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May 24, 2016

Trying to figure out your summer vacation plans? Or want to go to Europe, but feel overwhelmed by the planning logistics of such an endeavor? Consider a relaxing, entertaining, and culturally rich cruise. Here’s why summer is the perfect time to set sails on a European cruise.

The Weather

This is a big one. The weather during the summer months is sunny and warm. You’ll get to soak up that lovely Mediterranean or Baltic sun while exploring a variety of different ports. Summer in Europe can also tip into the hot category. If you’re in Europe during a heat wave, you’ll be glad you have your air-conditioned stateroom to get back to at the end of the day since many hotels in Europe don’t have air conditioning.

More Action and Activities
Many of the towns and cities by cruise ports in Europe come alive during the summer months with festivals and summer markets. In addition, restaurants and other businesses that close during the winter now fling their doors open in welcome.

The Whole Family Can Come
Make your vacation a family affair by going in the summer when kids are often out of school. A cruise is a great, stress-free way to show your children the art, history, and wonder of Europe since there are many shore excursions and activities onboard tailored to children and teens.

You’ll also be able to introduce your family to many different countries, but not have the hassle of figuring out transportation in between – the ship has that easily handled while you simply enjoy quality time together in the evenings onboard.

Transportation Between Countries
Country hopping can be part of the fun of going to Europe. There are so many different cultures and languages all within such close proximity to each other, making it easy to experience several even if you don’t have a ton of vacation time.

However, getting between these countries can sometimes be frustrating and expensive – even if you don’t have kids in tow like mentioned above – because of the many tourists vying for plane and train seats, and the inevitable worker strikes that often happen in summer, or other unforeseen circumstances.

With a cruise, you unpack once and know your ship is waiting for you to effortlessly transport you to your next port of call (usually overnight) while you enjoy the summer sea breeze while sipping a glass of wine on your balcony or the ship deck, and then sleep in a comfortable bed.

More Itineraries
You won’t find many Baltic cruises in the winter and Mediterranean cruise itinerary options are also more limited so sail around Europe in the summer when you can find your dream itinerary thanks to more port of call options to choose from.

There are some amazing shore excursions offered on summer cruises, too, like seeing the castles of Denmark via a private helicopter ride or taking a high-speed train from St. Petersburg to Moscow where you can see the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Find Your Perfect Summer Cruise
If this all sounds pretty wonderful, you’re in luck – there are still last minute cruises available to Europe this summer. You can check out all the itineraries at Celebrity Cruises, including the President’s Cruise onboard the Celebrity Silhouette that departs June 7.

If you sail on the President’s Cruise, you will visit different Baltic capital ports of call alongside Celebrity Cruises President Lisa Lutoff-Perlo while also getting the opportunity to partake in special President Cruise activities like the Mariinsky Gala Event.

There’s a reason why Travel Weekly readers recently named Celebrity Cruises as the “Best Cruise Line in Europe” for the 6th consecutive year in a row. Find out for yourself why by sailing on a European cruise this summer.

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