The Ultimate Guide to Cruise Vacation in Europe this Year



From today, UK travelers are free to step into the blue there after the government finally dropped its ban on international travel – a warning that had been in place since March of last year.

While in theory Britons can now navigate wherever they want, depending on the government’s traffic light system, the reality is a little different as some countries have imposed their own restrictions on British arrivals.

Last week’s government announcement was the industry’s long-awaited breakthrough, but it’s not an overnight quick fix. It will take time for normal service to resume.

With nationwide “sessions” underway around Britain and a handful of Mediterranean trips restarting, the good winds blowing through the area have left cruise lines daring to hope that a recovery is in sight.

For those who wish to treat themselves to a European cruise in the coming months, the choice continues to widen. Here’s your guide to what’s on offer again this year, whether you stick to rivers or finally want to sail foreign seas again.

greek glories

Nothing overshadows the life of the suite for guests who want a taste of luxury on Silver Moon, the chic debutante of the upscale Silversea Cruises line. Its summer series of crossings in Greece promises a “new start with a new ship” where free champagne guarantees festive toast. It whets the appetite for fine dining in French, Italian, and Japanese locations on cruises to volcanic Santorini and the whitewashed hiding places of Nafplio and Amorgos.

10 nights round trip from Athens, departing August 27. From £ 5,200 per person (



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