The Europe Environment Agency says the Mediterranean Sea touches 22 countries with over 28,000 miles of coastline. From the Greek Islands to Egypt, Croatia to Morocco, and Slovenia to Spain, the rough coastlines drop into the clear waters, connecting some of the world's most attractive places. But instead of driving, taking the train, or flying to these places, visitors could see and do more by going on a Mediterranean cruise.
When you cruise to Mediterranean countries, you can see historical sites, try local food, shop in a few of the most luxurious places on Earth, and visit beaches that will blow your mind. There are also options for adult-only cruises and cruises for people of all ages, so these cruises are good for every kind of traveler.
Viking Cruises is a great choice for people who only want to travel with other adults. The company only takes people 18 or older, so the cruises are more for adults. The company goes to many different ports, so finding a cruise that fits your travel plans is easy.
And the cruise line gives all guests free shore excursions to get the most out of each port. The Mediterranean, as well as Adriatic Sojourn, is a 22-day trip with Viking. The trip stops in big and small ports in Spain, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Monaco, and France.
Those who want to improve their trip can book with inclusive value, which includes one free shore excursion, beer, wine, soft drinks, free Wi-Fi, visits to UNESCO sites, and more, so they can spend more time traveling and less time worrying about prices. If guests aren't ready to go home after three weeks on the water, they can book a pre- and post-trip stay at ports of call.
The cruise line is proud of the low number of guests to crew members, which makes it easy for your every need to be met. Regarding Mediterranean cruises, the company has a lot of options, including seven-, fourteen-, twenty-one-, and even a 38-day cruise for those who can't get enough. With this cruise line, you have so many options that choosing just one itinerary is hard.
Sailors spend 10 days on the trip, stopping at ports like Monte Carlo, Saint-Tropez, Florence, Rome, Valletta, Rhodes, and Athens. This trip has many kinds of shore excursions, from trips to old villages to trips to casinos. There's a lot to do on board, like wine tastings, guest lectures, and trivia nights with other guests that are a lot of fun.
Seabourn cruises are for people who like to travel in style. The cruise line has options that include everything, so it's easy to sit back and enjoy the ride. Seabourn also has cruises that last seven, ten, fourteen, or twenty-one days and go to different places so that everyone can find the right one for them.
The Seabourn Encore trip takes a week and lets you see some of Greece's best islands. The trip starts in Athens and stops in Patmos, Agios, Mykonos, and Skiathos. Along the way, it also visits Kusadasi and Bozcaada in Turkey. The trip ends in Istanbul. The excursions include guided tours of historical sites like the Grotto of St. John in Patmos and wine tastings in Bozcaada.
Silversea is perfect for people who want to go on a cruise with fewer people. The line's ships have anywhere from 51 to 364 suites, meaning they can hold fewer people than their bigger counterparts. This means that passengers can get more personalized service and higher-end amenities. It also has packages that include everything, which can be less stressful than paying as you go.
This 22-day trip goes through 20 ports in five countries: Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, and Turkey. On the Greek Islands, you can walk on cobblestone streets, see the colorful coast in Marmaris, and look at the lights from the homes that snake up Loven Mountain, among other things. Onboard, you can eat at the ship's eight restaurants, swim in the pool on the top deck, or hang out in a common area to tell other guests about your day.
Royal Caribbean is the line for people who want to travel with people of different ages and interests. Think about the kids that want to play all day, the adults that want to relax by the pool, the friend who wants to learn about the history of a city through tours, or the friend who desires to stay up all night watching the onboard entertainment.
Best of all, it's the few in the Mediterranean with an option for people who don't have much time or want to add a short trip to a longer one. You can sail from Haifa, Israel, to Limassol, Cyprus, and back in three perfect days. The quick cruise is the best way to spend a weekend at sea on a trip that is mostly on land. Check out some shore excursions or go alone, knowing you have a great place to stay each night.
Azamara is a high-end option, but this line isn't about glitz and glam. The cruise line also emphasizes "hyper-local" experiences so that its passengers can learn a lot about the history, food, culture, and life of the places they visit, even if they're only there for a day.
The cruise line offers a wide range of destinations and cruise lengths, such as 10, 12, and 15-night trips. Some of these trips include overnight stays in ports so that guests can see everything there is to see. On this trip that lasts more than two weeks, you will travel through five countries: Italy, Israel, Cyprus, Egypt, and Greece.
The trip shows places ruled by famous pharaohs, kings, and emperors and focuses on the area's amazing history. You can go on a shore excursion to see the ruins of Pompeii, the biblical sites of Nazareth and Galilee, or spend a day taking in the atmosphere of Capri.
Holland America does not offer as many choices as the other cruise lines on this list. But the trips it does offer are excellent. Holland America also has a wide range of prices so people can choose the right one. Rooms range from interior staterooms with 151 square feet of space to suites with 712 square feet of space.
With Holland America, you can sail into the Mediterranean for 12 wonderful days. The trip will stop in Venice, Sicily, Amalfi, and Rome in Italy, Katakolon, Souda, and Mykonos in Greece, Albania, and Malta in Malta (including Valletta and Mgarr). When you're not exploring at the port, use the ship's luxurious spa, which has the added benefit of the waves gently rocking you to sleep.
If you care most about looking stylish, Cunard Line is your cruise line. It is classic, elegant, and always in style. It has luxurious boats, like Queen Elizabeth, which sail through the Mediterranean with art deco decor, comfortable sundeck furniture, and high-end dining.
Go to Mallorca, Corsica, Rome, and Naples on a seven-night Cunard Western Mediterranean trip that departs from Barcelona. Visit the National Archaeological Museum, shop and eat in Rome, follow in Napoleon Bonaparte's footsteps in Corsica, and so much more.
Princess Cruises is another company on the list that might not have a lot of options for the Mediterranean. Still, it makes up for it with great shore trips, entertainment on board, activities for kids and teens, and the fact that it now has The Princess Luxury Beds. The cruise line worked with a sleep expert to make the beds so every guest would feel fully rested when they left.
The trip lasts two weeks and stops at 10 harbors in Italy, Greece, Israel, and Cyprus. It lets you go on many shore excursions, like historical tours, vineyard tours, wine tastings, trips to local markets, and much more. You can choose from staterooms inside the ship to huge premium suites with 119-foot-long balconies that let in the fresh ocean air.
Check out Celebrity Cruises, from Grandma to the kids, if you want to vacation with your family. The cruise line gives everyone on board more things to do, offers a variety of shore excursions, and keeps prices low so that larger groups can go. The nine-night trip would take guests to seven ports in Italy and Croatia. The ports are in different parts of the country, and there are many options for shore excursions. Visit beautiful coastal towns like Portofino, walk through the canals of Venice, and take advantage of the ship's amenities while at sea.