Cruising Through Europe Is More Popular Than Ever Before

See the top-rated European cruises of 2018 below and get sailing.

Think a European Vacation Will Break the Bank? Think Again

While it will probably never be where it was in the early and mid 1980s when The Love Boat gave the industry an hour-long commercial on network television every Friday night, cruises are making a big comeback in popularity and Europe is a go-to destination for 2018.

Cruises can be a more economical form of travel as is due to included meals, free entertainment on the boat, and more. On top of that, the popularity of European cruises has led many cruise lines to increased the number of European sailings they offer.

So what does that mean for savings? It means cruise prices are plummeting, especially when a ship doesn’t completely fill all of its cabins. Unlike hotels that can fill a room late night, cruise cabins get left empty once the ship sets sail. So instead of leaving cabins empty, they lower prices until all cabins are filled up. This is a win-win.

The Top European Cruises of 2018

Serenade of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International: This is the THE cruise if you’re looking to hit the big ports of call in Russia and Scandinavia, but still have the massive cruise ship experience. Rated one of the top European cruises by U.S. News1, the Serenade of the Seas leaves from Copenhagen, Denmark, there are 7- and 10-day routes that, depending on your cabin, can be had for between $150 and $300 per passenger according to Cruise Mapper2.

Regal Princess – Princess Cruises: You’ll see Russia, Scandinavia, and other parts of Eastern Europe depending on the exact route you book, but Princess Cruises really are all about their ships sparing little expense on the onboard experience, including dining and entertainment. If you’re looking for an international experience, this is your boat as passengers from around the globe tend to favor the Regal Princess.

Norwegian Epic – Norwegian Cruise Lines: If the cold waters of Russian and Scandinavian aren’t your thing, the Norwegian Epic might be your ride. The week long journey starting and ending in Rome also stops in Cannes, Barcelona, Naples and Florence is perfect for newlyweds or those looking to rekindle the romantic flame. Available for under $100 per night on many travel sites including Norwegian Cruise Lines3, it’s also among the most affordable European cruises.

Viking Ingvi – Viking River Cruises: With a four-star positive rating on CruiseCritic.com4, it’s hard to imagine where you’d go wrong on this week-long (or 11-day, depending on which trip you choose) journey up Europe’s Rhine and Danube rivers. Stops include Budapest, Vienna and Munich and Prague. With only 190 passengers (it’s not a massive ship), you won’t feel overwhelmed with the number of people sharing your vacation.

Crystal Mozart – Crystal River Cruises: A luxury cruise that heads down some of Europe’s most famous rivers like the Danube, the Crystal Mozart offers unparalleled comforts and perks. For approximately $2,000 for a 7 or 10 night cruise according to CruiseCritic.com5, you’ll enjoy a high-tech stateroom with an iPad and customizable toilet, farm-to-table dining, and open dining available any time of day.

How Do You Find These Cruises?

With a little planning and a lot of research, you can take the vacation of a lifetime without breaking the bank. But you can’t rely on cruise lines to give you these deals on the spot or for their websites to reflect their lowest prices. That’s because they can’t give everyone these deals.

So how can you access them? Sometimes, with as little as an online search.

Featured Tip

Don’t let your vacation days go to waste – make sure you travel! Only 23% of full-time employees use all of their days off each year, Forbes reports.