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Going Away to France for Your Honeymoon Cruise

A France cruise makes for a fantastic honeymoon. Allowing you to explore the many diverse communities within France without having to unpack and repack your luggage is one of the fantastic benefits of a France cruise. In addition, it makes for the ideal honeymoon cruise because it combines two of the most romantic types of getaways: a cruise and a trip to Europe.

France Cruise Options and Cruise Lines

The time of year when it is best to take a France cruise depends largely on the type of cruise you wish to take. The majority of Europe cruises take place during the summer, between May and October. There are, however, some Europe cruises available outside of this most popular time span. If you are hoping for a more laid back, intimate atmosphere without as many children on board, you should plan your wedding and your France Cruise for May, September, or October. If you are hoping to take a longer voyage, be aware that they have less departure dates than voyages with shorter itineraries.

The three basic France cruise options you have available to you are a Mediterranean cruise, a transatlantic cruise, and a Europe cruise. A northern Europe cruise and a Mediterranean cruise will usually last for about seven to ten days, though it is possible to take a longer cruise that will include countries such as Russia or the Greek isles. A transatlantic cruise will typically last about sixteen days, with five of those days spend crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Many couples choose to extend their France cruise by taking advantage of land-and-sea packages. These packages provide opportunities to spend several days on land sightseeing and exploring the country. All of the major cruise lines, including Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, provide France cruise options. If you are looking for a shorter France cruise, you might want to contact a specialty cruise line that operates only in Europe.

France Cruise Ports

There are several embarkation ports available for a France Cruise. Some of the more popular ports include:

New York, New York
Miami, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Barcelona, Spain
Rome, Italy
Lisbon, Portugal
London, England
Athens, Greece
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

There are also a number of ports of call you can enjoy on a France cruise. These include:

Nice – Nice is Franc’s fifth largest city and offers intriguing architecture, art museums, and cute little chapels that certainly help add to the romance of your honeymoon cruise. You can also enjoy shore excursions to Monaco from Nice.
Cannes – If you take your France cruise in May, you will be able to enjoy the International Film Festival that takes place each year in Cannes. Located just 20 miles from Nice, you can also take in the spectacular beaches and shopping venues. Shore excursions to Monaco are also offered from Cannes.

Le Havre – Translating to mean “The Harbor,” Le Havre is a popular port of call on the western coast of France. Here, you can take a shore excursion to Paris, which is located three hours away. Other options include a walking tour of Rouen or a visit to the beaches of Normandy.

Marseille – Marseille is one of the less popular ports of call, but offers numerous history museums as well as opportunities to participate in water sports and to go shopping.

Some cruise lines also take their passengers through the Straits of Gibraltar, which provides passengers with port of call options on both the western and southern shores of France.

A France cruise provides for the ideal foreign, exotic, and romantic honeymoon cruise. Although there are no cruises offered from the United States that stop only in France, you and you sweetheart will be sure to enjoy your time in this beautiful country.

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Cruise Line Reviews

All cruise lines offering honeymoon packages (like Holland America Cruise Line) have exquisitely appointed suites, gyms, swimming pools, spas, salons, shopping and casinos to pamper the cruiser.

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