When you’ve set your sights on Spain, France, and the United Kingdom for your next cruise adventure, be sure to hop aboard a cruise ship that offers luxury amenities and experiences that complement your trip. Several cruises around Europe offer incredible spa experiences, all-inclusive dining and once-in-a-lifetime shore excursions. Here are some of our favorite ships to sail in Europe.
Queen Mary 2
One of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world can take you around Europe and beyond. The elegant and stylish flagship Queen Mary 2 from Cunard is the place to discover mouthwatering culinary dishes, live evening performances, traditional afternoon tea, and freshly made chocolate. Indulgence is an understatement on this ship and you’ll find plenty of reasons to lounge and relax on board.
Taking cruise travelers around Lisbon, Portugal to Ireland and Brussels, a 14-day cruise aboard the Seabourn Quest is another major player among luxury cruise liners and boasts a number of award-winning dining venues. Spend some time in the Card Room, work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, and enjoy drinks in the Observation Bar.
Learn about the legends of Europe aboard the Celebrity Edge. It’s one of the newest cruise experiences of the year and features futuristic amenities, including the cantilevered Magic Carpet that flies above the ocean. It also has 29 restaurants, bars and lounges. Other highlights include the Eden space where you can enjoy amazing views of the ocean and creative cocktails. From the breathtaking Grand Plaza to luxurious Spa sanctuary, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy your voyage around Europe aboard this modern ship.
A variety of cruise ships tour the Eastern coast of North America and several of the ships offer unique adult only clubs, lounges, and bars. These are five of the best onboard bars.
The Safari Club-Royal Caribbean
The Safari Club has an old world library theme and features four bars in one, the Congo Bar, Serengeti Card Club, Game Reserves, and Zanzibar. The Serengeti Card Club offers a variety of card tables and games in a laid back atmosphere. At the Congo Bar, guests can enjoy floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean from one of the ninety-nine seats. The Zanzibar offers tables with built-in checkers, chess, and backgammon. In the Game Reserves, guests take part in Nintendo WII tournaments and enjoy playing pool on self-balancing gyroscopic pool tables which accommodate the movement of the ship. There is a centrally located dance floor between the clubs that features line dancing, karaoke, game shows, and champagne art auctions.
Spice H2O-Norwegian Cruise Lines
Spice has a double personality depending on the time of day you visit. During daylight hours cruise-goers can lounge in the sun enjoying their favorite drinks or take a dip in one of the hot tubs. Spice offers a waterfall grotto to walk through letting the gentle cascades refresh your skin and cool you off. At night, the club transforms into a dance party, the giant video screen features images of destinations while the music plays and the stars shine. Spice also features an 80’s theme night for guests to “glam-up” and dance to their favorite hair bands and also hosts a “Glow Night” for everyone to sport neon and glow-stick jewelry.
Piano Bars-Carnival Cruises
The Piano Bar is a unique place to spend an evening whether you sit up at the piano and participate or sit at a table and just observe. When at the bar, guests order their drink and request their favorite songs from the piano player. Once your song comes up everyone is asked to sing along, the musicians know an astounding number of songs and are rarely stumped. Participation is not required but it definitely adds to the excitement and moral.
Queens Room-Cunard Cruises
The Queens Room is the largest ballroom at sea and the social hub of the ship. Daytime highlights include dance classes, fencing, music recitals, and afternoon tea. After sunset, the orchestra plays and the ballroom dancing begins. The Queens Room hosts a Gala night for guests to break out their formal attire and socialize.
The Martini Bar and Crush-Celebrity Cruises
Enjoy a talented staff of mixologists and a vast selection of martinis prepared with a high energy flare. The Martini Bar features a wide range of rare vodkas and a portfolio of fine caviar. The bar is topped with ice to keep your drinks at optimum sipping temperature and the music is always upbeat and fun.