A new survey from cruise specialist Cruise.co.uk has revealed the most popular European attractions to visit by sea.
The survey, of 900 people, saw the Colosseum in Rome come out on top, with 30 per cent of labelling it as one of the excursions they most enjoyed on a European sailing.
In second place was the Dubrovnik Walls in Croatia, which were picked by 26 per cent of respondents, while in third place was the Acropolis in Athens, with Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia in fourth and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City fifth.
The survey also revealed that cruise line-operated shore excursions are the preferred way to see the sights when travelling on a cruise (45 per cent), narrowly beating independent exploration to top spot.
In total, 11 per cent preferred third party-operated excursions.
For those customers who choose a cruise-line-operated excursion, almost 60 per cent said it was because of peace of mind with scheduled timings.
‘Iconic destinations’ on offer
Cruise.co.uk managing director Tony Andrews said: “Cruise lines offer a wealth of iconic destinations and attractions to visit, so our respondents were spoiled for choice when naming their favourites.
“A number of the world’s most popular sites are accessible via ship and it’s also worth keeping in mind that plenty of lesser-known gems can also be visited too.
“Our survey also highlights the preferences and motivations of cruise passengers when it comes to booking shore excursions.
“Whether they opt for the convenience and peace of mind offered by cruise line-organised trips, or to explore independently, there is always plenty of choice to meet their preferences.
“Cruises offer a unique and wonderful way to explore the world, at exceptional value. No matter how guests wish to discover the attractions on offer, cruising is unbeatable in terms of both choice and convenience.”