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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Norwegian Epic7-day Western Mediterranean from BarcelonaBarcelona, Naples, Rome , Florence , Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, BarcelonaNow
Norwegian Epic7-day Western Mediterranean from Rome (civitavecchia)Rome , Florence , Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Naples, RomeNow
Norwegian Epic4-day Western Mediterranean from Rome (civitavecchia)Rome , Florence , Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, BarcelonaNow
Queen Victoria12 Night Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseSouthampton, Madeira , Las Palmas, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Coruna, SouthamptonNow
Norwegian Epic3-day Western Mediterranean from BarcelonaBarcelona, Naples, RomeNow
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Budgets can get tight at times, but that doesn't mean you have to ditch your vacation plans all together. If taking a cruise this year involves penny pinching, why not consider a cruise on a line known more for value than for the latest splashy features? Unlike the airline industry with its low-cost carriers (think Spirit Airlines, Ryanair or even Southwest), not many cruise lines would be considered budget (though some older ships on well-established, contemporary cruise lines, like Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, could fall into this category). So, to help in your search for cruise deals, we've come up with three categories for penny pinchers -- budget cruise lines, budget itineraries and budget seasons. You don't necessarily need to sail with a dedicated budget cruise line to find rock-bottom rates, but you need to know which itineraries and cruising seasons traditionally have the lowest prices. With savvy strategies, you can even find extremely affordable sailings on more upscale cruise lines, as well as the mainstream ships. So stop moping and start shopping -- there are plenty of affordable cruise vacations if you know where to look.
You've decided it's time to take that cruise to Alaska (or the Caribbean or the Mediterranean) you keep hearing about. But you're not sure how much it's going to cost you. The Mediterranean sounds awfully expensive, but what about Alaska? Perhaps a New England and Canada cruise would be more affordable? Cruise pricing is never static; no matter which region you choose to sail, prices ebb and flow. Cruise line (and even the specific ship within the line, since newer vessels tend to command more), time of year, length of trip and, of course, cabin type are all factors that affect the price of a cruise. Plus, what's included -- or not included -- determines the overall affordability of any given sailing. But some destinations are generally more affordable than others.
The Western Mediterranean -- loosely composed of Italy's western coast, France's southern rim and the entire ring of coastal Spain –- is not only the perfect cruise region for new-to-Europe travelers but also enchants those who've returned many times. What makes the region so fabulous? The
port Livorno is a standard stop on almost all Western Mediterranean itineraries. But it's not most Italy's cities and few visitors spend any real time there. So what's a cruiser to do? Take a day trip, course. Livorno sits within Tuscany, one Italy's best-known regions for culture, food
A Mediterranean cruise with kids should be viewed as a European sampler of sorts. Among the tips we received as we prepared for our family Disney Mediterranean cruise: "You can't do it all, especially with children. Pick your two or three most important ports, and go all out on those; keep
A cruise is the best way to experience the Greek Islands and its treasure trove of whitewashed villages, picture-perfect beaches and ancient ruins that transport you back to a time when Olympian deities ruled the world. For those who are more budget-conscious, it's hard to beat the value of Celestyal Cruises' weeklong itineraries offered on its Celestyal Crystal cruise ship.