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Alanya, Turkey
On a rocky promontory above the harbor lies the impressive13th-century Alanya fortress. Stoic Roman structures and Byzantine churches fill the city below. But the intricate sea caves that surround this enchanting port may be the most popular attractions of all.
 
Alesund, Norway
One of Norway's most beautiful towns, renowned for its Jugend-style architecture and art nouveau style. Cruise visitors will immediately notice Alesund's unique layout, as it is built on islands extending to the sea, and offers scenic views of fjords and the Sunnmore Alps. Alesund is the fishing capital of Norway.
 
Alexandria, Egypt
Egypt's second largest city literally layers ancient culture with modernism by building massive urban structures directly atop antiquities. The result is a fascinating conglomeration well-worth exploring. It is also a perfect place to discover treasures in cities like Cairo.
 
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Affectionately known as the "Venice of the North," Amsterdam is actually situated below sea level and built entirely on stakes driven into the ground. The Anne Frank House, The Hague and a Delft Blue Pottery Factory are but a few of the sights that await your arrival.
 
Arrecife (Lanzarote), Canary Islands
The capital of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Arrecife (which means "reef" in Spanish) is renowned for its abundance of reefs and islets along its coast. If your cruise takes you to Arrecife, be sure to explore this island's many natural wonders, from the fabulous El Reducto beach to the craters, lava tunnels, canals and tubes of Los Volcanes Nature Park.
 
Ashdod, Israel
Dating back to 17th-century BC, Ashdod is one of the most ancient cities in the world. It's almost hard to believe when looking at today's modern port with its wide boulevards and meticulous planning. Don't miss the Ashdod Art Museum, Corinne Maman Museum, Beit Guvrin National Park and the pastoral setting of Tel Lachish.
 
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping
 
Barcelona, Spain
What is there to do in Barcelona, Spain prior to your cruise? The capital of Catalonia, and one of its provinces, Barcelona, is a place of palpable history, where you can lose yourself strolling down the medieval streets of the Barri Gotic. It's a city designed to delight the senses: visit other-worldly Modernista churches like Gaudi's La Pedrera, or treat yourself at a street side cafe to Patatas Bravas or a Passion Fruit Mojito. Experience this vibrant city before your next European cruise.
 
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Exploring Belfast is a treat for urban fans. The city is rife with trendy cafés, restaurants, and nightlife yet it also boasts a lovely historical district. While the city is packed with things to do, rural landscapes are within a short reach.
 
Bergen, Norway
View this lovely and charming Norwegian city from your cruise ship and you'll see how the city is nestled between seven mountains, seven fjords and the North Sea. The Norwegian King resided here, and many historical events took place in this busy port. These events come alive when you amble down the old streets of Bryggen, past picturesque, wooden buildings and the Romanesque-style St. Mary's church.
 
Berlin (Rostock), Germany
Rostock is the largest city in the north German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the newest port addition to our European destinations.
 
Berlin (Warnemuende), Germany
It's been more than two decades since the walls came down and Berlin became unified in many ways, including the pursuit of joy. Germany's capital city is a city that balances cosmopolitan chic with a liberal undercurrent of creativity and cool. Famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag fascinate. The elegant Bavarian Quarter amazes.
 
Bremerhaven, Germany
This port city plays host to the Sail Bremerhaven, a massive sailing event held every five years. The last one occurred in 2010. Key sites to check out while in the area are the German Emigration Center and the German Maritime Museum.
 
Brussels / Brugge (Zeebrugge), Belgium
The ultimate European city, Brussels has tons of museums, fountains, gardens and great shopping. Stroll the Old Town area to see St. Hubert Arcades and its shops, as well as Butchers' Street with its plethora of restaurants and cafes and the Grand Place with its Baroque guild houses.
 
Cannes, France
Drive up Suquet Hill for a view of the city, sea and Lerins Island - fabulous dahling! How many rich and famous can you spot, walk the palm-lined promenade de la Croisette and count. The French Riviera at its best...the International Film Festival calls this home.
 
Carthage, Tunisia
Experience the ruins of what was once one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Founded by the Phoenicians and home of Hannibal, Carthage was the heart of the Mediterranean empire before it was leveled by the Romans in 146 BC. Explore the famous ruins and get up close with artifacts over two thousand years old at the Carthage Museum.
 
Casablanca, Morocco
The urban landscape of this famed city clearly demonstrates the contrasts between the old and the new. Start with a visit to the central market, a massive kaleidoscope of colors. Then kick off your shoes as you visit the modernist landmark of the Hassan II Mosque, the 3rd largest mosque in the world.
 
Corfu, Greece
One of the lushest of the Greek Isles, Corfu is rimmed in dramatic blue waters and topped with tranquil hillside villages. A collection of quaint cafes in the town of Corfu feels very continental, but the island's secluded coves and sandy beaches could only be found in the Greek Isles.
 
Dublin, Ireland
Explore the Dubliana exhibit to see Dublin life from 1170 to 1540. Ireland's thriving yet elegant capital sits at the mouth of the River Liffey. Visit a castle. Take a walking tour. Shop O'Connell Street. Have a pint at the Guinness Brewery.
 
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Despite the magnificent 13th century walls that surround the city, Dubrovnik is one of the most welcoming cruise destinations in all of Europe. Dubbed "the pearl of the Adriatic" by the poet, Lord Byron, this Croatian city exudes romantic charm and beautiful scenery with its shimmering marble streets, centuries-old buildings capped by bright orange roofs, and lovely beaches ensconced between awesome rocky ledges.
 
Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland
Golfers will love a scenic drive to St. Andrews, birthplace of the challenging sport. This capital city has thousands of years of history, incredible views, and the world's largest art festival. Tour Craigmillar, Dalhousie and Edinburgh Castles or see the Royal Yacht Britannia.
 
Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey
Archaeologically rich, historic Izmir dates back over 5,000 years. Virtually rebuilt from scratch in 1922, Izmir is a booming city today. The ancient city of Ephesus, home to the Artemis Temple and the Zeus Altar, is one of the world's best preserved archaeological sites.
 
Falmouth, England
Situated on the southwestern coast of Cornwall, this quaint town is most famous for its harbor. In fact, Falmouth possesses the third deepest harbor in the world, and the deepest in all of Europe. The film and television industry have filmed various projects in Falmouth. And the Glendurgan Garden entices visitors with exotic foliage year round.
 
Flam, Norway
Situated deep within the valleys of Norway, Flam is a nature lovers' escape. The towering mountain cliffs and sweeping waterfalls are a pure splendor. The Flam Railway is a point of interest and so are the various fjord sightseeing tours.
 
Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
How lucky to visit the Tuscan region, Florence & Pisa, resplendent in art and history. What's even more fortunate is that all the main attractions in Florence are centrally located for the perfect walking tour. See Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo and Michelangelo's David.
 
Funchal, Madeira
The mountainous isle of Madeira has been a popular European destination for years. The idyllic island is perfect for exploring with its beautiful beaches, stunning lava formed landscapes and lush, green forests. But sampling the famed Madeira wines is also an absolute must.
 
Geiranger, Norway
A quaint village nestled in a valley in western Norway, Geiranger grants a respite to remember. Visitors come from all over to explore the fjord and its gorgeous views of nearby waterfalls, mountainscapes and charming farms.
 
Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland
Cruise ships follow the River Clyde into the center of one of the most exciting cities in Great Britain. Glasgow showcases a mixture of architectural gems, from ancient castles and a magnificent 12th century cathedral, to the urban chic of revitalized neighborhoods featuring cutting-edge bars and restaurants.
 
Granada (Malaga), Spain
The strategic position to the Mediterranean Sea has always made Malaga an attractive zone for foreign invasions. From Malaga, a trip to Granada showcases an intriguing blend of Arab and European cultures. Be sure to visit The Alhambra, one of the finest examples of Moorish art in Spain.
 
Haifa, Israel
Considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East, Haifa offers sweeping views of the sea with the Carmel Mountains as a glorious backdrop. Be sure to visit the Tikotin Japanese Museum, Stella Maris Monastery and the stunning gold-domed Bahai Shrine.
 
Hammerfest, Norway
The gorgeous port of Hammerfest touts the world's northernmost city, as well as the first European city to install electric street lamps. World-class freshwater and deep sea fishing, and Arctic hunting have historically taken hold here.
 
Helsingborg, Sweden
Historic Helsingborg, with its many old buildings, is a scenic coastal city and the newest port addition to our European destinations.
 
Helsinki, Finland
Welcome to Scandinavia's "White City of the North," a city defined more by its people and Art Nouveau architecture than its chilly climate (from October to April). Helsinki is a classic sea-city, with a dramatic coastline colored by bays and inlets. The city keeps its historical roots intact.
 
Honningsvag, Norway
Honningsvag is Norway's third largest harbor and the last port of call before heading eastward to the Arctic Ocean. This is one of the best towns in northern Norway to experience the beauty of continuous daylight. Rebuilt in the 50's after being destroyed during World War II, Honningsvag has colorful, modern buildings dotting its landscape. Situated in the Island of Mageroya - with a population of 2,600 - Honningsvag has a cosmopolitan flair and yet retains the charm of a small enclave. Fishing is the main industry of this Arctic Circle town and the port is always brimming with activity.
 
Inverness (Invergordon), Scotland
Inverness is a city in the glorious Scottish Highlands . Teeming with bagpipe players and enthusiasts thanks to the city's annual Northern Meeting in September, Inverness also boasts a diverse music scene. Gaelic was the native language until the turn of the 19th century.
 
Iraklion, Greece
Although it's on the Greek Island of Crete, Iraklion offers a wealth of Venetian architecture from their rule in the 13th century, including magnificent fortified walls. Don't miss the Minoan Palace of Knosos Knossos, immortalized in Greek Mythology by the legend of the Minotaur.
 
Istanbul, Turkey
There's a new aura of excitement in Istanbul these days, as this center of the Ottoman empire has become one the world's focal points for art, fashion, haute cuisine and nightlife. Of course there's always an abundance of ancient monuments and grand mosques with stunning frescoes to see here, like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Head to any park and you'll see why tulips have long been the symbol of this city.
 
Koper, Slovenia
The largest town on the Slovenian coast, Koper boasts a colorful history dating back to Ancient Greece and Rome that springs to life in the Old Town. Here cruise guests can explore narrow intertwining streets lined with Istrian limestone facades. Enjoy open air festivals and plays, shop for local handicrafts, and savor the local favorites like jota soup, fish specialties and local wines.
 
Kotor, Montenegro
Earthquakes nearly destroyed the secluded seaport of Kotor in 1573 and 1667. Situated on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, this port city historically has a strong Venetian influence which is clearly seen today in its architecture. Built in 1166, The Cathedral of Saint Typhoon is the city's main tourist attraction. Inside Saint Typhoon, there's an impressive collection of 14th century frescos and other artistic works. Popular destinations to also visit are the Gulf of Kotor and the well maintained medieval old town.
 
Kusadasi, Turkey
Take a journey into the past in richly historic Ephesus. Once an ancient Greek city, Kusadasi was known for the famed Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built, destroyed, and rebuilt again through several notably historical periods, Ephesus boasts abounding ruins and archaeological excavation sites. View what remains of the Roman Library of Celsus, the Gate of Augustus, the Tomb of John the Apostle, and the Basilica of St. John, among several other ancient remnants.
 
Las Palmas, Canary Islands
Founded in 1478, today Las Palmas is a bustling, cosmopolitan city with plenty of Spanish ambience, culture and history to go around. Take a scenic drive through the Angostura Valley for an unforgettable experience.
 
Leknes, Lofoten Islands, Norway
This island city is Norway's most populous municipality. The harbor town is a shopping mecca in the Lofoten islands, boasting a range of stores. The rocky surrounding cliffs and pristine waters offers picturesque views.
 
Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland
The capital of Scotland's Shetland Islands is a vibrant and energetic city colored by grand Victorian houses and the region's namesake ponies. It is a cruise ship's primary entry to the Shetlands, a mosaic of over a hundred islands inhabited by about 22,000 people and an abundance of wildlife. It is a land shaped by the sea featuring views of dramatic sculptured cliffs and tranquil sandy bays.
 
Limassol, Cyprus
A strategic garrison for Richard the Lionhearted during the Third Crusade, Limassol provides many archaeological sites, as well as an array of contemporary designer shops for exploring. The island of Cyprus is also home to two ancient kingdoms - Kourion and Amathus.
 
Lisbon, Portugal
An unforgettable stop on any European cruise, with its Gothic cathedrals, medieval castle, and quaint village neighborhoods, Lisbon is Portugal's feature attraction and has been the country's capital since 1147. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets of this city at your own leisurely pace, stopping along the way at a remarkable museum or 1930's era patio caf.
 
London (Dover), England
It seems everywhere you turn there are magnificent, historic sites, including Big Ben, the 11th century Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, the Tower of London and more. Shop the trendy boutiques of Piccadilly Circus and be sure to enjoy some authentic fish and chips.
 
Messina (Sicily), Italy
The third largest city on the island of Sicily, Messina welcomes cruise ship visitors with its lovely harbor, extraordinary architecture (much of which miraculously survived a horrendous earthquake and tidal wave in 1908) and wonderful food. Stroll through Messina's Piazza Cairoli taking in magnificent fountains and cathedrals, or sip Marsala wine at a sidewalk caf.
 
Molde, Norway
Known as the 'Town of Roses' because of its rich soil, Molde is a southern modern city with magnificent coastal views. Points of interest include cafes overlooking the fjord, the open-air museum Romsdalmuseet, and the annual jazz festival in July beckons music lovers.
 
Monte Carlo, Monaco
The world's second smallest country is big on glitz and glamour. Perhaps best known for its breathtaking casino and headline-making royal family, Monte Carlo is all manicured streets, impressive palaces and lush city parks. Come see how the rich and famous live and play.
 
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you'll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. Explore the island in a 4 x 4 or take a ferry to the tiny island of Delos.
 
Nafplion, Greece
Many believe that Old Nafplion is one of the most beautiful towns in the entire country with its old mansions, paved paths and Neoclassical feel. But the first capital of Greece is also a convenient jumping-off point to many important ancient sites worth seeing.
 
Naples, Italy
Cruise to Naples, located on Italy's stunning Amalfi coast, a city rich in history. A tour around Naple's grand piazzas, cathedrals and castles in the old center will take you back centuries. Pompeii is not too far either, a dashing city which boasts diverse cultural offerings and charming streets.
 
Nice (Villefranche), France
At the foot of the Alps is the jewel of the French Riviera. Luxuriate on long sandy beaches and terrace cafs. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais. Savor pissaladis and caillettes.
 
Olympia (Katakolon), Greece
This quaint little seaside town on the Ionian Sea is the gateway to Ancient Olympia, where Greek mythology was born and the first Olympiad was held. You may still be able to hear the distant echoes of the ancient Greeks cheering as you tour the ruins of one of the most important and exciting sanctuaries of antiquity.
 
Palermo, Sicily
Become enchanted with Palermo's unique mix of Romanesque, Arab, Norman, and Byzantine monuments which represent the city's historic past. All of these cultural influences are represented in the magnificent Palermo Cathedral, which houses the jewel collection of the Sicily Kings. And no visit to Palermo would be complete without experiencing one of the city's outdoor markets, which vibrate with the energy of this unique city.
 
Palma, Majorca, Spain
On the one hand, this city, founded by the Romans some 2,100 years ago, is replete with (literally) wall-to-wall history and architectural splendor. You can journey back in time and wander the mazes of alleyways and cobblestone paths that surround the Gothic cathedral. On the other hand, Palma is bustling with life, showcasing the island's best restaurants, shops, nightlife and a vibrant art scene.
 
Ponta Delgada, Azores
As the heart of tourism of the Azores, Ponta Delgada offers much to see and do along with a mild climate and lush vegetation. Impressive churches and majestic white houses stand as a constant reminder of the city's illustrious past.
 
Port Said, Egypt
Founded in 1859 for men working on the Suez Canal, Port Said retains much of its Colonial charm to this day. Something also to keep in mind - the many tempting shops on Sharia Palestine become even more enticing when you consider that Port Said offers duty-free bargains.
 
Portland, England
Located along the English Channel, Portland is divided into two areas: north and south. The south end is where extensive stone quarries lie, a resource important to the region. Unique to the city is the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, which hosts world sailing championships.
 
Provence (Toulon), France
Situated in Southern France on the Mediterranean Coast, Toulon is known for its military history and today remains as an important naval base. The old town of Toulon is the most charming neighborhood to walk around with streets adorned with small squares, fountains, quaint shops and cafes. You'll find the locals shopping the open-air Provencal market which is held on the Cours Lafayette every morning.
 
Reykjavik, Iceland
There's a good reason that Iceland is considered a photographer's dream destination. Its terrain is visually stunning, offering views of lava flows, hot springs, unspoiled nature – and colorful, fascinating cities like Reykjavik. The world's most northerly capital brings together quaint villages, exciting museums, a flourishing music scene and restaurants that rival Europe's finest.
 
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
With two and a half thousand years of history, art and culture, it is no wonder Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Gaze at the masterpieces of the Vatican or walk into the past with visits to ancient relics, historic monuments and legendary museums. Or just people-watch while sipping on an espresso in a quaint cafe. There are many things to do in Rome before embarking on your next Europe cruise.
 
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Admire the bold modern architecture intermixed with classic 18th and 19th century buildings. Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and it was completely rebuilt after WWII. As the largest port in the world, this city will draw you in with inspiring sights.
 
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
Located at the eastern tip of the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz is a natural cruise destination as over half of its perimeter is shoreline. The beaches are lovely at that, from the yellow sands of Las Teresitas to the black sands of the quieter, clothing-optional Las Gaviotas. There's also plenty to do and see inland, especially if you're here during the spectacular Carnival.
 
Santorini, Greece
Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island's charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.
 
Sochi, Russia
Sochi won the bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. This Black Sea coastal city has varied geography that is sure to wow even the most discerning cruisers. Within reach are the towering mountains giving visitors a wealth of things to do.
 
Southampton (London)
Protected from the frequent storms of the English Channel by the Isle of Wight, Southampton has survived a turbulent history to serve as a principal port of the United Kingdom today. Pay homage to one of the most famous ships to sail these shores at the Mayflower Memorial. Visit the stoic walls of Bargate and the Tudor House Museum.
 
Split, Croatia
This Mediterranean city on the eastern shores of the Adriatic has a long and eventful history dating back to the awesome Diocletian's Palace (circa 295 A.D.) in the center of the city. Split offers cruise guests a wealth of exciting places to visit, from the majestic cathedral and marble streets in the center of town to the harbour area with its caf-lined promenades and views of coastal mountains.
 
St. Petersburg, Russia
Founded by the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has for centuries been the cultural center of Russia, with its spectacular architecture, Tchaikovsky operas and the famous Kirov ballet. It has undergone many changes over the decades, but "The Venice of the North" remains a dazzling cruise destination, a Russian city with a European flair, a city with more than 200 museums, and one of the largest English gardens in Europe!
 
Stockholm, Sweden
Laced by an ingenious network of waterways and bridges strung between a freshwater lake and the sea, Stockholm is easily seen on foot or by waterway cruise. Its gabled old townhouses peer over cobblestone streets, while its magnificent 17th-century palace sits watching over the harbor.
 
Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden
When your cruise ship pulls into this small Swedish port, you'll be greeted by ferries transporting travelers to Gotland island. Nynashman hosts a harbour party each summer where boaters and travelers alike flock. The small and laidback town offers picture-taking opportunties from the surrounding scenic nature and of course, the Baltic Sea.
 
Tallinn, Estonia
The capital of Estonia entrances cruise guests with its mix of medieval houses and very modern boutiques and caf culture. Journey inside the ancient walls of Old Town to explore stunning Medieval landmarks like Toompea Castle and a 15th Century apothecary shop. Move up a couple centuries to experience Tsar Peter I's Kadriorg Palace, filled with art and surrounded by sculpted gardens and peaceful woodlands.
 
Tenerife, Spain
Santa Cruz is a densely urban metropolis in the Canary Islands just off the northwestern coast of Africa. The opera house Auditorio de Tenerife is a spectacular work of architecture that resembles sails. Through out the city, unique urban sculptures can be found. The most notable collection is presented at Exhibition of Outdoor Sculpture in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, located by the Ramblas and the Parque Garcia Sanabria.
 
Thorshavn, Faroe Islands
This colorful capital city of the Faroe Islands on the island of Steymoy features a panoply of Nordic landscapes, with fjords, straits, deep green valleys, and a wonderful harbor dotted with colorful boats. Thorshavn began as a Viking settlement, and later became a thriving town, replete with quaint, colorful neighborhoods, and historic cathedrals and fortresses from the Middle Ages.
 
Tromso, Norway
Tromsø is the largest city above the Arctic Circle and is a jump-off point for Arctic explorations. Visit the museum for insights into Lapp culture, and see the city's strikingly modern Arctic Cathedr
 
Trondheim, Norway
Trondheim is Norway's history. The country's annals are written in the buildings and monuments of the nation's historic capital. The timbered architecture of the magnificent 11th-century Domkirke was actually built over the tomb of St. Olav and even today, Norwegian kings continue to be crowned within its massive nave. The city has been the keeper of the kingdom's treasures, values, legends, religious life, national aspirations and in short, Norway's past since 997 when the Viking King, Olav Tryggvason, established this trading port on this yearround ice-free fjord at the mouth of the river Nid.
 
Valencia, Spain
Old world charm meets modern architectural wonders in this eclectic city that is steeped in art and culture. Wander through bustling Gothic plazas and explore the awe-inspiring City of Arts and Sciences, a museum and cinema complex designed by world famous architect Santiago Calatrava. Whether you choose to shop, sightsee, or people-watch, Spain's third largest city offers visitors a truly authentic European experience.
 
Valletta, Malta
Although somewhat scarred by World War II, Valletta prides itself on its magnificent Baroque palaces, piazzas, gardens and churches. The Magisterial Palace, built between 1571 and 1574, now houses the Maltese Parliament and offices of the President of Malta.
 
Venice, Italy
You could start a discussion about Venice by praising its restaurants, wine bars, marble churches or blown glass. But you probably won't. You'll likely start with the fact that Venice is built on water. It is a place where people either float slowly down palace-lined man-made waterways or stroll down narrow alleyways. There's no more extraordinary place to find yourself, or lose yourself. Be sure to stay in Venice before your next European cruise.
 
Stockholm, Sweden
Laced by an ingenious network of waterways and bridges strung between a freshwater lake and the sea, Stockholm is easily seen on foot or by waterway cruise. Its gabled old townhouses peer over cobblestone streets, while its magnificent 17th-century palace sits watching over the harbor.