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European Cruise Ports

Mediterranean Cruise Ports Northern European Cruise Ports

Taking a cruise can be a fun, affordable way to experience Europe — if you choose the right cruise, keep your extra expenses to a minimum…and use these books to make the absolute most of your time in port. Unlike most cruising guidebooks, which dote on details about this ship's restaurants or that ship's staterooms, these booksfocus on the main attraction: some of the grandest cities in Europe. As always, Rick has a plan to help you have a meaningful cultural experience while you're there — even with just a few hours in port.

Do Your Own Thing: Rick's book explains how to get into town from the cruise terminal, shares sightseeing tips, and includes tons of self-guided walks and tours.

Cruise Smartly: You'll learn which destinations are best for an excursion — and which you can confidently visit on your own. You'll also get tips on choosing and booking a cruise, and plenty of hints for saving time and money on the ship and in port.

Hop Aboard: Inside you'll find one-day itineraries for sightseeing at or near these Mediterranean ports of call, including:

  • Spain
    • Barcelona
  • France
    • Marseille, Cassis, and Aix-en-Provence (port of Toulon)
    • Nice
    • Villefrance-sur-Mer
    • Monaco
    • Cannes and Antibes
  • Italy
    • Florence, Pisa and Lucca (port of Livorno)
    • Rome (port of Civitavecchia)
    • Naples, Pompeii, and Herculaneum
    • Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast
    • Venice
  • Croatia
    • Split
    • Dubrovnik
  • Greece
    • Athens (port of Piraeus)
    • Mykonos and Delos
    • Santorini
    • Corfu
    • Olympia (port of Katakolo)
    • Crete (port of Heraklion)
    • Rhodes
  • Turkey
    • Istanbul
    • Ephesus and Selç​uk (port of Kuşadası)

Hop Aboard: Inside you'll find one-day itineraries for sightseeing at or near these Northern European ports of call, including:​

  • Denmark
    • Copenhagen
  • Sweden
    • Stockholm
  • Finland
    • Helsinki
  • Russia
    • St. Petersburg
  • Estonia
    • Tallinn
  • Latvia
    • Riga
  • Poland
    • Gdańsk and the port of Gdynia
  • Germany
    • Berlin, Rostock, and the port of Warnemünde
  • Norway
    • Oslo
    • Stavanger
    • Bergen
    • Norwegian Fjords (including Flåm, the Sognefjord, the Norway in a Nutshell route, and Geirangerfjord)
  • Netherlands
    • Amsterdam
  • Belgium
    • Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, and the port of ZeebruggeSplit
    • Dubrovnik
  • England
    • London, Canterbury, Portsmouth, and the ports of Southampton and Dover
  • France
    • Paris, Normandy's D-Day beaches, Honfleur, Rouen, and the port of Le Havre
Essential tips for each port
  • In-depth advice for making the most of your time and money while ashore
  • Detailed tips for a smooth and budget-savvy route from your ship to each city center, and back
  • Self-guided walks and tours
  • Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Venice, Dubrovnik, Athens, Istanbul, and Provence and the French Riviera)
  • Recommended cafés and restaurants for lunch
  • In case you miss the boat: transportation tips for catching up to your ship, tailored to each port
  • Handy survival phrases for each local language

And More

  • In-depth advice on choosing and booking a cruise
  • More on trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, detailed packing advice
  • Detailed tips on making the most of your time and money on board your ship
  • Transportation while ashore: trains, buses, city transit, and car rental
  • How to stay in touch while on board and while ashore
  • Extra tips for those beginning or ending a cruise in Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Athens, or Istanbul (including hotel listings, nightlife recommendations, and airport connections)
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