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Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

Naples, Italy (Photo: BAHDANOVICH ALENA/Shutterstock)

About Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

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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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

11 Night
Eastern MediterraneanDetails

4,218 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 26, 2022
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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

12 Night
Eastern MediterraneanDetails

4,218 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Viva
Norwegian Viva under contruction at Fincantieri (Photo: Fincantieri)

9 Night
Eastern MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Constellation

9 Night
Italy, Montenegro, & SloveniaDetails

1,753 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Aug 27, 2022
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Virgin Voyages

7 Night
Greece Intensive VoyageDetails

115 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Azamara
Apr 8, 2023
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9 Night
Italy, Greece, & France CruiseDetails

1,603 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Sep 28, 2022
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12 Night
Holy Land CruiseDetails

49 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Aug 30, 2022
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8 Night
Best Of Western MediterraneanDetails

1,753 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Sep 25, 2022
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11 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

448 Reviews
Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Sep 17, 2022
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Cruise Critic Favorite

10 Night
Italy, Turkey & Best Of GreeceDetails

1,753 Reviews
Leaving:Ravenna
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Sep 5, 2022
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Cruise Critic Favorite

10 Night
Italy, Turkey & Best Of GreeceDetails

1,753 Reviews
Leaving:Ravenna
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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7 Night
Greek Isles CruiseDetails

1,513 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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8 Night
Italy, Greece, & France CruiseDetails

1,603 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 17, 2022
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12 Night
Holy Land CruiseDetails

49 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 19, 2022
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11 Night
Greece & TurkeyDetails

792 Reviews
Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Azamara
Sep 6, 2022
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What is the best time to cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean?

Eastern Mediterranean cruises -- encompassing dozens of ports in countries like Greece, Israel, Italy and Croatia -- are generally offered from spring through fall, with the most popular time being the summer. If you have a choice, we recommend avoiding those summer months since they tend to be hot and overcrowded. For more: Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Tips.

Which cruise lines go to the Eastern Mediterranean?

There are a wide variety of cruise lines offering Eastern Mediterranean cruises including Royal Caribbean, Princess, Holland America, Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and more. European lines like MSC and Costa have a big presence here, as well and luxury lines including Regent Seven Seas and Crystal. Some lines, like Azamara, offer country-intensive cruises to just one of these Eastern Mediterranean nations, like Italy or Greece. Others offer itineraries themed "holy lands" that visit notable religious sites.

What are some things to do in the Eastern Mediterranean?

A major highlight of Eastern Mediterranean cruises is visiting historic sites like the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, Dubrovnik's Old Town and holy Judeo-Christian pilgrimage sites in Haifa and Jerusalem. But the region is also brimming with gorgeous beaches and incredible food to enjoy.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean?

Yes, a passport is required for Americans to cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean.

What should I pack for a cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean?

Lightweight, comfortable clothing and a swimsuit are essentials in the Eastern Mediterranean, as are comfortable shoes -- sandals for the beach and sneakers for city sightseeing. For visits to monasteries, temples and other religious sites, it's smart to pack a pashmina or shawl that can be used to cover heads or shoulders; skirts or dresses can still be required for women at some holy sites.

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