From historic cities and silver screen cameos to breathtaking beaches and awe-inspiring ocean views, Europe is home to some of the world’s most incredible cruise destinations. With the reimagined Oasis Class ship Allure of the Seas© making her grand debut in May 2020, plus both Anthem of the Seas© and the incredible Oasis of the Seas© returning to Europe for the first time in over five years, 2020 is the perfect year to finally take that European cruise you’ve been so eagerly awaiting. Read on for our five favorite European destinations to explore on your cruise adventure.

The Greek Isles

Idyllic beaches, dramatic sunsets, and romance galore.  Aside from jaw-dropping scenery, the Greek Isles boast history for the ages. The Temple of Aphaia looms over Aegina, while Delos Island boasts the incredible Terrace of the Lions. Explore the world-famous Acropolis on Rhodes Island, the Akrotiri on Santorini and the renowned windmills of Mykonos. With world-class beaches, diverse museums and eclectic town centers bursting with old-world charm, each island is a story waiting to be discovered.

Cote d’Azur (The French Riviera)

The gateway to the Mediterranean is a paradise framed in deep blue seas and blanketed in fragrant bougainvillea. From Nice’s Promenade des Anglais to the rocky shores of Villefranche-sur-Mer, these urban beaches will make you forget you’re anywhere near a city. Take a day trip to Eze Sur Mer and enjoy the stunning view from its botanical garden, or walk up Nice’s Castle Hill to see this outstanding city from a bird’s-eye view. And for foodies, cuisine of the Cote d’Azur is a delectable fusion of flavors borrowed from its Mediterranean neighbors, Italian food with a French flair like you’ve never tasted before.

Barcelona

If you’re into architecture, you can’t miss Barcelona—like Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece La Sagrada Família with its sky-piercing spires and breathtaking mosaics or the famous La Catedral of La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard, dating back to the 1200s. There’s far more than just architecture, too. With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harborfront is known for some of the world’s best sun-seeking and on-the-sea adventures. Lounge along the shore, kayak deep blue waters— or charter a fishing trip for the chance to reel in tuna, swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish.

The Amalfi Coast

Pastel villages clinging to dramatic cliffs and winding coastal roads. The beauty of the Amalfi Coast is truly legendary. In Positano, the cuisine is just as bright and bold as the views, defined by fresh same-day seafood and massive local lemons. Pick up a Neopolitan-style pizza, made with San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella di bufala. Finish your meal with a glass of wine while you take in the views of the waves crashing against the rocks below. Take a stroll by the water along Salerno’s modern promenade, or break a sweat with a hike up Mount Vesuvius before you wander through the ancient city of Pompeii.

Dubrovnik

“Game of Thrones” has nothing on the walled city of Dubrovnik, the jewel of Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Dozens of locations featured in the popular series are even more incredible in real life. From the perfectly preserved Rector’s Palace, the ornate Onofrio’s Fountain, and baroque St. Blaise’s Church, the history is everywhere. Stroll through the Old Town to discover a wealth of well-preserved landmarks. Walk across the Pile Gate’s drawbridge and get lost in the buzz of the limestone-paved Stradun or take a thrilling three-minute cable car ride to the top of Mount Srđ for a panoramic view of the glimmering coastline.

Ask your travel agent about upcoming itineraries to these amazing destinations!

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