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Mediterranean Cruises

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About Mediterranean Cruises

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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Enchanted Princess
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Enchanted Princess

14 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Enchanted Princess
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Enchanted Princess

14 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Marina
Marina
Marina

14 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

704 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Enchanted Princess
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Enchanted Princess

14 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Riviera

11 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Norwegian Star

11 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

2,465 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Enchanted Princess

7 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Riviera

7 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Nautica

7 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Nautica

10 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Malta
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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MSC Splendida

5 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Madeira
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Celebrity Beyond

10 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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MSC Musica

25 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Riviera

11 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Norwegian Getaway

13 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Dawn

11 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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MSC Seaside

7 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Jewel of the Seas

8 Night
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Norwegian Escape

7 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Epic

9 Night
Cruise to MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Getaway

11 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Riviera

10 Night
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Norwegian Epic

4 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Marina

14 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Nautica

10 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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What is the best time to cruise to the Mediterranean?

The Mediterranean is part of Europe, and as such, summer is the most popular time to cruise, but sailings are offered through the shoulder seasons of spring and fall -- and even into December. The late autumn months can be surprisingly mild, and are a much calmer time to cruise to the Med. For more information: Best Months to Cruise the Mediterranean.

Which cruise lines go to the Mediterranean?

A wide variety of large, small and luxury lines cruise the romantic ports of the Mediterranean. These include Viking Ocean Cruises, Norwegian, MSC, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, Crystal and Azamara.

What are some things to do in the Mediterranean?

Cruises to the Mediterranean are typically divided into Eastern and Western itineraries. The Western Med includes Italy, Monaco, France and Spain, with plenty of museums, culinary tours, wineries, cathedrals and architecture to ogle. The Eastern Mediterranean contains historic attractions including the ruins of Greece and Turkey, along with sacred sites in Israel or active pursuits hiking Montenegro or Croatia. For more: Best Western Mediterranean Shore Excursions.

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

Yes.

What should I pack for a cruise to the Mediterranean?

Be sure to pack comfortable clothing -- and especially shoes -- for long days of sightseeing. However, Europeans tend to dress with a bit of panache; to fit in, pack a stylish scarf or hat, and maybe leave your lanyards and socks and sandals at home.

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