Rick Steves: The pros and cons of cruising in Europe

 

Recently I was on a massive cruise ship with 3,000 passengers blitzing the great ports of the Mediterranean – and having lots of fun. No, I’m not suddenly abandoning my independent travel principles and becoming a huge proponent of cruising. But I am impressed by the economy, efficiency and popularity of this kind of travel … and, to be honest, I enjoy cruising.

I’m the first to admit that cruising doesn’t appeal to everyone. For some, it’s anti-travel. For others, it’s the perfect vacation.

On our ship, I met people who seemed to be having a great time … most of them veterans of many cruises. I also met lots of budget-conscious travelers who told me that a cruise (which includes transportation, lodging and food for one discounted price) is a wonderful value.

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