Cruise Southern Europe
Mediterranean cruises let you explore the beautiful countries around the Mediterranean Sea, steeped in history and filled with architectural and artistic wonders. Your Mediterranean cruise might include the major Mediterreanean cruise ports, large and powerful cities of old such as Rome, Venice, Athens or Istanbul. Or you might prefer your cruise to take you to the smaller ports along the French Riviera, or to the romantic Greek Isles. Mediterranean cruises have more choices than most other cruising regions.
The Mediterranean is a year-round cruise region. Most Mediterranean cruises are offered in the summer, but experienced cruisers usually prefer some other time of year. The shoulder seasons April – May and September – October are a good time for exploring the Mediterranean, with generally pleasant temperatures and less crowds, and often some great deals to go with that. In the summer one should remember that August is the vacation month for countries in the Mediterranean region.
Mediterranean cruises come in two lengths. Weeklong cruises to the “Eastern” or “Western” Mediterranean, and cruises longer than 10 days, covering more Mediterranean ports. Cruises longer than 10 days are the most popular Mediterranean cruises among cruisers from the U.S., but weeklong cruises are growing in popularity.
When going on a Europe cruise a couple of days are often added to explore the port of departure.
What is the best way to see Europe, on a small ship or a big ship? Well, both have their advantages. The big ships cruise to all the major Mediterranean ports. Superliners from Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and others provide a cruise vacation that can offer something for everyone and nonstop activity. These floating resorts, which all deserve the state-of-the-art label, will satisfy everyone from those who are looking for a relaxing vacation to those who are looking for around the clock activities. Smaller ships often visit ports that the big ships cannot get into because of their size. This provides for a completely different, more personal Mediterranean experience. Small ships in the Mediterranean are virtually all of the luxury or deluxe variety, with a high level of service. For a special experience, the sailing ships of Windstar Cruises or Star Clippers are the best choice.
The majority of Mediterranean cruises depart from the three main ports of departure: Barcelona, Rome and Venice.