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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.
Your biggest difficulty planning a European cruise is narrowing down where you want to go. A Western Mediterranean itinerary usually includes stops in Barcelona and Monaco, as well as ports in Italy. Eastern Mediterranean cruises encompass eastern Italy, Croatia and Greece, and sometimes even Turkey and Israel. A Baltic Sea voyage brings you to Scandinavia and Russia; the Norwegian Fjords carry their own beauty. Don't forget about British Isles cruises, which allow you to visit castles in England, Scotland and London. For sun lovers, it's hard to beat the Canary Islands.
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Carnival Cruise Line Tweaks 'Faster to the Fun' Pricing
(2:07 p.m. EDT) -- Being one of the first to board your Carnival cruise ship might cost you a little bit more, depending on your sailing. The line has adjusted the pricing of its Faster to the Fun (FTTF) program, an add-on that gives regular, non-suite passengers priority access when boarding, disembarking and making reservations, among other perks. Cruise Critic first heard of the pricing changes on the Cruise Critic Message Boards, where member beachnsnowbunny posted to the Carnival forums: "Just looking at excursions for our upcoming cruises and noticed [the FTTF price] has gone up. $79.95 for a five-day cruise; $89.95 for a seven-day cruise."

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