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 an average of 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.

Our vision:

To deliver to the Cruise Companies a World Class Cruise Destination on behalf of our Members

Our mission statement:

Continue to promote and develop a thriving and “must see” North and Atlantic European destination while working constructively with the Cruise Lines on behalf of our Cruise Europe members.


The First Quarter Century

The idea for an organisation specifically designed to promote cruising in Northern Europe was first floated Anne Dunderdale in the Fontainebleau Hotel at Miami Beach during the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention and Exhibition in March 1990.  She was accompanying her husband Iain who was there with Gordon Ireland from Scottish Tourism to promote Invergordon, a port in Cromarty Firth, as a cruise destination and their kilts were to become a well-known feature of subsequent Seatrade Miami events. Their stand was next to that of the Chantiers de L’Atlantique which was then engaged in building new cruise ships for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and when the karaoke machine on an opposite stand became too annoying, they asked the French yard to turn up the sound on it promotional video showing the launch of one of the ships in order to drown out the offending racket! Also in Miami at that time were representatives from the ports of Bordeaux and Stavanger.

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