A cruise along the coasts of Western Europe is ideal for those who want to experience some of the most popular European countries while traveling with the convenience of unpacking only one time. Western Europe is home to several of Europe's great capital cities including London, Paris and Amsterdam.
Most itineraries include ports of call along the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal and France, and often also ports in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Typical itineraries sail round-trip from Dover or Southampton only about an hour by train from London. Some Western Europe cruises will start in Lisbon, Oslo, Copenhagen and Rotterdam.
A majority of the Western Europe cruises call in at the Canary Islands, part of Spain but located of the northwest coast of Morocco. This island grouping is noted its massive volcanic peak, Mount Teide, easily accessible via cable car.
The interesting town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is well known for its rustic charm and three main museums. Another key port in the Canary Islands is Las Palmas, with wonderful beaches, and an interesting museum devoted to Christopher Columbus. Most ships also call at Funchal on Madeira, Portugal.
Western European cruises typically range from 11 to 14 days and beyond. The cruises generally have 2 or 3 days at sea, and the rest of the time it sails at night and arrive in the next port of call early in the morning, allowing passengers a full day to sightseeing. Passenger should be aware that the ports and main cities in some cases can be fairly far apart. For example is a cruise itinerary says that the ship will visit Paris, the ship will actually be moored in Le Havre which is 2.5 hours ride away.
Western Europe cruises usually are available from spring to autumn, with high season in the summer months.