Cruise Europe is a business to business network of cruise ports and destinations in Northern & Atlantic Europe. We started in 1991 with 27 members as the first cruise industry network in Europe, and have now grown to around 140 members in over 20 countries. On behalf of our members we provide the broader cruise industry with a professional and reliable partnership adding value for the cruise lines and their guests.
The Atlantic Europe region of Cruise Europe encompasses thirty ports and destinations in the seven participating countries. The Atlantic coast of Europe, from Germany to Portugal, offers the cruise passenger year-round experiences in a very vibrant and diverse region. This region, initially regarded as containing marquee transit and repositioning ports is now recognized by the industry as having some of the most exciting itineraries on the cruise calendar for “all year round” cruising.
In the Baltic we have around 30 members. The Baltic region offers easy access to ocean adventures in 10 countries on a string surrounding the Baltic Sea. On a cruise to the Baltic region you can wake up in a new country every day. The region has a rich tradition, but is still very modern and dynamic with world famous cities and stunning scenery.
In our UK & Ireland region we have over 30 members from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. This Cruise Europe Region offers world-class destinations, cultural landmarks, fascinating heritage, cosmopolitan cities and spectacular countryside. The excellent geographic location within Northern Europe gives plenty of scope for planning cruises due to its numerous islands on its western shorelines. Itineraries from this region also includes the Baltic, Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords.
The Norway – Iceland – Faroe Islands is the northernmost region of Cruise Europe. In this region of spectacular scenery we have around 40 members in 3 countries. Our members range from small towns in the fjords to vibrant cities. This is the region to visit if you are looking for world class scenery and wildlife.
February 15, 2024
Zeebrugge moves into full throttle on cruise
With a post-pandemic increase in call numbers, passengers (169/475,000 in 2023) and the size of ships (over 330m loa and 180,000gt), plus a merger…
February 15, 2024
Bergen shares its path to shore power
In 2018, Bergen had its biggest cruise year with around 600,000 passengers spread over 336 calls, but behind the facade there were concerns both…
February 19, 2024
AIDASOL HERALDS START OF 2024 CRUISE SEASON
Portland Port welcomed its first cruise ship of 2024 when the AIDAsol arrived with more than 2,000 passengers today. (MON FEBRUARY 19, 2024) The call…
February 12, 2024
Enhancing the Nordfjord Experience: A Voyage into Viking Heritage
Nordfjordeid, nestled amidst Norway’s breathtaking fjords, beckons you to explore a realm where history, nature, and maritime elegance converge. As…
Captain Michael McCarthy
Chairman Cruise Europe
As Chairman of Cruise Europe I welcome you to our region. The development of sustainable cruise tourism for visiting guests and control of its development is a primary objective for our members in the Cruise Europe Region. Capacity through port infrastructure and facilities is a challenge for every region due to the evolution of ship designs with bigger ships placing increasing demands on ports and destinations. Our members are at the forefront in addressing this issue. We share the same sustainability objectives of the cruise lines which is the key to our future development and success, which is not solely based on the economic aspect at the expense of the people in the destination. The Cruise Europe region is cognisant of its environmental stewardship which it shares with the visiting cruise lines and their guests. Communication of that stewardship is a vital component for our industry. That objective needs to be constantly to the fore and Cruise Europe can play a vital role in this communication through cooperation and collaboration with all stakeholders on behalf of its members.
Cruise Europe Managing Director
Cruise Europe as an organization is unique in its structure, diversity and geographical spread. It extends along the most beautiful coastlines from Lisbon to St Petersburg, Svalbard and Iceland. Our membership is now close to 140 port and associate members. This level of diversity contributes in making Cruise Europe a dynamic organization, a vital link between our members and the cruise industry. Welcome to our new website.