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Mediterranean Cruises

Florence, Italy (Photo: Nattee Chalermtiragool/Shutterstock)

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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Riviera
Riviera

10 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

707 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Apr 24, 2023
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Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape (Photo: Norwegian)

11 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - BarcelonaDetails

2,854 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

10 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - BarcelonaDetails

4,218 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 11, 2023
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Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Gem

13 Night
Greek Isles & ItalyDetails

2,508 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Aug 14, 2023
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Virgin Voyages

11 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

9 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Oct 29, 2023
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14 Night
Cities Of Antiquity & The Holy LandDetails

1,056 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Jan 24, 2023
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10 Night
Greek Isles & ItalyDetails

2,854 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

1,699 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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11 Night
Europe - Classic MediterraneanDetails

2,479 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 16, 2022
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10 Night
Europe - Classic MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - BarcelonaDetails

4,218 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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17 Night
Ancient Trade Routes VoyageDetails

683 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Azamara
Oct 29, 2022
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7 Night
Italian SojournDetails

312 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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10 Night
Greek Isles & ItalyDetails

3,699 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 2, 2023
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9 Night
Mediterranean Mosaic VoyageDetails

792 Reviews
Leaving:Ravenna
Cruise Line:Azamara
Aug 17, 2022
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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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