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While the Mediterranean embraces the sunny, southern shores of Europe's coastlines, and fairybook Northern European countries are found along the Baltic Sea, the mighty Atlantic Ocean touches many other European countries, from northern and western France, Belgium and the Netherlands' sea borders to Portugal and the northwestern coast of Spain, offering their own distinct cruise experiences. Many of these ports can be reached easily from the UK without the need for any flying, and often make for popular mini cruise itineraries, as they're usually much closer.

France's Atlantic coastline covers the historic ports in the region of Normandy - renowned for the famous D-Day Landings, white cliffs, and charming, half-timbered medieval towns - the Roman ruins, untamed coastline, wild forests and proudly independent spirit of Brittany, and all the way along France's western shores to popular seaside cities such as La Rochelle in the southwest. The French Atlantic coasts (particularly further north) may not be quite as sun-drenched as the country's southern Mediterranean shores, but you'll find just as much culture, history, and excellent cuisine, particularly seafood such as oysters and mussels, and fine wines (and even ciders), and perhaps a more laid-back feel.

On the north and northwestern shores of Spain, the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia regions lie on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The Basque Country is renowned for its celebrated cuisine - particularly pintxos, the region's answer to tapas - strong, cultural traditions and sense of identity, and its own distinct language which predates the Romance languages. Most of its cities - including Pamplona, host of the infamous Running of the Bulls festival - are further inland, but Bilbao is a vibrant riverside city accessible from the port of Getxo, which has seen a dazzling reinvention with a revitalised waterfront and a newfound cultural hub. On the northwesternmost point of Spain, along dramatic and wild coastlines, the region of Galicia and its western cliffs at Cape Finisterre were, for the Romans, the 'end of the known world'. Similarly to the Basque Country, Galicia boasts its own language and distinctive customs. The Galician coast is resplendent with beautiful beaches, charming fishing ports, and claims to bring in the best seafood in Spain. Asturias claims to be the only region of Spain never conquered by the Muslims, and Asturians boast that their region is the real Spain. Wildly dramatic coastline is home to colourful fishing ports and over two hundred beaches, and the region is characterised by its pre-Romanesque architecture.

However, because the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas are connected to the Atlantic, ports along Europe's Atlantic coasts are often easily combined with a Mediterranean or Baltic cruise.

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Cruise to Europe's Atlantic Coasts with...

Azamara Club Cruises

With longer stays, more overnights, and night touring, truly immerse yourself in destinations with Azamara. Enjoy an intimate, convivial ambiance & greater access to smaller ports onboard award-winning boutique-style small ships, home to just 686 guests
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Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises' signature brand of 'Modern Luxury' is distinguished by award-winning cuisine, the famous Lawn Club and ice-frosted Martini Bar, the most extensive Wine Collection at sea, and first-class accommodation, all while cruising to over 270 stunning destinations
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Cruise and Maritime Voyages

Traditional British cruising at excellent value for money onboard charming and friendly small ships - enriched by wonderful destinations, a wide range of ex-UK sailing, delicious cuisine, friendly and attentive service & a more traditional and leisurely cruise style.
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Crystal Cruises

For over 25 years, Crystal have been leading the way in redefining luxury cruising, introducing innovative features ahead of the curve, taking guests to exciting destinations in style, & delivering the highest standards of personalised service; the difference is Crystal clear!
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Cunard

An impressive, incomparable heritage, and its acclaimed White Star Service, Cunard is synonymous with elegance and tradition, proudly continuing its legacy of grand, stylish cruising at its most iconic
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Disney Cruise Line

Add a little touch of Disney magic to your cruise, and bibbidy-bobbidy-boo, you've got a fun-filled family holiday on the seas, complete with your favourite characters from Disney, great entertainment for all the family, and memories you'll treasure forever
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines pride themselves on the attentive personal service, friendly crews, exceptional food, and stunning itineraries from the widest range of UK ports onboard their delightful, smaller-sized ships, offering an intimate atmosphere.
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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Whether you're looking for outstanding luxury or an unforgettable expedition, discover far-flung countries in-depth and come eye to eye with exotic species on a Hapag-Lloyd cruise, whose style and flair comes second to none, offering exclusivity & memorable experiences
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Holland America Line

Cruises with Holland America are popular with families, couples, and singles alike, with plenty of facilities onboard for all pursuits and interests. Holland America boast luxurious, spacious accommodation, and offer fine cuisine and exceptional services.
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Hurtigruten

Discover the Norwegian Coast on the 'World's most beautiful voyage', witness the Northern Lights, sail under the Midnight Sun, circumnavigate the realm of the Polar Bears, explore the icy frontier of Antarctica and meet the penguins or ride a husky sledge
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Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise to some of the world's most desirable destinations and experience the ultimate freedom at sea onboard a fleet of contemporary, colourful ships offering you a world of choice
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Oceania Cruises

Destination-rich itineraries, a country-club atmosphere, and a reputation for the finest cuisine at sea are the hallmarks of Oceania Cruises, which offer a refined and immersive experience onboard their elegant boutique cruises
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P & O Cruises

Britain's most famous cruise line, P&O have built up a reputation for their family-friendly (and adult-friendly) cruises, their culinary heroes, their Strictly extravaganzas, and their perfect combinations of tradition, expertise and legacy with modern, innovative cruising
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Princess Cruises

Offering the perfect combination of traditional and modern cruising, informal and formal, great for families and older couples alike. Boasting dazzling entertainment - including Movies under the Stars, a wide range of activities, and some fantastic exotic itineraries
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent have upped the ante with luxury cruising, boasting the world's most luxurious fleet, with charm, elegance and style in abundance. A Regent cruise is a sumptuous, decadent experience where every wish, every whim is catered for - and it's all included
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Royal Caribbean

Packed with plenty of 'WOW!' factor, there's never a dull moment onboard these floating resorts, renowned for their dynamic and innovative activities and entertainment, from Broadway favourites to the classic Flow Rider and dodgems,
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Saga Cruises

For the discerning over-50s, Saga offer a relaxed and comfort cruise onboard small ships able to access lesser-known ports and out-of-the-way harbours other, larger, ships simply can't. Plus outstanding service, a range of dining options, and comfortable accommodation
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Seabourn

From the moment you step onboard Seabourn, greeted by chilled champagne, you'll enjoy distinctive, luxury cruising onboard an intimate ship, savouring the finest gourmet cuisine and the highest standards of personalised service
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Sea Cloud Cruises

Experience nautical tradition, a touch of glamour, an intimate atmosphere, a relaxed dining experience and culinary delights, magnificent islands, spectacular ruins, and beautiful destinations, on an exclusive cruise under great, white sails on a classic windjammer
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Silversea

Exceptional Silversea: exceptional destinations, more visited than any other cruise line, exceptional service, with personal butlers and a staff to guest ratio of nearly one to one, indulge yourself in exclusivity and lavish surroundings onboard intimate, ultra-luxury ships
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Viking Ocean Cruises

The world's largest fleet of river cruises has brought their innovative thinking and experience to the oceans, ushering in a new era of ocean cruising, boasting a fleet of intimate, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships, featuring understated elegance
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Voyages to Antiquity

Voyages to Antiquity offer the opportunity to join specialist experts and visit the world's greatest ancient treasures on outstanding itineraries, carefully selected for their historic and cultural significance.
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Windstar

Graceful yachts and elegant tall ships will take you away from the crowds and into a more intimate atmosphere and smaller, quirkier ports. Enjoy a sense of adventure as you kayak, snorkel, windsurf and even waterskii from the fully-equipped watersports platform
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