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Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean

if you're a fan of art and antiquities, a cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean is right up your alley. With itineraries that include the Adriatic/Dalmation Coast, Black Sea, Greek Isles and Holy Land, the region is a treasure trove for history lovers. Ports such as Venice and Athens have their own unique flavor, while the Greek Isles, Crete and Cypress lure beachgoers. Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean is varied, do don't miss Dubrovnik's ancient churches, Istanbul's breathtaking mosques or Jerusalem's vibrant synagogues.
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Ancient histories and antiquities, beaches and villages: Read what makes an Eastern Med cruise awesome.
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71% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Kotor -> Corfu -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Mykonos -> Argostoli -> Cruising -> Venice
82% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Kotor -> Corfu -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Mykonos -> Argostoli -> Cruising -> Venice
80% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Cruising -> Corfu -> Cruising -> Santorini -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Mykonos -> Cruising -> Kotor -> Zadar -> Venice
Antalya
Antalya is a cliff-top city in Turkey, set among palm-fronded ...
Athens (Piraeus)
Athens wowed the world as host to the 2004 Olympic Games. While ...
Bari
Bari, which lies in the Puglia, or Apulia, region of southern Italy ...
Bodrum
Passengers sailing into the Turkish port of Bodrum first see the ...
Corfu
Dream up a wish list of everything you'd want from a Greek holiday: ...
Crete (Heraklion)
It's common for first-time visitors to take one look at Iraklion and ...
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a great walking city for lovers of culture and history, ...
Gythion
Two life-size statues on the quayside -- one of a jaunty-tailed ...
Haifa
There's a popular Israeli saying: "Haifa works, Jerusalem prays, and ...
Hvar
The glittering coastline of Croatia -- known as the Dalmation Coast ...
Istanbul
A geographic and metaphoric melding of East and West, Istanbul is the ...
Izmir
Cradled between mountains and the Aegean Sea to the west, Turkey's ...
Jerusalem (Ashdod)
Jerusalem fits a microcosm of the whole world into less than 50 ...
Katakolon (Olympia)
The scenic seaside Greek town of Katakolon, with a population around ...
Koper
Koper is an ancient city in the Slovenian province of Istria at the ...
Korcula
An island near the southern tip of Croatia, the country to which it ...
Kotor
You will be rewarded if you set your alarm for an early start at ...
Kusadasi
Nearly 20 years ago when we first sailed to Kusadasi, our gulet, a ...
Limassol
Limassol, the largest coastal town in Cyprus, sprawls around Akrotiri ...
Mykonos
In the early 1960s, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis "discovered" ...
Odessa
Editor's Note: Due to ongoing issues in the Crimean peninsula, stops ...
Rhodes
Rhodes, with an average of 300 sunny days per year and mild ...
Santorini
Spectacular Santorini -- scene of one of the world's most violent ...
Split
Strollers parade along Split's sunny Riva, savoring the breezes along ...
Varna
Located on the Black Sea Coast, Varna is the second-largest city in ...
Venice
Of all the cities in the world, only Paris comes remotely close to ...
Volos
Few cruise ships call at Volos, though it is the third largest port ...
Yalta
Editor's Note: Due to ongoing issues in the Crimean peninsula, stops ...
Zadar
The craggy Dalmatian Coast, across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, is a ...
NCL Jade in Haven Suite Bibliotecaria
05/15
My husband and I took my mom on this cruise for her retirement present from us and wanted to splurge a bit with a Haven suite. What a great decision! My mom was overwhelmed by the crowds (on ship and off) and it was terrific to have a sanctuary away ... Read more
This is our 2nd time w/ Celebrity Reflection in 6 mo., & we downgraded our overall ratings for the following reasons: 1. Handicap room is not safe for the handicapped passengers. My husband had a wonderful exp. w/ Royal Carribean Freedom ... Read more
Disappointed Marg n Tez
05/15
This was our 2nd cruise and in all fairness I have come to the conclusion that my husband and I are just not cruise people. We went on the Lirica after spending time on a bus tour of Turkey and 5 nights in Venice, these places were such a highlight ... Read more
My husband and I arrived in Italy 11 days prior to our cruise and spent four nights in Venice and a week in Rome. The night before departure we stayed in Civitavecchia at the Hotel San Giorgio for the convenience of being in close proximity to ... Read more
05/15
Unless you reserve in the two highest categories, you are treated very poorly. Dinner ereservatiiobns are not a priority unless you are in the top 2 categories, embarking early reserved for special class & expensive tours. Not at all what we ... Read more
My husband and I arrived in Italy 11 days prior to our cruise and spent four nights in Venice and a week in Rome. The night before departure we stayed in Civitavecchia at the Hotel San Giorgio for the convenience of being in close proximity to ... Read more
05/15
I have just returned from a week cruise on the Thomson Spirit to the Eastern Med. We chose this cruise for the ports of call, and boy was it the right decision, we saw some fantastic sites, in the various ports of call, coupled with the on board ... Read more
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