Southern Europe

Southern Europe

Southern European River Cruises - your place in the sun

Let the southern European sun shine into your life. On a southern European Cruise you will discover the various individual regions of the Iberian peninsula. Let vineyards, beaches and castles glide by as you relax on your river boat and experience long-established cultural traditions and lifestyles when you set foot on dry land.

The Southern European River Cruise - where it takes place and when to go

The Iberian peninsula largely consists of the countries of Spain and Portugal. The rivers available to you on a Southern European Cruise are the Douro, the Guadalquivir and the Guadiana.
The Douro, at around 897 kilometres in length, flows through the northern part of the peninsula before discharging into the Atlantic at Porto. The Guadalquivir is 657 kilometres long and flows through Andalusia. After its journey through southern Spain it discharges into the Gulf of Cádiz at Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The Guadiana, at 742 km in length, also flows through Andalusia. With small regional differences, the best time for a trip on these rivers is between spring and autumn.

Southern European Cruises - cities and tourist attractions

Going on a Southern European Cruises will help you get to know some of the most famous places in Spain and Portugal. Porto, for example, Portugal's second-largest city with its quaint old town or the long-famous Spanish university city of Salamanca with its erstwhile bullfighting arena, Plaza Mayor. Further to the south, Seville, the regional capital of Andalusia, is worthy of mention: here you can stroll through narrow, quaint alleyways or marvel at the cathedral of "Maria de la Sede", one of the world's largest Gothic churches. The coastal city of Cádiz, with its mighty cathedral and Roman theatre, is Europe's oldest city. Age is also a particular feature of the small Portuguese town of Mértola, where there was a harbour as long as 3000 years ago. Quite apart from all this, you will get an impression of the entrancing landscapes through which these rivers flow.

The Southern European Cruise - an impressive journey

Take a Southern European Cruise and experience the fascination of Portugal and Spain. Lush natural landscapes rich in diversity, weird rocky landscapes, and vineyards lend this voyage its particular character. Olive groves as far as the eye can see, banana plantations and cork tree forests, along with the rich cultural tradition and relaxed atmosphere of a sunny way of life - all this awaits you on a Southern European River Cruise.



Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.


More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.


Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer – “Kids Sail Free”. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children – the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.