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From the pristine beaches and ancient ruins of the Eastern Mediterranean to the artsy and flavorful countries of the Western Mediterranean, this region is easily one of the most diverse in the world. Revel at Spanish and Italian architecture, soak up some sun in Greece, explore antiquities in Istanbul and Malta or get a taste of the French countryside on the outskirts of Nice, Monte Carlo or Cannes. Some Med itineraries dip down into northern Africa; the Canary Islands are also a popular stop for repositioning cruises.
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Ancient histories and antiquities, beaches and villages: Read what makes an Eastern Med cruise awesome.
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Arts and culture, surf and sand, cafe hopping and boutique shopping: Read why Western Med has it all.
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Fun in the sun, and nature too: Get our tips on how to get the most out of a Canary Islands cruise.

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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 ...
Barcelona
The capital of Spain's Catalonia region is one of the country's -- ...
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 ...
Cannes
Poor Cannes, so underappreciated. Gertrude Stein once said of ...
Capri
Think of Capri -- one of the world's most glamorous destinations, ...
Corfu
Dream up a wish list of everything you'd want from a Greek holiday: ...
Corsica (Ajaccio)
No doubt about it: Ajaccio is our kind of cruise port -- easily ...
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, ...
Elba
Everyone who gets sent to exile should be as lucky as France's ...
Florence (Livorno)
On any Western Mediterranean itinerary, Florence is an absolute ...
Fuerteventura
The island of Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's Canary ...
Genoa
Sometimes, cities are lucky enough to reinvent themselves. Genoa, ...
Gibraltar
Gibraltar may well be a British Crown Colony but geographically it's ...
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 ...
Ibiza
Ibiza owns a reputation as a boisterous party town where hit the ...
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'll be rewarded if you set your alarm for an early start when ...
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 ...
Madeira (Funchal)
In the early 1400's, Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal sent his ...
Malta (Valletta)
Sailing into Valletta, Malta, is akin to stepping into the pages of a ...
Marseille
Marseille, gateway to Provence, is France's largest port and second ...
Monaco (Monte Carlo)
Arriving by ship into the Monte Carlo harbor is an amazing ...
Mykonos
In the early 1960s, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis "discovered" ...
Naples
You know instantly when you're docked in Naples. First of all, where ...
Nice
Nice is the biggest city on France's glorious Cote D'Azur and the ...
Odessa
Editor's Note: Due to ongoing issues in the Crimean peninsula, stops ...
Palermo
Palermo is a city of contrasts and most people either like it or hate ...
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, a major port city on the island of Mallorca and ...
Portofino
Portofino is so quintessentially Italian, so synonymous with the ...
Rhodes
Rhodes, with an average of 300 sunny days per year and mild ...
Rome (Civitavecchia)
The capital city in the land of Leonardo, Michelangelo and the popes ...
Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez conjures up images of the good life, beautiful people, ...
Santorini
Spectacular Santorini -- scene of one of the world's most violent ...
Sardinia
With its rugged landscape of limestone and granite ranges and oak ...
Savona
Savona is located on the Ligurian Sea between Genoa, Italy and ...
Sete
If you had never been to the Mediterranean coast, and had to create ...
Seville (Cadiz)
Seville, capital of Andalucia, lies on the mighty Guadalquivir -- one ...
Sorrento
It's almost a pity that most cruise passengers use Sorrento as a mere ...
Split
The first thing that strikes you on arrival in Split, Croatia, is how ...
Taormina (Messina)
The French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville called Sicily "the land ...
Toulon
If St. Tropez, Cannes and Nice are your idea of the Cote d'Azur, ...
Valencia
Mediterranean cruise itineraries that include a stop at Valencia are ...
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 ...
Villefranche
Lovely, much more laid back than other -- splashier -- Cote d'Azur ...
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 ...
Although my wife and I have taken many cruises, our May 2016 Mediterranean cruise was our first on Royal Caribbean’s upscale Azamara line and for us it was a most enjoyable one. We rate it a solid B+. Getting things off to a good start, ... Read more
We had a blast, 4 professional women. Everything , the food, staff, venues were awesome, the staff was very attentive, the ship was clean. Our room was great. Used the Spa everyday, had private tours on shore. Our entertainment for the week ... Read more
Long awaited couples holiday. Issues unfortunately started even before we got on the ship. Total disorganisation at the luggage drop off at the port, no direction from the MSC staff. The MSC cruise registration person that we met took our ... Read more
05/16
The ship was excellent always clean and well maintained well done to the captain and his entire crew. The Latin dance lessons was brilliant and well presented best we've had. The entertainment was Plentyfull something for everyone on board. A high ... Read more
We arrived in Venice Friday morning and took a water taxi to San Marco Square. The taxi ride was great and the driver took on a scenic tour thru several canals, so we could see the real Venice. We spent the night at the Royal San Marco hotel - ... Read more

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05/16
We chose this cruise as we wanted a short trip without going to Turkey. The stopover ports were absolutely amazing. Dubrovnik, Mykonos and Venice especially. This was our first cruise and generally it was very good in every way and we would ... Read more
First Euro Cruise hparkerapril
05/16
Once again NCL did not disappoint. The Boat itself is just big enough and had tons of things to do for everybody. It was well kept and very clean. Our room was made up quickly each day and turned down each night. The washrooms ... Read more
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