Anyone considering the European Cruises?


#1

I have only been on 1 cruise (a Disney one, of course) and have never been to Europe before. But after reading about the new Disney European cruises for 2010 it has definitely sparked my interest. I think it would be great to go to different countries but always return to the same room at night. This is the one DD and I though sounded good (from allears).

12 Night Northern Europe Cruises:
6/12 & 7/6: Departing Dover England, with stops in Oslo Norway, Copenhagen Denmark, Warnemunde (Berlin) Germany, St. Petersburg Russia (2 days), Helsinki Finland, Stockholm Sweden, Dover England.

I like that it’s in the summer so DD wouldn’t miss school. She’d be 10 by then so it would definately be educational. We would have to go tripless next year to justify the cost, but what an experience! Sometimes I feel that b/c we go to WDW for most of our vacations, we are missing out on other places to see. This way we could still be doing something Disney while visiting other parts of the world!

What do you think? Is 12 nights way too long to be on a ship?


#2

I would love to go. I figured the airfare plus the cost of the cruise would be too much. Maybe we should look into it more, though.


#3

I am sure those countries are great- but thats not the parts of Europe I would like to see if I was going to do a cruise especially a Disney cruise with Disney prices.
The Europe I would like is Italy, South of France, Monaco, Madeira, Corsica etc- but thats just my opinion!


#4

I say if you can afford it, do it. I just hope that DD will be able to appreciate the trip like you would appreciate a trip like that. I don’t think I would have appreciated it at that age. My parents have been on 2 European cruises in the past year and they love it.


#5

This is my dream cruise.


#6

We did a 14 day Mediterranean Cruise in June and it was fantastic! Spain, Portugal, France, Gibraltar, Italy! You’re visiting so many places that it doesn’t seem like you’re on the ship constantly - and you have the comfort of knowing that you’ll always have a nice place to come home to at the end of your sightseeing day.

We’re planning to cruise the Greek Isles next October.

The Caribbean is great - but honestly - you see one island, you’ve pretty well seen them all.


#7

[QUOTE=llama;895459]We did a 14 day Mediterranean Cruise in June and it was fantastic! Spain, Portugal, France, Gibraltar, Italy! You’re visiting so many places that it doesn’t seem like you’re on the ship constantly - and you have the comfort of knowing that you’ll always have a nice place to come home to at the end of your sightseeing day.

We’re planning to cruise the Greek Isles next October.

The Caribbean is great - but honestly - you see one island, you’ve pretty well seen them all.[/QUOTE]

The Med…now thats my dream cruise!!


#8

[QUOTE=llama;895459]We did a 14 day Mediterranean Cruise in June and it was fantastic! Spain, Portugal, France, Gibraltar, Italy! You’re visiting so many places that it doesn’t seem like you’re on the ship constantly - and you have the comfort of knowing that you’ll always have a nice place to come home to at the end of your sightseeing day.

We’re planning to cruise the Greek Isles next October.

The Caribbean is great - but honestly - you see one island, you’ve pretty well seen them all.[/QUOTE]

Llama what you said is exactly what made me interested. I would love to go on tours during the day and then know that I am going “home” at night. I thought this would be a great 1st European trip rather than driving around and going from hotel to hotel.

I also agree with the Caribbean thing. Other than going to Cataway Cay nothing else appealed to me about walking around islands for a day. I think that’s why I didn’t 100% love my 1st cruise, there was not much to see.


#9

[QUOTE=dixie;895064]I am sure those countries are great- but thats not the parts of Europe I would like to see if I was going to do a cruise especially a Disney cruise with Disney prices.
The Europe I would like is Italy, South of France, Monaco, Madeira, Corsica etc- but thats just my opinion![/QUOTE]

There is an itinerary with stops in Italy and France. Here it is:

10 and 11 night Mediterrean Cruises

11 Nights: 4/24, 5/15, 8/7, 8/28 Departing Barcelona Spain and stopping at Valletta Malta, Tunis Tunisia, Naples Italy, Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy, La Spezia (Florence/Pisa) Italy, Ajaccio Corsica, Villefranche France and Barcelona Spain.


#10

[QUOTE=ssn;895505]There is an itinerary with stops in Italy and France. Here it is:

10 and 11 night Mediterrean Cruises

11 Nights: 4/24, 5/15, 8/7, 8/28 Departing Barcelona Spain and stopping at Valletta Malta, Tunis Tunisia, Naples Italy, Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy, La Spezia (Florence/Pisa) Italy, Ajaccio Corsica, Villefranche France and Barcelona Spain.[/QUOTE]

Sounds fantastic! If you plan to take it here are a few tips:

Barcelona is an amazing city and the port is only about 10 minutes from the centre of the city. We took a walking tour and it was wonderful. Don’t miss the Cathedral - awe-inspiring.

Now Rome and Florence are a little trickier - because the ports are 2 hours from both cities. You’ll be warned to take a tour and they are EXPENSIVE - but we ignored that and took the train into both Florence and Rome and used the tour buses (in Florence they’re right outside the train station) to tour. DO NOT MISS “DAVID”. You can buy your tickets for him, on line, and then it’s basically like a “fastpass”. I neglected to buy them, but our wait time was only about 1/2 a hour. So - if you’re up for some adventure - don’t take the ship’s tours to Florence or Rome. They board last (before everyone else has gone) it’s a 2 hour bus drive into the city and you only have about 4 hours - if you take the FIRST train from the ports (they run about every 1/2 hour, you’ll be in Florence and Rome by 10:am. You’ll have to catch the 4 p.m. train back - but that still gives you a MUCH fuller day and the double-decker buses are great for touring. As for Pisa - you can actually get off in Pisa on your way to Florence if you like, and then re-board the next train to Florence. But other than the Tower - there’s not much to see in Pisa. We skipped it to have more time in Florence - an amazing city!

Villefrance is right smack in the middle of Monaco and Nice - the fastest way to get to either one is taxi (a bit more expensive than the train but waaaay cheaper than the ship tours). We chose Nice and met Towncar T and his wife there for a wonderful day - Nice is just as you’d dream it is - blue, blue sea, little markets - I loved it. We talked to people who went to Monaco and they didn’t seem to enjoy it as much - too expensive for most people.


#11

Well, get thee down to Southampton!:happy: You don’t even have to fly!


#12

I considered it… until I looked at my bank account. :laugh:


#13

:laugh:[QUOTE=llama;895518]Well, get thee down to Southampton! You don’t even have to fly![/QUOTE]

:laugh: I’ve got to get rid of this American addiction first!!


#14

[QUOTE=ssn;895505]There is an itinerary with stops in Italy and France. Here it is:

10 and 11 night Mediterrean Cruises

11 Nights: 4/24, 5/15, 8/7, 8/28 Departing Barcelona Spain and stopping at Valletta Malta, Tunis Tunisia, Naples Italy, Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy, La Spezia (Florence/Pisa) Italy, Ajaccio Corsica, Villefranche France and Barcelona Spain.[/QUOTE]

Now that sounds tailor made for us- we are looking to cruise next year for our Silver wedding anniversary- I want to do the Med as always going to the USA I feel I am not seeing enough of the countries surrounding Great Britain. Goodness, if we could do a Disney cruise from Barcelona I could get a Disney fix and a Med cruise too!:happy:


#15

I would LOVE to go on a Northern Europe cruise…I my great grandparents are from Finland/Sweden/Denmark, so I would love see those places. With so many stops, I don’t think 12 days is too long to be on a ship…you’ll want to relax.


#16

Dixie - we took the Norwegian Jade out of Southampton. It was such an amazing vacation! I kept saying to Neil - I can’t believe I’m seeing all this! Our stops were Malaga, Spain, Barcelona, Spain, Villefrance, France, Florence, Italy, Rome, Italy, Lisbon, Portugal, Gibraltar, Viga, Spain and back to Southampton. Everyday there was something new - and I got to see the apes of Gibraltar! Who were so adorable - and bad!:happy: You should definitely consider it - you’re so fortunate to live in England (I whine this to Tom all the time - he and June just “hopped” over to Nice to meet us there - you have such great opportunities to see so many countries, so easily.


#17

Thank you for that great post- can I ask which cruise line did you use? I know you said the name of the ship but is that the line name too?
After reading this thread last night, Paul and I went on every cruise line web site here and abroad and requested brochures-as not only is it our silver wedding anniversary next year but Paul is the big 5-0 next year too so its a real celebratory year.
It’s difficult because I love the United States with all my heart, but, as we are getting a wee bit older, I think its time we saw a little more of the world- there are such great places to see, and we are such History buffs it would be so terrific to see places we’ve studied-and as you rightly said LLama so close to us too. My only concern is that nothing can ‘top’ an American holiday and I would so hate to regret mis-using my vacation time- but I doubt that would happen.
I have seen parts of Italy, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and Malta-but theres so much more to see- so thanks for the help, I may be calling on you again for advice in the future if thats OK??


#18

[QUOTE=dixie;895864]Thank you for that great post- can I ask which cruise line did you use? I know you said the name of the ship but is that the line name too?
After reading this thread last night, Paul and I went on every cruise line web site here and abroad and requested brochures-as not only is it our silver wedding anniversary next year but Paul is the big 5-0 next year too so its a real celebratory year.
It’s difficult because I love the United States with all my heart, but, as we are getting a wee bit older, I think its time we saw a little more of the world- there are such great places to see, and we are such History buffs it would be so terrific to see places we’ve studied-and as you rightly said LLama so close to us too. My only concern is that nothing can ‘top’ an American holiday and I would so hate to regret mis-using my vacation time- but I doubt that would happen.
I have seen parts of Italy, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and Malta-but theres so much more to see- so thanks for the help, I may be calling on you again for advice in the future if thats OK??[/QUOTE]

It was the Norwegian Cruise Line - the Jade was the name of the ship. It was a beautiful ship and they have the free style dining which meant we could eat in a different restaurant whenever we pleased each night. There’s lots of fun things to do on board - art auctions (I won a piece of art for guessing the price of a Picasso (unfortunately they didn’t give me the Picasso:glare:) cooking demos, casino, library, pools, spa (ooooh, the Spa!). Lounges,dancing, everything.

I guess it’s always a case of the “grass is greener” - we can easily go to the States - but Europe is much more “exotic” to us. And I love history so much! Our first trip “across the water” was England and we loved it so much! Since we’ve been back twice and twice to Austria (I could happily move to Salzburg tomorrow), so I really can’t see you feeling your vacation was wasted if you don’t go to the States. Of course there are wonderful things in the USA (Canada too, for that matter.:happy:) but Europe - is special. And cruising is such a relaxing vacation - you have no worries - everything on board is taken care of. And as corny as this sounds, I still dream of Florence - Florence was like a dream to me - to be in the same streets as Michelangelo and daVinici - to see David - if, in all the trips I’ve taken I’d have to pick one perfect moment, it was the moment I saw David. - yes he even beats Splash Mountain and Soarin’. I’d just urge you to try it once! I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have - you’ll have to shut me up - I could go on forever. I did post a trip report - and so did Tom - I’ll see if I can find them.


#19

My mother did the European Cruise in July 2007 and she’s doing it again in July 2009. Her’s is a bit longer…5 weeks is her cruise. Each year they change the locations just a bit. She went to Iceland last year as one of the cruise stops & saw Santa’s Mailbox which is the size of my whole entire house. And I have a pretty big house. I myself would go nuts on a boat for even the 12 days you are talking about. The price is about $5,000 per person for the 5 week cruise.


#20

A couple of these cruises aren’t as expensive as I expected… hmmm, reconsidering.