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Best Mediterranean Cruises in 2018

Posted on 02-May-2018 by Administrator

The Mediterranean region has always been a favourite holiday destination for travel lovers from all over the world. Both the Eastern and Western Mediterranean regions offer not only scenic beauty, but also a cluster of nations with rich cultural history, strikingly different cuisines and a myriad of varied historical locations, museums and nightlife options. And to top it all, these countries enjoy the belt of blue Mediterranean waters lapping at their shores.

And as any travel lover would tell you, the best way to make the most of these wondrous locations across Europe is on a Mediterranean cruise. Sample multiple destinations along the Mediterranean coast as you cruise though crystal blue waters on a weeklong vacation where you can also enjoy the range of onboard activities on a wide choice of magnificent ships that cruise the Mediterranean.

Western Mediterranean cruises typically start from Barcelona or Rome and take you through the exotic locations in Monaco, Spain, Italy and France including excursions to exotic destinations like Ibiza, Taormina (Sicily), Malta and Florence among others.

Beginning from Venice or Athens, Eastern Mediterranean cruises are generally 7 to 12 days duration which cruise to destinations that explore the architectural history of Greece and the popular islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete. Also cruise to the scenic ports of Croatia like Dubrovnik and Split.

Some of the major ports across the Mediterranean are:

Barcelona: This vibrant Spanish City is the starting point for most Western Mediterranean Cruises. Other than its love for football, the city has a number of tourist attractions like the famous Picasso Museum, the Spanish village of Poble Espanyol on the Montjuic hill and the spectacular nineteenth century unfinished church, La Sagrada Familia.

Athens: The city offers a treasure house of historical monuments, ranging from the sixth century BC Temple turned theatre of Dionysus, the oldest theatre in Greece, the temple of Athena Nike, the old neighbourhood of Anafiotika and the Benaki Museum, with its countless relics, quenching the thirst of every art lover.

Naples: Known for its Pizza and archaeology, the Italian city of Naples is also the home to many a literary spots and castles. Also in the vicinity are the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, with the wonders of the National Archaeological Museum and the breath-taking Amalfi Coast.

Santorini: The very entry into the huge caldera enclosed by sheer cliffs ranging anywhere between 200 to 400 meters, and nestled in these black lava cliffs the whitewashed settlements of Fira and Oia, makes it a view with such a striking contrast and beauty, that it’ll stay etched with you forever. The capital, Fira, is a thriving spot for shopping and dining options right along the sea side. It also houses the Red Beach, almost 12 kilometres southwest of Fira, right below a spectacular red cliff wall.

Corfu: One of the most beautiful Greek islands, Corfu is known for its aqua green waters and unique natural beauty. It has medieval churches and Art Museums, spotless beaches and hiking over the Corfu Trail across two islands. Make sure to visit Paleá Períthia, a venetian-era village nestled in a hollow on the north slope of Mt Pandokrátor. There are also a varied number of options for night life.

Nice: Nestled on the pebbly shores of Baie des Anges, the quaint French retreat of Nice has always been a prominent favourite of tourists. Its sun kissed streets and stunning seaside scenery make it probably the most picture perfect destination you may ever see. The Old town is a maze of narrow alleys with multi coloured buildings and a lively, rejuvenating spirit. The highlight of your visit to Nice would most probably be the Promenade des Anglais, the pedestrian area that follows the curve of the Baie des Anges beaches. Make sure to stop in at the Castle Hill Park to completely enjoy a mixture of blissful greenery with tranquil waterfalls.

Rome: The Capital city of Italy has a rich cultural history of over three millennia. Apart from several famous tourist spots, cathedrals and art museums, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the old world charms of the Trastevere districts, Rome represents the unique flavour of Italian Hospitality, with restaurants offering the mouth-watering Italian Cuisine and the vibrant Roman neighbourhoods with their own draw. Once you’re there, you wont’t ever feel like leaving.

Dubrovnik: The Southern Croatian city has in the recent years become extremely popular with tourists due to the massively Popular TV Series Game of Thrones being shot here. So, you can walk on the streets of King’s Landing, or stroll through Nautika with its panoramic terraces and appetizing sea food. The city is resplendent with restaurants and Villas, as well several beaches bordering the sea, and most importantly, the Croatian wine, to put a perfect touch on any day.

Cruises across the Mediterranean are mostly week long vacations covering a variety of ports across either the Eastern or Western regions. Though each cruise comes with its own itinerary, below are some of the best cruise options to uncover the treasures of the Mediterranean this summer are:

Cruise Ship Name Sailing Name Departure Port/ Date Ports Prices
(Starting From)
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas 7 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona, Spain
(April- September, 2018)
Barcelona; Palma De Mallorca; Provence (Marseille); Laspezia – Pisa; Florence; Civitavecchia- Rome; Naples US $ 858 pp
Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Epic 7 night Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona, Spain
(April- September, 2018)
Barcelona; Naples, Rome; Florence, Italy; Cannes, France;
Palma De Mallorca, Spain.
US $ 749 pp
Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Star 7-Day Greek Isles Venice, Italy
(June- September, 2018)
Kotor;  Montenegro;
Corfu,Greece; Santorini, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia.
US $ 899 pp
Costa Cruises Costa Diadema 7 Nights Best of Western Mediterranean Savona, Italy
(April- September, 2018)
Savona; Marseille, France; Barcelona; Palma- Mallorca, Spain; Palermo, Sicily, Italy; Civitavecchia, Rome US $ 539 pp
Costa Cruises Costa Deliziosa 7 Nights Greece Isles & Croatia Venice, Italy
(April- September, 2018)
Venice; Bari, Italy; Corfu, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Piraeus - Athens, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia. US $ 809 pp
MSC Cruises MSC Fantasia 7 Nights Best of Western Mediterranean Genoa, Italy
(April- September, 2018)
Genoa; Cannes, France; Palma de Mallorca,  Barcelona, Spain; Ajaccio - Corsica, France; Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy; La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Italy US $ 569 pp
MSC Cruises MSC Sinfonia 7 Night Greek Isles and Croatia Venice, Italy
(May- August, 2018)
Venice; Split; Croatia; Santorini, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia;
Ancona, Italy
US $ 819 pp
Oceania Cruises Riviera 8 Nights European Serenade Rome to Venice Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
May, 17, 2018
Amalfi; Argostoli; Catania - Sicily; Civitavecchia - Rome; Koper; Kotor; Split; Venice US $ 1839 pp
Princess Cruises Crown Princes 7 Days Mediterranean & Adriatic Athens (Piraeus), Greece
(May- September, 2018)
Barcelona; Kotor; Messina - Sicily; Naples; Piraeus - Athens; Santorini US $ 1299 pp


April to September is the best time to discover the joys of the Mediterranean, as the weather across the countries is pleasant and delightful for vacationers. At every point in your trip, you will have ample choices in terms of tourist spots, shopping options, cuisines and nightlife. Whether you choose to go on an Eastern or Western Mediterranean cruise, one thing is for certain - the Mediterranean cruise experience is going to be etched in your memory forever. Discover a shade of Europe like you’ve never seen before this summer! The best time to ensure you have an unforgettable time on some of the best ships in the world is now. So hurry, and book your cabin today!

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