Planning Ahead: Sampling Of Europe Cruises 2014, Celebrity, Cunard, Royal Caribbean & Princess

Churchill Cigar Lounge, Queen Elizabeth

Enjoy a stogie while cruising the Med next year in the clubby Churchill Cigar Lounge on Queen Elizabeth. © 2010 Ralph Grizzle

Though you may be excitedly packing for your cruise in Europe this year, the cruise lines have been looking ahead and rolling out itineraries for Europe Cruises 2014. Here’s a sampling of what to look forward to next year as an armada of ships plies the oceans (and seas) of Europe. Stay tuned: In the coming weeks, we’ll highlight itineraries offered by additional cruise lines.

In 2014, Celebrity Cruises will offer a series of 7-night European cruises that can be taken alone or combined back-to-back as 14-, 21- or 28-night cruises with all new ports on each leg.

Celebrity Equinox will offer seven-night sailings in the Mediterranean with Rome being the only repeat port for those who combine cruises to make 28-day voyages. Celebrity Silhouette will offer alternating seven-night Greek Isles & Turkey itineraries from Venice that can be combined into 14-night sailings without repeating a port.

Expect to see Cunard Line in the Mediterranean more next year. Queen Elizabeth will offer seven-, 14- or 21-night itineraries on the youngest Cunarder from June to December 2014.

Based in Southampton for summer 2014, Queen Victoria will sail a range of voyages to the Norwegian Fjords, Baltic cities, Mediterranean shores, Atlantic Islands, Black Sea and Turkish ports. Queen Victoria also will sail around the British Isles roundtrip from Southampton.

Throughout 2014, Queen Mary 2 will celebrate her 10th Anniversary and will continue to provide her legendary transatlantic crossings between New York and Southampton, as well as Hamburg, with 17 regularly scheduled crossings from May through June 2014.  Queen Mary 2 also will again venture to Northern Europe offering sailings from Hamburg and Southampton, including the Arctic Circle Adventure.

Royal Caribbean International will position eight of its ships on itineraries that visit some of Europe’s most compelling destinations in 2014.

Liberty of the Seas will sail roundtrip from Barcelona on seven-night, Western Mediterranean itineraries. Navigator of the Seas will homeport at Rome to sail a seven-night Eastern Mediterranean itineraries.

From Barcelona, Serenade of the Seas will alternate 12-night Mediterranean Greek Isles and Mediterranean Venice itineraries. From September, Serenade of the Seas will homeport in Venice and alternate 10-night Greek Isles and 11-night Greece and Turkey itineraries.

Splendour of the Seas will homeport at Venice for its entire Europe season and alternate seven-night Greek Isles, and Greek Isles and Turkey itineraries.

Princess Cruises’ 2014 Europe cruise season includes the debut of the new Regal Princess that will set sail on its inaugural cruise in June from Venice. In total, Princess deploys five ships that will sail on a variety of cruise itineraries throughout the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

A sister ship to the upcoming Royal Princess, Regal Princess will debut in June 2014 with a seven-day inaugural voyage from Venice to Barcelona. The ship will then sail on a 10-day Mediterranean & Aegean cruise, followed by a season of Princess’ Grand Mediterranean cruises.

Other highlights of the season include Royal Princess sailing on Scandinavia & Russia cruises, featuring two days in St. Petersburg; more sailings than ever before to the British Isles aboard Ruby Princess and Ocean Princess; and a variety of seven-day Interlude sailings in the Mediterranean aboard the intimate Ocean Princess.

The 2014 Europe program features five ships sailing on 94 departures on 48 itineraries to more than 120 destinations.