Best European Cruises

by Danielle Contray


Looking for a dose of Old World glamour while in the, er, Old World? Book on a mega-yacht line like Seabourn. The spacious cabins could pass for hotel suites, with marble bathrooms, picture windows, flat-screen TVs, and DVD players. The white-gloved service is equally swank: A concierge will arrange for private shore excursions (think hot-air balloon rides over canyons in Cappadocia), dinner is served on china, and, yes, that is Hermès soap in the bathroom. You'll also be spoiled by the routes on offer: These comparatively small ships (280 to 450 passengers max.) make the standard Mediterranean stops—Cannes, Monte Carlo—but they also squeeze into smaller ports such as Bordeaux and navigate interior waterways inaccessible to their larger counterparts. Those Egyptian cotton sheets and five-star dinners don't come cheap, however, with 16-day Mediterranean cruises on the Seabourn Pride starting at a whopping $14,000 per person. The good news is that early-booking discounts (especially in this economy) can knock up to 60 percent off the price, bringing it down as low as $6,000. Regardless, these price points tend to attract guests of a certain age, so the onboard soundtrack may skew more toward Barry Manilow than Beyoncé. Rowdy types may want to look elsewhere.

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