Best European Cruises

by Danielle Contray


You are—finally—ready to do Europe, but have neither the time nor the funds for an old-fashioned Grand Tour. It's possible to check off the Vatican, the Uffizi, and the Acropolis in less than two weeks without a litany of train stations, cheap hotels, and dog-eared guidebooks. Many of the larger lines have sailings that make their way through the continent's greatest hits. For example, Princess Cruises' new 3,080-passenger Ruby Princess does a 12-day Grand Mediterranean trip that calls in 10 ports, including such bucket-list cities as Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Venice, Athens, and Istanbul. There are multiple options for tours in each city, or you can hire a driver and see the Colosseum and Sistine Chapel at your own pace. With ocean-view rooms starting at $3,200 per person including meals, it's also a lot cheaper—and easier—than booking a soup-to-nuts trip from Spain to Turkey on your own.

Princess Cruises
Tel: 800 774 6237

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