

There are plenty! Cargo ships head out to Europe from many harbors on the East Coast. Listed from north to south, these include Boston (Massachusetts), New York, Charleston (South Carolina), Savannah (Georgia), New Orleans (Louisiana), and Houston (Texas).

Where do cargo ship voyages from America to Europe arrive?

Popular destinations in Europe for freighter voyages include Antwerp (Belgium), Cork (Ireland), Le Havre (France), Rotterdam (Netherlands), and Southampton (England). Many ships make multiple stops along the European coast, with Mediterranean cities also being accessible.

How long does it take to travel on a cargo ship from the USA to Europe?

I provide more detailed information about this in my article “ How Long Does It Take to Cross the Atlantic on a Cargo Ship? “. That article also explains why cargo ships venture so slowly.

Here are a few examples with estimated prices for one person:

Flightless travel from the United States to UK, Spain, Portugal

  • This northern route includes a stop in Halifax, Canada, before crossing the Atlantic.
  • At the time of writing, this route wasn’t available, but it was expected to open to passengers in mid-2023.
  • Freighter voyages to the south of Europe are less common, but here’s one example of a southern route.

What else should I know about freighter travel?

Freighter travel offers an intriguing and sustainable way to explore the world. I personally haven’t traveled between America and Europe on a freighter, but I did cross the Pacific on a cargo ship during my 2-year trip around the world .

In summary, the journey was quite uneventful, but I loved it. I passed the time playing games on my laptop, savoring delicious meals, and marveling the waves. My trusty Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader – one of my favorite travel essentials – kept me company.

(The photo above is from that journey.)

To travel on a freighter, you need to meet certain health and age requirements. You should also be quite flexible, as freighters have infrequent schedules. For more information, you can refer to my guide “ How to Prepare for Traveling on a Cargo Ship “.

travel from USA to Europe by boat via Bermuda, Azores

3. Sail from the USA to Europe

Can you travel from the usa to europe by boat.

Yes, traveling from the United States to Europe by boat is possible, although the reverse journey is more common. Also, direct boat travel from the United States to Europe is less prevalent. Starting your voyage from or making a stop in Bermuda is more typical.

Why is crossing the Atlantic from east to west more popular?

The trade winds are to blame. These prevailing winds blow east-to-west near the equator. The prevailing winds make a clockwise loop along the northern Atlantic.

As a result, sailing westward is aided by the wind in a warmer environment. Sailing eastward against the wind entails enduring harsher weather in the north.

I don’t own a boat. Can I still travel from the USA to Europe by boat?

Even if you don’t own a sailboat or a yacht, you can hitch a ride on a boat across the Atlantic. Websites such as Find a Crew and CrewSeekers connect captains with individuals willing to work as crewmates in exchange for the voyage.

Yacht clubs in harbors may also have notice boards for those seeking a boat or a crew. While many captains prefer crewmates with experience, it is not always necessary.

Sailing from US East Coast to Bermuda west to east

Where and when should I depart?

First, you should head to Bermuda, an archipelago about 600 miles (~1000 kilometers) away from the US East Coast. A cruise or a sailing trip from the US to Bermuda typically takes a week or less.

However, traveling to the Caribbean first before continuing to Bermuda might be more convenient. To reach the Caribbean, you can hitch a ride on a sailboat or take a ferry from Florida to the Bahamas .

According to World Cruising Wiki , the best time to sail to Bermuda is in May/June. At that point, the weather is warm but the hurricane season hasn’t reached its peak yet.

How long does it take to sail from the USA to Europe?

Main article: How Long Does It Take to Sail the Atlantic?

According to Life of Sailing , an eastward crossing of the Atlantic takes around 4 weeks. This includes a week of sailing to Bermuda, two weeks or more from Bermuda to the Azores, and another week from the Azores to the coast of Portugal.

The journey from Europe to America tends to be slightly faster.

How can I sail from the US to Europe?

There are numerous comprehensive guides on crossing the Atlantic on a sailboat. I am not even trying to compete with the experts. In this guide, I have provided basic details about the Atlantic crossings. If you wish to explore the topic further, here are a few recommended guides:

  • How Long Does It Take To Sail Across The Atlantic? (
  • How to cross the Atlantic from the Caribbean to Europe: Everything you need to know (
  • Sail Across the Atlantic: The Definitive Guide (

Popular routes to travel overseas from the United States across the Atlantic

Traveling by Ship from USA to Europe

How to travel from USA to Europe by ship? In this guide, I have covered three ways of traveling from America to Europe without flying. The guide is not comprehensive, and I may have missed some good alternatives.

This website, Arimo Travels, is a sustainable travel blog. I launched the site during my predominantly flightless trip around the world . Since completing the journey, I have focused on writing flightless travel guides (along with random generators ) for fellow travelers.

You can find more guides like this one on the Flightless Travel page.

P.S. In this guide, there are times when I call the USA “America”. Personally, I prefer not to use the name of the continent to refer to the country. However, many people hold a different view, and most of my readers come from Google searches.

For that reason, I have used phrases like “travel from America to Europe by ship” throughout the text. Additionally, I have omitted the article “the” from “the USA” for similar reasons.

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Arimo Travels is a sustainable travel blog by Arimo, a mostly traveler from Finland. The site focuses on sustainable travel guides and randomness.

I was hoping that you would have mentioned something about traveling with pets. I have a cat and a dog which is why I would like to travel by boat and not fly.

Thank you for the feedback Ceitlan, that is a good point!

From what I’ve understood, cargo ships don’t allow pets, and finding a sailing captain willing to take cats and dohs would also be a challenge. In that case, a cruise would be your best option. This site has some information about crossing the Atlantic with pets:

Some years ago, a friend of mine wrote a short guide on traveling in Europe with a dog on this site. You can find that guide here:

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Transatlantic Voyage: Cruise to Europe from USA

by The Cruise Web Team March 25, 2024, 9:52 am

Embarking on a cruise from the USA to Europe offers a unique and unforgettable travel experience. Unlike flying, where the journey is merely a means to an end, a cruise allows you to immerse yourself in the journey itself. You will sail across the vast Atlantic Ocean, taking in stunning sunsets, relaxing on deck, and enjoying a range of onboard activities and amenities. It is a leisurely and luxurious way to travel between continents, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

FAQs About Cruising from the USA to Europe

What Are the Typical Itineraries for Cruises to Europe from the USA?

Typical departure port for cruises to Europe from the USA:

New York City:

  • Depart from the iconic port of New York City, sailing past the Statue of Liberty.
  • Enjoy several days at sea with onboard activities and entertainment.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida:

  • Depart from the sunny port of Fort Lauderdale, known for its beautiful beaches.
  • Sail across the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying the amenities and activities on board.

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Miami, Florida:

  • Depart from the bustling port of Miami, known for its vibrant culture and nightlife.
  • Cruise across the Atlantic Ocean, taking in the stunning views and enjoying the onboard facilities.

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Port Canaveral, Florida:

  • Depart from Port Canaveral, a gateway to the attractions of Orlando and the Space Coast.
  • Sail across the Atlantic Ocean, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the onboard amenities.

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These are just a few examples of typical itineraries for cruises to Europe from the USA. The exact itinerary will depend on the cruise line, ship, and departure port, so be sure to check with your cruise agency for specific details.

How Long Does a Cruise From the USA to Europe Take?

The duration of a cruise from the USA to Europe varies depending on the itinerary and cruise line. Most transatlantic cruises take between 7 and 14 days (about 2 weeks), although longer cruises are also available. The length of your cruise will depend on factors such as the number of ports of call and the speed of the ship.

What Are Some Tips for Planning a Cruise to Europe from the USA?

  • Book Early : Transatlantic cruises can be popular, especially during peak travel seasons. Booking early ensures you get the best cabin selection and pricing.
  • Pack Wisely : Since transatlantic cruises can be longer, pack accordingly with clothing for various weather conditions and formal attire for onboard events.
  • Explore Excursions : Take advantage of shore excursions offered at each port of call to experience the culture, history, and cuisine of Europe.

Which Cruise Lines Offer Transatlantic Voyages to Europe?

Cunard is synonymous with luxury and tradition, offering a classic ocean liner experience. Their flagship, the Queen Mary 2, is renowned for its elegant décor, world-class dining, and refined ambiance. Cunard’s transatlantic crossings are steeped in history and offer a glimpse into the golden age of ocean travel. Guests can enjoy formal evenings, afternoon tea, and lectures by experts on board.

Experience Cunard’s luxury aboard The Queen Mary 2! Book now for world-class dining and a glimpse into the golden age of ocean travel. Contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to reserve your Cunard experience today.

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Norwegian Cruise Line:

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its innovative ships and casual yet vibrant atmosphere. They offer a wide range of dining options, entertainment, and activities on board, including Broadway-style shows, water parks, and specialty restaurants. Norwegian is also famous for its “Freestyle Cruising” concept, which allows guests to dine whenever and wherever they choose, offering a more flexible and relaxed cruising experience.

Experience Norwegian Cruise Line’s innovative “Freestyle Cruising” on a transatlantic voyage to Europe! Book now with The Cruise Web by calling 1-800-377-9383 or emailing us at [email protected] for personalized dining, vibrant entertainment, and unforgettable experiences at sea. Embark on your adventure today!

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Celebrity Cruises:

Celebrity Cruises is renowned for its modern luxury and sophisticated ambiance. Their ships feature elegant accommodations, upscale dining options, and personalized service. Celebrity offers a range of onboard activities, including culinary classes, art auctions, and wellness programs. They are also known for their partnerships with famous chefs and designers, enhancing the overall guest experience.

Experience modern luxury with Celebrity Cruises! Book now for elegant accommodations, upscale dining, and personalized service. Contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to elevate your vacation with a Celebrity Cruises journey.

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Royal Caribbean:

Royal Caribbean is known for its innovative and adventure-filled cruise experiences. Their ships feature amenities such as rock-climbing walls, zip lines, surf simulators, and ice-skating rinks. They offer a wide range of dining options, entertainment, and activities for guests of all ages. Royal Caribbean is also known for its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Embark on an adventure with Royal Caribbean! Book now for innovative experiences, thrilling activities, and sustainable cruising. Contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to reserve your transatlantic voyage to Europe today.

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Princess Cruise Line:

Princess Cruise Line is known for its diverse itineraries and immersive cruise experiences. Their ships offer a wide range of dining options, entertainment, and activities for guests of all ages. Princess is also renowned for its exceptional service and warm, welcoming atmosphere. They offer unique experiences, such as Movies Under the Stars, where guests can watch movies on a giant outdoor screen under the night sky.

Discover Princess Cruise Line’s immersive experiences! Book your transatlantic voyage now for diverse itineraries, exceptional service, and Movies Under the Stars. Contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to reserve your Princess cruise today.

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Holland America Line:

Holland America Line is known for its classic elegance and refined ambiance. Their ships feature spacious staterooms, world-class dining, and enriching activities. Holland America is renowned for its culinary offerings, including partnerships with celebrity chefs and a focus on regional cuisine. They also offer immersive shore excursions and onboard activities that highlight the destinations visited.

Indulge in classic elegance with the Holland America Line! Book your transatlantic voyage now for refined ambiance, world-class dining, and immersive shore excursions. Contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to reserve your Holland America cruise today.

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Viking Ocean Cruises:

Viking is known for its destination-focused cruising and immersive experiences. Their ships are designed to bring the destination to life on board, with Scandinavian-inspired décor and panoramic views. Viking offers cultural enrichment programs, including lectures, cooking demonstrations, and performances by local artists. They also include shore excursions in every port of call, allowing guests to explore the destination in depth.

Immerse yourself in Viking’s destination-focused cruising! Book now for Scandinavian-inspired elegance, cultural enrichment, and included shore excursions. Contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to reserve your Viking cruise today and explore Europe in depth.

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Oceania Cruises:

Oceania Cruises is known for its luxurious small-ship cruising and culinary excellence. Their ships offer gourmet dining experiences, with menus crafted by renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin. Oceania is also known for its destination-rich itineraries, visiting ports that larger ships cannot access. They offer a relaxed and intimate cruising experience, with a focus on personalized service and attention to detail.

Experience Oceania Cruises’ luxury and culinary excellence! Book your transatlantic voyage now for gourmet dining and personalized service. Contact The Cruise Web on 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to reserve your Oceania cruise today.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises:

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is known for its all-inclusive luxury cruising experience. Their ships offer spacious accommodations, gourmet dining, and personalized service. Regent includes unlimited shore excursions, premium beverages, and gratuities in the cruise fare, providing a truly inclusive experience. They offer a range of itineraries to destinations around the world, with a focus on luxury and relaxation.

Experience all-inclusive luxury with Regent Seven Seas Cruises! Book now for gourmet dining, personalized service, and included shore excursions. Contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to reserve your Regent Seven Seas cruise today.

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Seabourn is synonymous with ultra-luxury cruising, offering intimate ships with spacious accommodations and personalized service. Their ships feature gourmet dining options, including menus by celebrity chef Thomas Keller. Seabourn offers a range of onboard activities, including spa treatments, fitness classes, and cultural enrichment programs. They visit exotic destinations around the world, providing a luxurious and immersive cruising experience.

Experience ultra-luxury with Seabourn! Book now for gourmet dining, personalized service, and immersive experiences. Contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to reserve your Seabourn cruise today.

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Each cruise line offers its own unique blend of amenities, dining options, and entertainment, ensuring there is a cruise to suit every traveler’s preference.

Embarking on a transatlantic voyage from the USA to Europe is a remarkable journey that offers a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural immersion. Whether you are sailing from the iconic port of New York City, the sunny shores of Florida, or any other departure point, a transatlantic cruise allows you to experience the beauty and charm of Europe from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship. With a range of cruise lines, itineraries, and onboard amenities to choose from, there is a transatlantic cruise to suit all traveler’s tastes and preferences.

Ready to embark on your own transatlantic adventure? Book your cruise to Europe from the USA today and experience the wonders of ocean travel. Whether you are looking to explore historic cities, soak up the sun on beautiful beaches, or simply relax and enjoy the journey, a transatlantic cruise offers an unforgettable experience. Contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 or email us at [email protected] to start planning your dream cruise today and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Cruising from the USA to Europe

Q: How long does a transatlantic cruise from the USA to Europe take? A: Transatlantic cruises can vary in length, but most typically take between 7 to 14 days. The exact duration depends on the cruise line, itinerary, and departure port.

Q: What are the most common departure ports for transatlantic cruises from the USA to Europe? A: Common departure ports in the USA for transatlantic cruises to Europe include New York City, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Port Canaveral.

Q: Which cruise lines offer transatlantic voyages from the USA to Europe? A: Several cruise lines offer transatlantic cruises from the USA to Europe, including Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Princess Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Viking, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Seabourn.

Q: What are the typical ports of call on a transatlantic cruise from the USA to Europe? A: Typical ports of call on a transatlantic cruise from the USA to Europe may include Southampton (UK), Barcelona (Spain), Rome (Italy), and other cities along the European coast.

Q: What should I pack for a transatlantic cruise from the USA to Europe? A: It’s important to pack clothing for a variety of weather conditions, as temperatures can vary widely during the journey. Additionally, formal attire may be required for certain onboard events, so it’s a good idea to check with your cruise line for specific dress code guidelines.

Q: Are there age restrictions for transatlantic cruises from the USA to Europe? A: Most cruise lines require passengers to be at least 6 months old to sail on a transatlantic cruise. However, some cruise lines may have different age restrictions, so it is best to check with your cruise provider before booking.

Q: Can I use my mobile phone or internet during a transatlantic cruise from the USA to Europe? A: Most cruise lines offer onboard internet and mobile phone services, but these services may be limited and come at an additional cost. It is a good idea to check with your cruise line for details on connectivity options and pricing.

Q: Are there any special activities or events on transatlantic cruises from the USA to Europe? A: Many cruise lines offer a variety of onboard activities and entertainment options, including live music, shows, lectures, and more. Some cruise lines also offer themed cruises with dedicated events and activities related to the destination or a particular interest.

Q: How can I book a transatlantic cruise from the USA to Europe? A: You can book a transatlantic cruise through a travel agency, directly with the cruise line, or online. Contact The Cruise Web to book your dream cruise today.


Repositioning cruises 2024 and 2025: Save money with these unusual itineraries

Kristine Hansen

Looking for a cruise where you can truly kick back and take advantage of onboard amenities without getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of a different port of call every day? Consider a repositioning cruise.

Repositioning cruises are the name for one-way sailings that bring the ship to a new home port or a different part of the world to kick-start a new cruise season. Because these sailings often cross oceans, you'll likely experience ports in more than one cruise region — and have ample sea days to take advantage of the spa, dining and entertainment options on board.

All the major cruise lines offer the occasional repositioning cruises, typically on ships that usually sail in destinations with shorter seasons, such as Alaska or the Mediterranean . Here, we answer all your questions about repositioning cruises.

Note: Listed fares were accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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What is a repositioning cruise?

Cruise ships chase warm and sunny climates, so they often move, or "reposition," from one part of the world to another when chilly weather sets in. Cruise lines don't want to sail a ghost ship, one carrying only crew and no passengers, across the ocean because it's wasting an opportunity to earn money. They have figured out that by discounting rates, they can fill the cabins on these oddball itineraries.

Repositioning cruises are never round-trip sailings. Your origin and destination cities — or, in cruise-speak , embarkation and disembarkation ports — will not be the same. You might sail out of Florida and arrive in Barcelona or Southampton, England, allowing you to explore two continents on one vacation. Or, you might simply sail from Boston to Florida or from San Diego to Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Repositioning cruises are known for having a greater-than-average number of days spent at sea, but it's not as if you never get off the ship. On a transatlantic sailing , port stops could be in Spain's Canary Islands or Portugal's Azores islands. A repositioning cruise from Southern California to Vancouver before the Alaska cruise season might sail up the Pacific Coast and visit cities like San Francisco and Astoria, Oregon.

Related: How to avoid seasickness on your next cruise

Another aspect that makes a repositioning cruise different from a typical sailing is that many of these itineraries are longer than a week. (This is by design. It takes longer to sail from Florida to Europe than it does to sail to and from the Caribbean .) Still, there is a lot of flexibility, just as with booking any cruise. The shortest you'll find is four or five days (for example, Southern California to Vancouver) and the longest is around 28 nights (yes, almost an entire month, usually between continents).

Are repositioning cruises one-way?

Yes, repositioning cruises are one-way voyages that start in one region and end in another. Because they happen when a cruise ship switches destinations based on seasonality, these sailings often involve travel to a different part of the world, which can result in many consecutive days at sea.

Where and what time of year do cruise ships reposition?

The good news is you can book a repositioning cruise nearly six months out of the year, spanning mid-spring and mid-fall months, which are the cruise lines' shoulder seasons.

Because repositioning cruises are not all tied to the same destination, this only widens your options in terms of geography. To envision where these will sail and when, you need to know a destination's cruise season.

Take Europe as an example. The majority of Mediterranean and Baltic sailings take place in the spring through the early fall. Europe-based ships flee the region during the winter, spending November through March in the warm Caribbean. Therefore, a ship will need to travel from the Caribbean to Europe in spring and return to the Caribbean by fall. Look for transatlantic repositioning cruises during those changeover months.

Related: From Alaska to the Panama Canal: Here are 9 of TPG's favorite fall cruise itineraries

Some ships stay in the Caribbean year-round and only reposition when the cruise line chooses to move them to a different home port. However, ships sailing short seasons in Alaska, South America, Canada/New England and Europe will always be repositioned at least twice a year.

Due to increased cruise itineraries in the Middle East and Asia over the last decade, you might also find a repositioning cruise departing or returning to either of those regions. For example, MSC Cruises offers cruises from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to Genoa, Italy, in April prior to sailing European itineraries in the spring and summer. Just be prepared to be away from home for a long time. The aforementioned sailing lasts about three weeks — a long trek through the Suez Canal, connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, by way of Egypt.

Note: Many cruise lines have canceled or altered their 2024 Middle East itineraries due to unrest in the region.

What happens on a repositioning cruise?

On many repositioning cruises, you will not get off the ship as often as you might on a typical sailing because there are no ports in the middle of the ocean you're crossing. These itineraries often feature a string of sea days, so be prepared to spend more time and money on board.

Some people love port-intensive cruises so they can quickly check off a list of countries and only unpack once. But if you prefer leisurely, lazy days, then a transoceanic repositioning cruise might be your ticket to utopia. This huge stretch of time is a great opportunity to crack open books you've been meaning to read, launch into a knitting project or finally have time for daily workouts.

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Programming — such as comedy nights, fitness classes, boutique shopping, art auctions, wine tastings and evening shows — are as much a part of a repositioning cruise as any other sailing, only you might be able to take in a whole lot more than you normally would. Some cruise lines organize themed sailings or invite guest lecturers on board for extra sea day activities.

You also might want to consider springing for a cruise line's all-inclusive beverage package on a repositioning cruise. You'll get better value than usual from the price because you'll be ordering most of your drinks on board due to fewer port stops.

Another worthwhile splurge is a balcony cabin . You'll have easy access to fresh air without the top-deck crowds and can enjoy the romance of gazing out at the seemingly endless ocean. Just be sure to pack a sweater or sweatshirt because shoulder seasons in these climates are not necessarily sunbathing weather.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a repositioning cruise?

When you book a repositioning cruise, you'll likely be on board for at least two weeks, allowing enough time for the ship to sail between where it's currently based and its new home port. Sometimes the voyage can be even longer, and it's likely you won't have more than five or six port stops during that time.

That means lots of days on board, many of them consecutive. It's an advantage for anyone who enjoys relaxing at sea and doesn't mind exploring the ship for days at a time without touching land; it's a disadvantage for anyone who sees cruises as merely transportation to explore new places.

An advantage of repositionings is the price, which is often cheaper than what you'd pay for a round-trip sailing of the same length or which has more port days built into the schedule. However, the cost of the potentially expensive one-way or open-jaw flights needed before and after a repositioning cruise could eat up most of the money you'd save by booking that type of voyage.

Do you need a passport for a repositioning cruise?

Yes. The only time you don't need a passport to cruise is if you're booked on a closed-loop sailing — a voyage that departs from and returns to the same port within the U.S. Since repositioning cruises don't leave from and return to the same port, the exception won't apply, and you'll need a passport in order to board the ship.

Are repositioning cruises cheaper than other cruises?

It depends on the sailings to which you're comparing them, but repositioning cruises are often relatively affordable. Even though repositioning sailings can often be two to three weeks in length, you might find that they're less expensive than a regular weeklong voyage that begins and ends in the same port of call. That's because repositioning cruises offer mostly sea days, during which you'll be enjoying the ship instead of lounging on the beach or exploring museums.

How to score repositioning cruise deals

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More often than not, a repositioning cruise is a good deal because it costs much less per night than a typical sailing. This is because the one-way, sea day-heavy itineraries are less desirable to the majority of cruisers, and they take place during slower travel seasons.

Related: 6 ways to get a deal on a cruise

Travelers who live near the embarkation or debarkation ports can save even more by only having to buy a one-way plane ticket rather than a full round trip.

Repositioning cruises can be tricky to find on booking sites. They often are referred to as repositioning cruises or transatlantic or transpacific cruises. When ships reposition between ports in the U.S. and Canada, the one-off one-way itineraries might not be labeled anything special beyond Caribbean or Pacific Coast cruises.

Not all of the cruise line or online travel agency booking pages have an option to check a box and search for repositioning cruises. If you can't find what you're looking for, do an online search for the term and the cruise line you wish to sail. Even better, call a travel agent or the cruise line's booking staff directly, and they can help you find the repositioning cruise that's best for you.

What are the best 2024 repositioning cruises?

14-night transatlantic on carnival glory.

This two-week repositioning voyage on Carnival Cruise Line 's Carnival Glory departs Barcelona on April 18 and offers just four port calls. The sailing will visit Valencia, Malaga and Las Palmas in Spain, as well as Bermuda, before reaching Port Canaveral, near Orlando, which is the ship's seasonal home base in Florida.

Prices start from $649 per person for an inside cabin.

15-night transatlantic on Rotterdam

On Oct. 12, Holland America 's newest ship, Rotterdam , sets sail on a transatlantic repositioning from Rotterdam in the Netherlands to Florida's Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Those ports bookend calls on Bruges, Belgium; Le Havre and Brest, France; England's Isle of Portland; Bermuda; and Half Moon Cay, the line's private island in the Bahamas.

Prices begin at $2,074 per person for an inside cabin.

14-night transatlantic on Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Cruise Line 's Norwegian Escape will relocate from the Mediterranean to Miami on Nov. 26, offering a repositioning cruise that begins in Barcelona. It calls on Cartagena and Malaga, Spain; Madeira, Portugal; Antigua; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and NCL's private island , Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas along the way.

Fares start at $829 per person for an inside cabin.

16-night Panama Canal transit on Seven Seas Grandeur

For a repositioning sailing that transits one of the world's most impressive modern engineering marvels and offers lots of port stops, check out Regent Seven Seas ' 16-night Panama Canal crossing on Seven Seas Grandeur . Departing from Miami on Dec. 13, passengers can check out Grand Cayman before enjoying calls on Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Antigua; and Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico, before reaching Los Angeles.

Prices for this voyage on Seven Seas Grandeur, which is an all-inclusive, all-suite vessel, start at $10,499 per person.

What are the best 2025 repositioning cruises?

15-night transatlantic on wind spirit.

Windstar Cruises ' Wind Spirit, a masted sailing ship, is repositioning from Barbados to Lisbon, Portugal, on Feb. 22, 2025. However, you'll only want to book this voyage if you're interested in sailing vessels or you're not easily bored. The ship is small, and there are no port calls on the schedule.

Prices start from $2,399 per person for a room with a window.

23-night Panama Canal on Coral Princess

For a lengthy voyage that will allow you to sail from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to Mexico and then up the California coast before arriving in Canada, check out Princess Cruises ' Coral Princess. Beginning April 10, 2025, the ship is featuring a cruise that's longer than three weeks as it repositions to Vancouver for a season of Alaska sailings .

Fares begin at $1,593 per person for an inside cabin. If you're short on time, you can opt instead for a shorter voyage of 16 nights that also begins on April 10 and ends in Los Angeles before the ship moves on to Canada. Fares for the shorter cruise start from $1,048 per person for inside accommodations.

17-night French Polynesia and Hawaii on Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruises ' Celebrity Edge will relocate from its base in Sydney on April 14, 2025. Its ultimate destination is Vancouver, where it will be stationed for a series of Alaska voyages. On its way, it will take passengers on a 17-night trip to experience the beauty of French Polynesia before concluding the sailing in Honolulu. Port calls include Paihia and Auckland in New Zealand and Raiatea, Papeete and Moorea in French Polynesia.

Rates start at $1,574 per person for an inside cabin.

14-night transatlantic on Odyssey of the Seas

On April 27, 2025, Royal Caribbean 's Odyssey of the Seas is repositioning from Bayonne's Cape Liberty port in New Jersey to Rome. There are only five port stops — Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Malaga, Cartagena and Valencia, Spain; and La Spezia, the port for Cinque Terre in Italy — mixed in among the sea days. However, this Quantum Class vessel has plenty to keep cruisers busy on board. Amenities include surfing and skydiving simulators, bumper cars and a robotic arm that holds a glass-enclosed observation sphere for excellent ocean views.

Fares begin at $829 per person for an inside cabin.

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Why Taking a One-Way Cruise Might be the Ultimate Vacation

Last updated on September 15th, 2023 at 07:43 pm

Around 20 million people each year will enjoy a cruise vacation. If you’re one of those people, you know how fun, relaxing, and luxurious a cruise vacation can be. But, do you ever wish you had a little more time at your port of call ? There are a lot of tips and tricks for getting the most out of your cruise vacation, but what do you do if you want to stay in port a little longer, enjoying your destination? A one-way cruise, or a repositioning cruise, may be the perfect solution for you.

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A Repositioning Cruise vs. A One-Way Cruise

A repositioning cruise and a one-way cruise are two different things but are often presented as the same. Ask the cruise line those questions about the type of cruise it is before booking. Repositioning cruises are usually less expensive than a one-way cruise, but you have less control over ports of call in a repositioning cruise.

A Repositioning Cruise

Typically, a repositioning cruise is when the embarkation port and the disembarkation port are different, a repositioning cruise is like a one-way ticket. These types of cruises are less common than destination cruises, but they can also be less expensive.

Cruise ships will need to reposition their ships depending on the season. One example is Alaska cruises. During the winter, ships do not cruise to Alaska . Alaskan cruises are from late spring to early autumn. When winter approaches in Alaska, cruise ships will need to move, or reposition, elsewhere.

Cruises might operate in Meditteranean and Europe for that season, and then reposition by sailing into North or South America for another season. A cruise line prefers not to reposition empty ships from one location to another. These transfers can be two or more weeks in length. Cruise lines will offer passengers the opportunity to take a repositioning cruise at a rate that is less expensive than a destination cruise.

The majority of repositioning cruises are not direct routes, but cruise lines will schedule interesting ports along the way to entice guests to sail along with them. Again, these voyages tend to be two weeks or more as the ships are crossing oceans or changing hemispheres.

A One-Way Cruise

As you might have guessed, a one-way cruise starts at one point and ends at another. Most cruises are round trips, where you start and end at the same point.

Just as with a repositioning cruise, you will need to plan to be able to get yourself back to your point of origin. One-way cruises allow you the opportunity of spending time at your disembarkation port. For those who have the luxury of time, this is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in a new place and truly learn what it is like. Some travelers feel like they may only get to their chosen port once in their life. By being able to spend time there, you can truly absorb the sights and the culture.

The downside is that not every cruise line offers one-way cruises, and some may only be offered at only certain times of the year. There are not the same extensive lists of one-way cruises as there are of round-trips. However, if you plan your vacation well enough in advance, you should be able to find the cruise you’re looking for without any trouble.

Where Can I Go On A Repositioning or One-Way Cruise?

For the traveler looking to embark and disembark in the United States, you may look into a cruise that goes through the Panama Canal . You can sail from Florida, tour the Canal, and arrive in Los Angeles . Once there, you can spend a little time at the Santa Monica Pier, stroll down Rodeo Drive, or hike up to the Hollywood sign. If you live in LA, you could plan your trip in reverse. Fly to Florida, do your sightseeing beforehand , and take a relaxing, leisurely cruise home. Feeling a little more adventurous? Try cruising from the U.S. to Quebec and spend some time in our neighboring country, Canada, before coming home.

You can get a taste of Old Quebec City by exploring the Petit-Champlain District , which dates back to the 1600s. Or, take a day to do a little whale watching. That is one of the perks of a repositioning cruise. Rather than an itinerary mapped out for you, you are the one who can choose what you would like to do and see.

If you have the time, try a transatlantic, repositioning cruise. Get on the ship in New York, and sail across the ocean to places like Spain, France, and England. Enjoy the sandy beaches of Ibiza, a romantic gondola ride in Venice, or an enlightening walking tour in the historic streets of London.

Spend a little time in Hong Kong before hopping on a 13-day cruise through Southwest Asia over to Thailand where you can see some of the beautiful beaches in Phuket. Or get on the ship in Rome, and go for an Arabian adventure that sees you through Egypt, Israel, Greece, and other places that many people dream of seeing.

When Is The Best Time For Repositioning Cruises?

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These transatlantic repositioning cruises are the most common routes. But there are many more repositioning cruise routes that happen during these seasonal changes. Here’s a look at some of the more common Spring (March-May) repositioning cruise routes.

  • Caribbean, Florida, and other Southern US ports to European ports
  • Caribbean, Florida, and other Southern US ports to Pacific Northwest ports such as Vancouver
  • South America to Europe (less frequent and often European lines)
  • Australia to Asia (particularly Singapore)
  • Asia/Oceania to Pacific Northwest (less frequent)
  • Other: Every once in a while, there is just an odd repositioning route in which a cruise line may be repositioning a ship not just for a season, but changing a ship’s itinerary on a more permanent basis. Or they may just be less common repositioning cruise routes. Use some creative search filters and find these unique voyages, which may pack a very rare and interesting repositioning cruise itinerary. We’ve seen some interesting itineraries, for example, from Australia through the Pacific islands to Hawaii!

Here’s a look at some of the more common Fall (September-November) repositioning cruise routes. (You’ll notice it is essentially the opposite of what was mentioned above.)

  • Europe to the Caribbean, Florida, and other Southern US ports
  • Pacific Northwest (e.g., Vancouver) to the Caribbean, Florida, and other Southern US ports.
  • Europe to South America ports (less frequent and often European lines)
  • Asia (particularly Singapore) to Australia
  • Pacific Northwest to Asia/Oceania (less frequent)
  • Other: Every once in a while, there is just an odd repositioning route in which a cruise line may be repositioning a ship not just for a season, but changing a ship’s itinerary on a more permanent basis. Or they may just be less common. Use some creative search filters and find these unique voyages, which may pack a very rare and interesting itinerary.

Other Things To Know About A Repositioning Cruise

There is still a lot to do.

While a repositioning cruise may be less expensive than a round-trip cruise, you can expect all the same amenities and activities as a round-trip cruise. There are complimentary dining options, activities, and entertainment just as a round-trip cruise would have.

You will spend more days at sea, and there will still be ports of call. There are times when these ports are not usual that are typically stopped at by cruises. This means that you may be seeing destinations that are not your run-of-the-mill stops.

Cruise lines strive to fill their ships with passengers, even at reduced rates when they reposition their ships, and so they make the prospect attractive by providing the same level of entertainment that you would expect on a round-trip cruise. Comedians, Broadway performers, and singers will still be put on in the evenings. Some cruises will add lectures on a variety of subjects like marine life, astronomy, cultures, or even cooking demonstrations. There are still typical activities like bingo and trivia games.

All of the other options on a cruise ship, like the swimming pools, rock climbing walls, water slides , and everything else on that particular cruise line are available. On a repositioning cruise, there tends not to be long lines or much of a wait for these activities.

You Will Need A Return Ticket

As was mentioned before, your starting point of the journey and your stopping point will be two different locations. You will need to get yourself back home whether it be by flying or renting a car depending on where your final stop is.

This is going to add to the overall cost of your trip, but if you look for flights in the off-season, it can be well worth the time you put into researching cruises and flights.

Repositioning Cruises Tend To Be Longer In Duration

Round-trip cruises can be a week or less, while transatlantic repositioning cruises can be about two weeks. Transpacific cruises can be three weeks or longer.

Who Travels On Repositioning Cruises?

As you might expect, with the duration of repositioning cruises, a good portion of the passengers will be the over-60 crowd. They are the people with a bit of time on their hands and want some adventure. They also tend to be savvy travelers who know about getting the most out of your vacation dollar.

Others on a repositioning cruise might be professionals who are freelance or remote workers, others on a sabbatical, or those who are relocating might also take advantage of one of these cruises. Those who are wanting to continue to work while on the water, they need to know that WiFi on a cruise can be problematic . It can be slow and expensive as it runs off a satellite signal.

One-Way Cruises

Not all transatlantic cruises are for repositioning. Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 Luxury Cruise Ship crosses the Atlantic several times a year. These one-way cruises are an alternative to flying between North America and Europe.

You can also cruise from Quebec, Canada to Boston one way. These cruises typically sail from May through October, with the most popular time being August when the trees start to turn colors.

Norwegian Cruise Line , Carnival , and Royal Caribbean cruise lines offer Canada/New England one-way trips in the fall for the foliage.

There are seasonal one-way cruises that sail southbound from either Seward or Whittier, Alaska, or northbound from Vancouver. One of the advantages of a one-way cruise is that it offers you time in the disembarkation port. Holland America , Royal Caribbean , and luxury lines like Silversea and Regent Seven Seas Cruises offer one-way sailing.

Just as with a repositioning cruise, you will need to provide your transportation back home.

Some Final Thoughts

Book your reservations ahead of time if you can, or at least, get an idea of what you plan on doing and seeing. Then, brush up on the cultures that you’ll be visiting. Take the time to learn a few words in the native language, and watch the faces of the locals light up. Even just a simple “hello,” “excuse me,” “thank you,” or “have a nice day” is more than enough to win bonus points. But don’t worry if you won’t have the opportunity, you’ll find that many countries speak English in addition to their first language – and often, a couple more on top of that! Just make sure that your travel documents, safeguards, and necessities are in line before you go; that should be your main priority. Bring along a travel binder that holds copies of your passport and ID, travel insurance policy documents, trip itineraries, boarding passes, etc.

Trying a repositioning or a one-way cruise at least once will give you a good idea of how to work this type of cruise into your life.

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5 Amazing One-Way Cruises for Summer & Fall

One Way Cruises for Summer & Fall

Every summer has a story. And some of the best stories begin with a journey. A journey to someplace new, someplace full of wonder and excitement, of corners and trails begging to be explored. As summer begins to beckon with its usual wanderlust, let’s go beyond the basics. Here, we’ll explore one-way cruises , itineraries for summer and fall that begin in one port and open up to so much possibility.

These summer and fall cruise vacations are a great way to extend your time away for a unique vacation you’ll remember for decades. Vacation on your terms. Begin your journey with Norwegian and explore beyond. Go off the beaten path. Stay a little longer. The choices are all yours.

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7-Day Alaska Cruise from Seward – Your adventure begins in Seward, Alaska where you’ll embark in the evening, giving you plenty of time to explore before your cruise vacation even begins. This journey onboard Norwegian Jewel stops in some of Alaska’s most scenic destinations, making for plenty of photo ops of famous glaciers and wildlife. Explore Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, plus bear witness to the Inside Passage, before concluding your cruise vacation in Vancouver.

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11-Day Canada Cruise from New York - Few things are as visually stunning as the turning of the leaves along the Canada and New England coastline. This 11-day voyage offers cruisers the opportunity to experience some of the most romantic cruise ports in the Northeast. Embark in New York and make your way to eight stunning ports, including Newport, Rhode Island; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, before arriving in Quebec City, one of the highest rated ports in the western hemisphere.

7-Day Canada Cruise from Boston – Board Norwegian Dawn for a week’s worth of sweeping views along a picturesque coastline. Begin your cruise itinerary in Boston before sailing toward Maine. Your journey will take you along Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and Saguenay, Quebec before concluding in Quebec City. Once there, you’ll want to make time to explore the fascinating history of Quebec’s legacy, the first French City in North America.

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19-Day Transatlantic Cruise from Copenhagen - This is one for the books. Enjoy fourteen days of stunning ocean views and exotic port stops along the way as you cross the Atlantic Ocean and make way for New York. Your journey begins in Copenhagen with one of the most colorful skylines in Denmark. Stops in Sweden, England, France, and Azores make for bucket list photo ops before arriving in New Orleans.

15-Day Transatlantic Cruise from Miami - Explore Miami's exciting nightlife and colorful Art-Deco architecture before embarking on this transatlantic cruise to Spain. Arrive in Ponte Delgada for the first port stop on your voyage where you can admire Gothic architecture in the capital of the Azores. Continue to Madeira and Spain, with port stops in Seville, Granada, Cartagena, and Palma before concluding your itinerary in Barcelona for a truly visually stunning journey.

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures of Europe on a voyage beyond your imagination with Celebrity. Taste wines grown on the slopes of Mount Etna, or feast on tapas on the beach in Barcelona. Explore the antiquities of Greece and the art treasures of Florence with an expert, or glide along Norway’s serene fjords to a soundtrack of tumbling waterfalls and birdsong. Celebrity can fulfill your dreams of exploring the Old World on a European cruise—and you’ll only have to unpack once.

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Mediterranean Cruises

Embark on a Mediterranean cruise along the coasts of Italy, Spain, Croatia, and Greece. Discover itineraries from a leisurely 7-night Greek Islands voyage to nine nights exploring the Italian coast and the lavender fields of Provence.

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Travel back in time on a spectacular 11 or 12-night roundtrip of Iceland and the British Isles. You’ll see everything from colorful Cork in Ireland to neolithic standing stones in Orkney and Iceland’s smoldering volcanoes.

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Take in some of Scandinavia’s most cosmopolitan cities, from stylish Stockholm to creative Copenhagen, on a 12-night voyage. Or, take a 7-night cruise to the Norwegian fjords to marvel at glaciers, waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains.

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Cruise to Europe with Celebrity and you’ll enjoy the best of all worlds, from cultural immersion and culinary adventures ashore, to our contemporary, design-led ships. Rejuvenate your spirit in The Spa, unwind by the pool, and toast the end of another perfect day at the Sunset Bar as the lights of the shore fade away.  

On Celebrity’s ships, you enjoy a different restaurant at every meal, with menus designed by a Michelin-starred chef. Try anything from mouth-watering seafood to steak, flavor-packed Italian and gourmet French cuisine. Don’t miss Dinner on the Edge on Edge-series ships, with dining under the stars on The Magic Carpet, high above the ocean, with uninterrupted views. Elevate your experience to the next level at The Retreat, with sumptuous, all-suite accommodation, access to a private sundeck and tranquil lounge, and dining at the exclusive Luminae at The Retreat. 

Let Celebrity take you to some of Europe’s most exciting ports, whether your dream is to admire the dazzling architecture of Barcelona or to sip espresso in a sunlit square on Italy’s exquisite Amalfi Coast. Sail along Norway’s glassy fjords, waterfalls tumbling from towering cliffs, or immerse yourself in the steaming waters of Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon. Over the course of a week, you could visit six different ports in multiple countries and still have plenty of time to enjoy the ship. We will help you make the most of your time ashore, too, with our range of imaginative excursions, from Destination Highlights to Small Group Discoveries, or even custom-designed Private Journeys. 

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From short sailings of 4 nights to longer, more immersive voyages of 12 nights and more, Celebrity has a European cruise for you. Whether you’re dreaming of sun-drenched beaches, the art and culture of the Old World, natural beauty, or simply absorbing the relaxed pace of life around the Mediterranean, you’ll find your perfect vacation with Celebrity.  

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Where can I cruise to in Europe? 

A Celebrity European cruise vacation takes you to some of the most exciting cities in the world, from Iceland and the Fjords in Northern Europe to the Mediterranean,  the Canary Islands and the stunning Greek Isles. You’ll set sail on spectacular new adventures on any European cruise with Celebrity. 

We depart from eight incredible ports in Europe including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venice, and Rome just to name a few. There are plenty of ways to embrace the best of everything in the region. View our European itineraries for more details.

When’s the best time to cruise?

We offer a wide variety of Europe itineraries with our newest Edge-class ships sailing during the summer and Celebrity Infinity year round. Each region of Europe offers different experiences guests can enjoy. 

Enjoy the quintessential Mediterranean summer with spectacular beaches, warm weather, and delicious food, or sail through the Norwegian fjords between May and August, when they are at their most beautiful. Visit unique destinations like the Holy Land in the cooler months, from February to April.

How long are European cruises?

From 4-night getaways to 14-night sailings, we have options for everyone in Europe year round. Get away for a weekend to Belgium and the Netherlands or set off on a week-long adventure to the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords or the exquisite paradise of the Canary Islands. 

What should I pack?

What to pack for a cruise to Europe depends on where you’re headed, and when. For the Mediterranean in summer, you’ll need beachwear, a sun hat, and light clothes for a hot climate. The British Isles, on the other hand, is often cool and damp, even in the height of summer, so you should pack a light waterproof jacket. The same applies to Iceland, Ireland, and Scandinavia. You could be basking in hot sunshine, but there are no guarantees. 

If you’re traveling as the seasons change, in April and May, or between September and November, you’ll need to pack for all eventualities. Remember to include comfortable shoes for walking around ruins and through old castles, and something to cover your shoulders if you want to go inside churches and mosques.

Throughout the ship, casual resort wear, sundresses, shorts, polos, or button-downs are appropriate, paired with sandals, low heels, and loafers. In main and specialty dining, we ask guests to refrain from wearing swimsuits, see-through cover ups or robes, bare feet, tank tops, T-shirts, and baseball caps. 

Smart Casual attire is required for entry to main dining, specialty dining, and the Celebrity Theatre. Smart Casual means you look comfortable yet tasteful in a dress, skirt, long pants, or jeans with a stylish top or button-down. Shorts and flip flops are not considered Smart Casual. 

Each itinerary features one to two “formal” nights that we call Evening Chic. Evening Chic means you dress to impress, glamorous and sophisticated in your own way, with a cocktail dress, skirt, slacks, or designer jeans, an elegant dress top, or blazer—some guests even pack a tuxedo or gown for onboard photos. 

The daily program, delivered to your stateroom and available at the Guest Relations Desk, will be your guide to the correct attire each evening. If you do not wish to participate in Evening Chic, Smart Casual attire is acceptable for dining and attending the theater.

What can I see while I’m there?

Yes, you can request seat assignments in instances where the airline makes them available to Celebrity Cruises®. Most air carriers charge a fee for early seat assignment requests and when this occurs you will be directed to contact the airline directly to confirm your seating.

Europe has a rich, diverse mix of cultures and countries that you can immerse yourself in. See medieval towns like Tallinn, Estonia, or chic Scandinavian capitals such as Stockholm and Copenhagen. 

In the Mediterranean, visit Rome, Barcelona, Athens, Florence, and Pisa for a culture and history fix. You will see astonishing natural beauty, too, from geysers and volcanoes in Iceland to the rolling green hills of Ireland, and the majestic scenery of the Norwegian fjords. 

Pick an itinerary that matches your interests and pace yourself; some places are best explored with a guide, while in others, it can be fun to just sit and people-watch with a glass of local wine or a cold beer.

Should I book tours ahead of time?

If you are traveling in peak season, we recommend you book your Shore Excursions through My Celebrity Cruises as soon as you confirm your sailing as many attractions in Europe are extremely popular. 

Booking a shore excursion with Celebrity also means you’ll be visiting attractions with a professional guide, and on a tour that guarantees to return you to the ship on time. 

Whether you're looking for a private, customizable experience, a carefully curated guided tour with a small group, or an unforgettable trip to iconic local landmarks, we have the right option to discover any destination, granting in-depth knowledge, expertise, and a truly extraordinary experience.

Can I get around with English?

Many languages are spoken in Europe, from French, German, Italian, and Spanish to Estonian, Swedish, and Danish. Most people working in the hospitality industry speak at least some English.

Is a European cruise good for families?

A cruise to Europe is a great family vacation option as kids will be exposed to multiple cultures, not to mention millennia of history and different cuisines. You’ll find attractions that are great fun for the whole family, from the pretty Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen to the ABBA Museum in Stockholm. 

Kids will love exploring castles in Scotland and Ireland, basking in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, or spotting whales on a boat tour. The Norwegian fjords are packed with outdoor activities such as RIB rides, hikes, and kayaking, while a trip to the Mediterranean is a fantastic way to make ancient history come to life for kids in locations like the Colosseum in Rome, or the Parthenon in Athens.

Do I need a visa to cruise to Europe?

It is the responsibility of each guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available at the pier when necessary. Before leaving home, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship. You’ll find more information here . 

The vast majority of countries visited by European cruises do not require a visa. From 2024, Americans, Canadians, and British citizens will be required to register for the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to enter 30 European countries. 

This will be easy to apply for, inexpensive, and is simply a pre-authorization system similar to the ESTA that Europeans need to travel to the U.S. and Canada. Once you have the ETIAS, it will be valid for three years. You should make sure you have at least six months before your passport expires, too.

What type of currency will I need?

Most, but not all countries in Europe use the Euro as their official currency. All the places you will visit on your European cruise will have ATMs, and credit cards are widely accepted. Carry cash for things like taxi fares or purchases in markets. Some countries don’t use the Euro; in Britain, for example, the currency is the pound, while Sweden and Turkey both have their own currencies.

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