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European cruises

Our cruises to Europe in 2025 are packed with sights to discover

From the west coasts of France and Spain to Portugal and the Azores, our no-fly European cruises reveal natural wonders, wildlife and centuries of human history.

The smaller size of our boutique ships Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure. means we can sail along inland waterways too, such as the Garonne River, to reach the French wine city of Bordeaux. Just one of the many highlights of this unforgettable cruising destination.

These are some of the ports that you can visit when sailing with us on our European cruises from the UK

The Tour de la Lanterne and Tour de la Chaine in the harbour of La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle

From La Pallice, visit the ‘White City’ of La Rochelle. This is French café culture at its best, with plenty of outside spaces to enjoy.

The city is surrounded by 14th-century towers guarding the historic harbour, or venture into the old town with its arcaded walkways and Renaissance architecture.


This Galician fishing port is perfectly placed to visit Santiago de Compostela.

This ancient pilgrimage site is one of Spain’s finest old cities – a treasure trove of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings.

The most famous is the beautiful 11th-century cathedral, said to enshrine the bones of St James the Apostle.

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
The spider sculpture known as 'Maman' outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain


An ancient shipbuilding port, Bilbao is the gateway to visiting the Guggenheim Museum, one of the largest museums in Spain.

It houses a huge collection of mid-20th century and contemporary art with works from Mark Rothko, Yves Klein and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Even the building itself is a modern work of art, clad in glass, titanium and limestone.

The Azores

Our cruises to Europe can also take you to a trio of the stunning Azores.

These far-flung Portuguese islands are scattered in the North Atlantic Ocean, and are a fascinating destination to discover.

Explore geothermal and crater lakes, go dolphin and whale watching, walk around volcanoes, and much more!

A view over Horta on Faial Island in the Azores
The Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal


Take a cruise to Europe and visit the sprawling capital of Portugal, spread across seven hills.

It boasts two UNESCO-listed sites – Jeronimos Monastery, where Vasco da Gama is entombed – and Bélem Tower which is built in his honour. Both are well worth exploring.