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Boats & Ferries

Cruise Ship docked at the harbor in Barcelona, Spain

In some instances you will find traveling by some form of boat your best transportation option and maybe even your only option. This is especially true in areas like the Greek Isle’s, Scandinavia and cities like Venice & Amsterdam. From small water taxis to large overnight ferries, you will find traveling by water may be your best solution when your within proximity to a lot of water.

In cities there are boats that act like buses on the rivers. You can hop on at one end of the city and hop off at another end. This is especially true is cities with canals like, Venice and Amsterdam. Other cities, like Bruges,  offer short boat trips up and down the canals or rivers for a minimal fee.

Depending on how much you want to spend, in Venice you can hire a Gondolier for a half hour trip or longer with someone singing arias or playing an accordion on the Grand Canal. Other cities have night cruises with or without a dinner package. These are popular in river cities like Paris, Berlin, Prague, London and Amsterdam. Viewing a city from a boat on the river with everything lit up under the flood of lights can certainly be breathtaking and give one another perspective.

Some boat transportation is free when you purchase a transportation, city, tourist or visitor pass. You can review all of these passes at our pages for  Shopping On Line/City Passes or Public Transist/Passes

These are some of the services in major cities…

Cruise Lines…

There are Cruises of every kind to fit every pocket book. Some are smaller than others that will have the capacity to accommodate 50 couples and provide 5-Star luxury service. Than there are large ships that are transferred from the Caribbean that can accommodate hundreds of travelers. Boats that travel the rivers are smaller but, can be very affordable.The most popular are the river cruises of the Rhine and Danube rivers as well as cruises of the Mediterranean.

The river cruises are popular because they stop in the famous cities and the scenery along both rivers is wonderful. Rhine cruises can start in Basel, Switzerland and go up the Rhine past castles and vineyards. Stops in Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Cologne and ending up in Amsterdam. The trip could also start in Amsterdam and end up in Basel making the same stops and viewing the same scenery and landmarks. Danube cruises can start in Germany with stops in Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and ending in Budapest. Barge cruises on many of europe’s canal are also very unique and intimate.

Mediterranean cruises are also popular because of the important ports they stop at. Venice, Rome, Barcelona, Athens and some stop in Egypt. Some can spend more time in the Adriatic taking in Italy and the Dalmation coast of Croatia. Others can cruise to just the western Mediterranean stopping in Spain, France, Italy with Corsica and Sicily. Of course others, will spend time in the Agean with stops at the Greek Isles, Athens, Istanbul and Turkey. Whatever your desire, cruise companies will have a cruise for you.

The Baltic is another area of fine cruises, stopping at ports like Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and St. Petersburg. There is a wonderful cruise from St. Petersburg that winds its way through Russian lakes and channels until it reaches Moscow.

Barging on canals is another way to travel. Barges are typically 6 days covering abound 50 miles of canals and traveling within one country. A river cruise travels hundreds of miles between multiple countries during the same 6 days. Barges are usually all inclusive as opposed to a river cruise boat. River cruise boats can carry over hundred passengers where a barge may carry eight. Barges are like being on a floating cottage, small and quint and river boats a floating hotel with more amenities. The majority of barge cruises are in France but, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands also offer several choices. Barges tend to be more exclusive and costly than a river cruise boat.

You can book cruises at the follow links. Some links are the actual cruise lines and others are cruise agencies.

Large Cruise Ships…
Smaller Luxury Ships..
River Cruises…
Canal Cruises…
Cruise Agencies
These web sites have excellent information

Boatingineurope.com
➾ Cruisecrtic.com     
➾ Cruisingguides.com 
 ➾ Directferries.com  
➾ Ferrylines.com     
Ferriesingreece.com 
Ferrysavers.com  
➾ Rivercruiseadvisor.com
Seascanner.com

 Ferry Companies…

The areas that require the most boat and ferry service are the Mediterranean, Baltic, Black Sea countries and the British Isles to continental Europe.

Lines Servicing the Baltic Areas…
Adler-Schiffe GmbH & Co. KG  Germany – Poland, North Frisian Islands, Rügen
Baltic Scandinavian Lines Estonia – Sweden
Birka Cruises Non-car ferry service between Stockholm and Mariehamn(Åland)
Bornholmer Faergen Germany, Sweden, mainland Denmark and Bornholm/Rønne
Color Line Norway / Denmark / Sweden / Germany
DFDS SeawaysDenmark / Norway / Estonia / Lithuania / England/Scotland / France / Belgium / Netherlands
Eckerö Line Finland – Estland
Eckerö Linguine Sweden – Finland (Åland Islands)
Finnlines Serves most countries to Baltic Ports
Fjordline ferries Service between Denmark & Norway
Navirail Estonia – Finland
HH-Ferries Sweden – Denmark
Hurtigruten Bergen to various Norway ports and fjords
Irish Ferries UK & France to Ireland
Kolobrzeska Zegluga PasazerskaService to  Kołobrzeg (Poland) – Bornholm/Nexo.
Linda LineHelsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia
Northlink FerriesScotland to the Orkney Islands
Polferris Świnoujście – Copenhagen, Świnoujście – Ystad, Gdańsk – Nynäshamn/Stockholm.
RG Line Operates between Umeå/Sweden and Vaasa/Finland
Scandlines Serves Denmark, Germany, Latvia & Sweden
Smyril LineDenmark to Scandinavia, Iceland and the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic
St Peter LineRussia – Finland – Sweden – Estonia
Stena Line Service between ports in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland & Sweden.
Tallink Silja Service between Sweden, Finland and Baltic states
Trans-EximGermany, Russia
TransRussiaExpress Germany Russia
TT Line Operates between Travemünde and Rostock in Germany and Trelleborg in Sweden.
Unity Line Service between Poland (Świnoujście) to Sweden (Trelleborg & Ystad)
Viking Line Service between Sweden and Finland and Tallinn.
Wasaline Sweden , Finland
Zegluga Gdanska Service from Poland to Sweden & Russia
Lines Servicing the Atlantic & British Isle Areas…
 Brittany FerriesUK ( Poole/Plymouth/Portsmouth) to France (Normandy/Brittany) Spain (Bilbao/Santander)
 Celtic Link Ferrie France – Ireland
 Condor Ferries Service in the Channel Islands Jersey, Guernsey from France and England
 DFDS Seaways Denmark / Norway / Estonia / Lithuania / England/Scotland / France / Belgium / Netherlands
 Irish Ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Pembroke-Rosslare, Rosslare-Roscoff , France
 LD LinesSpain, France, Ireland & UK
 Manche îles-ExpressService to the Channel Islands from France
 My Ferry LinkFrance – England
 Norfolk LineDover to Dunkirk, Liverpool to Dublin, Liverpool to Belfast (operated by DFDS Seaways)
 P & O Ferries England – France/Belgium/Netherlands – Irish Sea
 SeaFrance France – England
 Seatruck Ferries Ltd England – Northern Ireland – Ireland
 Steam Packet Company England Isle of Man – Northern Ireland/Ireland
 Stena Line Harwich-Hoek van Holland, Holyhead-Dublin, Fishguard-Rosslare
 Transmanche Ferries  France – England

 Lines Servicing the Mediterranean Areas…

 Acciona Trasmediterranea Spain (Balearic & Canary Islands) Algeria / Tunisia / Morocco 
 Adria Ferries Italy- Albania
 Adriatic Lines Venice, Slovenia, Croatia
 Aegean Flying Dolphins Greece
 Aegean Speed Line Greece
 Agoudimos Lines to Aegean Islands from Greece
 Aigaion Pelagos Greece
 Akgünler Shipping  Northern Cyprus / Turkey  / Lebanon
 Albanian Ferries Italy- Albania
 Algerie Ferries Italy, Algeria, France, Spain
 AliLuara Naples
 Anek Greece
 ANES Greece
 Balearia Spain, Balearic Islands, Gibraltar to Tangiers Africa
 Blue Line Navigation Croatia – Italy
 Blue Star Ferries Services between Greece & Italy, Turkey
 Bodrum Express Lines Turkey
 Bura Line Croatia’s Dalmation Coast
 Caremar Naples
 Corsica FerriesItaly (Sardinia) France (Corsica)
 CTN Tunisia Ferries Italy, France , Tunisia
 Cunda Lines Greece – Turkey
 Cyclades Ferries Greece
 Dodekanisos Seaways Aegean Islands
 Ege Birlik Ltd. Greece – Turkey
 Egnatia Greece, Italy
 Ertürk Lines Greece – Turkey
 Europa Ferrys Spain – Ceuta
 European Seaways Italy- Albania
 European Ferries Italy- Albania
 Europeania Lines Italy – Tunisia
 FRS Iberia Tangiers – Italy, France, Gibraltar, Spain
 Ferrimaroc Morroco Spain
 Hellenic Seaways Greece
 GolnSardinia Sardinia – Italy
 Grandi Navi VelociItaly (Sardinia, Sicily)  France / Tunisia / Spain / Morocco,
 Grimaldi LinesItaly (Sardinia, Sicily) Tunisia / Spain / Morocco / Greece / Malta
 G & V Line Croatias Dalmation Coast.
 Ionian Cruises Greece / Albania
 InterShipping Morroco / Spain
 Jale Tour Greece – Turkey
 Jadrolinija Italy – Croatia – Spain
 Kibris Türk Denizcilik Northern Cyprus Turkey
 KOMPAS turistička agencija Croatia/Slovenia – Italy
 Lane Sea Line Greece
 Le Méridionale France (Corsica) Sardinia
 Meander Travel Turkey – Greece (Samos)
 Medmar Naples
 Meis Ferry Lines Turkey – Greece
 Minoan Lines Greece (local Crete)  Italy
 MMSL Malta
 Moby Italy (Sardinia, Elba)  France (Corsica)
 Montenegro Lines Bar to Bari, Italy
 Navibulgar,Bulgaria, (Varna), Romania (Constanta) to Ukraine & Georgia
 Naviera Armas Spain & Canary Islands – Morocco
 NEL Lines Greece
 Red Star Ferries Albania / Italy
 Salamis Cruise Lines Cyprus
 Saronic Ferries Greece
 Sea Dreams Greece / Turkey
 Sea Jets Greece
 Siremar Naples, Sicily
 SNAV Naples, Italy, Croatia
 SNCM France, Corsica
 Sunrise Lines Greece  Turkey
 Superfast Ferries Services between Greece & Italy , Aegean Isles
 Tirrenia Naples, Sicily
 Top Line Venice, Slovenia, Croatia
 Toremar 
 Transmediterrea Spain, Italy
 Trasmapi Balearic Islands Spain
 Trieste Lines Italy – Slovenia – Croatia
 Tuana Maritime Greece Turkey
 Turkish Sea Lines Turkey
 Turyol Greece – Turkey
 UKR Ferry Istanbul – Ukraine
 U.N. Ro-Ro  Turkey – Italy – France – Israel – Egypt
 Ustica Sicily
 Venezialines Venice and Croatian ports on the Adriatic
 Ventouris FerriesBari, Italy – Durres, Albania
 Virtu Ferries Malta
 Yesil Dalyan Turkey – Greece
 Yesil Marmaris Lines Turkey – Greece
 Zante Ferries Greece
Lines Servicing the Black Sea Area…
 Bulgarian Hydrofoil Burgas- Nessebar – Varna
 Kerch Ferry Passage State Shipping Russia
 Navigation Maritime Bulgare Bulgaria – Ukraine – Georgia
 Oz Star Denizcilik Russia – Turkey
 Paradise Cruise & Ferry Russia – Georgia – Turkey – Ukraine
 Rosmorport / Yuzh-Flot Ltd Russia
 Sochi Russia Georgia
 Stena SeaLine Turkey Ukraine
 Trans-Exim Russia
 UKR Ferry Ukraine – Turkey – Georgia
 Ulusoy Sealines Turkey – Russia – Ukraine