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Boats / Ferries

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.

Many of these you can book through an online ticket agency, with your hotel concierge or directly with the transport operator. 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 ➾ Tourist Cards & Passes or ➾ Public Transit/ Transit Passes

These are some of the services in major cities…

 Denmark

Stromma

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.

Canals
  • Canal du Midi
  • Grand Canal d’Alsace
  • Kiel Canal
  • Main Canal
  • Main-Donau Canal
  • Marne-Rhine Canal
  • Rhône Canal
  • Volga-Don Canal

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.

 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 and North Seas

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 Seaways

Denmark / Norway / Estonia / Lithuania / England / Scotland / France / Belgium / Netherlands

Eckerö Line

 Finland – Estland Sweden – (Åland Islands)

Finnlines

 Serves most countries to Baltic Ports

Fjordline ferries

 Service between Denmark & Norway

ForSea Ferries

 Sweden – Denmark

Hurtigruten

 Bergen to various Norway ports and fjords

Kolobrzeska Zegluga Pasazerska

Service to  Kołobrzeg (Poland) – Bornholm/Nexo.

Linda Line

Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia

Northlink Ferries

Scotland 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 Line

Denmark to Scandinavia, Iceland and the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic

St Peter Line

Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia

Stena Line

 Service between ports in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland & Sweden.

Tallink Silja

 Service between Sweden, Finland and Baltic states

Trans-Exim

Germany, 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 & North Sea…

Brittany Ferries

UK (Poole /Plymouth /Portsmouth) to France (Normandy /Brittany) Spain (Bilbao /Santander)

Caledonian MacBrayne

Scotland – Firth of Clyde,
Outer Hebrides,
Inner Hebrides

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 Lines

Spain, France, Ireland & UK

Manche îles-Express

Service to the Channel Islands from France

Bristol Ferry Boats

Bristol Harbor, UK

 Norfolk Line

Dover to Dunkirk, Liverpool to Dublin, Liverpool to Belfast (operated by DFDS Seaways)

P & O Ferries

 England – France/Belgium/Netherlands – Irish Sea

Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.

Isle of Man – Liverpool, Dublin, Belfast, Heysham

 Steam Packet Company England

 Isle of Man – Northern Ireland/Ireland

Stena Line

 Harwich-Hoek van Holland, Holyhead-Dublin, Fishguard-Rosslare

DFDS Ferry Crossings

 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 Ferries

Italy (Sardinia) France (Corsica)

 CTN Tunisia Ferries

 Italy, France , Tunisia

 Cunda Lines

 Greece – Turkey

 Cyclades Ferries

Greece

 Dodekanisos Seaways

 Aegean IslandsGreece

 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 Veloci

Italy (Sardinia, Sicily)  France / Tunisia / Spain / Morocco,

 Grimaldi Lines

Italy (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

Greece – Turkey

 Medmar

Naples

 Meis Ferry Lines

Greece – Turkey

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

Italy- Albania

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

Italy – 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 Ferries

Bari, Italy – Durres, Albania

 Virtu Ferries

Malta

UKYesil Dalyan

Greece – Turkey

Yesil Marmaris Lines

Greece – Turkey

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

 UKR Ferry

 Ukraine – Turkey – Georgia

 Ulusoy Sealines

 Turkey – Russia – Ukraine

These web sites have excellent information

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