I'm planning a cruise to Europe within the next year. I'm curious about the best time of year to go. I live in New Orleans, and prefer not to travel during hurricane season, which is June though November. I could stretch a little and probably schedule something in June, or from October on, but I realize that's probably not the best weather-wise for a European cruise. Also, which cruise lines are the best value for the money for this type of trip? I'd like a 7 day cruise, with a day or two tagged on each end of the cruise at the departure and arrival cities to do some sightseeing on my own. Ports I'm interested in in are Barcelona, Venice, Greek Isles, Rome, Nice. Any suggestions or past experiences?
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