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Cruising in Venice

 


Spring Break 2017 Cruise Info now available here!


La Alhambra Malaga

Every year we book hundreds of American military and DOD families on cruises to Europe - and save them money. Friends and family get our discount too!

*Bigger military discounts than the cruise lines offer.
*You pay in dollars, not Euros.
*Our knowledgable, friendly American cruise agents make us the number one cruise agency for military families worldwide since 2002!

Our site organizes all cruises departing from Europe on all major cruise lines into specific lists, ordered from least expensive to most so you can easily see at a glance what the best deals are on all cruises.

Please note: the rates shown on our website are already discounted below the cruise lines lowest rate. One exception is balcony cabins on MSC. We can add an extra discount to the online rate!

Barcelona Tapas

1. Use blue box search tool or click or the links in the right-hand column to see what are your cruise options are by destination and month.

So if you have more than 4 people, you will likely need more than one cabin. Our system allows you to book one cabin at a time.

If you need more than one cabin, price the cabin with the most number of people first (max is 4 people in most cases). Call or email us if you want us to look for a cabin that can hold 5 or more.

EVERYONE counts, so make sure you enter kids and infants too!

2. Once you’ve found the specific ship and sail date you prefer, you can book online or if you prefer, you can call or email us so we can help find multiple cabins or assist in any way.

Our toll-free number is 866-964-5482 or if you cannot call toll free, our local number is 256-485-6792 or you can skype us at mycruiseclub. You can also submit your booking request at holdmycruise.com

Genoa

Click on one of these links to see a map showing the cruise ports in:
 
Southern Europe or Northern Europe

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Spring Break 2017 March 31- April 10th cruises

THERE ARE NO Cruises from Venice to the Eastern Med DURING THIS WEEK!

(Eastern Med includes Croatia, Athens and Greek Isles like Santorini.)

They do not begin until April 9, which is the week after your spring break.  

However, there are many cruises to the Western Mediterranean, which includes:

Rome, Barcelona, Naples, Sicily, the South of France, Malta, Palma de Mallorca and La Spezia - which is the of the most beautiful regions of Italy.

Northern European cruises (the Fjords and Russia) do not begin until the end of April.

Here is a link to ALL Southern European cruises sailing during Spring Break

They are also listed below, numbered 1 through 18.

If you need a cabin for five or more, contact us to assist you, as most all cabins only hold a maximum of four passengers.

Click on links below to see list of all cruises to the Eastern Med in months of:

April 9 - May 2017

June - August 2017

Please note, the prices you’ll see on our website contain the full military discount and you get the best deal by booking online, UNLESS YOU WANT A BALCONY ON AN MSC cruise.  Get an extra discount on those when you email or CALL TO BOOK.  866-964-5482 / 256-485-6792

Santiago de Compostela in Barcelona


Top 10 Western Mediterranean Cruise Deals for Spring Break 2017

There are CABINS FOR FIVE on the Diadema, and a FEW SUITE CABINS FOR FIVE on the Magnifica! There are no cabins for 5 on the Splendida or Majestic Princess. With the Splendida however, you may be able to sleep all 5 guests in one cabin if your youngest child is under age 2.


1.MSC Splendida March 31st, 2017 (7 days from Barcelona)

This is the least expensive Splendida sailing and it visits Malta! Plus kids 12 and under sail free as the 3rd and 4th guest on MSC!


2. MSC Splendida April 2, 2017 (7 days from Genoa)

If your military family is stationed in Germany then this is a convenient port for you! Plus kids 12 and under sail free as the 3rd and 4th guest on MSC!


3.MSC Splendida April 3, 2017 (7 days from Rome)

This is the Splendida sailing for families who want a little extra time to explore Rome! Plus kids 12 and under sail free as the 3rd and 4th guest on MSC!


4. MSC Splendida April 1, 2017 (7 days from Marseille)

This is the Splendida sailing for families who want a little extra time to explore the beaches of France! Plus kids 12 and under sail free as the 3rd and 4th guest on MSC!


5. *Costa Diadema April 1, 2017 (7 days from Savona)*

The Diadema is Costa’s newest ship and it has cabins for 5! Plus Savona is convenient port for military families in Germany.


6. *Costa Diadema April 3, 2017 (7 days from Barcelona)*

The Diadema is Costa’s newest ship and it has cabins for 5! Choose this sailing if you have out of towners flying in to meet you, and/or you want more time in Spain! Ole!


7. *Costa Diadema March 30, 2017 (7 days from Rome)*

The Diadema is Costa’s newest ship and it has cabins for 5! This sailing is a unique one in the lineup because it goes to Tunis! How interesting!


8. *Costa Diadema April 2, 2017 (7 days from Marseille)*

The Diadema is Costa’s newest ship and it has cabins for 5! This sailing is the one to choose if your are a family of 5 who wants to enjoy France!


9. MSC Armonia April 1, 2017 (7 days from Genoa) (or April 2nd from Marseille)

Enjoy beaches and classic architectural beauty on this Western Mediterranean itinerary.



Canary Islands and Iberian Peninsula Cruises during Spring Break


10. *MSC Magnifica March 26, 2017 (11 days from Genoa)*

This is the Canary Islands sailing for families stationed in Germany! The Magnifica even has a few suites that hold 5 people!


11. *MSC Magnifica March 25, 2017 (11 days from Rome)*

This is the Canary Islands sailing for families with out of town visitors who will want to see Rome! The Magnifica even has a few suites that hold 5 people!


12.* Costa Mediterranean April 3, 2017 (11 days from Barcelona) *

This Iberian peninsula sailing will allow you to stop in Portugal and multiple ports in Spain before returning to Barcelona


Eastern Medtierranean sailings during Spring Break (do not depart from Venice)


13. Majestic Princess April 4, 2017 (5 days from Rome)

The Majestic Princess is the beautiful BRAND NEW ship from Princess. This is a great shorter sailing for those who want to see the castles of Croatia and Montenegro.


14. MSC Poesia April 2, 2017 (6 day from Genoa)

Warning this 6 day sailing starts in one location and ends in another! That being said- it does head to the Eastern Mediterranean with a stop in Greece, Montenegro, and Croatia!


15. Norwegian Spirit April 1, 2017 (11 day from Barcelona)

This is a great itinerary for those who want to see it all! The Spirit starts in Barcelona, goes to Rome, goes to Athens, and then ends in Venice. Do note that you are not starting and stopping at the same port though!


Shorter Western Mediterranean Sailings for a quick getaway!

16. *Costa Mediterranea March 31, 2017 (3 day from Barcelona *


17. *Costa Mediterranea April 1, 2017 (3 day from Marseille)*


18. *Costa Mediterranea April 2, 2017 (3 day from Savona)*

Take a bike tour in Lisbon


Top Questions for families cruising in Europe:

Where is my cruise terminal? Where do I park?

Which cruise departure ports are closest to Stuttgart or K-town, Germany?   How can I get to my cruise departure port?

Have kids?  Looking for a cruise that is good for kids?  Want is there to do for kids on a cruise ship?

Do you have three or more children? Need a cabin that will hold 5 or more people in one cabin?

How much are drink packages?  Are they worth it?

Where do cruises from Southern Europe go?  What are my destination options?  

If you want to cruise to Spain and Greece, read this!

Palermo Beach


Which Southern Europe cruise departure posts are closest to you?
What’s the drive time in a car? What are the other ways to get to my cruise departure port?

We used Google maps to see how far all Southern cruise ports are from Stuttgart.  If you’re not in Stuttgart, here’s a link to Google Maps, so you can get directions and travel times from wherever you are!  

Genoa is 6 hours and 45 minutes ,
Savona, 7 hours
La Spezia 7 and ½
Venice is about 7 hours.
Trieste  7
Rome 10 and ½
Bari 13
Barcelona 11
Naples  hours
Messina, 18
Palermo  19 and ½
Valencia, 14 hours
Malaga, 20 hours

The TGV high speed French train runs from Germany through France to Marseille, so if you take the train you can get to the port of Marseille in just seven hours. Driving will take about an hour longer.

For military families in central Germany,  Venice is only a 7 hour drive away and Bari is 13!  Most people prefer to drive less, so the cruise lines can charge more for those departure ports.

If you are a military couple taking a cruise, and have the money to fly, there are direct flights from Frankfurt to Bari. So, if you might be willing to depart from Bari.

For a detailed article about all driving, busing, training and plane options from Germany to Southern cruise ports, click here.

We love the website www.RometoRio.com, as it instantly gives you all driving, plane, train and bus options between any two destinations you choose.

To see all cruises departing from a specific port  - use this map of Southern cruise departure ports, or this map of Northern Europe departure ports.

Click on the name of the port, then use the table below the map to select the month you’d like to depart from that port and the destination - to see a list of all your options.

Justin in Pompeii


Have kids?  Looking for a cruise that is good for kids?  Want is there to do for kids on a cruise ship?

Cruising is such a good vacation option for parents with kids - it just might be the best option ever.  Almost all cruise lines (except the most expensive luxury lines) are specifically designed to make life easy fun for families with kids.

I have never heard of a kid or preteen not loving a cruise. Period. There is so much for them to do. It’s almost better than summer camp.

Security bracelets are issued for all kids and beeper and DECT phones can be hired for a modest charge so you can stay in touch at all times.

They all have carefully thought out kids programs, with separate areas, activities and staffs for different age groups.  Only parents have access to these areas, and parents are given a pager, so they can leave their kids in the kids club all day long if they choose - at no additional charge!!

Parents, you can leave your children on the ship in the kids club all day long while you are on a cruise line shore excursion, or just at the pool or napping in your stateroom.  There has never been an incidence of a child being harmed on a cruise ship while in the care of the kids clubs!

Of course there’s big stuff like swimming pools, hot tubs, water slides, water parks, miniature golf, playground equipment. But there’s also many organized games, dance classes, theme parties, arts and craft projects and so much more going on in the kids clubs at all times. It’s not just a room with toys that they are stuck in.  Rather, there’s serious planned activities and interaction.  Your kids will never be bored! They’ll probably make great friends too.

They will also host your kids during part or all of dinner, so adults can have some private time during meals.
And there is supervised after dinner activities and nap areas so adults can go see a show after dinner and maybe even do a little dancing at the nightclub…

Here’s more details about the kids’ clubs for each cruise line.

Costa:  For all children between the ages of 3 to 17, Costa Cruises entertainment staff are available every day from 9:00 am to midday, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and from 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm. This is a free group service.

There are four Clubs: 2 for children: Mini from 3 to 6 years, Maxi from 7 to 11, 2 for teenagers: Teen Junior from 12 to 14, Teen from 15 to 17. Teen Junior is only active during certain periods.

Children under the age of 3 are allowed to enter and stay in the room only during certain times (not during busy times in high season) and must be accompanied by an adult.

MSC has clubs for four different age groups with similar activities as Costa.

Important tip if your kids are age 3 to 11:  
The Mini Club is for ages 3 to 6 and the Juniors Club for ages 7 to 11, and those two clubs often fill up. So, we suggest that as soon as you book your cruise, do your online check in at here - then click here to pre-register your kids for those two clubs.

Look at all the new activities MSC has for teens:


• Sports & tournaments, including football, basketball, dodgeball, mini golf, shuffleboard and table soccer across the fleet

• Dance contest

• Social network games

• Wii/Xbox/PS3 games and challenges

• Teenage Kicks Spa Hair and Beauty Treatments in MSC Aurea Spa (ages 13-17)

• Radio MSC Generation with nightly video and music requests

• MSC Generation Live with Pop Star 2014, iPop Competition, Teen Movie Trivia, Boys Generation, Girls generation,Kool Karaoke, Just Dance live and more!

• Teens White Party

• MSC Flashmob

• Hey Mr DJ!

• MSC Generation Awards teens talent show

• The Prom teens formal night

• Generation Dinner

• Generation Pool Game

• Generation Chef


Norwegian Cruise Lines youth programs


Guppies: Age 6 months to 3 years (parents participation required)


Turtles: Ages 3 to 5

Arts & crafts and painting

Circus School (Tiger Act, feather balancing)

Developmental Activities

Sensory and messy play

Storytelling

Treasure hunts


Seals: Ages 6 to 9


Circus School (scarf juggling, plate spinning, devil sticks, spinning rope)

Games

Painting

Sports and family activities

Team-building challenges

Treasure hunts

Video games


Dolphins: ages 10-12


Arts & crafts

Circus School (stilts, ball juggling, Chinese yo-yo, plate spinning)

Scavenger hunts

Sports

Team-building challenges

Video games and challenges

For teens age 13 - 17 there’s Entourage, a teenage hangout place with video games, movies, arts, sports and people their own age.


Babysitting for ages 3 to 12 is available around the clock, even mealtimes and after dinner until 1:30 a.m.!


For even more information on activities on Norwegian for kids  - see here.

Golf cart tour in Rome


Are there any cabins that hold 5 people in Europe?

 

Costa cabin for 5Here is an example of a Costa Ocean view cabin that holds 5 people.

Yes! Here is the complete list of ships sailing in Europe as of August 2016. Our website generates cabins for up to four people; so if you are interested in booking a cabin for 5 you will need to call us at 866-964-5482 or email us.

Plus if your 5th person is an infant less than 24 months old, you can submit a waiver to possibly sleep 5 people in a room meant for 4 on MSC.

Costa and Royal Caribbean will allow a 5th person that is under 2 years old even without a waiver request! For more details on their requirements click here.

Cabins for 5 and connecting cabins sell out before anything else!

If a cabin for 5 is what you need, it is best to book at least a year in advance, otherwise your only options will be the more expensive suites or getting two cabins. The most consistently inexpensive cabins for 5 in Europe can be found on Costa's ships.

There are water-slides, shows, and kids clubs on all of these cruise lines. Kids 11 and under sail free as the 3-5th passenger on almost all MSC European sailings. Costa, Norwegian, Princess, Holland, and Royal Caribbean also occasionally have promotions where the 3rd and 4th passenger sail for free.


Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Disney, Holland, MSC, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean


Price Key:

$- prices are usually under $5,000 for 5 on a 7 day sailing - see Costa

$$- prices are usually under $7,000 for 5 on a 7 day sailing- see MSC, Holland, Royal, and Celebrity

$$$- prices are usually over $7,000 for 5 on a 7 day sailing - see Norwegian, Disney, and Princess

*Prices and availability are subject to change. While we can give you a range to help guide you, the cruise lines ultimately set the price and they may differ from what you see here.


Costa Cruise Lines

For more specific details on Costa’s cabins click here.

Fascinosa, Favolosa, Pacifica, Serena

    EC, EP Oceanview, sleeps up to 5, 191 sq ft, $

    BC, BP Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 219 sq ft, $

    GS, Grand Suite, sleeps up to 5, 336 sq ft, $$

Deliziosa, Luminosa

    BC, BP Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 236 sq ft, $

Atlantica, Mediterranea

    EC, EP, Oceanview, sleeps up to 5, 175 sq ft $

    BC, BP, Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 191 sq ft (BC), 232 sq ft (BP)  $

    S, PS, Suite and Panoramic Suite, sleeps up to 5, 353 sq ft (S) 361 sq ft (PS) $$

Diadema

    EP, Oceanview , sleeps up to 5, 222 sq ft $

    BC, BP, Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 268 sq ft, $

    GS, Grand Suite, sleeps up to 5, 455 sq ft, $$

Magica

    EC, EP, Oceanview, sleeps up to 5, 191 sq ft $

    BC, BP, Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 218 sq ft, $

NeoRiviera and NeoRomantica (very few)

    S, PS, Suites, sleeps up to 5, 418 sq ft (S) 499 sq ft, $$

Victoria and NeoClassica

    None


MSC Cruise Lines

For more specific details on MSC’s cabins click here.

Splendida, Fantasia, Poesia, Orchestra, Musica

    None

Preziosa

    FLA, Connecting B2 balcony cabins(triple or double/quad), sleeps up to 6, 540 sq ft  $$$

Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia, Armonia (2 per ship on Deck 9)

    O2, Oceanview Cabin, sleeps up to 5, 236 sq ft, $

Magnifica  (8 total on the ship)

    S3, Aurea Family Suites, sleeps up to 5, 331 sq ft, $$

Meraviglia

    FMO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, TBD sq ft, $$

    FMB, Family Balcony, sleeps up to 6, TBD sq ft $$

    FLA, Super Family Connecting Balcony Cabins, sleeps up to 6, TBD sq ft $$

    FPO, Super Family Plus Ocean View, sleeps up to 10, TBD sq ft $$$

    FPB, Super Family Plus Balcony, sleeps up to 10, TBD sq ft $$$


Norwegian Cruise Lines

For more specific details on Norwegian’s cabins click here.

Norwegian Getaway

    O1, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 5, 161 sq ft. $

    H4, Haven Suites, sleeps up to 6, 603 sq ft. $$$

Norwegian Star

    S1, 3-bedroom Garden Villa, sleeps up to 7, 6694 sq ft. $$$

    SA, Deluxe owner’s Suite, sleeps up to 6, 700 sq. ft $$

    SC, 2-bedroom family suite, sleeps up to 6, 574 sq ft. $$

    SD, Family suite with balcony, sleeps up to 6, 409 to 600 sq. ft $$

    SJ, Family suite without balcony, sleeps up to 6, 409 to 600 sq. ft $$

Norwegian Epic

    H4, Haven 2-bedroom Family Villa with Balcony, sleeps up to 6, 506 sq footage, $$$

Norwegian Jade

    SC, 2-bedroom Family Suite, sleeps up to 6, 546 sq. ft.  $$$

    H4, 2-bedroom Family Villa H4 with balcony, sleeps up to 6, 572 sq. ft. $ $$

    H1, 3-bedroom Garden Villa,, sleeps up to 8, 3355 sq. ft $$$

Norwegian Spirit

    None


Princess Cruise Line

For more specific details on Princess’s cabins click here to see more information for each ship.

Crown, Caribbean and, Emerald

    S8, Family Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 6/8 (varies by ship), 606 sq. ft. $$$

Regal, Royal, Pacific, Sea, Dawn

    None


Disney Cruise Lines

For more specific details on Disney’s cabins click here to see more information for each ship.

Disney Magic

    4A 4B and 4E  Deluxe Family Oceanview w/ Verandah, sleeps up to 5, 304 sq. ft. $$$

    00T, One-bedroom Suite w. Verandah, sleeps up to 5, 614 sq. ft., $$$

    R, Royal Suite, sleeps up to 7, 1099 sq. ft., $$$

    S, Two-bedroom Suite, sleeps up to 7, 1099 sq. ft, $$$


Carnival Cruise Lines

For more specific details on Carnival’s cabins click here.

Vista

    FJ, Family Harbor Ocean view, sleeps up to 5, 230 sq ft $

    FS, Family Harbor Suite, sleeps up to 5, 340 sq ft $$


Holland

For more specific details on Holland’s cabins click here.

Ms Koningsdam

    FA, FB Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 5, 222 sq ft $$

Eurodam, Westerdam, Oosterdam, Zuiderdam, Prinsendam, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Veendam

    None


Royal Caribbean

For more specific details on Royal Caribbean’s cabins click here.

Freedom Class: Freedom of the Seas, Independence of the Seas

    FO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, 358 sq. ft., $$

    FI, Family Inside, sleeps up to 6, 338 sq. ft, $$

    FP, Family Promenade, sleeps up to 6, 327 sq ft., $$

    PF, Family Panoramic Ocean view, sleeps up to 6, 406 sq. ft, $$

    FS, Royal Family Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 8, 610 sq ft, $$$

    PS, Presidential Suite, sleeps up to 14 guests, 1209 sq ft., $$$

Voyager Class Ships: Navigator of the Seas

    FO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, 265 sq ft, $

    FS, Family Suite, sleeps up to 8, 610 sq ft., $$$

    PF, Family Panoramic Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, 406 sq ft., $$

Radiance Class: Serenade, Brilliance, Radiance, Jewel

    FO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, 265 sq ft., $

    FF, Two-Bedroom Suite, sleeps up to 8, 592 st ft., $$$

    TS, Two-Bedroom Suite, sleeps up to 8, 532 sq ft., $$$

    D1, Balcony, sleeps up to 5, 184 sq ft (Serenade of the Seas only) $

    JS, Junior Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 5, 282 sq ft, (Serenade of the Seas only) $$

Vision Class: Rhapsody, Legend, Vision

    FO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6 guests, 233 sq ft., $ - (Rhapsody, Vision only)

    FF, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 8 guests, 470 sq. ft., $$ (Vision only)

    FS, Royal Family Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 8 people, 463 sq ft., $$$ -(Rhapsody, Vision only)

    FS, Royal Family Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 7, 526 sq. ft, $$$ - (Legend)

    JS, Junior Suite, sleeps up to 6,  204 sq. ft., $$$

    FI, Family Interior, sleeps up to 6, 260 sq ft., $


Celebrity

For more specific details on Celebrity’s cabins click here.

Eclipse, Silhouette, Equinox, Reflection

    FV, Family Verandahs, sleeps up to 5, 270 sq ft $$$

Constellation

    9, 10, 11, 1, Inside cabins that sleeps up to 5, 170 sq ft, $$

    4,5,7,8, Oceanview cabins, sleeps up to 5, 170 sq ft, $$

    FV, Family Verandahs, sleeps up to 5, 270 sq ft $$$


Ferrari driving experience in Monaco

Where do cruises from Southern Europe go?  What are my destination options?

The cruise industry has segregated all Southern Mediterranean cruises into four categories:

1. Eastern Mediterranean
2. Turkey, Greece and Black Sea
3. Western Mediterranean
4. Canary Islands

However, since the Canary Islands are near the Western edge of the Mediterranean, there are many cruises which include stops in the Canary Islands and Western Med.

And, most Eastern Mediterranean cruises stop at a ports in Turkey, Greece or the Black Sea.

If you want to go to places that are located on the LEFT or WESTERN side of the boot of Italy (Rome, Naples, Sicily, Tunisia, Palma de Mallorca, France, Spain, Portugal and Casablanca, then what you want is a WESTERN Mediterranean cruise.

Cruises that go to the Canary Islands also include the Western Caribbean ports of: Genoa, Savona, Rome, Naples, Naples, Palermo, Messina (Sicily), Livorno (Tuscany); Marseille and Toulon (South of France / Cote d’Azur/ Provence), Monte Carlo; Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Tunis, Palma de Mallorca, Ajaccio (Corsica).

If you want to go to Venice, Croatia, Greece, Turkey or Israel, those destinations are Eastern Mediterranean and you should click on those links.

Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean and Turkey, Greece and the Black Sea include the ports of: Venice, Bari, Trieste (all in Italy), Dubrovnik, Split, Koper and Kotor (former Yugoslavia, now Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro), Katakolon, Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos (Greek Islands), Athens; Kusadasi, Izmir and Istanbul (Turkey).

Gibralter Monkey


If you want to cruise to Spain AND Greece, read this!

Since Spain is on the far western side of the Mediterranean sea, and Greece is on the far estern side, they are too far apart for a cruise ship to travel in 7 days!

There are some cruises that go to both destinations, but they are 10 to 14 days long, and usually start at one side and end at the other side of the Mediterranean. so if you drive to the departure port, the cruise will not END at that port. So you’ll need to train or fly all the way back to your car and that adds considerably to the cost of your cruise.

Cruises that begin and end at the same port are called - round trip - just like an airline ticket that you book with a return flight to the same destination you started from.

Cruises that do not start and end at the same port are called OPEN JAW cruises.  Those cruises are usually priced lower than roundtrip cruises, as they are less desireable to all the folks who are planning on driving to the cruise departure port.

However, an open jaw cruise allows you to see the maximum number of different ports of call/ cities/ destinations.

And there is a train station in every port city in Europe, so it will be relatively easy and affordable for you to get back to your military base anywhere in Europe.

How could you get from Stuttgart to Venice to depart on your cruise, and then back home from Savona where the cruise ends?  We’ve done the research for you- click here to read about all your travel options to and from European cruise ports.

Berber market in Agadir


Are there cruises in which kids cruise free in Europe?

Be sure to contact us if you’re looking for a cruise in which kids cruise for free - as new ships and dates are announced all the time, and often the web site pricing will not reveal the correct kid-free price!

If you’re a military family in Europe you’re in luck, as kids age 11 and under cruise for free on ALL MSC CRUISES in Europe, (when they are the 3rd and 4th person in a cabin)!

Kids ages 12-17 pay a very reduced rate, sometimes as little as $99 each!!

MSC is top-tier, large Italian cruise line and most of their sailings are in Europe. So if you’re in Germany or Italy, it’s likely you won’t have to fly to an MSC cruise departure port.

MSC has a complimentary kids and teens program with all sorts of fully supervised activities in secured areas starting from early in the morning until late in the evening.

NOTE - there is an additional military discount available that is often NOT shown in pricing on the web site except on inside and oceanview cabins which are already discounted on our site.

So this is what you should do:

1. Go to this link to search all MSC cruises, http://www.militarycruisedeals.com/msc.html,

2. CALL US to check for a lower rate applied to the cruise of your choice - 866-964-5482.

Norwegian also has the 3rd/4th passenger free as one of it's Free At Sea incentives on select sailings.

Costa has kids free as a capacity controlled promotion for select cabins on select sailings. Capacity controlled means that once they sell enough cabins, the promotion is over. Move quickly with this one!

Occasionally Kids are free as the 3rd/4th passenger in Holland's flash fares.

For right now - that’s it! No other cruise lines are offering any kids cruise free deals. However, we know you want that. So we’re constantly on the lookout for it and all other great cruise deals and will let you know as soon as we know.


Want to go from Germany to a cruise port in Southern Med?   Here’s your options!

  Roman Ruins

Since most of you are in Kaiserslautern (K-town) or Stuttgart, we’ve prepared a detailed list of transportation options from southwestern Germany to cruise ports in the Southern Med.

1.  Driving your own car

Rome and Barcelona are about a 12-13 hour drive from central Germany. Naples is 15, Marseille is 9. So for those ports, flying or training it may be easier for your family.

This is a good option if your cruise departure port is GENOA, VENICE, SAVONA or LA SPEZIA. Those ports are all around 8-9 hours by car from central Germany.

There are convenient and affordable parking options at all those ports which costs anyway from 65 to 95 Euros.

See our cruise port info and parking page for more details.


2.  Train

Our recommendation for travel from Germany to Venice or Milan is the German train company, DB Bahn,

http://www.bahn.com/i/view/USA/en/trains/overview/ecic.shtml

You can get an ICE (intercity express) train from Stuttgart to Venice Italy for as little as 79 Euro and the trip will take 9 hours.  These trains go up to 180 mph!


K-town to Marseille by train is only 7 hours and $124 pp (unless it’s a holiday or peak travel time).   This makes Marseille the fastest and most affordable port to access by train.


K-town to Milan takes 8-9 hours and costs 83 E on the Bahn.

Stuttgart to Milan takes only around 7 hours and costs 53 E.  

(These were the prices for the second week in April when we checked in January, but of course, prices for other dates may differ.)

We recommend using Milan as a midpoint if you’re going to an Italian port.  
From Milan, take the Italian train line, Italiarail, to your Italian cruise port.


A ticket from Milan to Venice or Genoa is only $13!  

Time by train  from Milan to port cities in Italy:

One and ½ hours to Genoa

Two hours to Savona

Only 2 and ½ hours to Venice.

Only 3 hours to Rome or Ancona.

Four hours and 40 minutes to Naples.

Seven hours and 45 minutes to Bari.\

Train from Venice to Genoa is 4 and ½ hours, and costs $80, for folks who did the open jaw cruise from Genoa to Venice.


3. BUS

European bus lines: Sena, Baltour or Eurolines

Search them all here: http://autolinee.baltour.it/Home/455-1-en.html

A bus from Stuttgart to Milan only takes 6 hours and 15 minutes and costs $65 or 45E.  

Mannheim (near K-town) to Genoa takes 11 and ½ hours and only costs $83

Munich to Rome, by bus, departing at 4 a.m. arriving 18:45, only 110 Euros.


4. Flights

First, you’ll need to know which airports are within driving distance of you.

Below are listed driving distance from K-town to cities in Germany with airports.

Frankfurt Hahn - 1 hour and 15 minutes north

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT FRANKFURT AIRPORTS

There are TWO airports that have Frankfurt in their title, but the HAHN one is actually 1 and ½ hours west of Frankfurt, and it is the one used by Ryan Air.

Other main airlines will use the MAIN Frankfurt airport located in Frankfurt, about one and a half hours north east of K-town.

Baden-Baden - 1 hour 40 minutes south

Strasbourg, France, 1 hour 50 minutes

Cologne - 2 and ½ hours north

Dusseldorf - 2 and ¾ hours north

Nuremberg - 3 hours east

Brussels, 3 hours and 20 minutes (same as airport near Munich)

Memmingen - toward Munich, southeast, 3 hours, 20 minutes

Dortmund - 3 hours and 15 minutes north

Munster, 3 hours and 45 minutes north

Leipzig, 4 and ½ hours northeast

Bremen - 5 hours due north

Hamburg, 5 and ½ hours north

Berlin, 6 hours

Need flight to Genoa? Closest airport from K-town with direct flights on Ryan Air to Genoa is Brussels.

If you’re planning on flying Ryan Air, READ THIS: Ryan Air is notorious for having additional fees for everything, including steep fees for luggage. No checked baggage is free!  See complete list of luggage charges here:

http://www.ryanair.com/en/terms-and-conditions#regulations-tableoffees

Basically, plan on paying an additional 45 E per checked bag, and it better be under 20k, as you’ll get charged an additional 10 E per kilo of overage.

An aggregator of cheap European flights is www.Skyscanner.com

See at a glance who flies where you want to go in Europe is www.euroflights.info

Direct flights from Munich to Genoa on Germanwings.com

A solid, German-based choice, www.airberlin.com

In England - biggest source of discount flights, http://www.easyjet.com/en/

A search on Travelocity reveals prices on the following airlines:

Lufthansa

Austrian

Swiss

Atalia

We found a useful site, called Rome2Rio, that will instantly give you supplier and cost options for driving, bus, train and fly between destinations.  See here, http://www.rome2rio.com/


May we suggest:

If you can spare the time, you may want to consider getting a hotel in Milan for one night on the way to your cruise.

If you got on an 8 a.m. train in Germany, you’d arrive in Milan in the mid to late afternoon.


The next morning you could get up leisurely, see a bit more of the city, and then take a train to the city of your cruise port.

That way, if their is some hiccup in your travel plans, you’ll less likely to miss the boat!  And Milan has the most stunning cathedral I’ve seen in all of Europe.  Just something for you to consider.



We hope this helps you find the best option for travel to your cruise port!

We can’t book these travel options for you, but booking them yourself via the Internet should be easy enough.

We’d be interested in hearing how your trip to port worked out for you, if you would recommend your mode of travel to other military families in Europe.

Happy Travels!

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