The best months of the year to cruise to Europe is from April to November, where you have a very wide selection of available cruise ships. While passengers can enjoy classic cruise activities like swimming, sports, and gambling, Holland America is particularly noted for its culinary and musical programs: it has a partnership the TV show America’s Test Kitchen for cooking demonstrations, cooking classes, and a number of live music venues (including a BB King’s Blues Club), and stage productions dedicated to the history of music on many of its ships.

The line’s six ships—three sailing yachts and three all-suite motor yachts—specialize in visiting ports that ban larger ships, like the Byzantine hilltop town of Monemvasia in the Greek Islands, and the sleepy, palm-fringed island of Bequia in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean.

P& first introduced passenger cruising services in 1844, advertising sea tours to destinations such as Gibraltar …