Europe is one of the most traveled landmasses in the world, and there are a whole range of different ways to enjoy everything that it has to offer. While many of us associate cruises with tropical locales or hanging out on a ship with various Disney characters, they can be a great option to tour Europe. Here are some of the most common pros and cons of European cruises to help you determine if this method is right for you. 


There are a wide range of pros to going on a European cruise, including: 

Less logistical hassle: Booking a cruise is a great option for people who have trouble with the complicated logistics of multi-country travel. You board the ship, which provides most of your meals, and you can hop on and off as you dock in each destination at your leisure.

Monetary value: Cruises, while they seem expensive, can actually save you a lot of money on multi-country travel than other methods. Many cruise lines have partnerships with airlines, so you can even save on airfare when getting to and from your first and last destination. Most cruise ships aren’t all that more expensive than a fancy hotel, and your meals are included. If you can avoid blowing your budget on casinos, souvenirs, and excess alcohol, cruises are a great bang for your buck. 


Of course, there are also a ton of cons associated with cruising, including: 

Less interactions with locals and local food: While you’re going to see a lot of different sights while cruising, it does limit your interaction with local peoples and cuisines. After all, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time on the ship, and your excursions really only give you the time to take in the highlights. Also, the ship will provide most of your meals.

Getting the short version: There’s not a lot of time to soak a place in and see all of the sights because of the limited time that you’re going to spend in each port. Rather, you’re probably going to be limited to seeing the highlights of a city. It’s sort of like getting a tasting platter of Europe.