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CLIA Gives 5 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Cruise to Europe

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) | Jason Leppert | October 07, 2016

CLIA Gives 5 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Cruise to Europe

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Overcoming a bit of a downturn in the region amid terrorist scares and encouraging us to all stay calm and carry on, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) experts and agents have weighed in on the current state of European cruising to present a list of reasons why taking an ocean or river cruise vacation there is currently a great idea.

“There has never been a better time for travelers to take advantage of the European travel deals and the far-reaching dollar to cross international destinations off of their bucket lists. A European cruise is the perfect way to do so,” said Drew Daly, General Manager of Network Engagement & Performance, CruiseOne/Dream Vacations.

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Affordable Airfare

Everyone loves a good deal, and the fall season is a perfect time to take advantage of reduced domestic and international flight fares to popular cruise ports of embarkation and disembarkation. Reductions are also being seen as an attempt to bolster the European economy. Additionally, as long as you’re flying that far, why not consider arriving several days before or hanging back a couple after your cruise to see even more of the continent?

Cruise Line Promotions

Also on the discount side of things as the summer season slows down, cruise lines tend to offer incentives to maintain passenger levels in the fall and winter. Such available promotions include river cruises with free airfare that would be ideal for first-time cruisers and veterans alike. Stay tuned here as sales and specials are presented.

Avoiding the Crowds

Also as summer crowds dwindle, popular European points of interest – from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France – become far easier to access, making for more enjoyable shore excursion experiences across the board. As river traffic dies down, there are fewer boats to contend with and pass through at docking locations too.

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Far-Reaching Dollar

Do you like to shop and wine and dine while ashore? Well, the U.S. dollar is converting in Europe more favorably than before, so it’s also a perfect opportunity to spend some cash while touring the many ports of call along the exterior ocean coastlines and interior river waterways.

Upcoming Events

Destinations may start to get busier again as special events start to arise in Europe, but each occasion is a wonderful chance to see some traditional festivities. Now through November, for instance, Octoberfest is booming, with the largest Volksfest in Munich, Germany, and the Christmas markets season (pictured above) is also festive from late November in the likes of Nuremberg. Another great experience to enjoy is also the Brussels Light Festival.

“European cruise travel has never been quite as attainable as it is right now and cruise travelers are at an amazing vantage point in a climate primed for European travel,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Now is a perfect time for travelers to connect with a cruise-certified travel agent to book the European vacation of their dreams.”


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