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Best European Cruises

by Danielle Contray

FAMILY CRUISES

Cruises are tailor-made for families: You cover a lot of ground without having to unpack and repack a million times, and on-board kids' clubs ensure Mom and Dad have some quiet time. Disney chugs over to Europe in the summer with 7- to 12-night itineraries focusing on either Northern Europe or the Mediterranean. But if breakfast with Goofy isn't your idea of a vacation on the Med, we'd recommend booking on Royal Caribbean. Its Freedom class of ships—famous for activities such as climbing walls and surfing simulators—finally arrive in Europe in May 2009 with the brand-new Independence of the Seas. The 4,370-passenger megaship has bowling alleys, a water park, miniature golf, and multiple pools; don't be surprised if touring Gaudí's Barcelona and the Leaning Tower of Pisa come in a very distant second and third to ice-skating on the Atlantic. The Mediterranean Treasures cruise loops from England to Spain and Portugal, through the Strait of Gibraltar, and on to Cannes and Florence before circling back. Outside cabins start at $2,200 per week, and family-friendly suites with pull-out couches start at $4,500.

Disney Cruise Line
Tel: 800 951 3532

Royal Caribbean
Tel: 866 562 7625


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