About Cruise Europe
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.
UK + Ireland
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.
Norway, Iceland & Faroes
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.
Latest news - Cruise Europe
May 24, 2021
Iceland is ready to welcome cruise ships back
There is a sense of mounting excitement in the industry as more cruise lines announce limited returns to sailing in various regions. Not least of…
May 24, 2021
New member: Reykjavik
Situated in the middle of the North Atlantic, Iceland is a natural destination for the cruise industry. Over the past few years, Reykjavik has…
Latest news - Member Ports
June 10, 2021
Estonia opens up for cruises
From 1 July, people will be allowed to visit Estonia for up to 24 hours without the obligation to self-isolate on the condition that the person has…
May 18, 2021
The cruise dedicated berth at the Port of A Coruña had "fishing use" for one day
For one day, taking advantage of the opening to the public on weekends, the Trasatlánticos pier has welcomed many fishermen, while we wait for the…
Port of the day
Akureyri, IcelandAkureyri sits on the shores of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjordur. It is the country´s second largest town and the self-proclaimed capital of the North. With a population of just 18,000, there are many things that set Akureyri apart. The nearby…
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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.