Whether you are adventure seeking or prefer the pampering of a luxury cruise, today's best European cruises aim to satisfy the wishes of their active travelers. As you sail through Mediterranean or Aegean ports, opportunities to enjoy yourself abound. Cycling, hiking, sea kayaking, windsurfing and snorkeling are all options available to passengers on Europe's best cruise lines.
Those looking for a vigorously active vacation should consider one of Butterfield & Robinson's European cruises. Receiving top marks from both Travel + Leisure and Concierge, Butterfield & Robinson offers an alternative to the traditional behemoth cruise ships. The ship sails with fewer than 40 passengers in the style of a modern boutique hotel. Their eight-day cruise off the Dalmatian coast is highlighted by stunning bike rides through Croatian islands, hiking across vineyards in Montenegro and cool swims in the Adriatic Sea. In the evenings, private wine tastings and fine dining in top-notch local restaurants balance your active days.
Butterfield & Robinson
70 Bond Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1X3
If it is pure luxury you seek, book your next cruise on the Seabourn Odyssey, named by Cruise Critic as the top European cruise ship. "Redefining elegance at sea," the Seabourn Odyssey offers passengers suite accommodation with ocean views, most with private verandas. The ship is home to a world-class spa, providing reflexology and aromatherapy treatments, healing pools, seaweed wraps and a yoga studio. There is a state-of-the-art fitness facility with a staff of personal trainers on call to assist creating the best workout for you. The Seabourn Odyssey even has its own built-in marina, which allows passengers to kayak, snorkel, swim, water ski or windsurf without having to go ashore. However, with ports of call in beautiful cities such as Venice and Athens, most passengers will want to leave the ship for at least a few hours.
Yachts of Seabourn
6100 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 400
Miami, FL 33126
011 (+34) 915 427 663
Carnival Cruise Lines has gained a stellar reputation among European cruises, winning nine "Best of" awards in Fodor's Complete Guide to European Cruises. Passengers on Carnival's Mediterranean cruises enjoy stops in some of southern Europe's finest locales, including Barcelona, Monaco, Rome, Sicily, Venice and Dubrovnik. For the active traveler, Carnival offers a jeep safari in Croatia, a three-hour bike ride through the Konavle valley, motorboat tours of the Amalfi coast and a half-day of sea kayaking. To unwind, return to the ship in the evening to enjoy Carnival's award-winning specialty restaurants and entertainment rooms.
Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178