Cruise Preparation: Better Safe Than Sorry

No matter what type of cruise you are taking, whether a river cruise, a Mediterranean cruise, or even a Trans Atlantic cruise, there are some things that you should keep in mind with regard to your travel schedule.

After making sure you have the appropriate documentation before leaving the country, and comparing the cruise and flight schedules to be sure there are no conflicts, it’s also a good idea to plan to leave one or two days earlier. This will help to alleviate any unforeseen scheduling issues, expenses, and unnecessary stress on your trip. You should also keep this in mind at the end of the cruise as well, since you don’t want to be stuck abroad with no back up plan!

Spain and Italy

There are some cities where proactive travel planning is a must. For those traveling to Barcelona, Spain some may find the cruise and flight arrivals in conflict, resulting in another night’s stay. This could work in your favor if you’re trying to pick up that last minute souvenir, but more than likely will be quite the unanticipated headache, so keeping a one or two day buffer is key.

Once in Barcelona don’t let the opportunity of seeing Antoni Gaudi architecture pass you by. This famous architect is known for the La Sagrada Famila in the Eixample area of Barcelona. Unfortunately he was not able to complete the basilica, but left his plans with the church and completion is expected 2026.

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Gaudi Cathedral: Barcelona, Spain

In the other direction is the Plaza de Catalunya, which is the meeting place of the old city and the new. Las Ramblas is one of the area’s oldest neighborhoods with a variety of museums, restaurants, and shops, however just because you’re in one of the most historic areas doesn’t mean you have to forgo your modern style.

The Espana is a sleek and modern hotel offering enough space to stretch out and an incredible rooftop pool to enjoy your siesta. At the hotel’s restaurant you can indulge in a wide range of full meals, tapas, and a variety of delicious cocktails!

Similar scheduling issues can occur in Venice, Italy as well. If your final destination is on the East Coast of Italy then an afternoon flight is a great option to ensure you don’t run into any scheduling issues. Once in Venice you will quickly realize how unique the city truly is, with its ancient waterways and charming gondolas. San Mark’s Square is always a good center point if you’re spending more than one day. Located just 200 meters from San Mark’s Square is the Residenza Ca’ San Marco hotel which may have exactly what you’re looking for if it’s Venetian flair you’re after! While in Venice don’t forget to visit the Piazzale Roma and take advantage of its close proximity to the city’s center and seamless transportation options to the airport.

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Little Mermaid Statue: Copenhagen, Denmark

Northern Europe

While Italy and Spain are wonderful places to visit, let’s not forget about Northern Europe. The Clarion Collection Hotel Mayfair will help you get some R&R before the start of your travels through Copenhagen. This hotel is close to the train station, a 12 minute drive to port, and roughly 20 minutes from the airport. If historical Copenhagen is what you’re after then the Alexandra hotel is your destination. Close to the Tivoli Gardens, the Alexandra is a cozy little hotel with a boutique retro style and all the amenities! This hotel is also environmentally conscience and working hard to minimize its CO2 foot print.

For the savvy cruiser planning to stay in the city of port and looking to alleviate the stress of navigating a new city, a private transfer is the ideal mode of travel. With Auto Europe you can conveniently book your prepaid transfer service ahead of time so all you need to worry about is where to go next!

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