Western Europe Cruises

Western Europe is home to several of Europe’s great capital cities including London, Paris and Amsterdam, as well as the wine country of France and Spain.  Some of Europe’s most famous landmarks and finest museums, churches and cathedrals are found here.

Western Atlantic Coast

Rotterdam is the perfect port from which to tour the canals, windmills and tulip fields of Holland.  A port of call on the northwest coast of France in La Havre provides access to the infamous beaches of Normandy or the tow of Fouen, where you will find the gothic architecture and medieval history.

Along the Spanish coast you will find the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, as well as be in close proximity to the lovely wine country of the Basque Region.  Other ports in Spain include the quaint village of Vigo on the western coast, and Cadiz on the southwestern side.  From here, it is a short trip to Seville, where the attractions are bull-fighting and flamenco dancing.  Lisbon, Europe’s smallest and oldest capital, has a long history of occupation by the Celts, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors, giving it an eclective and mystical appeal.

The British Isles

Most of the ports of call in the British Isles are dominated by medieval castles or abbeys and easily boasts more than 1000 years of history.  In contrast, in the Irish capital, Dublin, the most pervasive surviving influences come from the 18th and 19th centuries when elegant Georgian mansions were constructed along the river and waterfront.

In Scotland, craggy cliffs sculpted by turbulent seas are in stark contrast to the tranquil, sandy bays and flower-strewn meadows found there.  Fro the best example of English gardens, a stop in Cornwall is the perfect place.  Shopping is great in every port and you will find everything from goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers, weavers and clockmakers.

Ports of call: Vigo, Lisbon, Cadiz/Seville, Bilboa, Rotterdam, Brussels, Le Havre, Casablanca, Agadir, Tenerife, Funchal, Belfast, Cork, Cornwall, Waterford, Holyhead, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow/Greenock, Kirckwall, Invergordon, Plymouth.

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