European cruising offers sights of volcanoes, stunning sunsets and the hills of northern Africa regardless of the season. Most people choose to cruise in the summer because they and their children have time off and the weather is more favorable to cruise. Almost all cruises have outdoor pools and hot tubs that would be far more enjoyable during the summer. Seas are also choppier in the winter. Travelers concerned about going to Europe on a weak dollar should consider saving money where they can. If rough seas or cooler temperatures do not turn you off, you can find excellent deals on European cruises in the winter.
Eat on the Ship
There is a temptation for travelers to eat out when they are at port to experience the local culture and cuisine. If you are concerned about traveling on a weak dollar however, you should avoid eating an expensive European restaurant. Remember that your money will not go as far as other European travelers. Instead, order a sandwich from room service before you disembark the ship for the day. If you are still interested in trying the local cuisine, purchase a cheap dessert or a cheap snack from a roadside stand. Many truly authentic cuisines can be experienced with little expense.
Most ports offer shopping experiences. However, with a weak dollar, your money will not get you as far as other European cruisers. When you pull into a port, avoid any souvenir shopping around the port or around touristy areas. If you must purchase souvenirs, do a little online research to determine where the locals shop. These will most likely reflect more realistic prices. If you are on a very low budget, consider filling a tiny glass bottle with sand and water from the Mediterranean, make them a picture collage of your trip or pick some European wild flowers and press them.
Article Written By Kaye Wagner
Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.