What Are Some Ways You Can Travel to Europe by Ship?

Travel to Europe as a passenger on a transatlantic freighter such as a cargo ship or container ship, or on a cruise ship's repositioning voyage. Alternatively, cruise lines such as Holland America Line and Princess Cruises offer regular transatlantic cruises.

Transatlantic freighters typically offer accommodations for between four and 12 fare-paying passengers in cabins and suites. Passengers eat with the crew and enjoy amenities such as libraries, exercise rooms and swimming pools, but there are no organized entertainments or port excursions.

Cruise lines take passengers on board transatlantic repositioning cruises when they sail a cruise ship to a new port or return it to its home port at the start or end of a cruise season. Passengers enjoy all the amenities and facilities of a traditional cruise.