Is a cruise full of Europeans for you?by Lisa Cheng | August 19, 2016
3. Water isn’t free.
You may think water — like oxygen — is a given essential. Not so on European ships, where you’ll have to shell out for bottles of still or sparkling water with your meals. Though you can get away with the (free) tap water from the beverage dispensers at the breakfast and lunch buffets, it’s hard to escape charges for H20 during dinner. Check out what’s available in your cruise line’s beverage packages.
4. Big names might as well be no names.
Have you ever heard of Peppa Pig (a British cartoon character) or Sabine Christiansen (a German journalist)? Neither have we. Some of the attention-grabbing partnerships European cruise lines forge may be household names abroad, but they have less pull for North American passengers. Cruise lines know they're appealing to a wide variety of cruisers, so expect much of the entertainment on board to revolve around amusements that require no common language (i.e., lots of singing and dancing).
Lisa Cheng is a New York-based writer for ShermansCruise who also writes for Travel + Leisure.