Pre or Post cruise options for popular European gateways

Pre or Post cruise options for popular European gateways

Cruise Planning Tips for pre or post cruise options for popular European gateways in London, Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome, and Venice.

Popular cities to experience either before a cruise vacation or after are: London, Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome, and Venice.

Working with a travel expert that can help you with creating an amazing customized vacation experience.  One-stop shopping for flights, transfers, city transportation, restaurant reservations, show tickets, and museum passes are just a few of the services you can arrange in advance.


I had a chance to experience London with Europe Express. Their insight, hotels, and access to pre-arranged tickets were top-notch. As the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, London is home to the world’s best museums, a fantastic theatre scene, and beautiful city parks. With a wide selection of activities, easy access via air and rail and no language barrier, it continues to be a top-selling European destination. The city is filled with culture, cosmopolitanism, and history, providing something for everyone in your group.


Paris is a quick stop for cruisers doing the Mediterranean from Barcelona or the Rome area. There’s no better place to take a break than in the City of Light. From art museums, high fashion, and delicious cuisine, there are few places in the world so rich in culture.


Barcelona is a wonderful city to walk around. There are many markets, shops, restaurants, and museums. Celebrate the famous works of art by Gaudi, or walk up and down La Rambla, a stay in Barcelona will kick the cruise off to a festive start. There’s no better place to start your Mediterranean cruise!


North American cruisers have discovered the gateway to the Baltic. Cruises in the Baltic are amazing. Visiting Scandinavia and Russia are on quite a few people’s bucket list.  To get there, one must be ready for a long flight and some major time changes.

This is the city where a pre-cruise package will allow for some rest, rejuvenation, and adventure. Wonderful Copenhagen offers the delights brought to life by Denmark’s fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen.  the historic Royal Theatre, the lovely Nyhavn canal district and the stately Hotel D’Angleterre. This city has outstanding restaurants, museums, shops and wonderful people.


Mediterranean cruises never leave enough time to discover the Eternal City, Rome.  Plan a couple nights in Rome to enjoy an in-depth exploration of historic structures like the Colosseum, Vatican, and Trevi Fountain.  Just walking around and discovering the little neighborhood squares, churches, museums, and restaurants are exciting.


For most North American cruise travelers, Venice is a long way away. Do yourself a favor and plan to spend one night in this city. While a lot of the ships will overnight in Venice, you can add one day on the journey to allow for jet lag and to maximize you pre or post cruise transition. Venice is an expensive port city, but with proper planning and some research, you should have no trouble finding a suitable situation.

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