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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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Barcelona -> Toulon -> Florence (Livorno) -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Naples -> Cruising -> Mykonos -> Istanbul -> Kusadasi -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Cruising -> Venice -> Venice
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Venice -> Kotor -> Corfu -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Mykonos -> Argostoli -> Cruising -> Venice
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Athens (Piraeus) -> Mykonos -> Santorini -> Rhodes -> Bodrum -> Kusadasi -> Cruising
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
Since hosting the Summer Olympics in 1992, Barcelona has gained ...
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
Capri, a mountainous island just three miles off the coast of Italy's ...
Corfu
Dream up a wish list of everything you'd want from a Greek holiday: ...
Corsica (Ajaccio)
No doubt about it: Ajaccio is my 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 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 ...
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, the gateway to Provence, is the second largest city and ...
Monaco
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 ...
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
Strollers parade along Split's sunny Riva, savoring the breezes along ...
Taormina (Messina)
The French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville called Sicily "the land ...
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 ...
Because I have traveled with Oceania several times before, I read the recent reviews of Riviera on Cruise Critic. Our travels are always in PH suites. Most, if not all, reviews from persons that have sailed with Oceania before agree that the ... Read more
We recently returned from a fabulous 10 night cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox leaving Barcelona heading for Rome. Boarding was a breeze as always in Barcelona, we were aboard by 11am with a leisurely wander around the ship, lunch at the Bistro ... Read more
We are first time cruisers and were given an incredible opportunity to be treated to a free cruise courtesy of my boyfriends work for long term service. 42 of us were in the party and although I can't speak for everyone - we had the most amazing ... Read more
05/15
This was my first cruise as a solo traveller. I booked late in the day so none of the single traveller studios were available . I , like a number of other solo travellers who also could not get into the studios paid the single traveller premium ... Read more
Dining can be a problem. WaterBaby2002
05/15
Our first Crystal cruise; we began cruising in 1998 and have taken at least one a year since, 8 with Oceania. The Serenity is a beautiful ship, meticulously maintained and extremely comfortable. The sea days offered many activities, great ... Read more
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary and in that regard it really delivered. We could not wait to see Pompeii, the Amalfi coast, Rome and Florence. As expected, those were indeed some awesome, iconic places to visit, but the crush of the ... Read more
This was my 23rd cruise and was expecting great things from the Allure but was very disappointed and would hesitate to book again with RCCL. I have in the past sailed with all of the major American cruise lines and P and O but RCCL is my least ... Read more
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